🔨 Community Manager at iFixit 🔨
Hi! My name is Amber Taus and I started working at iFixit in May of 2021. My entire experience at iFixit has been as the Community Manager for the English version of the site. (We support 12 languages in total. Help us grow that list by translating our content!) The TLDR of what I do is make the iFixit forum the best it can be. This happens through reading content from our amazing community, moderating our Meta forum, and planning for the future. Have anything you’d like to see (or complain about) on iFixit? Email me at email@example.com. I’m all ears!
In high school (many, many years ago) I took two years of programming where I learned Visual Basic and HTML. I also had one year of ROP Computer Repair where we were basically the IT department for the campus. On the side we worked on an underwater robot and I made a small robot that drove in circles when you clapped.
My higher education is tangentially related to Community Management–I hold a BA in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University and have 10 years of experience writing, running, and managing day camps and summer camps for children. You’d be surprised how similar managing folks on the internet is to large groups of children. Then again, maybe not!
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been headstrong and interested in doing everything myself. My mom's favorite story to tell about me is that my first widely used phrase was “Me do” which has now, coincidentally, turned into a career with “iFixit”. Yes, my family makes this joke a lot.
I am by no means a fixing master like some members on our site, but I am a decently confident tinkerer. My first big project was when I was 4 or 5 years old and I decided to take apart our family VCR so I could watch the tape spin inside instead of the movie it was playing. For those wondering, I did put it back together successfully.
One of my most recent fixes was replacing the right and left joysticks to my Switch’s joycons because of the dreaded Nintendo joycon Drift. Followed by the left and right joysticks in someone else's Switch (Lite). And then another friend’s Switch’s battery. Let’s just say I’m pretty familiar with the inside of the Nintendo Switch. I can also change the oil and tires on my car, but that’s pretty standard work.
More About Me
I read a lot and I run the iFixit book club! I have a particular affinity for high fantasy (and also sci fi) fiction novels. I love the movies that Studio Ghibli has produced and I could watch them over and over and not get bored. I spend a lot of time in my yard gardening with my toddler, my chickens, and my dog.
Ensuring Quality Repair Information on iFixit
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Camera not detected after moving computerHi everyone, I typically work at a desk, plugged into an external display. As long as I don’t move the computer, my camera...
Motherboard clip fell off during a repairI was repairing a joy-con with a drifting joystick and when I went to reassemble everything I found a tiny piece of...
Antwort auf „How do I replace an iPhone 7 screen.”Hi @foovesriley, You can follow this guide to replace the screen. If you need parts and tools, our iPhone 7 Screen LCD and Digitizer Replacement Kit is a great place to start. Make sure you verify that this kit is the proper one for your phone–it's not compatible with the iPhone 7+.
Antwort auf „Can an iPhone 7 front camera display be put into a 7 Plus?”Hi @simms2021, On our listing for the iPhone 7 Screen, the 7 Plus is explicitly listed as not compatible. We do carry replacement screens for the iPhone 7 Plus, though! (Don't forget to get the display adhesive if you chose to buy the part only, rather than the full kit.) Hope this helps!
Antwort auf „Need help determining screw size on the heat shield.”Hi @nothinbuttru7h, I know that the screw is 3.7 mm long. Hope this helps!
Antwort auf „How come my chevy doesn't hold a charge”Hi Dwayne, Have you checked that you don't have anything plugged in pulling power while the car is off? I bought a backup camera for my car and I left it plugged in for a few days (without driving) and it drew enough power from my battery that it died. The easy fix is that I only plug it in while I'm using the camera. Even when these sorts of things are off (cameras and whatnot) they can still draw a good amount of power.
Antwort auf „Brand new iFIXIT battery not working”Hi Greggory, It sounds like you've already tried a lot–thanks for giving us so much information! I agree with reinstalling the new battery and recalibrating it again. Follow the directions here (even though you've done it before, this should help get the battery on track) and let me know if that solved the problem! If that doesn’t work, you can email our Customer Support team. Check out this page to find the proper email address (it varies depending on what country you’re in.) They'll ask about the recalibration as well as your screenshots from coconutBattery. Best of luck!!
Antwort auf „This device is not in the list?”You said above that the LED is not lighting up when you plug in your device. I'm not familiar with this speaker–did it used to have a light that came on when you plugged it in? If it did, and it's no longer lighting up, it sounds like there's an issue with the device getting power. I have some general tips you can run though to help pinpoint your issue: (1) The first thing I'd do is to check that all of your power connecters/cables are tightly inserted where they belong. Sometimes unplugging and re-plugging them into their ports helps. (2) If that's not working, you can open up your device and look board within. (Make sure to unplug it first even if it seems to not be getting power!) Sometimes you'll be able to see if anything has shorted (some components could have obvious damage.) (3) If nothing is obviously, visually wrong, use a multimeter to test the board for continuity to see if there is something wrong that can't be identified by looking.
Antwort auf „iPhone XS keyboard is broken”Hi @galamo, Have you tried rebooting your phone?
Antwort auf „Am I calibrating my new laptop battery correctly?”Hi Sri, Sounds like you're at least on the right track! Just to double check, head over to our help documentation and read the part about battery calibration. If this still doesn't work, email firstname.lastname@example.org and our customer service team will be able to help you troubleshoot your problem. Good luck!
Antwort auf „Necessary Components for Screen Replacement”Hi @rogercorbett, Take a look at the guide to replace the front panel assembly and check out the Parts and Tools sections to see what you'll need. (Steps 1-40 will instruct you on how to remove the LCD and when you keep following you'll remove the digitizer, as well.) As far as I can tell you seem pretty set with that list! My only suggestion to add would be an iOpener to help soften the current adhesives and a battery blocker (or you can make one using a playing card!) Good luck with your repair!
Antwort auf „Lenovo Legion Y530 Black screen after RAM upgrade and repaste”Hi @folt, My first thought (as it worked for an hour) is that something wasn't quite put back where it needed to be and has wiggled loose. Have you tried opening it back up and double checking that you everything unplugged in your repair was re-connected firmly and clamped back into place?
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