Reduce, reuse, repair, recycle

I’ve had one of those couple of weeks where everything seems to be breaking or there’s lots of projects to do. Some of the projects I’ve been working on..

  1. Receive MacBook Pro from EG for recycling – determined battery had swollen and failed, replace with battery from same model with dead logic board received from EB. Reformat system.. logic board fails (again, I previously reflowed with heat gun in 2017). Recycle maybe? Or try repair again? :D
  2. Upgrade Mac Mini SSD for OC (512GB -> 2TB) – pre-stage previous day, CCC clone to new drive, open and replace. All works.
  3. Open and re-terminate Apple PSU cable (number 9 I think?) for AS
  4. Purchase RTX2060, remove GTX970 from Main PC, put into Media PC
  5. Spend about an hour getting Media PC to work again – needed to put graphics card power cables back into PSU, route them to case, plug in card, troubleshoot no graphics card found, find card wasn’t perfectly seating due to horizontal SATA port fouling, move to second PCIe slot
  6. Go to install RTX2060 in Main PC case. Find it doesn’t fit, disassemble case a bit to drill out rivets holding in unnecessary drive slots, find slots also spot welded in. Decide that while angle grinder would fix that, I should remove motherboard, and if I’m going to do that, I may as well put it in a new case (existing case is circa 2006, owes us nothing). Find new case, install in new case, troubleshoot faulty RAM, remove RAM
  7. Repair digital thermometer – resolder probe wires to PCB and replace battery. All works
  8. Repair Strong DTV PVR for MP – no HDD showing in UI. Remove HDD and test – all working. Run with case open – drive spins up. Inspect PCB, remove swollen capacitors, replace – all working now. Yay!
  9. Repair Dyson handheld vac head – motor not running. Disassemble head, remove dust, re-tension belt – all works
  10. Found dead Apple Bluetooth keyboard in e-waste – repair ongoing – leaked battery has welded button plug in
  11. Replace MacBook Pro Retina battery for MC – battery to be delivered today. Repair soon.

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