you micro-solder and do motherboard repair, what's your field's askme?
August 25, 2018 10:10 AM   Subscribe

I am struggling to find the forum(s) where folks in the cell phone repair / pc repair / data recovery / soldering-and-fixing-tiny-electrical-things-really-well go to ask questions/get advice from others in their fields. Maybe I've just lost my touch, but my googling isn't getting me there. doesn't have to literally be a forum, could be an IRC channel or a discord server or a listserv.. any community type place that has a higher than average number of experienced experts and really serious learners.

take me to your tribe..

I have a phone i have to get data off of that is busted and there are two failure points. I have done a fair amount of studying up on the problems on my own and know the broad strokes of what is needed to fix it, however, i lack the years of actual practice that would grant one the manual dexterity and micro-soldering setup to do it myself.

I want to be well informed - particularly about one of the two failure points to do with replacing a teeny tiny CMOS battery - as I embark on selecting a tech to work with. the second failure point is relatively straight forward, and I *think* I found someone local with the setup to fix that, he inspired confidence regarding his ability to fix failure point 2. But re: the CMOS failure point, he was not so confidence-inspiring and gave me pause.

Alternatively, if you are out there reading this and this is your line of work and want a consulting gig, feel free to memail me. A phone call would probably sort this much more efficiently than a forum post..

or, if you have had a really good experience with someone who does this sort of work anywhere in the US that you can recommend, who is a ** good listener ** and willing to talk with me on the phone about the job, I'm all ears. I'd be fine with mailing it off somewhere to the right person.
posted by elgee to Technology (4 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Louis Rossmann has been publishing detailed videos about fixing Apple motherboards, with an eye to teaching other people how to do this kind of thing, for a very long time now.
posted by flabdablet at 11:17 AM on August 25, 2018 [2 favorites]

You might also try the folks over at the /r/AskElectronics subreddit.
posted by Grumpy old geek at 12:03 PM on August 25, 2018

With the disclaimer that I know nothing about this at all, the iFixit community, or the iFixit site itself, might be helpful. Or maybe a local repair cafe.
posted by pinochiette at 3:03 PM on August 25, 2018 [1 favorite]

Not just Louis but lots of others are posting instructional videos on YouTube.
posted by Lanark at 5:34 AM on August 26, 2018

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