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Welcome![edit | edit source]

You found your way to the Repair Wiki! This is where anyone can post repairs on electronic devices, so it's all in one place.

There are multiple reasons why people come to this site and projects going on. Feel free to contribute to what you would like to participate from the choices below:

Louis Rossmann's Repair Video Project[edit | edit source]

A project is underway to transfer information from all of Louis Rossmann's repair videos onto this wiki.

To avoid duplicating effort, we are using Google Sheets. Please mark videos as 'Done' when you have added their contents to the wiki, or confirmed that they are already on the wiki.

Searching through captions[edit | edit source]

You can find captions by video URL here

Ctrl+F and paste the part of the URL after v=. For example: QnowcxcO2-0

Viewing schematics and boardviews[edit | edit source]

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Talk pages[edit | edit source]

Click on Discussion in the top left to leave a comment, then add ~~~~ to insert a user signature, like so: Patrolin (talk) 15:21, 24 April 2021 (PDT)

It is probably easier to just use the Discord, but it's good for writing notes.

If you have suggestions for how to improve the wiki, you can leave them on Talk:Repair Wiki

Response[edit | edit source]

When responding to someone in the talk pages, do it on a new line and prefix your message with : to give it indentation.

This is the OP speaking. Patrolin (talk) 02:43, 5 May 2021 (PDT)

This is a response to OP. Karar (talk) 02:57, 5 May 2021 (PDT)
Here I've used double colon punctuation :: to respond to the message above. Patrolin (talk) 03:00, 5 May 2021 (PDT)
Another response to OP. Karar (talk) 02:57, 5 May 2021 (PDT)

Visual Editor[edit | edit source]

Source Editor[edit | edit source]

Shortcuts[edit | edit source]

  • double { - add a template
  • double [ - add link
  • CTRL + K - add link

See the dropdown menu with the word paragraph in it for more

Format[edit | edit source]

Content[edit | edit source]

Website[edit | edit source]

New[edit | edit source]

To write a new article; enter the article title in the box below to create a page with a preselected boilerplate.
Make sure to include the full device name & model number in the title when appropriate. (Example: A2159 2019 13" MacBook Pro)
If you don't finish it, insert {{Stub}} at the top of the page to signify it's a work in progress.

Move[edit | edit source]

If a page has an incorrect title, you can move it:

  1. Mouseover the More tab in the top right and click Move.
  2. Give the page a New title and click Move page.
  3. For normal pages, don't change the default namespace (Main).
  4. Note that if you move a category page, pages belonging to it will need to be recategorized manually.

Delete[edit | edit source]

Ask one of the wiki admins in the Discord. If you don't want to have it truly deleted (to come back later to work on or archive it), or can't wait, then give the page a title that's not in use nor will be found. Just be sure to add the link of the page in the discussion tab of the place it got moved from, so people know it's still there if it was decided on being moved.

Minor changes[edit | edit source]

Everyone starts small! If you want to add some information, fix typos or add a few links, go ahead.

Visit Stub Pages for a list of pages the most in need of contribution.

Once on a page, click Edit or Edit Source (recommended) in the top right of it to begin editing.

If you make a new page, you don't need to ask for permission, but make sure to list your sources and ask them for permission.

After you're done, you can give yourself or someone else credit by inserting {{Credit|Name}}

Copyrighted Materials[edit | edit source]

Your articles may not contain or link to copyrighted materials as this puts the Wiki at risk of being litigated against and taken down.

This includes, but is not limited to, patented schematics, instruction manual PDFs, other people's images, plagiarized problems/solutions from online articles etc.

Only original material or material for which you own the copyright and are consenting to release under the appropriate open-source licence may be posted to Repair Wiki.

Pages[edit | edit source]

Code text:[edit | edit source]

A highlighted blue box around text that's inside it.

Source editor: type in <code>highlight word</code>

Result:[edit | edit source]

highlight word

Visual editor: copy/paste from text that already has it.

Warning:[edit | edit source]

Watch out for writing before and after the box, because they might get mixed into the box itself, when it shouldn't.

Citations[edit | edit source]

Donate to the GoFundMe<ref> Right to Repair fundraiser</ref>
If you want control over where the references list appears on the page use:

Result:[edit | edit source]

Donate to the GoFundMe[1]

In-line Tabs[edit | edit source]

Source editor, for 3 tabs:
Tab 1=
Tab 2=
Tab 3=

Results:[edit | edit source]



Links[edit | edit source]

External Links (other websites)[edit | edit source]

From the Edit Source tab:[edit | edit source]
[ Right to Repair fundraiser]
Result:[edit | edit source]

Right to Repair fundraiser

From the Edit tab:[edit | edit source]

After highlighting the text to use, use the hyperlink symbol or CTRL + K to add a link.

Internal Links (Repair Wiki)[edit | edit source]

[[Main Page]]

[[Standards|Standards page]]
Result:[edit | edit source]

Main Page

Standards page

If the link is red, either the link is wrong, or the page doesn't exist yet.

However if you want a page to redirect to another page, you can use the following:
#REDIRECT [[Target Page]]

Italic & Bold Font[edit | edit source]

Don't be scared to use bolded text frequently in your articles, such as highlighting crucial steps of the repair process or safety warnings. It helps the reader find what they're looking for faster.

Source Editor:[edit | edit source]

* ''italic text''
* '''bold text'''
** '''''bold italic text'''''
Result:[edit | edit source]
  • italic text
  • bold text
    • bold italic text

Line breaks[edit | edit source]

line break arrow

Arrows in the editor indicate a single line break. Characters following line breaks will be inserted on the next line.

