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  • Answer to: Heatsink for 2nd processor

    Hi Matt, the Northbridge heatsink is named for the Northbridge chip on the logic board: "Northbridge is an Intel chipset that communicates with the computer processor and controls interaction with memory, the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) bus, Level 2 cache, and all Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) activities. Northbridge communicates with the processor using the frontside bus (FSB)." So the Northbridge heatsink only works with that chip, and not the main CPUs. I did some ebay searching myself and found a few CPU heatsinks in the $20-30 range. (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mac-Pro-2006-2007-2008-6-Copper-Pipe-Heatsink-/331564691271?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash...) Hope this helps, and good luck!
  • Answer to: Use spare parts (DVD, HD) of old mac as external devices?

    Hi charliebigpot, you can definitely make use of those components! We have a cable specifically for converting optical drives to USB: SATA Optical Drive USB Cable For the hard drive, this product turns your drive into an external hard drive: Silicone 2.5" Hard Drive Enclosure with USB 2.0 Cable
  • Answer to: Identify this cable near the battery, on bottom right?

    That's the battery indicator cable, it powers the little button and row of LEDs on the left side of your Mac that display the battery's charge level. It's disconnected in this guide.
  • Answer to: What holds the new glass on?

    It's the same adhesive as in previous generation iPad Minis; you can check out the glass replacement guide here to see it.
  • Answer to: Car shut off while driving with no warning

    If it doesn't crank, you probably have a dead battery. Because it failed while driving, I would guess that your battery isn't charging—you could have a bad alternator, or alternator wiring. Try jumpstarting the car, or recharging the battery and starting it. Many auto parts stores will charge your battery and test your alternator for free.
  • Answer to: Broken menorah screws stripped

    Hi Morry, I'm sure it can be fixed! There are a lot of things you can do to deal with stripped screws. Take a look at our guide for some options. If you can share a photo of the screws, we can provide some more specific tips. Once you get the screws out, you'll probably want to replace them with new ones—if you bring one to your local hardware store as a sample, they can probably help you find something.
  • Answer to: What model do I have?

    You have an iPod Touch 4th Generation. I looked into it, and while the first two revisions of the 4th gen Touch only came in 8, 32, or 64 GB, the final end-of-product version, released in 2012, was available in 16 or 32 GB sizes. All four sizes will have the same guides and procedures, so you can follow the link to the device page on the top right. We'll get the identification tool updated, thanks for finding that issue!
  • Answer to: Is the hard drive easily replaceable?

    Exactly the same as the Late 2013 model! Check out our hot-off-the-press teardown to see for yourself, but as we already have a full set of guides for the Late 2013 model, here's the procedure.
  • Answer to: How do I change the battery

    Do you have the Aluminum unibody MacBook? If you do, follow this guide to replace the battery. Or if you meant the MacBook Pro with a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, we have a guide for that as well.
  • Answer to: Can I change the memory card of my computer?

    Sorry to say it, but the RAM in your MacBook Air is soldered onto the logic board, and cannot be upgraded. You can upgrade the SSD; any of these will be compatible with your model, and you can follow the guide here: MacBook Air 11" Late 2010 Solid-State Drive Replacement. Good luck!


  • iPod Touch 6th Generation Teardown

    We haven't tested it, but physically there doesn't seem to be any difference between the 5th and 6th gen front panels.

  • Classic Mac Technique

    i tryed this teckneiqe on my CLASSICMAC but it didnt work i think the please fix my iphone.

  • Classic Mac Technique

    Allows me to remove the rear seat and repair or replace the three-point seat belts.

  • Classic Mac Technique

    how to fix it without paying money or wasn't the noise to be statice

  • Kindle Fire HDX 7" Teardown

    The processor is most likely layered beneath the RAM. While we didn't desolder to make 100% certain this time, it's very common practice, and the only logical place on the board. Take a look at our first Kindle Fire teardown, where we removed the RAM to find the processor layered beneath.

  • Retina Macbook 2015 Teardown

    It's about 4.5" x 1.5", not including the battery contact protrusion.

  • Retina Macbook 2015 Teardown

    Not a lot. A pretty light flick with a thing plastic tool like our opening pick works well enough, once you get it jammed in the gap between the key and the aluminum frame.

  • MacBook Pro 15" Core 2 Duo Models A1226 and A1260 Right Fan Replacement

    Thanks for the awesome feedback, nfleisher! Glad to hear your repair was a success.

  • iPhone 5 Teardown

    Sadly, those parts in the rear case are glass, so there isn't much you can do to fix them short of replacement. Check out this Answers post about taking those parts out.

  • iPod Classic Headphone Jack & Hold Switch Replacement

    The headphone jack is part of an assembly, on a cable with the hold switch. We sell this assembly for thin iPod classics (80, 120, or 160 GB) here, and for the thick (160 GB) variety here.