Hello, world! I’m Arthur, one of the tech writers/teardown engineers at iFixit. I get the illustrious honor of taking devices apart, identifying/figuring out how things work, and showing others how to do it. It’s like being a tech journalist, but with much more in-depth hands-on action.
I was born in Shanghai, China. My family headed for San Francisco when I was five, and that's where I grew up most of my life.
I wanted to be an inventor! So, I pursued electrical engineering (I really should have chosen mechanical engineering, but that's another story!) I ran on the education hamster wheel for quite awhile, and graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a masters in electrical engineering with a focus on mechatronics and control systems. Along the way, I also found my life purpose and my best friend.
When my mind wanders, it tends to float towards how to fix/optimize things, whether if it’s troubleshooting a phone that won’t power up, or figuring out how to explain a complex re-assembly step elegantly. I enjoy a concise, well-written guide more than wine.
My interests ebb and flow, but currently these are the pick of the day:
- Playing, explaining, and promoting modern board games.
- Driving my Suzuki Samurai along forgotten trails.
- Taking stuff apart (not necessarily to put back together)- because I'm curious
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Guides I've Helped Translate
Jeep Repair— 2013 jeep Sahara hood wont openCommunity member @jlew04's question has been moved here: Installed grill guard now hood won’t open or release enough to...
Answer to "How does flood illumator look on ear speaker for iPhone X"You can see the flood illuminator in the second image here: iPhone X Earpiece Speaker and Front Sensor Assembly Replacement If you are asking which traces in the flex cable is responsible for the flood illuminator, I can’t help you with that. As far as I understand, unfortunately the entire front sensor assembly is paired with the iPhone and must be transferred over to retain FaceID
Answer to "electrical cord replacement on shark rocket HV301"Hi Jan, Does the power cord easily disconnect from the vacuum cleaner? If not, I can offer two options: (1) Repair the current power cord. If done correctly, this is a much cheaper option and is perfectly safe and durable. You would just have to cut out a bit of the power cord, strip the wires, solder, and adequately shrink-wrap/insulate them. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, any local repair shop or electrician should be able to help you out. They also should not charge you very much for the simple repair. (2) Buy a generic replacement vacuum cleaner power line. You can find them online by searching for “shark vacuum cleaner power cord”. Any one that has 3 wires would work. You can even choose how long you’d like it to be! However, the tricky part would be to re-attach the cord to the vacuum cleaner, as they did not make the cord easily replaceable. This may unfortunately require disassembly.
Answer to "Logic board replacement iPhone SE"Unless the battery leaked, the logic board should not just die from neglect. Was the phone working perfectly before? Chances are the battery has slowly drained below a “safe” voltage, and the power management refuses to charge it. There is a chance that the power management is broken. If that’s the case, then a logic board replacement/microsoldering repair would be needed.
Answer to "How do you open the mouse"Try following this guide to open up your mouse.
Answer to "Safe Note 7 battery?"Hi Miguel, It may be possible, but not safe to use the Note 7 battery in the FE, even though it would connect. The Note 7 battery is slightly bigger physically than the FE’s and trying to fit it into the FE would increase the chance of fire.
Answer to "I can't login in forgot password"You can try to factory reset the tablet. Doing so will wipe all user data/apps from the tablet. (1) Make sure the tablet is charged. Losing power while performing the factory reset may brick your tablet. (2) Turn the tablet off. (3) Hold the [volume up] button and the [power] button. Continue holding until you see “Android System Recovery” show on the screen. Release all buttons after you see that. (4) Use the volume buttons to scroll to the “wipe data/factory reset” option. Use the [power] button to select it. (5) Press the [power] button to confirm the user prompts.
Answer to "My KitchenAid KSM7586PCA 7-Quart Pro line burned"Hi Claudete, It looks like there is no easy fusible link to replace, so something is probably burned out on the control board. Follow this guide to take the mixer apart to the control board (step 6). See if you can see any burned components. If you reply with a picture of the board (like this), we may be able to help identify what part is burned out. The cheapest solution may be to buy a replacement board, or go to an electronics repair shop.
Answer to "iPhone X / XS Loudspeaker Compatibility"Visually, it does not look like they are. The X loudspeaker has a notch in the bottom right corner to accommodate a screw post. iPhone X loudspeaker iPhone XS loudspeaker
Answer to "Which parts/kits needed to replace LCD&Dig and Battery on iPh 7+?"Hey Keith, You basically need to make sure you cover all the tools and parts in the battery and screen guides. In your case, there are two major routes: (1) Full screen kit (and guide link), which includes many small parts already pre-mounted on it, making replacement much easier. The kit will also have all the tools you’ll need for a battery replacement. You would just need to purchase the following parts: (1.1) Replacement battery (1.2) Replacement battery strips (2) Bare LCD and digitizer (guide link), which is tailored for more experienced repairers. Since that is a bare part, you will need to purchase all the tools and parts (like the stickers and adhesive) listed in the guide, in additional to the battery & battery strips.
Answer to "Where is the motherboard battery?"Hi Alx, I would guess that it may be under this cover.
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