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Upgrading RAM Memory iMac 2019

Upgrading RAM on an iMac 2019 21.5 inches is not a simple task. Some people think they can do it themselves. They buy the RAM memory from Amazon or OWC, then they proceed to watch some videos on youtube and realize the task is not that simple. It is not.

To perform a RAM upgrade on an iMac 2019 takes some skill and experience. The almighty Apple also doesn’t make it easy. First, the iMac screen is glued to the casing, which you already knew, I hope. Secondly, unlike the previous iMac 21.5-inch models, where you could swap the RAM by carefully popping the sticks into appropriate slots by reaching under the logic board using your fingers.

In the 2019 iMac 21.5 models, Apple decided to install a little RAM cover that is secured with 4 little screws. It prevents mac repair techs from reaching in and taking out the RAM sticks the easy way. Leaving you no choice, but to take the logic board out completely, then remove the cover and replace the RAM.

If you are not experienced in mac repair. I would not recommend you do this upgrade on your own. Even if you pass the first test of taking off the screen without breaking something. Then you also risk damaging the logic board, because it isn’t very easy to take it out of the case either. The logic board is sort of wedged into place and needs to be wiggled a bit in a specific manner for it to come out properly.

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Oftentimes if you don’t have experience, you might pull too strongly, where the logic board will scrape against the case and will force some components to come off the board. You definitely don’t want that. Cause then you might not be able to put them on. Or it will be difficult to do so!

Mac repair is not like some weekend project, where you can just hop on youtube, go to a computer part store, buy a screwdriver, and a case of beer and do it in your garage while watching the game with friends. Perhaps it used to be a little easier in the past. But thanks to Apple, things are not so simple anymore. They keep on making things more difficult. One of the reasons is that you can’t do it yourself anymore. And make it difficult for professional repair techs like us.

Anyway…

Call us at 805-585-5535 if you have questions about upgrading the RAM on your 21.5-inch iMac. In fact, there is one model where RAM is not even upgradeable. So before you jump the gun, make sure the RAM in your iMac can be upgraded. If it is, we can do it.

Also, since we have to unglue the screen to replace the RAM. It is also advisable to also upgrade the iMac to SSD. That is remove the spinning hard drive that all 21.5 stock iMacs have up to the 2019 model. In its place install Solid State Drive, so your iMac runs faster. Because the regular hard drive will go out anyway and it’s slowing everything down. In fact, many people wanting to upgrade the RAM, thinking it will speed up their iMac, have no clue that it’s the spinning hard drive that makes the iMac run slow. If that is the case, you can be upgrading the RAM as much as you want, but the computer will still run slow!

If you have questions we always answer them for free and will give you the best advice possible. Call us at 805-585-5535 or stop by our mac repair shop from 10 am-5 pm on weekdays at 3339 Kimber Dr. STE D, Newbury Park, CA 91320

We are the Fastest Mac Repair in Thousands Oaks area. We also offer mac repair in Moorpark, Camarillo, Malibu, Agoura Hills, Simi Valley, and Westlake Village!

Water Damage Computer Repair Thousand Oaks

When it comes to water damage computer repair, things can get a little tricky. Because when you spill water or any other liquid on your MacBook or a laptop, it can go anywhere and it can damage components unpredictably.

The damage done to a computer by a liquid spill depends on the amount of water or liquid spilled on the computer and where the liquid has gone into. As well as a couple of other factors that depend on a person’s actions after the water hits the laptop.

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Why Do Laptops Get Damaged From Liquid Spill

Being acquainted with electronics from an early age and through studies of science in high school. It is difficult for me to grasp how most people can not understand that electronics and (most) fluids don’t really mix well.

Most don’t people don’t know that. They think if they can bathe in water, their phone or computer can too. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. At least in most cases.

There is a reason why plugs you stick into electrical outlets have two prongs. There is a reason why a car battery has two terminals. There is a reason why AAA batteries you put in your remote have a plus and a minus on opposite sides.

The simplest explanation is- they are separated because they are not supposed to be touching. Cause if they do, there will be sparks flying, something will be burning and things will be melting! And most liquids are great conduits of electricity. They make those opposing terminals “touch each other”, thus creating a connection between two components where there isn’t supposed to be a connection.

