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Welcome to the Restart Wiki!
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      Welcome!
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        This is a place where those of us in the Restart 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.
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<div class="welcome-text">This is a place where those of us in the Restart 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.</div>
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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.
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'''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.
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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. To contribute, just become a volunteer Restarter in your community and [http://therestartproject.org/contact/ contact us].
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'''Who it's 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. To contribute, just become a volunteer Restarter in your community and [http://therestartproject.org/contact/ contact us].
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Like any wiki, this one is work-in-progress. Pages referenced below in red don't yet exist but are projected.
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      Like any wiki, this one is work-in-progress. Pages referenced below in red don't yet exist but are projected.
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[[File:CC-BY-SA icon.svg|100px|right]]If you wish to reuse anything here, you are welcome do so under the terms of the Creative Commons ShareAlike Licence 4.0.
 
[[File:CC-BY-SA icon.svg|100px|right]]If you wish to reuse anything here, you are welcome do so under the terms of the Creative Commons ShareAlike Licence 4.0.
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To find out more about the work we do, and our vision of changing the world's relationship with electronics, please visit us at [https://therestartproject.org The Restart Project] homepage.
 
To find out more about the work we do, and our vision of changing the world's relationship with electronics, please visit us at [https://therestartproject.org The Restart Project] homepage.
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==General Topics==
 
==General Topics==
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* [[Scared to Repair?]] Some useful tips for complete beginners.
 
* [[Scared to Repair?]] Some useful tips for complete beginners.
 
* [[How to search]] - Tips on how to search for useful material.
 
* [[How to search]] - Tips on how to search for useful material.
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* [[Case Studies]] - Our favourite Famous Fixes in which we learned something new, or which nicely demonstrated a diagnostic or fixing principle.
 
* [[Case Studies]] - Our favourite Famous Fixes in which we learned something new, or which nicely demonstrated a diagnostic or fixing principle.
 
* [[Finding a reliable professional]] - best practices and some London examples.
 
* [[Finding a reliable professional]] - best practices and some London examples.
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===Glossary of Terms===
 
===Glossary of Terms===
 
* [[Glossary]] - explanations of all the technical terms used in this wiki (and some more).
 
* [[Glossary]] - explanations of all the technical terms used in this wiki (and some more).
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* [[Restarter Safety Guidelines]] - Safety instructions to be adhered to at all Restart Parties.
 
* [[Restarter Safety Guidelines]] - Safety instructions to be adhered to at all Restart Parties.
 
* [[Measuring impact]].
 
* [[Measuring impact]].
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==Techniques, Skills and Tools==
 
==Techniques, Skills and Tools==
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===Some really basic skills===
 
===Some really basic skills===
 
* [[Water damage]] - the best (and worst) ways to rescue your gadget.
 
* [[Water damage]] - the best (and worst) ways to rescue your gadget.
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* [[Electrostatic Discharge Precautions]] - how not to fry your gadgets with static.
 
* [[Electrostatic Discharge Precautions]] - how not to fry your gadgets with static.
  
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==Understanding how stuff works (or doesn't)==
 
==Understanding how stuff works (or doesn't)==
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A [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyHy3uFJrj0 Restarters' Training Session] makes an easy introduction to the following sections down to and including Electronic Components. It consists of a presentation with audio commentary, lasting around 50 minutes.
 
A [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyHy3uFJrj0 Restarters' Training Session] makes an easy introduction to the following sections down to and including Electronic Components. It consists of a presentation with audio commentary, lasting around 50 minutes.
 
* [[Electric circuits, volts amps watts and ohms]] - what every Restarter should know.
 
* [[Electric circuits, volts amps watts and ohms]] - what every Restarter should know.
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[http://www.learnabout-electronics.org/ Learn About Electronics] is an excellent site if you'd like a different view of the basics, or if you'd like to go deeper.
 
[http://www.learnabout-electronics.org/ Learn About Electronics] is an excellent site if you'd like a different view of the basics, or if you'd like to go deeper.
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==Computers and home office==
 
==Computers and home office==
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===Software===
 
===Software===
 
* How to deal with a [[slow laptop]] - mainly focussed on Windows.
 
* How to deal with a [[slow laptop]] - mainly focussed on Windows.
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* [[Using a lightweight browser to extend the life of a device mainly used for web and email]]
 
* [[Windows miscellaneous]].
 
* [[Windows miscellaneous]].
 
* [[Be Your Own Security Expert]] - helping people stay secure.
 
* [[Be Your Own Security Expert]] - helping people stay secure.
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* [[Document scanners]] - <span style="color:red">just a skeleton page for now. Can you help by fleshing it out?</span>
 
* [[Document scanners]] - <span style="color:red">just a skeleton page for now. Can you help by fleshing it out?</span>
 
* [[Flat screen TVs and monitors|Flat screen computer monitors (and TVs)]] - <span style="color:red">just a skeleton page for now. Can you help by fleshing it out?</span>
 
* [[Flat screen TVs and monitors|Flat screen computer monitors (and TVs)]] - <span style="color:red">just a skeleton page for now. Can you help by fleshing it out?</span>
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==Electronic gadgets==
 
==Electronic gadgets==
 
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===Feature phones===
 
===Feature phones===
 
===Smartphones and tablets (except Apple)===
 
===Smartphones and tablets (except Apple)===
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* [[Portable radios]].
 
