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Open Your Electronics
Is the fan on your laptop loud? Is your desktop computer running slow? Do you have an old phone you don’t use because the headphone jack is busted or the screen is broken? Our electronics aren’t as fragile or as mysterious as we’ve been told—Open them up. Take a screwdriver, and open them up. Just try it.
Earlier this week, we ran a feature about my trip to the Electronics Reuse Convention, where I met with electronics repair professionals and the folks at iFixit, who help give the gadgets we use every day a second life.
As our electronics get smaller, more powerful, and more expensive, there’s a tendency to assume that if something breaks, we’re probably not qualified to fix it ourselves.
It’s true that there are some devices that are exceedingly difficult to repair and there are some specific repairs that should not be attempted by novices. And not every repair is worth doing, from a time, effort, and monetary standpoint. But you’ll never know if you don’t try.
And so this weekend, or next, or some day when you’re hungover or bored or it’s raining or snowing or you just feel like learning something or doing something with your hands, open up one of your old electronics. What you see in there will probably surprise you.
“The first time you open an electronic, it stops being a magical black box and you see it’s just a bunch of things plugged together,” Kyle Wiens, the CEO of iFixit, which provides free online repair manuals and sells electronic replacement parts and tools, told me.
Wiens is right. A couple years ago, an old girlfriend’s laptop was running hot and randomly shutting off. I suspected she probably needed a new fan. At the time, money was tight, so taking it to a professional wasn’t an option. I headed over toRadio Shack (remember those?), bought a set of tiny screwdrivers for a couple bucks, took a deep breath, and opened the thing up.
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Like me yesterday. Our computer was heating up, making all kinds of noises. My wife said it started when I put in the new mouse. So for the first time in 3 to 4 years (or maybe 5?), I cleaned the inside. Pretty dusty. Lots of q-tips, plasma wipes, vacuum cleaner, and patience, it is now cool and quite. Try it if you never have.