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things to remember when taking apart computers which I never remember

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Apr. 18th, 2010 | 01:10 pm

When trying to unclip one part from another part, if it's not unclipping it is always because there is a screw left still done up. The proper solution is to find this screw and undo it. The proper solution is not "repeatedly insert a screwdriver into gaps and twist as hard as possible, then try to pull the two bits apart manually while swearing".

Still, at least it is no more broken than it was beforehand, now, apart from cosmetically.

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Taking apart rules

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 18th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)

1. If you are trying to unclip it, you probably need a screwdriver and will end up breaking said part whatever you try to do.
2. If you are trying to unscrew it, you probably need to unclip it and will end up breaking said part whatever you try to do.
These are immutable laws.

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from: soho_iced
date: Apr. 19th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)

Also applies when taking a printer apart (to clean the ink pads under the cartridges), except then I would also advise myself to draw a little diagram to help remember where all the bloody screws came from. As an added disincentive, the screwdriver tactic in this instance also leaves you covered in smears of printer ink.

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 19th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)

Or if you are REALLY organised (or anally-retentive) take a photograph of it before you take the screws out. However, yet another immutable law comes in here: there will always be one screw left over.

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mother of the angry mob

It's because you weren't drinking enough. Puter repairs REQUIRE booze ;)

from: pennyland
date: Apr. 20th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)

I once had my sound card/stereo system taped to the bottom of my desk because I couldn't get that last screw out and couldn't find the speaker connection.

I am, however, someone who can physically destroy a hard drive.
My computer skills are either awesome or extremely flukeish and odd.

I really like electrical tape :)

How do I get the half of my ram/rom off the other partition when I can't get both to format and the OS reformat thing won't let me 'baleet' the 'g' drive?
I'm missing half of my memory. :(

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 23rd, 2010 09:34 am (UTC)

when your at the prising stage it always gives way rather suddenly and results in one of your knuckles being butchered by another component.

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