You can add them in the source editor by typing <br>

Put line breaks on a new line, so people know they're there.

Use {{clear}} for line breaking all elements, including images.

Preformatted Text[edit | edit source]

These are typically used for displaying coding in a way that's separated from the rest of the content on a page, but technically anything can be added to these content boxes. To create some, go to the dropdown menu with the word paragraph and select Preformatted Text. From there, type in what you would like to see into the blue box that just got created. If you ever want to edit it, click on the box created and click edit and then Apply Changes when finished.

here is an example

Uploading & Embedding Files[edit | edit source]

Click Upload File in the sidebar to upload files.

Once uploaded, insert either of the following at the top of the page:

{{File|FileName.png|Fig. 1: File Caption}} or [[File:FileName.png|right|thumb|350px|<center>'''Fig. 1: File Caption'''</center>]]

Example:[edit | edit source]

Fig. 1: Rossmann Group logo

Make sure to reference the image in the solution text, ie. "See Fig. 1".

You can search for images in the public domain here.

Tables[edit | edit source]

To add a classic Problem & Solution table, fill in the template named "ProblemTable" or copy / paste the following into the source editor:
*Additional Solutions
*Additional Solutions

Result:[edit | edit source]

Problem Solution


  • Solution1
  • Additional Solutions


  • Solution2
  • Additional Solutions

To add a new row, simply define as many |P1 and |S1 parameters as needed.

Templates[edit | edit source]

You can create your own template or find what's already created here Category:Formatting templates. Boilerplate templates are portions of information that get copied/pasted. If you edit the original, all the copies will change accordingly.

Transclusion[edit | edit source]

You can include a page inside another page with {{:Page name}}.

Make sure to use <onlyinclude>text</onlyinclude> to not duplicate too much content (search engines don't like it).

Note:[edit | edit source]

Make sure the page or Template you're transcluding has its categories inside noinclude tags: <noinclude>[[Category:IPhone]]</noinclude>

if you want to link to a category instead, colon symbol in front of it: [[:Category:Product Repair Guides]]

Repair Wiki[edit | edit source]

This wiki uses MediaWiki Formatting. (Also known as Wikitext - there's a link to general help about MediaWiki / Formatting in the sidebar.). It's the same as what's used for Wikipedia, which is also a good reference for learning format here.

Major changes involve changing the entire format of the website. Usually, it's best to go with the format of the website and not make large changes if there's not much wrong. If there is, it'll be best to update it. While you can make the changes on your own, if you're hesitant, explain your ideas in the Discord, so that others can comment on it beforehand.

That can be very important for when formatting's inconsistent or doesn't exist. People will see your changes in the View History tab, but they won't know the format: add in the layout in the Discussion tab. Also beneficial is explaining what you did and where you put the information into the main page of Discord for faster sharing, so others can adapt what you did and also might be interested in participating in their role in the change: like documenting or developing it on their end.

It's really good to consult the people whose work's being changed on the Repair Wiki, they worked hard on it and have it there for a reason - so they might not know it's happening and can defend keeping it if there's a valid reason that others aren't aware of.

Page[edit | edit source]

  • tables
  • TOC
  • Section levels

Categories[edit | edit source]

Source Editor[edit | edit source]

The source editor is recommended in general, but especially for adding categories. Simply add [[Category:_____]] at the bottom for your product page.

If you're using the page creation box, you will see [[Category:Name]] preloaded in the editor. Replace "Name" with your own category.

Visual Editor[edit | edit source]

To categorize a page using the visual editor, go to Edit, then the triple stacked bars (i.e. page options) and click on Categories. Under add a category to this page, start typing in the category you would like to see this page under. If the category already exists, select that one. If not, you can create a new category (which will have its own, unique URL for this). If you want it in a subcategory, type in the category that is a subcategory.

When you're finished, click on the name of the category. To add another category, type another one in and repeat. There's no limit to the number of categories a page can be under. To delete a category created, click on the category name. There will be a trash can icon to click on. Click save changes once done. To see the page under the category, go to the category URL and it will be seen under Pages in category "_____". This will be separated from the subcategories (as pages aren't categories, only categories are).

Hierarchy[edit | edit source]

The standard category format is [[Category:Brand_Product Type]].

Only add one or two categories per page, and make sure a relevant category doesn't already exist before you create new ones.

All product type categories should be a subcategory of Category:Product Repair Guides.

Say you're making a repair guide for the new MacBook Pro, you'll want to add the article to the [[Category:Apple Laptops]] category.

But since Apple has many lines / series of laptops, you'll want to specify further by adding the [[Category:MacBook Pro]] category as well.

If a brand does not have a wide product stack, further categorization is not necessary.

If your article applies to more than one or few products, it likely belongs in Category:Board Repair Guides.

If it's even more general than that, it belongs in Category:General Repair Guides.

Finally, if your article is a draft or lacking in detail, add it to the Stub category by inserting {{Stub}} at the top of the page.

Notes:[edit | edit source]

  • Once you save a category, changing it becomes cumbersome, so make sure you get it right. New subcategories can be added however.
  • Often a category will have a separate gateway article with links to specific products. Check the URL to make sure you're on the right page.
    • If a link to your page doesn't show up, try clearing the cache:
      Firefox / Safari: Ctrl-R (⌘-R on a Mac)
      Google Chrome: Ctrl-Shift-R (⌘-Shift-R on a Mac)