When water is spilled on a MacBook, water seeps through all cracks wherever it can. And often time it hits little chips on the logic board that are separate for a reason. But when water hits them, they “touch” via fluid, and electricity starts to go where it is not supposed to be going. That causes something to burn. Once that happens, something on the MacBook will go out. And many times MacBook won’t even turn on.

Learn more on water conductivity here

What To Do If You Spilled Fluids On Your Macbook

Put MacBook Pro Into A Bag Of Rice

This solution is actually something YOU NEED NOT DO!!!!! when you spill water, coffee, tea, soda, or any other fluid on your Macbook Pro. However, that’s what most internet repair gurus recommend and most take this advice without doing any research and end up doing absolutely nothing to fix the MacBook. Actually making it worse. Not because of the rice. But keeping it in rice for a day doesn’t really do anything to dry the MacBook on the inside. You would literally have to hold it in rice for 2 weeks, but then again, you can just keep it on the counter for 2 weeks and it will dry out at the same speed as when you put it into a bag of rice!

So they take the water-damaged MacBook Pro from the bag of rice and try to turn it on. That is when the damage happens because the fluids haven’t dried out completely and something burns out. Do not put your MacBook into a bag of rice. It always makes me laugh and shake my head when I see rice inside of the computer… Just don’t do it! It’s silly!

2. The best thing to do when you spill water or fluids on your MacBook Pro

The first and best thing that you want to do when you spill water onto your MacBook pro is to TURN IT OFF (JUST HOLD THE POWER BUTTON FOR 10 SECONDS)

And then DISCONNECT IT FROM ALL AND ANY POWER SOURCE!!! Unplug the charger if the charger is connected and disconnect the battery!

The first one is easy. Unplug from the charger. But the second one (thanks to Apple) is not!

In order to disconnect the battery, you have to open the bottom lid of the MacBook pro! That is not a simple matter. Because you need a special pentalobe screwdriver tool to take the screws out. And there is a little bit of skill required to take the bottom cover off.

If you can manage it disconnect the internal MacBook battery fast enough after the spill. You can be almost certain you have saved your MacBook pro from damage.

After the battery is disconnected you have to let the fluids dry and in most cases, you have to clean them off the logic board. This takes us to the next best thing you can do to save your MacBook.

3. Bring Your Water Damaged Macbook To A Mac Repair Shop

If you have no experience with computers. Then this is really your best option if you want to save your MacBook Pro from being more damaged.

After you have spilled some coffee or tea on your laptop. Turn it off immediately. Hold the power button down for 5 seconds until it shuts off. Then take it to a mac repair shop as soon as possible. So a mac repair tech can open it, disconnect the battery, take the logic board out, clean it off, dry it out, and put it back into the MacBook.

This is the best-case scenario. The faster you do it, the better the chance of saving your MacBook pro.

We are the most qualified MacBook water damage computer repair shop in Thousand Oaks

What Not To Do If You Spill Water On Your Macbook Pro

Most people spill some kind of fluid on their MacBook and then they wait a little bit, flip it upside down, wipe it off with a towel, or whatever else they do… Then they try to turn it on 5 minutes later.

And that’s when the MacBook starts for a little bit. The electricity enters the logic board and reaches the place where the fluid is. Then bridges a connection where there isn’t supposed to be a connection and the MacBook shuts off.

Don’t be that person. Keep your MacBook pro away from fluids! But if it happens, turn it off immediately and take it to the mac repair shop. It’s cheaper to do it the right way than repair it after something has burned inside the MacBook.

For any MacBook water damage-related questions call us at 805-585-5535 or visit us at Fastest Mac Repair and Pc Repair 3339 Kimber Dr. STE D, Newbury Park, CA 91320

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Macbook PrSSD upgrade 2TB

Can you upgrade the storage on my MacBook Pro? This is the question we often get asked at our mac repair store in Thousand Oaks, CA. When people run out of hard drive space they often call and ask if they can do an upgrade on their MacBook pro to increase the amount of storage. It is always a great question. But unfortunately, most of the time people don’t really like the answer to it!

The reason is that newer MacBook pros can not really be upgraded anymore. The last MacBook Pro that Apple sells that could have its SSD upgraded was sold in 2017- A1708 model. After that (and a couple of models before that (a1534 and a1706) can not have their SSD upgraded. Apple started soldering them onto the logic board.

