So, who am I and why am I here? I consider myself just a regular Joe. I am old enough to know better but still believe in trying to save the world and humanity. One device at a time. I love to mentor and to help others, I am into repurposing and trying to repair anything.
I come from a time and a place where there was never enough money to just replace things or to just go and buy new stuff. Fixing things was not a passion but a necessity. 50 years of fixing, building and yes, breaking things as well, has taught me a lot. During my lifetime I've learned that the only thing that truly matters is how we get along with others; to never prematurely judge people. I do judge people by their actions and not by some preconceived notion. If you are being kind and compassionate toward our environment (people, planet, animal, etc.) you are okay in my book.
I have learned a lot and continue to study and learn new things daily. This enables me to provide some answer on this forum. It enables me to help someone that needs it and it helps to keep things going. All too often we discard stuff just because it is broken and we do not know how to fix it. This puts an incredible strain on our environment and it makes others rich. We all should support organizations like https://repair.org/stand-up/ to fight for our right to repair. It’ll keep our hard earned money in our pockets instead of further feeding the Profit-before-People (Planet) machinery.
“We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. “ (Charlie Chaplin in “The Great Dictator”) Totally awesome expression thereof shown here
Nine years on iFixit is a long time. After some debates with family and friends, I’ve made the decision to take a step back and to slow it down a bit but I will continue to support the efforts by everyone put forward on here.
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Hair dryer for logic board reflow?Okay, so I had some time while I was waiting for parts to complete a few more projects. I did my daily browsing through " ...
What logic board component is this?I am currently trying to resurrect a relatively expensive hair straightener. It is a Croc Infrared Titanium Ceramic...
Steven P. Jobs died, the visionary co-founder of Apple who helped usher in the era of personal computers and then led a cultural...
Need Audio transformer infoI am currently in the process of rebuilding a 1960 Tube amplifier. I do need a new audio transformer since one of them has...
Does not charge or recognized by pcHi there, besides my Ipod trouble I also have an Iphone issue. Since there are 4 in my household I suppose it was bound to...
not charging after battery replacementJust replaced my old battery with the one I purchased from you. Great and easy fix, loved your instructions. But here is...
Answer to "RCA 65" LED TV - Back Light blinks once then turn off."@techvictor “the sounds and Video are working properly” and ”I tried replacing with new power supply” and if you have no change with that it is most likely a failed backlight array (backlight stips). I suggest to get an inexpensive backlight tester and check it out or go ahead and replace the strips hoping that I diagnosed this right ;-).
Answer to "TV repair training and tools"@kristopherw depends how deep into you want to go with these repairs. For the beginning I’d stick with just the basic tools. Couple of good multimeters, LED backlight testers are a must. Oscilloscope is optional but nice to have. Of course good screwdrivers, soldering stations etc.,irons always come in handy. As for the “education” part stick with AC/DC circuitry, boost circuitry, power supply technology, backlight technology (CCFL, LED, OLED, QLED etc.) and of course the LCD display itself. Again, all of this depends how deep into you want to go into it and what your long term plan is. Main issue you are going to run into is the lack of support from the manufacturers. Service manuals that are needed will not be made available to you. Stay away from brands like VIZIO (hodgepodge of parts from all over. Inconsistent quality and poor support), TOSHIBA ( black helicopter company that will hunt you down with their attorneys and force you into submission if you even try to service one of their TV’s. That...
Answer to "Loudspeaker sometimes works sometimes doesn't"@overflowunt “if I beat the phone on the back a few times, the sound comes back to normal, “ sounds like a bad connection or a bad speaker. It’ll all be a guess until you open it up and see what damage awaits you. Once you do that, post some good pictures of your logic board etc., with your QUESTION. That way we can see what you see. Adding images to an existing question While you are add it, go ahead and repair the broken screen since the speaker is mounted to it. It is not a complicated task just follow this guide iPhone 5s Earpiece Speaker Replacement. It’ll eliminate some of the guessing as well.
Answer to "Why is my phone only functioning on loudspeaker after screen replacem?"sarah wangechi you need to first double check your work. MAke sure that all cable connectors are properly seated check for any lose connections or misalignment . Inspect the flex cables for any tears etc. Let us know what you find out.
Answer to "Charging and stuck on start screen"@lgu97701 sounds like you either have a bad battery or a bad charging port/charger. Check the voltage on the charger. If that works I would consider replacing the battery and while you are doing that inspect the charging port to ensure it does not have any broken pins etc., and is still properly connected.
Answer to "No sound coming out of the speaker."@b100nl since you have sound with a headset there are two possible faults. One could be a bad speaker snd the other one is a bad headphone jack. Let us know the exact version of your S8 since there are different varieties according to the country/continent where it was sold Update (09/30/2020): @b100nl here are the instructions on how to check it
Answer to "TX-55CX680B slight double vision/ghost screen."@mountpleasure not sure how you determined that it is NOT the T-con board. If you are absolutely sure about that, then the only other possibility is a bad panel. The LCD driver board most likely has some bad drivers.
Answer to "The left side of my tv is dark"@anniemeg could be a backlight, a power board, T-con board or worst case Panel issue We would need to see what you see. Post some good pictures with your QUESTION Adding images to an existing question For now I go with a backlight or T-con board issue but again we need to see what you see to be reasonably sure.
Answer to "Is it a cracked screen, or tcon board?"Chris M this “jagged colored horizontal lines “ does not sound like a T-con error at all. Jagged would most likely be the panel. Post some pictures of the “lines” with your QUESTION so we can see what you see Adding images to an existing question
Answer to "Alcatel t1 10 takes over 6 hours to charge"Jemma Odonnell the average charge time for this tablet is a minimum of 4.5hrs. So it is not a fast charge tablet. If you feel it is to excessive or just something you do not want to put up with, return it and get another one. Things like that never get better and will only get you more frustrated as time goes on.
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