Nissan March/Micra Stuck Shift Lock Repair

The shift lock is the mechanism that keeps the gear shift stuck in PARK unless the ignition is on and the foot brake is depressed.  There is also a manual override button, I guess intended for allowing the shift to neutral for towing etc even when the car is switched off. For some time now,… Continue reading Nissan March/Micra Stuck Shift Lock Repair

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HP 245 G6 laptop linux – multiple problems

Time to get a new laptop for a family member.  Something pretty cheap.  These days (Feb 2018), linux "just works" right? (It does on 5 older laptops).  Not on the HP 245 G6!   I am installing Linux Mint 18.3, but don't doubt that similar problems would occur with other distributions of the same vintage. With… Continue reading HP 245 G6 laptop linux – multiple problems

Kenwood HB720 repair

Our Kenwood HB720 hand blender suddenly stopped working. The punchline of this post is that inside its excruciatingly-difficult-to-dismantle mechanism (i.e. never intended to be repaired), it includes a fuse, which had blown.  This post will be updated to give the details about how to take the machine apart, and whether I managed to reassemble it… Continue reading Kenwood HB720 repair