But if you have a MacBook that was manufactured before 2016. You can still easily upgrade your SSD or hard drive storage all the way up to 2TB. This is what most of our customers do with their 2013-2015 MacBook pros (models a1502 or a1398). They are still powerful and modern computers, work really well and are built way better than all newer models.

Will I Lose My Data When Upgrading SSD On A Macbook Pro?

Unlike Apple Genius Bar, which does not care about your personal data. We actually do. At least a little bit. And while technically we are not obligated to care for it. We still do and will do our very best to protect it by backing it up and advising you to do the same.

And when we perform Macbook Pro SSD upgrades we usually clone the data from the old hard drive to the new one without any data loss whatsoever. Cloning means exactly what it means- making a clone or copying all the data identically to the new SSD. It means you will not notice any changes in your software, except that you will have more storage space!

Older Model Macbooks Were Better Than Newer Macbook Pro Models

For example, the “Flexgate” issue was unheard of with older models of MacBook pros. Older MacBook pros also never had any keyboard issues, like the newer MacBooks with butterfly keyboards that had keyboard issues for nearly 4 years. It took a class action lawsuit over the butterfly keyboard with a payout to customers in the amount of 50 Million, to finally convince Apple to use the old-style keyboard on their current MacBook pros again.

It goes to show that innovation is not always necessary. And it seems Apple’s main goal when it comes to MacBook pros and their other devices. So far the only thing it accomplished with MacBook pro users is much disappointment at best. I think Apple should have tested its innovations better before rolling them out to the masses.

Criteria To Look For When Buying New Macbook Pro

My advice to all customers who are looking to purchase a new MacBook Pro is: think down the road. There are two things you can do about it.

First: buy Applecare. It’s a few hundred dollars, but it’s worth every penny because you will be protected for a couple of years in case something unexpected happens to your 3 thousand dollar MacBook.

Second, since upgrades to a MacBook pro are no longer possible, you must think ahead in terms of how much memory are you going to need in the future. If your plan is to use this MacBook for 5-10 years, then you might wanna invest in the largest amount of memory and storage possible. With the way technology is going, 16GB of RAM, might not be all that much in a few years. It actually isn’t all that much today either.

But if you are buying a MacBook short term, perhaps for a kid who will go to college. In that case, getting a cheaper basic version might be your best bet. Knowing they will probably beat it up, spill water on it during a frat party, or some roommate will step on it in the middle of the night and crack the MacBook screen.

Can Any Apple Products Be Still Upgraded For Memory Or SSD?

There are still some Apple products in the market that can be upgraded if needed.

All iMacs until 2020 can be upgraded for sure. You can install hard drives or SSD in a larger capacity and you can max out the memory on all, except a couple of 21.5-inch iMac models, where the RAM memory is already soldered onto the logic board.

Most Mac-mini’s are also upgradeable, but only on certain year models. Newer models can only upgrade the RAM memory but not the SSD.

If you have questions about upgrading your device, just call us 805-585-5535 or stop by our store at 3339 Kimber dr. STE D, Newbury Park, CA 91320

MacBook Screen Flex Cable Issue – Flexgate (Fixed)

MacBook Screen Repair is a very often job we do at Fastest Mac Repair and PC Repair. The reason it is common is that many people drop from the bed, step onto, punch, or run over their MacBooks with a car! Yeah, that happens too! These MacBook damage incidents, in a way, are normal. People have always broken MacBooks by accident! It is nothing new. Today, however, we did a MacBook pro screen repair for another reason that needs to be mentioned here, in case you don’t know about it yet!

The reason this 2020 Macbook pro came in for repair, was the screen had lines on it and it was flickering. Many people get confused when it happens. They think this is a 2-year-old MacBook pro, why would the screen go bad like this? They try connecting the MacBook pro to the external monitor via HDMI and try other things suggested on the internet, but nothing works. The MacBook Pro screen either flickers or shows black lines across the bottom or doesn’t show anything at all unless you close a bit or keep it open at a certain angle.

