This Macbook Pro came to us with a cracked screen. Due to the way Macbooks are constructed it’s necessary to change out the whole top of the laptop and not just the LCD screen. This customer received a few quotes around town that were significantly higher than the repair bill from us.
We were able to replace the screen for several hundred dollars cheaper than other computer shops in town and do it with a quick turnaround.
We saved the customer hundreds on the repair and a thousand or more over buying a new Macbook.
If you have a Macbook with a broken screen, bad keyboard or trackpad or isn’t running as fast as it should bring it us to get it back up and running like new again.
We service both Mac and PC hardware and software issues.
This iMac was brought to us with the usual issues from a Mac of this age. The user reported that it was running very slow and the fans were loud. They wanted to know if they should spend the money to replace it or was there something that could be done to bring it back to life.
The price of a new iMac could range from $1200 to well over $2000 for a top of the line machine. The truth is that most people don’t need the latest and greatest Mac to do the things they need to do on a computer.
We were able to replace the old and worn out spinning hard drive with a new super fast SSD drive. This new drive is 10x faster than the old drive and runs considerably cooler and quieter. We also took the opportunity to clean the fans and vents to ensure that everything was cooling properly.
We were able to clone the old drive over to the new SSD so the only difference the user saw was the tremendous speed increase. All their files and programs were exactly as they were before the upgrade.
The end result was an iMac that actually ran faster, quieter and cooler than it did when it was new out of the box. It was taking over 5 mins for it to boot up to the desktop before the upgrade. After the upgrade it was ready to go in under 30 seconds and applications responded almost immediately when clicked.
If you have an older Mac and are considering upgrading due to slow performance or space issues then please give us a call first to explore your options. We may be able to upgrade your hard drive or increase your RAM to give you the performance boost you need to make your Mac last.
We can save you thousands over the price of a new computer.
A recent customer reported that their Macbook, though only a few years old, was starting to run slow and had some programs installed that they could not remove. Although, historically, the Mac has been better at not getting virus infections, malware infestations and nuisance adware type programs, that has changed recently. OSX is completely capable of getting infected either by a virus, malware, proxy redirect or just about any other issue a PC user would face.
In this case, it was only a program called MacKeeper. MacKeeper was installed intentionally but because a nuisance with pop-ups and constant alerts slowing down the computer and interrupting normal use. The user was unable to uninstall it and remove it from the computer. We were able shut down the program and get all signs of it removed along with a couple of other unnecessary programs.
While working on the laptop we let the user know that only a small amount of RAM was installed and that was a major source of their slowdown. We upgraded their ram to 8GB from 2GB and the laptop was working better than ever and had plenty of RAM to ensure that several programs and browser tabs running at the same time wouldn’t slow it down, any more.
If your Mac is being slowed down by unwanted programs that start up when you boot or you would just like it to be cleaned up give us a call. While we do the clean-up and optimization we can check the hardware to see if anything can be upgraded or needs to be replaced to make it run, even better.
This customer had a Macbook that was only a couple years old but had been dropped a few times and had some wear and tear on the outside and inside. As a result, the hard drive had been damaged and refused to boot. The failed hard drive was so badly damaged no data could be recovered directly from the drive. There was also some visible damage on the outside along with a very common problem with Mac laptops, missing feet.
We replaced the hard drive with a new solid state drive (SSD) and restored their data from a time machine backup. As a result of having a good backup they didn’t lose any data even though the hard drive failed.
They get the added benefit of having a much faster hard drive and it protects against any future drops or falls the laptop may take that would damage a normal spinning hard drive.
Don’t wait for your laptop hard drive to fail before bringing it to us for a repair. If your laptop has been dropped or treated roughly and you think it’s slowing down, as a result, bring it to us to have it checked out.
This Mac Mini was a couple of years old and was due for some upgrades. It was working OK, but was bogging down on videos and some common tasks. We took a look and noticed that the RAM was low for today’s standards and also we could gain a large speed boost by upgrading the hard drive to a new SSD drive.
We upgraded the RAM to 8GB of DDR3 laptop style memory and cloned the hard drive over to a new 500 GB solid state drive. While the original computer came with 4GB of RAM it’s a little low for today’s computing needs. 8GB of RAM is quickly becoming the standard for modern computers and that’s what this user needed to ensure that the computer wouldn’t be slowed down by running out of RAM when editing large files in Photoshop or even browsing the web with multiple tabs open at the same time.
The new SSD hard drive is what gives this Mac Mini it’s biggest speed boost. Removing the old and slow mechanical drive and replacing it with a solid state hard drive makes this Mac Mini faster than it was when it was brand new. It also reduces heat and fan noise which can be a concern on these older Mac Mini computers.
If you have a Mac, either old or new, it can probably be upgraded to make it faster or add years to an aging machine. This can save you the cost of replacing an expensive computer.
This older iMac was brought to us do to it being very slow when trying to open files or use any programs. Initially the user thought that it was because their hard drive was full. We ran diagnostics on the hard drive and determined the slowness was due to a failing, not full, hard drive.
We could have replaced the hard drive with a slower traditional model but chose to upgrade it to a newer, faster SSD (solid state drive). This gave the user plenty of space and had the iMac running better than when it was new.
While we had the iMac open to replace the hard drive we took the chance to clean out the fans and heat sinks along with all the accumulated dust over the years. Between the new SSD drive running considerably cooler than a normal hard drive and the cleaning this iMac should be running faster and cooler than ever.
These upgrades can add several years to an again Apple Mac computer, whether an iMac or Macbook.
If you have a Mac that is slowing down after a few years give us a call to get the hard drive upgraded and breath new life into your aging machine.
This iMac was very slow to boot up over 5 mins and would get the spinning rainbow pinwheel every time the user tried to do anything. The slow, failing hard drive made the Mac basically unusable. Opening an e-mail or webpage would take several minutes.
We opened up the iMac and cleaned all the fans, backed up the current OSX install completely, installed a new SSD drive and put the all the customers data and programs back in place on the new drive. The customer didn’t notice any difference except that the Mac worked faster than it did when it was new.
If you have a Mac computer and are experiencing slow boot times or the dreaded rainbow pinwheel please call us to discuss your options of repairing or replacing your hard drive or even upgrading to a new SSD drive.
We service Macs in all Asheville areas including Hendersonville, Fletcher, Arden, Biltmore Park, Skyland and Fairview.
This iMac had a failing, slow hard drive and instead of replacing it with a standard hard drive we chose to upgrade to a much faster Solid State Drive (SSD). We cloned over the drive so that the user could pick up exactly where they left off with no need to re-install programs or data.
This boosted the performance so that it was better than when the iMac was new.
If you have a failing hard drive or just want a performance boost with your Mac please contact us today.
This MacBook Air trackpad had an item dropped on it and the touch sensitive glass was broken. We replaced the trackpad with a brand new one and the MacBook Air worked good as new.
If your MacBook has a broken keyboard, trackpad or screen contact us.