an MNT Reform customer in the US was able to get an industrial repair company to fix their damaged laptop on the board level independently using only the public documentation for <$280.
@mntmn For the next time I inevitably break something, where was this shop? Lot easier/cheaper than shipping it back to y'all in Germany 😅
Interesting idea, but I wonder, many things now:
Do you know if he would be wlling to fix such a problem for a price, etc?
I don't doubt, he has the skill if he tried to learn the schematics, etc... given his work on apple stuff which must be mega hard given its... apple
Right to repair problems, makes apple a very big mess to repair.
This is more an idle thought. I don't live in NYC right now nor do I have an MNT in need of repair at the moment.
And as things in our life have become more complex, repair shops have become more specialized, and his shop primarily does Apple products.
But I think that for Right to Repair to be really good, whether MNT or Framework, we must have not only the ability to self-repair, but be able to pay for repairs by 3rd parties, in practice not just theory.
To be honest, what you say, might not even go far enough though...
All hardware should always be by default usable without any proprietary crap if that is their choice.
Planned obsolence should be illegal as well and most of all, copyright for electronics should have a set limit of 20 years that cannot be extended and even then, you should be able to modify your hardware distribute patches, as long as you don't charge a fee for it.
One of the problems I have heard with (consumer) R2R is the lack of real, accessible repair facilities. There aren't enough, so people don't consider having devices repaired, which is part of the reason the facilities don't exist. It's a bootstrapping problem.
Maybe devices like the Reform will help get things started.
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