This (famous) MacBook pro screen issue is called FlexGate. (“Flexgate” like “Batterygate” are sarcastic terms to describe the issues, because of how Apple responded and handled them). The screen problem itself happens because of the faulty screen flex cable (hence the “flexgate”). A paper-thin type of cable that Apple introduced to their screens since their 2015 MacBook pros and use flex cables for MacBook screens to this day. The biggest problem with the flex cables is that they are made out of paperlike material, which tends to wear out a lot quicker, especially if you open and close them more often than usual. Plus perhaps some of the first flex cables weren’t even made from the best materials, to begin with.

2016 and 2017 MacBook pro models like A1706, A1708, and A1707 had the most Flex cable failures. They were failing so much that people turned it into a class action lawsuit against Apple in 2020. Because Apple didn’t want to honor screen replacement when people started bringing them back when they experienced this issue. With every customer, Apple tried to weasel its way out of it and would only replace screens for people who were really adamant with their demands. The more timid customers would just turn around, leave or pay the full price to replace the MacBook screen replacement. It all went on for a while when these most problematic MacBook pros became older and then Apple was able to say that they are too old and normal wear and tear was expected for these flex cables.

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macbook pro retina screen repair

All this time Apple denied its responsibility to reimburse customers for bad screen cable design. And how can you blame them? It would have cost them millions. I’m sure that would have made Apple shareholders unhappy. So they just threw their customers under the bus and had them bear the consequences. By the way, there was a second class action lawsuit over flex cables filed against Apple, but just like the first one in 2020, this one was thrown out by the judge and that was the end of it!

Then in 2018 Apple “got caught” making the 2018 MacBook pro screen flex cable a little longer. Which for some people meant that they admitted their (probably accidental) wrongdoing with the short and fragile flex cables on their previous models of MacBook pros. Making the cables longer and improving their quality made the issue go away partially, but not completely. MacBook Pro screen flex cables still go bad and it happens pretty often.

It is not uncommon for them to fail after around 2 years. Some manage to last longer. It probably depends on how often and how many times you open and close the lid on your Macbook Pro.

Either way, if your MacBook Pro has screen issues related to the flex gate cable, we can help. MacBook screen replacement is a pretty quick repair. It takes about an hour (usually less) if we have the screen available in stock for your particular MacBook. We try to have them in stock, but sometimes we have to go pick them up from our suppliers. Which also can be done the same or the next day at the latest.

If you are not sure if you have a “Flexgate” issue on your MacBook, call us at 805-585-5535 and we will help you diagnose it! Or stop by at 3339 Kimber Dr. STE D, Newbury Park, CA 91320 – The fastest mac repair in the Thousand Oaks area!

Fastest Mac Repair Vs UbreakiFixit

Which to choose?

Great question. Here are some answers to consider

I have been doing mac repair for over 10 years quite intensely, fixing anything and everything from MacBook water damage, failing video chip repair, hard drive replacement, operating system installation, failed time machine file backup recovery, MacBook screen replacement, MacBook keyboard replacements, and everything else.

I am now running a second computer store full time where I process over a hundred computers each month coming in with all possible MacBook and iMac issues. On the side, I also fix and refurbish macs for resale on the used computer market. And I do most of it alone. Why alone?

First of all, it’s not because I haven’t tried to find some help. I have. All computer repair shop owners have. Some succeed, and some don’t. Most don’t. Most end up working at their shops themselves and perhaps have a guy helping them on the side while the owner watches over their shoulder all the time to make sure they are doing things properly.

UbreakiFixit is a franchise-style mobile device repair

Cause unlike the phone repair business like Ubreakifixit (now owned by Asurion insurance company), where if you fix iPhone and iPad screens, at some point it all becomes a cookie-cutter operation. Since you only have so many different iPhones. It all becomes the same after you have replaced 100 of them. In that kind of scenario, you can hire just about anyone with half a brain and some basic motor skills and train them to replace the screens with 95% accuracy. But when it comes to mac repair, things are much much different.

Mac repair was not, is not, and will not ever be a cookie-cutter approach operation. You can not train anyone to be good at mac repair, because it is simply not possible. The only way a mac repair technician can learn to repair MacBooks and iMacs is through experience and willingness to learn new things every day. Most don’t, as we found out, usually very quickly.

You can’t just bring them in the first week, show them how to fix a couple of MacBooks and then they can jump in and handle it on their own. That is not how it works. As mac repair shop operators we have learned it the hard way.

