Where I'm from...
I moved to the Central Coast (or is it Southern California Coast?) in 2015 thanks to iFixit. Before that I was located in a small Northern California town called Shasta Lake City. Prior to working with iFixit I ran and operated my own small business fixing phones, tablets, computers and whatever else came to me. I went to the University of Nevada Reno (Go Wolf Pack!) and majored in Public Speaking.
My first repair was on an iPod Touch and was unsuccessful, however that one repair was all it took to spark a passion for fixing things. As I grew in my experience and expertise I began interacting with larger organization in the area securing local contracts with Best Buy, AT&T, Verizon and a handful of local repair shops. I screwed up a few devices, paid some unfortunate customers a few hundred dollars and learned from the experience.
Through it all I maintained a great relationship with my mentors and my customers. I understand that we all have a wealth of knowledge that we just want to give to someone willing to listen and learn with a bit of humility. For me, if knowledge is power, then I'm a power hungry kind of guy.
What I Do...
When I'm not working I like to help people out by fixing their things. My ultimate goal is in line with iFixit's in that I want to see less things thrown away or shoved in a drawer. There's immense value in the things we already own, we just have to recognize it.
Beyond fixing I enjoy hiking quite a bit. I've traveled up and down the State of California hitting every trail I can find the time to do, and making lists of things I will do. More recently I've done:
Castle Crags State Park (in the Winter!)
Sequoia National Park
And so much more. I love meeting new people and having new experiences. To follow my life check out my Facebook (http://facebook.com/cvneutron).
I leave you with this: "The mountains are calling, and I must go." ~ John Muir
My Belkin WeMo Switch Universal F7C027FC is stuck on an old scheduleI have a universal light switch that I've used for many purposes over the years. It's about 2 or 3 years old at this...
crwdns2890332:05s dying randomly before & after battery replacement, hours to turn oncrwdne2890332:0Treat any repair like surgery and do as the surgeons do: look for a noninvasive way to resolve the problem. (1) Double check the charging cables and wall adapters you are usinge are MFi Certified. This standard of certification is produced by Apple for accessory makers and certifies that your accessories will work as designed without damaging the device. If you don't have the original cases for the accessories you can use the purchase price to tell. If you bought the accessory for less than $3, chances are you don't have a certified item. It lacks the chip (which costs $3) necessary. (2) Shine a light into your charging port and look for signs of lint or dirt/dust blocking the charge. You can take a toothpick, SIM card eject tool, or tweezers to scrape out the gunk. (3) Check the SIM Card Tray area for a tripped Water Damage Indicator. This can be found by removing the tray and looking up (towards the screen) from the bottom for a little circular sticker. White = No water. Pink = Water. If there's been...
crwdns2890332:0Phone won't turn on after I opened it upcrwdne2890332:0You probably damaged your LCD when you threw the device. You'll want to pick up a new iPhone 6s LCD and repair it: iPhone 6s LCD and Digitizer
crwdns2890332:0iPhone 8 lcd flex compatible with iPhone 7?crwdne2890332:0From what I've been able to tell looking at the connectors the LCD may be compatible but the digitizer is not.
crwdns2890332:0Why my ring/silent switch doesn't work?crwdne2890332:0Does it give you any feedback when you flip the switch like it normally would or is it hard to press? It's possible the activator switch went out and you require a replacement Volume/Power button switch. The repair isn't the easiest to do but it is possible. iPhone 6 Audio Control Cable
crwdns2890332:0Where can I find the IMEI or MEID numbercrwdne2890332:0(1) To view the SIM, IMEI, and Serial Number, from any screen, swipe down from the notification bar. (2) Tap Wireless. (3) Tap Mobile Network. (4) Tap Advanced Network Settings. (5) IMEI and SIM Serial Number will be displayed. (6) To view the device Serial Number, from any screen, swipe down from the notification bar. (7) Tap Settings. (8) Tap Device Options. (9) The device Serial Number will be displayed.
crwdns2890332:0After repairing screen phone will not charge past one percent.crwdne2890332:0Did you try putting the old screen back on the device? It is possible the new screen is drawing too much power and messing the power-regulation that the iPhone traditionally employs with the components. I've seen some low-quality or defective screens cause power fluctuations in the device in the past that was only resolved by replacing said screen. It is also possible that the device is experiencing Tristar disease. Repair shops have been inundated with these issues as of late. It's caused by using non-Certified charging cables and accessories that power through the lightning port. It's pretty hard to tell without a full-on teardown of the cable (that would break it, obviously) but a good rule of thumb is if the cable cost less than $5 and came from a gas station, it's not a certified cable. Certified Cables, or mFI cables, employ a U2 chip that regulates power like a surge protector. If this is the case the phone will need board level repair on that chip to be up and running again.
crwdns2890332:0iPhone 5s Touch id inaccuratecrwdne2890332:0If you've recently repaired your iPhone it could be that you've damaged the Touch ID cable. On the iPhone 5s and SE this cable is tricky to maneuver and disconnect without tearing and, if you do, you lose Touch ID Functionality. A couple thoughts that might help you out: (1) Try removing the Tempered Glass Screen Protector and setting up Touch ID from Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. Add your Left and Right Thumb and whatever your dominant hand pointer finger is. Then "train" the device to better recognize those fingerprints by holding those fingers over the sensor on that initial "Touch ID & Passcode" screen. You'll notice under "Fingerprints" that the corresponding finger highlights in grey for a brief second each time. This is helping the iPhone better account for the variations in your fingerprint. (2) Make sure your screen is clean. Take a microfiber cloth and some screen cleaning solution (or rubbing alcohol, if you don't have any lying around) and clean the entirety of the screen. Additionally, make...
crwdns2890332:0iPhone 6 will not charge with certain chargerscrwdne2890332:0Apple released a standard for charging accessories called "Made for iPhone". You'll often see this logo on packages when you shop for accessories. Specifically, this standard ensures there's a chip in the cable that stops a power surge (in basic terms) from blowing out components on your phone. Repair shops are being inundated with repairs for the U2 Tristar chip that gets damaged when using aftermarket, cheap cables. https://developer.apple.com/programs/mfi... You can still buy a non-OEM cable however it must be "Certified Made for iPhone (MFi)". This chip costs about $3 to manufacture, so any dealer selling you a cable for less than $5 is probably selling you cheap knockoffs that will ruin your phone. For what it's worth, iFixit sells certified charging cables at a reasonable price here: Lightning to USB Charging Cable
crwdns2890332:0lcd zif connector neededcrwdne2890332:0The device is different but you may find the "Most Helpful Answer" on this previous Answers post to be, well, helpful: ZIF connector is broken, is there a way to replace it? As far as a source I recommend microsolderingsupply.com or another microsoldering supply store.
crwdns2890332:0Activation Lock help me!crwdne2890332:0Apple might be your best bet to regain access while retaining your information: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201365 Hopefully you kept proof of purchase for who you purchased it from. Otherwise it's highly unlikely Apple will help you.