Hello! I’m Amber and I’m the Community Manager at iFixit! I’m from the Central Coast of California, about 10 minutes down the road from iFixit in SLO. I’ve grown up on the internet and have always been a bit of an extroverted introvert–which is a perfect mix for managing online communities!
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been headstrong and interested in doing everything myself. My mom's favorite story to tell about me is that my first widely used phrase was “Me do” which has now, coincidentally, turned into a career with “iFix” it. I am by no means a fixing master like some members on our site, but I am a decently confident tinkerer. My first big project was when I was 4 or 5 and I decided to take apart our family VCR so I could watch the tape spin inside instead of the movie it was playing. And yes, I did put it back together successfully. My most recent fix was replacing the joysticks to my JoyCons because of two cases of the dreaded Nintendo JoyCon Drift.
In high school I was the only girl in 2 years of programming and computer repair classes. I love seeing that more girls and women are taking on repair projects. This lead me to become interested in advocating for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) in primary grades. The goal was to help more kids who wouldn’t generally be exposed to the idea learn to love it, so I originally went the direction of working towards working with kids. I did that for about 10 years–I was writing and teaching at summer camps (almost always science or nature based) and over the last few years I wrote and ran all of the teen programs at my local Y. Academically speaking, I have a BA in Child and Adolescent Development with a focus in Non-Profit Administration.
My interest in technology and never left me so when I found iFixit I knew I had to get onto the team!
In my off time I have a couple of hobbies. I like cooking and baking, reading fantasy and science fiction in any form (text, graphic novels, audiobooks, webcomics), listening to podcasts, taking care of my chickens and dog and garden, and lastly (but certainly not leastly) chasing around my toddler.
Motherboard clip fell off during a repairI was repairing a joy-con with a drifting joystick and when I went to reassemble everything I found a tiny piece of...
crwdns2890332:0iFixit battery one year old and now needs replacing. How can that be?crwdne2890332:0Hi Christoph, @danj is right, your battery isn’t looking so good. I’ve spoken with Customer Support and it looks like you bought your battery from our EU store. The message has been forwarded from the US to the EU. That team will be getting back to you as soon as they can. Please let me know if I can help you further!
crwdns2890332:0Ps4 Powers up for roughly 10 seconds then shuts downcrwdne2890332:0@mr_nimbus sounds like their answer is on the right track, but their link didn’t show up. Here’s a link to a guide we have about replacing the Power Supply Unit.
crwdns2890332:0My lock fob has suddenly stopped working on my Ford Fiesta 2012 platecrwdne2890332:0Hi @joyspurrier, can you attach a photo of the key fob? (Click here for directions on how to add photos to your post.) Even with the “sealed” devices you can usually get into them with a spudger (or a guitar pick, credit card, or flat head screwdriver). Once you’re in, you should be able to swap out the battery. This guide has a quick video example of using the key to open their fob. Hope this helps!
crwdns2890332:0iPod Classic 3G Battery (2003 device)crwdne2890332:0Hi Mark, I did some reading around different places about the compatible battery for that iPod battery (616-0159) and the best answer I can come up with is that some of the sources might be less accurate. The highest battery size I’m finding online, from trustworthy sellers, is 850 mAh. On Newegg, for example. I can tell you that all of the products we sell are screened for quality and we offer a 1 year limited warranty on our batteries. I hope this helps and let me know if I can answer any other questions!
crwdns2890332:0iPod Classic 3G Battery (2003 device)crwdne2890332:0Hello Mark, That’s a good question. I’ll be looking into it. Can you let me know more about your device so I know exactly what I’m researching? Just to double check, are you looking at the iPod 3rd Generation (3G) or the iPod Classic?
crwdns2890332:0Nintendo switch left joystick keeps registering movementcrwdne2890332:0Hi @benti, @nybblelynx is right, unfortunately for you. You’ve got the drift. There are a lot of articles online about different ways to fix it, but we just published an article a few days ago that has the only real solution- just have to replace it. I’ve replaced the joysticks to different left joy-con controllers, using this guide: Left Joy-Con Joystick Replacement. It took some patience, but it wasn’t terribly difficult. We also sell the individual part or a full kit to replace it. Hopefully this helps you out and isn’t too much of an information overload! Happy fixing!
crwdns2890332:0Display of a Moto G5g plus?crwdne2890332:0Hello @hannes24, Sorry about your phone’s screen, what a bummer! Here’s a link to the Motorola Moto G5 Plus Display Replacement Guide. Hope this helps!
crwdns2890332:0Where does this small piece fit into my xbox controllercrwdne2890332:0Hi @alphacrxckd , I’m pretty sure that is your audio port. Check out this guide: Xbox One Wireless Controller Model 1708 3.5 mm Audio Port Replacement. Hope this helps!
crwdns2890332:0Can I order a new connection part online?crwdne2890332:0Hi brunette_jedi, You could try to find another one on eBay that is being sold for parts. Unfortunately, we don’t sell parts for it but eBay might work! Hope this helps!
crwdns2890332:0Can't get past red standby light to turncrwdne2890332:0Hi ualemp837, Have you tried unplugging it from the wall and leaving it with no power for 10-15 minutes? Hope this helps!