The reason being is, that mac repair and mac issues always evolve and they are never the same. Its equivalent to what doctors do as researchers constantly discover new diseases or learn more about how human bodies work. The only way to be good at it is to always update your knowledge, learn as you go, and keep working on the current issues at hand.

Of course, there are many issues that repeat themselves like MacBook screen replacements, or iMac hard drive replacements that anyone can do after you show it to them a couple of times. But the majority of mac repairs require a person to be good at diagnosing things on the spot. And be able to know what might have caused the issue on the mac in the first place before you start making up possible repair scenarios in front of the customer, to cover up the fact that you really have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to mac repair.

This is precisely what happens in many unqualified mac repair shops, like Ubreakifixit, geek squad, CPR repair, and even some computer repair shops that are not really qualified to fix things as they pretend to be. Because most of the brand-name phone repair stores are built on a cookie-cutter, franchise model. Where there is a manual that tells you how to replace all iPhone screens. And if you follow it, you will be able to do it correctly.

Mac Repair Is On A Case By Case Basis

There is no such manual for Mac repair. There maybe is an outline and, at best, the breakdown of some essentials of how computers are built and operate. But the only real manual is in the experience of doing it day in and out. Without any shortcuts.

What these brand-name shops like Ubreakifixit or geek squad are doing is adding another revenue stream to their existing franchise model business. But they don’t have the mac repair techs to back it up with. Because good mac repair techs are not easy to find. If they happen to find them, they usually can’t afford to pay them enough to deal with everyday minutia and customer service. Good mac repair techs know they can make more money on the side doing one job, than working all day for the same pay at one of their stores for 8 hours.

So usually Ubreakifixit or GeekSquad settle for anything they can get. They tell the newly hired “mac repair techs” to just accept the device, so they can figure it out later. And then they go and try to figure out what they can do to fix it. If they can even fix it, most can’t… I get many people coming here after they went to geek squad and were told they have to send the MacBook out or it will take 3 weeks or it’s not possible to fix. But then I fix it in a couple of hours! In essence, the brand-name repair stores have maybe one decent mac repair tech and then a bunch of random people from the street who practice fixing MacBooks using your device.

Why Choose Fastest Mac Repair Instead of UbreakiFixit (the answer)

Herein lies your answer. Which to choose? Ubreakifixit or Fastest Mac Repair in Newbury Park? Would you go to a doctor who is just practicing his medical skills on you? Because he just feels like adding an extra income aside from his real expertise? Or would you go to an expert who has many years of experience in that particular field and will tell you exactly what is going on?

Do you want to hear excuses and experience delays fixing your MacBook or iMac? Or do you want it fixed as fast as possible because we know exactly what is wrong, instead of telling you all kinds of stories that we need to do the testing or that it will take 2-3 days just to diagnose the issue or make up some kind of different excuses? Like they need to send it out to Kansas for 2 weeks and then they will tell you (right after they meet Alice at the end of the yellow brick road)!

By all means, I give credit where credit is due. If you have iPhone problems or iPad problems, call Ubreakifixit if you want, ( cause we fix iPhones too). They are great at it. I used to use them myself because they always have parts in stock and do a great job repairing phones. But when it comes to mac repair, they are not your best choice.

Truth is, most computers take less than one day to repair. Most diagnostics should take about one hour or less(with us it takes less than 5 minutes in 90% of the cases). Unless there is something specific, like MacBook water damage, then it may take a little longer…

At Fastest Mac Repair and PC Repair Newbury Park, CA we do it quickly, with no BS, and no making up excuses. 95% of the time you get an estimate in less than 5 minutes over the phone. We’ve done it all and we can fix it guaranteed if it is fixable. If we can’t we will refer you to someone who can or give you alternative options.

Call us for free quotes or any questions answered over the phone at 805-585-5535 or stop by at 3339 Kimber Dr. STE D, Newbury Park, CA 91320

Mac Battery Replacement – Fast Service In Town

One of the more popular MacBook Repairs that we do is Mac Battery Replacement.

Batteries go bad on all devices, macs are not different. We recently had a customer, who bought a brand new mac. She wanted us to transfer the data to it from her old MacBook. After taking the new MacBook out of the box, we realized the battery was not charging on it.

