So, who am I and why am I here? I consider myself just a regular Joe. I am old enough to know better but still believe in trying to save the world and humanity. One device at a time. I love to mentor and to help others, I am into re-purposing and trying to repair anything.
I come from a time and a place where there was never enough money to just replace things or to just go and buy new stuff. Fixing things was not a passion but a necessity. 50 years of fixing, building and yes, breaking things as well, has taught me a lot. During my lifetime I've learned that the only thing that truly matters is how we get along with others; to never prematurely judge people. I do judge people by their actions and not by some preconceived notion. If you are being kind and compassionate toward our environment (people, planet, animal, etc.) you are okay in my book.
I have learned a lot and continue to study and learn new things daily. This enables me to provide some answer on this forum. It enables me to help someone that needs it and it helps to keep things going. All too often we discard stuff just because it is broken and we do not know how to fix it. This puts an incredible strain on our environment and it makes others rich. We all should support organizations like https://repair.org/stand-up/ to fight for our right to repair. It’ll keep our hard earned money in our pockets instead of further feeding the Profit-before-People (Planet) machinery.
“We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. “ (Charlie Chaplin in “The Great Dictator”) Totally awesome expression thereof shown here
Ten years on iFixit is a long time. After some debates with family and friends, I’ve made the decision to take a step back and to slow it down a bit but I will continue to support the efforts by everyone put forward on here.
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Hair dryer for logic board reflow?Okay, so I had some time while I was waiting for parts to complete a few more projects. I did my daily browsing through " ...
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Answer to "Vertical Blue Dash lines on MacBook Pro Retina 2013 A1398"@armin1 those are originating from the GPU. The issue here is that your are having a processor issues. It’ll require either a new logic board or having your board reworked by somebody with the tools and skills to do so.
Answer to "tv all of a sudden went to a black screen"@foreverporter start off by shining a flashlight beam at an angle against the screen while the TV is on and you hear sound. See if you can make out shapes/ silhouettes etc. If so you know that your backlight has failed. Most common cause are a failed power supply or backlight strips. If you cannot see anything you need to consider a failed main board, failed power board or failed T-con board. Of course there is always the chance that this a bad panel (unlikely).You can see the importance of checking to see if you have a picture showing, just not lit. Let us know what make and exact model your TV is as well as what you find out when you check it. Ultimately you will also have to remove the back cover from your TV to check the boards etc. Once you removed the cover post some good pictures of your boards with your QUESTION. That way we can see what you see. Adding images to an existing question
Answer to "Search.StartNow.com Homepage Removal from browsers"@mloganjames7766 that is a browser hijacker. There are plenty of steps involved to remove it permanently. Follow this guide on here to get rid of it.
Answer to "Got a ps4 that was in a roach infested house"Robert Boucher you cleaned out all the roach debris? Follow as @tronicsfix suggest on here How much will it cost to clean a cockroach ps4 After that we would have to see how bad the damage is. Post some good pictures with your QUESTION so we can see what you see. Most traces can be rebuild and solder pads can be jumped etc. Again, we’ll have to see it. Adding images to an existing question Something like this should work for yours as well
Answer to "Is it better to sew or patch holes in merino wool?"@tdelhagen I’d be looking into darning your woolen sweater with something like a Woven Patch method. Get a darning needle and some yarn to get it down. Of course for a good guide the first place to look at would be right here How to Darn a Hole in a Knitted Garment After that you can always do an online search since there are some decent videos about it.
Answer to "The fan is really noisy."TYLER GOODWIN absolutely should you go ahead and replace the fan. If it is noisey it is most likely a bearing and to keep it running like that may lead to overheating from an ineffective fan. This site will show you exactly how to replace it.
Answer to "Turns on, has sound, and backlight appears to turn on, but no picture."Robert test all the inputs separately. Use a local input source since this can also sometimes be caused by a bad cable or satellite box. If you still have the same issues than the problem is most likely related to the main board. Ultimately it is always possible, yet unlikely until proven otherwise, that this could be the actual panel (failed LCD driver board) Let us know what you find out.
Answer to "Computer turns on for a couple of seconds and does nothing"@therealstarr16 connect an external monitor. If that shows up okay etc. you know that it is your LCD screen that has failed. Let us know what you find out.
Answer to "Panasonic Viera TX-P42S21B - 7 Red flashes"@paft yes looks like something got to hot around the transformer. Take a picture of the power board from the bottom side as well. the blink codes are usually correct but can always originate somewhere else then the board listed with the code. Yours is kind of tricky and you would have to measure the output of your power board as well. Without a meter and looking at the Power board, I would change that first and then re-evaluate. Once you have a meter we can at least try to see if the issue is your Power supply.
Answer to "Why is there a black dot at the bottom of my screen?"@mgrose2006 either stuck pixels or a broken display. We will need to see what this all looks like. Post some good pictures with your QUESTION. Adding images to an existing question
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