Teardowns I've Worked On

Guides I've Contributed To

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Questions

Answers

  • Answer to: Where can I buy replacement parts for TI-84?

    Seconded... Though I'm afraid that the answer will be that you have to buy a parts calculator. I contacted TI about this some time ago (specifically looking to buy replacement keys), and they said all that they could do for me was to send the calculator in and that they would send me back a refurbished one. As I recall, the cost of this was at least half of retail ($75 sticks out in my mind).
  • Answer to: What's the best way to fix a broken headphone band?

    Use ABS cement and acetone to fuse the plastic together, as per this guide. This is the kind of thing autobody guys do all the time. Also, bondo.
  • Answer to: Forgot password and unable to log into the laptop

    no matter what laptop it is there is software to reset passwords as standard there are some article for different laptops on this website http://www.forgotcomputerpassword.com/ maybe helpful
  • Answer to: How can I reset password without reset disk?

    maybe this will help there are a couple of free password recovery tools that do the job .. but it takes long and is quite technical there is a software review on this blog to unlock windows computer http://www.digitalgrog.com.au/software/r...-your-windows-7-password-in-under-5-minutes/ but it is paid software ..i have used it ..it works
  • Answer to: How to Reset Password?

    there are a couple of free password recovery tools that do the job .. but it takes long and is quite technical there is a software review on this blog to unlock windows computer http://www.digitalgrog.com.au/software/r...-your-windows-7-password-in-under-5-minutes/ but it is paid software ..i have used it ..it works
  • Answer to: Can install 16 GB ram 1600 MHz for Mac Mini Mid 2011?

    The Mac Mini Mid 2011 supports up to 8GB DDR3-1333 MHz of RAM officially. However, one can install 16GB DDR3-1333 MHz of RAM or DDR3-1600 MHz RAM in both amounts. The SODIMM Modules fit but simply down-clock. I have 16GB DDR3-1600 in my 2.3GHz Mid 2011 Mac Mini and it runs perfectly and passes all of the standard Apple ASD testing. If you are installing 16GB modules make sure to do memory testing because there is a higher defect rate in 8GB chips when compared to their 2GB and 4GB cousins.
  • Answer to: How do I install a backlight LED in a Gameboy Advance?

    I would recommend that you do not use the ones Antony sells on AliExpress. They are not fully transparent (yes, I removed both of the protective film).
  • Answer to: 9.5 mm SATA Optical Bay SATA Hard Drive Enclosure not compatible?

    I also have a mid 2009 Macbook. I'm looking to buy the optical bay HDD enclosure too. However the item that Mayer links to does not say anything about fitting the Mid 2009 macbook. It specifies that it's compatible with the late 2008 (Aluminum) Macbook, and the later unibody models. Nothing about the mid 2009 non-unibody models. So, as Steven Quan says, should I buy the Unibody-style optical bay hdd enclosure?
  • Answer to: Where's Developer Mode Switch?

    The dev switch is accessable without opening the device. It is on the right hand side of the device behind the SIM slot cover. Edit: You can see it right below the SIM slot on the Step 14 teardown picture.

Notes

  • iPod Touch 2nd Generation Front Panel Replacement

    Did anyone see a rubber seal? It's just a plastic frame that's slightly rubbery. It's not made of two parts as far as I can tell.

  • iPod Touch 2nd Generation Front Panel Replacement

    I changed the text to reflect this. It's currently the "unverified" version.

  • OnePlus One Teardown

    After following the teardown to replace broken screen, phone can't connect to mobile networks/carriers. Which antenna/connector should I double check?

    Thanks!

  • Connecting TI-Nspire to a Computer

    This didn't work for me. According to the ti download page for the software the NSPIRE is not listed as a supported device. It appears that the software for the NSPIRE is not free.

  • Nexus 4 Teardown

    The "linear-oscillating vibrator motor" is called a Linear Resonant Actuator (LRA) in industry lingo.

  • MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 Teardown

    While I agree that these things don't make me want to avoid this machine, I'm not sure the point of suggesting that one's "mom or girlfriend" are the intended audience because they're not technically savvy.

    In a world where Linus Torvalds runs a Macbook Air, it's extremely condescending to suggest that a Macbook Pro, due to its non-expandability, is only appropriate for women.

  • MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 Teardown

    "You'll be missed!" -- Randal

  • Apple Thunderbolt Display Teardown

    You can't reasonably put a MagSafe port on a device that isn't battery-powered, and Apple has never put a system power battery into a desktop machine. Apple has never put external do-it-yourself mounting screwholes in a machine. Apple is in the process of removing optical drives from their hardware, not adding them. Except for the short-lived PowerBook Duo, Apple machines have always been designed to stand alone, not as an assembly.

    If you want an iMac, just get an iMac. I'm impressed that you know enough about Apple's design, manufacturing, and market positioning to know what design changes will "definitely profit", even though it would "obsolete" their only consumer desktop line, but I don't see much consistency here with any other decisions Apple has made.

  • Apple Thunderbolt Display Teardown

    "including a miniature subwoofer"

    Also known as a woofer. :-)

  • iPod Nano 5th Generation Click Wheel Replacement

    PLEASE READ slith's comment, it's extremely important, or you will not be able to get the click wheel installed. There are notches on the click wheel that have to go in at the top and bottom, but the bottom notch is PART OF THE GREY METAL BRACKET that you take out of the bottom of the iPod. DO NOT re-install the grey bracket at the bottom until you have installed the replacement click wheel, otherwise the wheel will not go in.

    Thanks slith, I just wanted to emphasize this because I screwed up quite a few of these click wheels before I read your comment.