Janet’s laptop has been a source of inspiration for The Restart Project. Months before planning the first event, we were already “restarting” her old white MacBook, by adding additional RAM, updating some applications and clearing space from the hard drive, in order to speed it up. All of this worked, but was not enough. She kept complaining that the laptop was really hot, and the fan out of control. Having installed smcFanControl, she knew that the temperature insider her laptop was often reaching 80 degrees Celsius, and the fan going beyond 6000 rpm – not good. During our second event, we took her laptop apart following a very detailed iFixit guide. We found a whole lot of dust in her machine, and when the took the fan out, it was so dirty that it was obvious it couldn’t do its work properly. In that occasion, we changed the fan and the laptop started working properly again, without heating up. Since then, we just recommend taking the fan out and cleaning it very well with an airdust can: in most occasions, this is sufficient! We also learned how complicated it is to access and clean the fan, while it should be a maintenance routine to be done once a year or so. Why can’t manufacturers build laptops easier to keep clean?
The patterns and trends in our repair data can give us powerful insights into the repair movement, and we now have over 6,000 device repairs captured in the Fixometer. We’ve learned how to query, clean, and we’ve made progress on standardising our data.
Stung by the revelations from Apple about slowing iPhone performance? We’re here to help. Bring your phone and the new battery to an upcoming Restart Party and we can work with you to give some new charge to your older phone.