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  • Answer to: Why is my move controller not working

    There's a pretty hefty battery inside. Try leaving it on the charger for a while and if that doesn't work, you may need to replace the battery. Fortunately it's just a few screws to access the battery.
  • Answer to: turn on but has no signal

    This is a pretty common problem. Check out some of the solutions from this thread. This can be an HDMI signaling issue, so try turning off your TV and disconnecting the HDMI cable. There's also a great http://www.thebuzzmedia.com/ps3-hdmi-black-screen/overview. It could be a cheap HDMI cable, out of date TV firmware, out of date PS3 firmware, or a bad HDMI port. Share a bit more of your troubleshooting steps and we can help you drill into this more.
  • Answer to: Glass cracked screen works fine can I replace the screen only?

    The glass is glued to the digitizer, so you need to replace the entire assembly at once. There are some groups that will give you credit if you mail them your cracked assembly, but it's usually only a few dollars.
  • Answer to: Why I can't log on facebook

    Facebook has de-activated SSL3 support for older devices because of the Poodle vulnerability. You'll need to see if Sony has a browser security update.
  • Answer to: Getting a blank white screen

    Don't fear, this happens from time to time. You just need to take it apart again! You probably have a loose cable. Does it make a noise on bootup? If not, then it might be the battery connector. If it gets part of the way into bootup, it could be the hard drive cable. But I think the most likely culprit is the display data cable. Try disconnecting and reconnecting it. You can test the machine without putting all the bottom case screws back in. Just make sure it's off when you're fiddling with the cables.
  • Answer to: Can l add 4LTE to the Tablet

    No. The cellular technology is integrated into the main board and the WiFi version doesn't have the antennas it needs.
  • Answer to: Dropped in water and only vibrates when trying to power on

    The first thing I recommend with any water damage situation is to open the product up and make sure you don't have corrosion building up inside. You may need to clean it with isopropyl alcohol. Follow these water troubleshooting directions. The power to your vibrator is obviously still working, so it may be a quiet switch that is broken. I don't have experience with this particular phone, but perhaps check the software settings and see if you can manually trigger the vibrator. If you share more information with us we can help you narrow the problem down further!
  • Answer to: How to Profit from iCloud Locked iPod 5th Gen

    That's pretty difficult to bypass. You need to get the original owner to unlock it for you.
  • Answer to: iPhone 5/C/S white screen boot logo

    I have a extremely strong suspicion that this is a software setting on the mainboard, and swapping the display for one with a different color bezel will change nothing. Jailbreaking your phone is pretty easy, especially if you're on iOS 7 (not 7.1 where there is only a Chinese jailbreak at the moment).
  • Answer to: Does not drain the water at the end of cycle

    I just installed a new garbage disposal because the last one developed a leak in the plastic casing. Garbage disposal worked great, but my dishwasher filled up with water. I realized that i forgot to remove the stopper plug from the disposal! They make them with a plug in case you're not hooking up a dishwasher. So if you just installed a new disposal and now your dishwasher is filling up with water, check to see if there's a plastic plug blocking your drain.


  • Xbox 360 Kinect Teardown

    It was convenient. We didn't have an NES controller laying around, but we did have the Virtual Boy controller from our teardown in August.

  • Old Bomgar B200 Teardown

    I have never seen a teardown on a deck before! Very cool.

  • Canon PowerShot S500 Teardown

    This is fantastic! Very detailed. I'm sure it will be quite helpful to people.

  • Nexus 9 Teardown

    We're certainly open to showing more, but we don't have an antenna expert on staff to explain the antenna systems that we find.

    We're very interested in learning more if you want to take a trip up the coast and teach us.

  • Samsung Galaxy S III Broken Front Glass Replacement

    Great guide, your photos are very clear. Well done!

  • iPhone 6 Plus Teardown

    That's correct.

  • iPhone 4 Teardown

    That information was incorrectly copied from a different report. My apologies; it has been removed.

  • iPhone 4 Teardown

    That CDMA information was incorrectly copied from a different report. My apologies; it has been removed.

  • Power Mac G4 Cube Teardown

    This is great! What a beautiful machine that was.

  • MacBook Pro 17" Unibody Teardown

    Quote from Locke:

    Can u put up a side by side comparison of the different models? I can't visualize just #'s.

    Locke, we'd love to do that but sadly we don't have a 15" unibody right now! If you find a picture online, I'll post a link to it.