Anyone use those fixit/generic adhesive screen strips

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  1. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    I've used the ones from iFixIt a dozen times or so. They work well. I trim the L shaped pieces that go on the bottom left and bottom right because I haven't found them to fit well.

    They stick well and they stick fast so be sure you have the glass lined up were you want it because it's a pain to redo.
     
  3. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    Those strips work fine.

    Temporary hold the display in place with duct tape and test to make sure computer works before applying those adhesive strips.
     
  4. dictoresno thread starter macrumors 601

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    Awesome. Found the same ones/brand they sell on ifixit for $9.99 on eBay.
     
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    how tough was the disassembly? some videos look tough, others look simple.
     
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    I paid a local MAC authorized retailer to put an SSD in my IMAC - the 125 it cost above the cost of the parts was well worth me not having to do the install and risk damaging it.
     
  7. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    Not difficult at all, although I do say that removing the display is quite tedious.
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    Which iMac do you have?
     
  8. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    In general, getting into an iMac is fiddly and tedious rather than difficult. You need the right tools, e.g. the suction cups for older iMacs, something like the iFixit opener wheel for newer ones. I can definitely understand paying to have work done, especially if you depend on the machine for income, or if you're Mr Bargeahead. If you are good with patience and tedium, are good at following directions, and can work in an undisturbed place without distractions, it shouldn't present a real problem.
     
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    I've broken down my old 2007 plenty of times so I have all the tools and stuff. Ordered the kit today and will tackle the transplant next week.
     
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    There's definitely some tricky and delicate areas in the disassembly. There's a number of threads here where people have inadvertently damaged their iMac.
     
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    27 inch 2012 I7 with the 680MX
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    I work 10 hours a day plus 3-4 hours commute time 5 days a week - I don't have time to attempt this and mess something up and have to then get more parts and not have a system for a week.
     
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    Wow the disassembly of the screen and reapplication of the adhesive strips were actually very simple. I was trying to prep like crazy studying how-to write ups and videos. Much easier than it seemed.
     
  13. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    Of, cause it's easy.

    The people who said that it is "difficult" haven't done it.
     
  14. dictoresno thread starter macrumors 601

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    Well ifixits website claims it's somewhat difficult.
     
  15. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    I wrote a few guides for iFixit before. (No, I am not going to tell you which ones. :eek:)

    I can set "difficulty" to whatever I want.

    It has no meaning.
     
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    I'm aware of that
     
  17. rbart macrumors regular

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    It's not really difficult, just a bit risky if you break something.
    But it takes less than 5mn to pull out the display.
    it's easy, but you have to take care ...
     
  18. MacAlien macrumors 6502

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    I was leery of doing it to my iMac but after I sold the 2015 MBP for my iPad Pro, I needed an actual computer to run a few things so I took mine out of the closet and updated the RAM first to some that wasn't 4 years old, then a couple weeks later got the nerves worked out enough to install my 2TB SSD. Worked out well, though I'd forgotten to get a rack mount thing to hold the new ssd in so panicked and ran to Best Buy for one. Followed a vid, might've been ifixit vid. Tore it all open, installed and reassembled. Only advice I'd have is be very very careful putting screen back on. Mines like a centimeter off on one side. Not visually noticeable and barely can tell unless running fingers round edge. Get some extra adhesive/tape. I could redo mine but meh, for now my sanity is still intact...
     
  19. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    The older Macs e.g. 2009/2010 and older were waaaay harder because you would get dust and crap between the LCD and the glass. With the newer fused design from 2012 and beyond, that issue went away.
     
  20. dictoresno thread starter macrumors 601

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    Centimeter? lol I hope you mean millimeter!
     
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    Yes, sorry lol. Had shoulder surgery a week ago and the fun pills make me all sorts of confused.
     

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