Monday, August 10, 2015


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Repair Videos - 75% Price Reduction

Since it's been a while.

Here's an update on the videos - I have reduced the prices on the videos 75% so that more younger techs and students in less developed locations can download them.  Realizing that not everyone can afford items at previous rates.  But they are good training methods for junior techs. Any issues let me know ASAP

PayPal Videos

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year, And Peace on Earth

I'd like to thank everyone for the End of the Year donations.  It really helped, now I am looking at getting some additional hardware to tinker with. As well as getting some newer i5, and i7 systems that have been failing.  For some that had thought I was making it rich with the blog (HA HA HA HA), but your levity is warming. 

Biggest donations : $19.57 

Smallest donation : $00.01
Most recent   $00.16   (not sure what that would be in EURO's but thanks)

Again, I wish all the readers a Happy New Year, and maybe every country can get along, after all no one is leaving the planet too soon, if they do, they usually have to come back.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Something Different - HTC Flyer/Evo View

Doing a number of things got me away from blogging and posting repairs So I'd like to take this opportunity to show something different.

I had gotten an HTC Flyer Tablet in a lot with items that I bought, and it was a nice tablet, but it would not charge! So I first rigged a microUSB port on the top of it to charge the unit.  But with that configuration the cover would not fit. So I searched for the exact replacement, and they are scarce. Very Scarce.  Plus you cannot find them on another tablet because 90% of them have the same problem.
Before and After microUSB mounts

Dead Tablet, No Power will not charge, will not turn on.

Cause -
The pin if broken in the microExt USB port.

Reason -
Failure Problem 1 -The amount of current that the tablet draws overheats the plastic inside the contact because of  how hot the contact gets. Then the internal pin connector sets deeper into the plastic. The microExt USB cable internal contacts pushes down on the connector contact. When the cable is removed, the contact on the connector remains down because the plastic was melted. In that position there is no (+) POS contact on the tablet and it cannot charge.

inverted micro USB replacement
Failure Problem 2 - The microExt  USB port (+) POS pin is pushed back. Instead of making contact with the cable when inserted, the pin is forced back into the connector. Essentially bending and folding into the connector. This sometimes happens with other pins such as the (-) NEG pin. If it happens with a data pin, no data or sync is possible, but the unit will charge.

Complaint -
Poor supply channels and distribution of replacement microExtUSB ports. Not sure if it is a proprietary part from HTC or there are just not enough in the market. 

Solution -
Final before closing up- cover with black electrical tape
Replace with an inverted microUSB port.  This port is readily available, and can be adapted to supply power to the tablet.

Conclusion -
This fixes the charge issue, but data transfer and sync can only be done via microSD card, or wireless, or via Bluetooth. 

The tablet was too good and smooth to just toss it. There are scarce boards that can found but expensive (because so rare) and generally only in China. 

Note:  Both Units Fail in the same manner - manufacturer defective parts - usually after warranty runs out. 

The HTC Flyer and the Evo View are identical except
The Evo is 32gb and Black in color and has a phone built in - 
Usually Sprint for the carrier and LOCKED 

The View is a White/Silver tablet only with either 32gb or 16 gb. All the covers and base is the same. 

Though many are missing USB port covers when purchased.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

All Treats, No Tricks

Since a number of requests have been made, and considering others that may not be fortunate enough to obtain the videos.  I have dropped the price.  I cannot say how long they will be reduced, but you may wish to take this opportunity.

Several projects are in the works -
  Book based training
Write a technical manual that covers repairs as well a principles and typical problems. By model 

  Classroom based training.
2 -Facilities available- Chicago, IL area, and Charlotte, NC area

This avails the opportunity for internationals wanting to attend. Major airports direct from Europe and some Asian countries.

30 seat classroom, projector, whiteboard and course materials.  Those attending the course will be given the standard tool set that I use, and will be trained using them. This is to make sure everyone in on the same page and not to need a tool, and don't have it. Traveling attendees should 'check in' items in their luggage.  TSA is not friendly with some items. (oh well). Some chemicals cannot be taken onboard, checked or otherwise, but are available outside the US.

If you are wanting to attend November's class, please let me know now. Located in Charlotte. Because of major American holiday this month time and schedule is limited.
Charlotte,  Nov 18-22
Chicago (area) Dec 9-13

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mid Week Special 2 for 1

New videos coming out soon. DV4,5,6,7 and other headache model.
They will be on a limited time and number of downloads. Sorry but I have to work rather than monitor activity/

And because I will be rather busy with another project I may not be able to answer Technical Questions on laptops by email for a couple of weeks. 

The old videos may be removed or by request only. Since the Donation thing doesn't work, The subscription site is in the works.  352,000 hits and barely a donation. So... 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Web Classes? Anyone interested

I'm considering webclasses and webinars. If interested let me know.  Looking at Jul 8-12 for schedule.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Videos Available

Per all the requests for the videos.

They are located on MayoHardware.Com I am trying to get things working smoothly, but as always other jobs, tasks and gigs come up.  If you do purchase the videos, you will be redirected from Paypal to the download page.  These videos are huge and cannot be viewed on iPhone, Smartphones etc. Only PC laptop and desktops.

If you do not get a return link, please notify me ASAP, and I will manually sent links.

Thank You

PS: Links posted as advertising will not be published, nor specific requests to repair your laptop by email.

Monday, December 31, 2012

End of 2012

Have a Happy New Year, Joyeaux Noel, Feliz Navidad, Froehlich Neue Jahre.

End of the year, and end of the video download.   I am trying to close out 2012. So if you would like the Videos download please see the previous post. AS they may not be available at this price in 2013.  Also expect additional videos to be coming soon. Well worth the price.

Also if you have gotten a solution - consider a donation.  That makes it inexpensive for all and worth posting the solutions.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Need Classes?

Classes forming for training in Laptop Repair.

The first class for training will be in 2013.  More details will be forthcoming as I am working out the locations for these classes.  Cities under consideration.

  • Dallas
  • Chicago (area)
  • Boston
  • Bay Area (CA)
  • Atlanta
  • Seattle

Classes will be 5 days covering laptop diagnosis, part identification, common problems and hand 'How To', Dead laptop, No Video, DC/USB Jack Replacement.  Since many tech become confused following circuits, this too will be covered.

Class size is limited to 10, due to space.

If you have questions related to this subject - Email Me

The DC and USB port replacement is being covered is that many techs will spend hours and hours replacing what could be done in little as 15 min.  This increases your profitability. Many tech  are still trying to replace Dell jacks with a soldering iron and solder wick, or desoldering iron alone.

Heat management - heating it up without burning the board or nearby plastic or LED's.
Identifying failure area whether it's PCI, GPU or memory related.
Clearing BIOS/CMOS passwords on some models.  Toshiba/Dell/HP

Two other possible international sites under consideration: London, and Belgrade. Depending on interest.