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Apple Blasted for Tiny Torx Screws
2/13/2012

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Apple's always appealing packaging includes the usual sparse instruction book, as well as a miniature power brick, a connector cable, and earbuds with microphone.
Apple's always appealing packaging includes the usual sparse instruction book, as well as a miniature power brick, a connector cable, and earbuds with microphone.

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jeffbiss
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Re: the right tool!
jeffbiss   8/22/2012 12:21:02 PM
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Irishmuse,

Get the right drivers! It's that simple! The fact is that a company will do what it wants to do for its reasons. One of those reasons may be to use nonstandard hardware to keep unqualified people from working on their product even when the it's been purchased and owned by the consumer. So, you know what? A qualified person will get the proper driver!

As a person who works on stuff all the time, I get the correct tools for the job as determined by whatever the manufacturer used.

Stuart21
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Re: Apple Blasted for Tiny Torx Screws
Stuart21   8/22/2012 11:34:49 PM
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Fridge / freezer are very dry.

Rinse in distilled water first - shake dry - full length arm swing centrifuge. Then put in fridge. Freezer may be dangerous if significant water remains.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Apple Blasted for Tiny Torx Screws
Rob Spiegel   8/23/2012 11:32:47 AM
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So it sounds like even just putting it in the fridge makes a difference, Stuart21. Is that because of the contraction of the water?

Dave
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Incredibly brazen
Dave   8/24/2012 10:47:34 AM
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Not too long ago, I was replacing my car's headlight gear motors and found that a Phillips bit with 3/8 drive would be perfect to have. I simply drove to my neiborhood auto parts store and bought a set. I would never buy a car that used mounting/fastening hardware that was not readily available. Likewise, I will not buy any Apple products that incorporate tactics such as the one mentioned.

 

 

Stuart21
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Re: Apple Blasted for Tiny Torx Screws
Stuart21   8/25/2012 6:04:12 AM
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No Rob, the air in the fridge is a very dry. This is because much of the moisture condenses on the evaporator, then the air warms up as it circulates, hence RH drops. Ambent humidity here at the moment is 99%, RH in fridge 32%.

It is ideal for drying stuff.

Presuming distilled water has displaced whatever H2O was in the phone, (esp if salt water) then no residue will remain - odds fairly good phone will function. I tried this with a Moto abt 15 years ago, (dunked in fresh water) & phone came back. Only damage was from a rinse in metho which damaged the screen.

Most important thing though is to get battery out ASAP. Which is where Apple is the problem, for iPhone users, with those Torx.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Apple Blasted for Tiny Torx Screws
Rob Spiegel   8/27/2012 1:41:30 PM
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That makes perfect sense, Stuart21. My daughter's iPod went through the wash. After it came out, she put it in the freezer. After a day in the freezer, it worked. Same principle?

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Re: Apple and Screws
bobjengr   9/15/2012 2:27:38 PM
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HARPO-54: This is exactly what I have done.  I replaced my "aging" mobile phone some months ago and of course had a multitude of brand names from which to choose.  I did go Android.  My oldest granddaughter had an Apple laptop some years ago, purchased prior to her freshman year at the university.   There is only ONE authorized repair depot for Apple products in our city-- they know that consequently charging outrageous prices for their work and parts.   That was my lesson learned.  The cost for repairs to her"machine" was approximately one-half the purchase price.  Last year the laptop died.   This time, we go PC version and she made that decision. 

tedhastings
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Re: Asking for trouble
tedhastings   12/6/2012 1:52:34 PM
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I would, and have opened our iphones to patch the inferior top button.

Other than that, if I pay for it, I own it and if I want to open it up, it is mine to open up.

Having opened the iphone, I have to wonder if it is to prevent problems, or to try and hide a poorly designed and constructed device.

Been doing that sort of things since taking the family alarm clock apart at about age 6.

Yes, I did get it back together.

 

BRDD-Man
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Re: Apple hallmark
BRDD-Man   12/6/2012 2:44:08 PM
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I believe sir that you've nailed it! :-)

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Re: Apple hallmark
Cabe Atwell   5/29/2014 1:26:06 AM
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This could be viewed two ways. On the one hand, it might be beneficial, as it would create a deterrent for 'Alphabet Agencies' and others to tamper with. On the other, it limits home users from modifying their own property or repairing it on their own.

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