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  • How to replace speaker?

    Internal speaker is not working. I have a spare (dead) machine I can use for parts. The speaker APPEARS to be fastened to the...


  • Answer to: loud buzz sound, followed by a light smell of something burning

    "Ripped off" is indeed the right word. You got ripped off because Apple (and a lot of other companies) were ripped off in a case of industrial espionage. Here is a Wikipedia page that goes into the gory details. It's a no-win story for everyone involved. I have worked on a TON of G5 iMacs, many with bad capacitors. I have also seen iMacs of the same period that are still trucking along happily, not a single visible bad cap. It's just the luck of the draw. Apple did have an extended replacement program. So did Dell, and I'm sure others manufacturers as well. In terms of buying new equipment from Apple, the "capacitor plague" problem is now behind us. Support services are excellent, IMHO, especially if you can take the system to an Apple store and talk to them in person.
  • Answer to: Battery and LCD panel are failing, can I operate it "headless" safely?

    Absolutely! I had a similar machine, one with a failed display. I chose to remove the display + lid completely - hinges, cables, and all. It worked just fine: If you choose JUST to remove the LCD panel, and leave the frame and cables in place, for better cooling I'd leave off the "lid" and remove the magnet that's associated with the "lid closed" switch. Hope this helps!


  • PowerBook G4 Aluminum 15" 1-1.5 GHz Optical Drive Replacement

    Note that there is a black foam pad near the DVI connector at the right rear corner. This is not fixed in place, and may come loose. Be sure to replace it BEFORE you fasten down the keyboard tray.

  • MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Late 2008 and Early 2009 Logic Board Replacement

    The two screws closest to the optical drive have smaller heads. (May not be critical.)

  • Disassembling Logitech MBJ58 Mouse Scroll wheel from mount

    Excellent! I took an MBJ58 apart to remove accumulated gunk, and the resistance spring jumped onto my worktable before I noticed where it came from. Thanks for the help, well done!

  • MacBook Pro Retina Display Teardown

    This is a good time to ask something that has puzzled me for a long time. What is the significance of the parenthesized sections of an LG Phillips display code? Here we have LP154WT1 (SJ) (A1) GD. I suspect that LP means LG Phillips, 154 is 15.4 inches, and W means Widescreen. Pretty simple. I'll ignore T1 and again ask, what does (SJ)(A1) stand for.

    Bottom line here is that I am trying to figure out whether screens with the same MAIN code but different "parenthesis codes" are interchangeable.