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#640: Replacing a Macbook LCD, Repair of the Week, Match Font Styles in Copy and Paste

 
     
 

Happy Tuesday,

Showing its fangs, Winter arrived this week. Sunday and Monday saw
below-zero temperatures, and it’s barely above zero as I write this
Tuesday morning. It’s been quite a shock to say the least.

As the year comes to an end, I find myself inside more reading for
pleasure. What I read isn’t particularly deep. When I’m not reading
to my children, I’ve been reading “Let Me Tell You a Story,” Red
Aurebach’s autobiography and memoirs. While he spent a lot of time
discussing the Celtics and his time with the franchise, it’s as much
about the relationships he cultivated through his life.

Aurebach and friends, during and after the Celtics years, had a long
standing lunch date. Every Tuesday at 11AM, Government officials,
journalists, school chancellors, and George Washington University
athletic directors would gather to discuss politics, sports, and the
good old days.

Take time or even make time to spend time with your friends, new and
old. Friends and friendship is something that makes us more complete
as people. If Aurebach found and made time to spend with his friends
on a weekly basis amidst his busy schedule, we too can make time for
our friends.

Enjoy this issue, and be in touch.

Jon jon@smalldog.com

 
   
     
  Replacing a Macbook LCD Without Removing The Top Case  
   
 

One of the things I really enjoy about repairing computers is finding
safe ways to speed up the repair process. While I’ll always follow the
Apple service manuals to a T, the first few times I take apart a new
machine, most experienced technicians would agree that there is usually
extraneous information in the service manuals and that there are always
shortcuts to be found.

A little over a year ago, I heard through the grapevine that some
technicians were replacing LCDs on MacBooks (the polycarbonate kind,
not the new solid aluminum ones) without removing the top case. I had
already gotten to the point where I was replacing them without removing
the entire display assembly, which is how the official take-apart
prescribes it, but not removing the top case sounded pretty cool!
Always up for a challenge, I decided to try it out, and by
collaborating with my team of technicians, we were able to come up with
a solution that knocked what can often be a 45 minute-plus repair down
to 8-10 minutes.

Recently, I was helping out in the South Burlington store and I
overheard the other technicians talking about a rumor that they heard
about this LCD-replacement trick; they were debating whether or not it
was a hoax. When I admitted that I often replace the LCDs without
removing the top case I was asked to show them how, so I made a
recording of how to do it.

This repair does take a decent amount of skill so I want to be sure to
say that I don’t recommend average users try this at home; in fact I
don’t recommend that any non-certified Apple Technicians fiddle with
this unless you’re OK with potentially breaking an inverter board, LCD
or clutch cover. It should also be reiterated that this is not the
Apple-sanctioned way of replacing the LCD, so even certified
technicians should proceed carefully.

All disclaimers aside, if you want to watch this neat trick, tune-in to
our YouTube site: Part #1
& Part #2

 
   
     
  Repair of the Week  
   
 

A few weeks ago I discussed the possible causes for odd video behavior
in machines with integrated graphics chips. This week, let’s talk
about other video issues I’ve seen in portables.

An iBook G4 brought in this week presented odd video: certain color
ranges would shift in hue. Feeling sure of the failure (and without
plugging the iBook into an external display), I ordered a logic board.
I’ve been doing this for about seven years, so I listened to my gut.
It became clear that my gut was wrong: after installing the board, the
problem persisted.

When pinched just so, the LDC would display the proper colors and
function as expected. As a general rule, the only way to isolate a
graphic anomalies to the screen or graphics processor/main logic board
is to plug in an external display. If the external display shows the
same problems as the internal screen, you know the problem is not the
internal screen. Similarly, if external video looks normal, then the
internal display is to blame.

Hey, can’t win them all. (But my gut is usually right! :))

 
   
     
  Tip of the Week: Match Font Styles in Copy and Paste  
   
 

Here�s a tip for using your Mac�s ability to cut and paste text much
more efficiently.

First, a little appreciative history. Back in 1984, the ability to �cut
and paste� (or �copy and paste�) text was one of the Macintosh�s
original killer applications. Apple actually introduced this ability on
the earlier, unsuccessful Lisa, after Steve Jobs had seen it used
experimentally at the Xerox Corporation Palo Alto Research Center
(PARC). However, it was the original Mac that popularized this
now-essential computer function (and yes, I find it ironic that there
isn�t yet a cut and paste feature on the iPhone/iPod touch.)

Typically when you copy text from one document or application and paste
it into a new document or application, the original font, font size,
and font color is preserved, possibly clashing with the formating of
the new document. This means you have to go back and reformat the
pasted text to match the surrounding text�s font.

However, for many Mac applications (Pages, Mail, TextEdit) there is a
simple way to force the copied text to match the font of document it�s
being pasted into. After copying text, navigate to the Menu bar at the
top of the screen, click on Edit, and choose �Paste and Match Style�
from the drop down menu.

If you prefer to use a keyboard shortcut to paste your text , hold down
the following keys at the same time: Command-Option-Shift-V. Normally
to paste text, you simply hold down Command-V at the same time. Note
that the Command key is stamped with an Apple on many Apple keyboards,
and is located next to the Spacebar.

 
   
     
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