* [[Portable radios]].
 
* [[Sicilian screwdriver]] - slightly more entertaining than the regular sort. (Just for fun!)
 
* [[Sicilian screwdriver]] - slightly more entertaining than the regular sort. (Just for fun!)
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==Household and Kitchen items==
 
==Household and Kitchen items==
 
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* [[Carbon-based gadgets]] - all you need to know. (Just for fun!)
 
* [[Carbon-based gadgets]] - all you need to know. (Just for fun!)
 
* [[Clocks]] - Plenty about the theory, but can you contribute any experience of fixing them?
 
* [[Clocks]] - Plenty about the theory, but can you contribute any experience of fixing them?
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* [[Toasters]].
 
* [[Toasters]].
 
* [[Vacuum cleaners]].
 
* [[Vacuum cleaners]].
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==Wanted Pages==
 
==Wanted Pages==
 
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In addition to the pages marked above in red as "<span style="color:red">skeleton pages</span>" we have identified the following subjects that we'd like to cover.
 
In addition to the pages marked above in red as "<span style="color:red">skeleton pages</span>" we have identified the following subjects that we'd like to cover.
  
Could you contribute your knowledge and experience, even if it's only notes that someone else can refine and turn into a properly organised and formatted page? (Skeleton pages have an associated "Discussion" page where you can add any half-baked thoughts and ideas.)
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Could contribute your knowledge and experience, even if it's only notes that someone else can refine and turn into a properly organised and formatted page? (Skeleton pages have an associated "Discussion" page where you can add any half-baked thoughts and ideas.)
 
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* Alternatives to iOS for older Apple devices.
 
* Alternatives to iOS for older Apple devices.
* Using a lightweight browser to extend the life of a device mainly used for web and email.
 
 
* Satnavs.
 
* Satnavs.
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* What to do about water damage.
 
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(You can add to this list if you like!)
 
(You can add to this list if you like!)
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[[Category:General]]
 
[[Category:General]]

Revision as of 10:28, 29 June 2020

Intro-wiki-doodle@3x.png

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. To contribute, just become a volunteer Restarter in your community and contact us.


Like any wiki, this one is work-in-progress. Pages referenced below in red don't yet exist but are projected.

CC-BY-SA icon.svg
If you wish to reuse anything here, you are welcome do so under the terms of the Creative Commons ShareAlike Licence 4.0.

To find out more about the work we do, and our vision of changing the world's relationship with electronics, please visit us at The Restart Project homepage.



General Topics

Glossary of Terms

  • Glossary - explanations of all the technical terms used in this wiki (and some more).

Repairing with others

Techniques, Skills and Tools

Some really basic skills

Soldering skills

  • A Guide to Soldering from Kitronic is a complete guide to the art, including video demonstrations.
  • How to solder is a more light-hearted and amusing but nevertheless informative resource from Technology Will Save Us. (You don't need an expensive soldering iron though - it just makes it a little bit easier.)
  • Surface mount soldering - What you can do and how to do it by supplementing the tools you probably already have with a few inexpensive extras.

Fixing skills

Staying safe

Understanding how stuff works (or doesn't)

A Restarters' Training Session makes an easy introduction to the following sections down to and including Electronic Components. It consists of a presentation with audio commentary, lasting around 50 minutes.

  • Electric circuits, volts amps watts and ohms - what every Restarter should know.
  • AC and DC - what's the deal?
  • Electronic components - recognition, failure modes and testing:
  • Batteries - different types, shapes and sizes, what they're good for, how to buy them, use them and dispose of them.
  • Light bulbs - the several different types and their various shapes, sizes and bases, all explained.
  • Electric motors - different types, how to recognise them, test them and maybe fix them.
  • Power supplies - how they work, what can go wrong, and how to test and fix them.
  • How radios work - basic theory to help you understand what might be wrong when you can't see it with your own eyes.
  • All about SSDs - everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask.

Learn About Electronics is an excellent site if you'd like a different view of the basics, or if you'd like to go deeper.

Computers and home office

Software

Computer Hardware


Peripherals

Electronic gadgets

Feature phones

Smartphones and tablets (except Apple)

iPods, iPhones, iPads

Headphones

Cameras

Satnavs

Toys

Home entertainment

Household and Kitchen items

Wanted Pages

In addition to the pages marked above in red as "skeleton pages" we have identified the following subjects that we'd like to cover.

Could contribute your knowledge and experience, even if it's only notes that someone else can refine and turn into a properly organised and formatted page? (Skeleton pages have an associated "Discussion" page where you can add any half-baked thoughts and ideas.)

  • Alternatives to iOS for older Apple devices.
  • Satnavs.
  • What to do about water damage.

(You can add to this list if you like!)