Head of Content EU at iFixit
I am Tobias Isakeit (is-a-kite) and I started at iFixit in 2014. Back then I was responsible for European Customer Service and represented iFixit at numerous Makerfaires. Two years later I helped establish the EU Content Team with a focus on popular devices outside of the US creating guides and teardowns alike. With more tech writers starting at iFixit Europe I shifted from taking devices apart to performing external repairability assessments, coordinating our team, and analyzing our traffic impact on various categories. I have a knack for getting to the bottom of things and analyzing and structuring complex interrelationships.
Education & Experience
Unlike most of my classmates, I did not start to study right away after graduating high school. I made a road trip through California and came to see San Luis Obispo (not knowing it was going to be the home of iFixit two years later). My following apprenticeship as a media designer taught me a bunch of valuable design rules and tricks which I put to use for 3 more years before eventually starting to study audio visual media. Equipped with a B.E. I made video animations for several car companies, museums, and exhibitions while doing some VJ stuff on the side. Looking for new challenges I noticed the manifestation of iFixit Europe in 2013 and suggested an iFixit repair cafe. Two interviews later I started fixing the world at iFixit. Since then, I have learned a lot more about disassemblies, the inner working of things, represented iFixit at numerous fairs, gave some workshops, participated in a few conventions, and helped grow iFixit to what it is now: the world's biggest collection of online repair guides.
My favorite fix is not a particular repair but a certain project we did in the heart of Stuttgart where iFixit Europe is located. For three months I ran a pop-up repair shop for iFixit that was open Monday-Saturday where people could come in, repair their devices, and buy our spare parts and tools. We also had some guest speakers and special events there. This was in the Summer of 2017 and I absolutely loved it.
iFixit pop-up repair shop at Fluxus Stuttgart in 2017
Besides this amazing adventure, I enjoyed taking apart devices from different categories like the foldable electric bike QiCycle, the food processor Thermomix, and the coffee machine Impressa A9. I also enjoyed creating guides for various iterations of Fairphones, Apple Watches, and many other smartphones and smartwatches.
And to show you that even professionals start small let me share my first disassembly guide on iFixit with you. And if you happen to have this device, be my guest and follow this guide to provide better pictures which it desperately needs :)
More About Me
When I’m not taking devices apart or fixing my own appliances at home, I like to go trail hiking in Scotland (West Highland Way), surfing in Portugal (Peniche) and France (Plage Des Sablères), or cycling along the Danube river from source to Budapest. While landlocked in Stuttgart, bouldering is my sport of choice along with relaxing either with movies (think Fight Club, Matrix, Stay, and the likes) or at home with some good old board games (Carcassonne, Settlers, or The Crew). My nickname on iFixit is “isakrittl” reflecting my critical thinking and somewhat nagging behavior originating in the Swabian culture ;)
Setting up camp at the Danube river
Some inside bouldering and stretching
Where Else to Find Me
Ensuring Quality Repair Information on iFixit
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"Why does my speaker not sound like the rest?"에 답변Depending on what phone you have, you might want to check those steps here.
"Display keeps opening up"에 답변Hi Robert, when I did the guides for the Galaxy Watch Active I could not get the display off of the frame. It seems to be glued down solid in my case. If your display is coming off you probably need to disassemble it (see this guide here) and then apply new adhesive. Easiest would be using a replacement adhesive (unfortunately we don’t have that in our store yet, so just google for it). (It also might be feasible with this glue, but be careful when applying it so nothing spills on components on the inside.) Make sure to clean the glued areas before applying new adhesive (use isopropyl alcohol >90% and a spudger and maybe a lint free cloth). Good luck with the repair, keep it up
"How do I get a broken headphone jack out"에 답변Hi Teresa, you might want to try this nifty tool for getting the brocken headphone jack out. If that does not help or you don’t want to get the tool, you could remove the headphone jack assembly with the help of this guide and try to push out the remains with a spudger.
"The phone holder became dislodged from controller"에 답변Hi f4t4l_err0r, stay tuned we’re working on some guides for this device which might help you get it fixed.
"Scroll button for the Logitech G502 Hero is not clicking"에 답변Hi, you might want to check out the disassembly and see if the scroll wheel assembly is clean and functioning. Proceed to step 9 for a “preview” how it looks on the inside: Logitech G502 Hero Disassembly In step 10 you can see the scroll click button between the two springs.
"Can't click and drag with my mouse"에 답변Hi, you might want to have a look that this similar question (and answer): Why my Logitech M221 mouse right click is not working? And how to fix The switches in mice are not that different. If you want you can even try to open the small switch box and clean the metal flange so it properly closes the circuit again when clicking.
"replace a cracked screen on a galaxy 4 watch"에 답변Assuming the display comes as part of an assembly already attached to the metal case, the procedure is basically gutting out the watch and transferring all the components over to the new display assembly. Stay tuned we’re about to get to that guide soon.
"My galaxy buds had water damage and the buds work just not my case"에 답변Did the case also suffer water damage? If yes, it might have internal corrosion. If not, maybe just the charging contacts are corroded. Try cleaning the contacts of your buds and in the case where they touch.
"Panic after changing battery"에 답변Have you tried resetting the NVRAM / PRAM? This could solve the issue, but be aware that it also resets some minor preferences (see last bullets in the link). If you suspect the graphics card to be the culprit, do you have a dedicated graphics card and are you running some kind of CUDA drivers? They might get reset as well so make sure you are using the most recent drivers depending on your OS. BTW, which MacOS version are you running?
"My touch screen doesn't seem to be working on my Samsung Active2 watch"에 답변Hi gary & chris, you might want to check if the display connector sits properly on the motherboard or see if there is any dirt or remnants of water inside the watch which may affect the touch function of the display. See this back cover guide to get inside. The top connector in the last image is the display. Also you can read this thread (Samsung forum) on water damage on Galaxy watches for more background information. If still under warranty from Samsung you may be eligible for a replacement or repair. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Back Cover Replacement
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