Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ms. Fix It

I enjoy learning how to do things.
Most of the time I like to learn it with the help of my friend the World Wide Web. Sometimes the World Wide Web and I will have our disagreements or arguments, but we always make up. I can never stay mad at them.
Anyway, I taught myself or sometimes with the help of others (actual people, not the computer) how to do things. I have learned from watching my dad (he attempted to be a handy man sometimes successful and sometimes not) and watching my friends. I learned the inter workings of the computer through friends and my brother. So when it comes to calling up customer support for further assistance (when I cannot figure it out) it pisses me off when I tell them I have done everything they just told me to do, but they want me to do it AGAIN because they think I don't know. Grr... But this isn't about that (yet). Other things I learned, HTML, CSS and Flash. Nothing at an expert level or even advanced (and most Flash I have forgotten now), but enough to get by or expand on if I wanted to.
But learning all these things would just build up in me and then I NEED to know how it works. So I learn how to do it. I'll ask my friends who know about it, questions.

My need for knowing how either things work or knowing how to fix things has grown. I just recently learned how to fix an ipod. I researched it about 1-2 years ago because someone thought their ipod died. It ended up just needing an old fashion reset, but I learned how to replace the hard drive, thinking maybe it was that. So I learned how to do it. Step by step. It was fascinating to me. I sat on it because I didn't want to spend money on getting all the parts on fixing an ipod when there was a chance it wouldn't work. Well, the urge to do it was too much and I gave in.
I bought a used ipod video on ebay.
They said it wouldn't turn on.
They lied.
The audio didn't work.
At all!
Through headphones or the dock (which FYI, its VERY COMMON for Ipod 5G/Video!)
Plus, the guy clearly busted the front cover probably trying to fix it himself and failing. Miserably. (now I have to buy a new front cover too)
So what I originally thought was a battery or hard drive issue, turned out to be a logic board issue.
I learned how to do that, bought a new logic board, swapped it out and presto! It works. So now I have a used ipod 5G for cheaper than a refurbished one and roughly about the same price as a used one I can get off ebay.
I must say I'm proud of myself.
Now, I'm no expert, but I can always help and send you in the right direction if you decide to fix your ipod yourself.
Just let me know.

Fixing stuff

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