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  • Answer to: earpods to fit iPod shuffle 3g

    You can get a small adapter with volume controls to use with any headset you like. This is particularly awesome if, like me, your ears were seemingly not designed with Apple products in mind (I can't get the earpods to stay in for more than a few seconds at a time). Some sites also allow you to search headphones by feature set, including volume controls. Check the specs/reviews to make sure they'll work with your particular device.
  • Answer to: Why aren't some of the keys on my laptop working?

    It's possible you just have a bit of dirt, lint, or some other contaminant underneath a few of the keys. Try blowing them out with compressed air before you look into replacing keyboards or other components. If the individual keys can be removed on your particular model, carefully pry them up and wipe down the contacts with isopropyl alcohol. Allow them to dry before you reassemble. If neither of those things helps, look into some of the culprits that James mentioned.
  • Answer to: Older Cell Phones - Do you want donated?

    Hey Jim! Thanks so much for checking with us. The short answer is, it depends on the phone. Con's answer contains a link to our list of most-wanted devices; if any of your phones are on that list, fill out the form and we'll send you a pre-paid shipping label. If your phones aren't on that list, but they're within about 5 years old and not yet documented on iFixit, we'd still love to have them—we have a small army of eager technical writing students waiting to tear them apart and write repair guides. Fill out the form and we'll get in touch. Thanks for donating!
  • Answer to: Can I replace the camera?

    You may not need to replace the entire camera. Here's a video showing how to replace the lens.

Notes

  • Mac Pro Late 2013 Teardown

    You're right, and we don't normally go into that level of detail for a teardown. Teardowns provide a first look at the hardware and an opportunity to assess repairability; they're not intended to be used as instructions. Not to worry, though—we have a complete set of step-by-step guides available for that very reason.

  • iPhone 5c Battery Replacement

    Keep reading; there are some additional steps you can take toward the end of the guide. The battery is much easier to remove if you keep the pull tabs intact, but they can be tricky.

  • iPhone 5c Display Assembly Replacement

    It depends on where you buy the replacement part. The display assembly iFixit sells for the 5c comes pre-assembled with the home button, front camera, earpiece speaker, and the LCD shield plate already in place, which makes for an easier repair. You're absolutely correct in that if your main concern is getting the cheapest price on the part, you'll need to spend some additional time transferring those bits from the old display to the new one. And—ta-da!—we've got a guide for that.

  • Apple iPhone 6 Teardown by X-ray

    This is so cool! Thanks for sharing!

  • iPhone 6 Plus Teardown

    We're doing the 6 Plus first. Fret not, the iPhone 6 isn't getting off the hook. :)

  • Lenovo IdeaTab A1000L 7" Display Assembly Replacement

    Bob, it looks like the display assembly should be the last remaining component at the end of the guide—is that not correct? If you are looking to replace an individual display component, such as the digitizer glass, then yes that will require a different approach.

  • Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Teardown

    Right you are—good catch! We've updated that step.

  • PlayStation 4 Teardown

    Per Chipworks, the 2 Gb (256 MB) DDR3 is used by the dedicated network co-processor. That also seems reasonably apparent from the board layout.