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Welcome to the Restarters Wiki!

This is a place where those of us in the Restarters community with experience and skills in mending appliances and gadgets can share them with those who are starting out, or whose own knowledge lies in different areas.

What it isn't

It isn't going to show you how to fix a particular make and model of device, which we leave to the various fix-it sites and many disassembly videos. Here, we concentrate on basic and widely applicable principles. You can also get help with a particular device on Twitter or Instagram by tagging @RestartProject.

Who is it for?

It's aimed at anyone with a curiosity about how things work and how to fix them. No prior knowledge is assumed. In the spirit of sharing knowledge as widely as possible, everyone is welcome to read it and any member of the Restarters community can contribute. You just need an account.

How can I find what I need?

The Main Page acts as a kind of directory for the rest of the wiki. If you can't find what you're looking for there, you can also search the wiki using the search bar at the top of the page.

How can I add/edit content?

Anyone with an account on this site—Restarters.net—can add or edit content on this wiki. If you don't have an account yet, you can sign up here.

If you're signed up, you can edit any page by clicking the pencil button at the top right of the page or the [edit] buttons that appear at the start of each section on a page. If you can't find a page about a particular topic, you can add a new page by searching for that topic and creating a new page from the option just above the search results.

Page layout, paragraphs, headings, images, and lists etc. are defined using the Mediawiki mark-up language, but don't be frightened - the basics are extremely simple. Our Mediawiki Help page will get your started in just a few minutes.

Note that any changes or new pages you make need to be approved by an editor. You can find a list of current editors here. Once approved, your change will appear live on the Wiki.

If you'd like to suggest a change but don't feel confident enough to make it yourself, you can use the 'Talk' section of that page to leave a comment. Access the talk section of any page by clicking/tapping on the 'Actions' tab at the top right of the page, then on 'Talk'

Still not confident?

Maybe you're not sure your standard of written English or your ability to express yourself aren't quite up to scratch. Don't worry too much - an approved editor will check it and tidy it up if necessary before making it live.

Or maybe you're not quite sure of your facts, or you think there's something inaccurate, misleading or unclear on a page. Every page has an associated Discussion page where you can leave your thoughts or comments. You can access it from the menu at the top. By way of example, here is the Discussion page for this help page.

What do red links mean?

You may notice that while most links in the wiki are blue or purple, some links are red. A red link takes you to a page that hasn't been created yet. If you spot one, you're welcome to start that page yourself!

Need some help?

No problem. If the Mediawiki Help page didn't answer your question, just start a new topic over in our help section on the Talk forum and someone will be able to help you out.