The customer had to take the MacBook back to Apple. Waited for 03 weeks for them to receive the mac battery. Then wait for 2 more days for the mac battery to be replaced by Apple technicians! Talk about the speed of the largest computer company servicing their MacBooks!!!!

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A Better Way To Replace A Mac Battery

Luckily there is another way! If your MacBook Pro doesn’t stay on very long when not plugged in. You might need a mac battery replacement done. If that is the case, you don’t really have to go to the Apple genius bar, unless you want to wait 3 weeks for your mac battery to be replaced.

Instead, find a computer service like ours and get it replaced within 30 minutes. Or you might have to wait a maximum of 2-3 days until we get a mac battery replacement shipped in and then you can bring it in, so we can replace it within 30 minutes.

We Replace Batteries On Most Mac Models

At Fastest Mac Repair And Pc Repair Newbury Park, we offer fast mac battery replacement service for most MacBook models: A1706, a1708, a1707, a1278, a1286, a1502, a1466, a1534, a1932, a2179, a2251, and others.

We have most batteries in stock, but sometimes we do run out and have to order based on the model of the MacBook.

Computer Battery Repairs On Other Laptop Brands

Besides mac battery replacement, we also replace batteries on any computer laptops on the market. We do not store those batteries in stock and most of the time they have to be ordered. But we can get them fairly quickly (3-4 days). And batter repair service usually takes about 30-40 minutes.

Our Mac repair shop is located in the Thousand Oaks area and we provide computer repair in Moorpark, Camarillo, Newbury Park, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Malibu, and other surrounding areas.

Call us for any mac repair questions or quotes at 805-585-3335

Macbook Liquid Damage Repair

Macbook liquid damage repair is very common job we do at Fastest Mac Repair And Pc Repair. People spill stuff on their Macbooks more often than you think. Usually its water inside the backpack, or coffee at Starbucks, because the lid wasn’t closed properly. Or any other kind of scenario one could imagine. I have seen most of them.

When Macbook with water damage comes in, in most situations it is usually too late to do anything about it, other than repair the logic board. Because of what most people do when they encounter such a problem.

Most people will leave the macbook sitting on a desk for couple hours and then try to turn it on. Or they would blow the macbook with the hair dryer and then try to turn it on. Or the very best one yet, they will stick it into a bag of rice for couple hours and then try to turn it on.

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Why Putting Your Macbook Into Rice After Liquid Damage Doesn’t Work

It always makes me chuckle and roll my eyes when people come and they proudly say that they have put their water damage macbook into rice. It is literally the silliest thing you can do when water is spilled on your macbook.

It shows naivete and gullibility thinking that the internet has answers to all your questions. It doesn’t. In fact in over 15 years I’ve been fixing laptops, I have probably gone onto the “Internets” only a couple of times to see how to open some specific device, because some are really difficult to open without ripping off a cable.

But in general people on the internet just make videos for clicks. Not necessarily because they actually know how to solve certain issues. And putting your computer in rice is one of them.

The reason putting your Macbook in rice doesn’t work, when you spill liquid all over it, is that you can’t keep it in rice long enough for it to absorb the moisture from inside the laptop. Rice may be moisture absorbent on a microscopic level, however that is not enough to extract the fluids from inside the Macbook.

If there is a puddle of water inside, it would take you at least 1 week of keeping the Macbook in rice to actually evaporate that water. And most of it would evaporate because of the air, not because of the rice.

What To Do When You Spill Water On Your Macbook

Instead try to find a screw driver and take the bottom lid of the Macbook and the fluids will evaporate out of it in less than 1 hour. Instead of keeping it in rice with a lid on.

And if you can not find a screwdriver, hurry to the nearest mac repair shop in Thousand Oaks and ask them them to open it for you and disconnect the battery as soon as possible.

The reason you want to disconnect the battery ASAP when you have liquid damage is because of basic physics. Water or liquids are conduits. It creates pathways in places where there not supposed to be any pathways for electricity to travel.

Battery or plugging Macbook into an electric outlet is what causes them to burn. Before you plug it in, or press power button it first has to be dried out COMPLETELY. Keeping it in a bag of rice won’t do it!

It has to be opened, the logic board has to be extracted, inspected and dried out on both sides. Only then you can plug it in or connect it to the battery and try to turn it on.

Liquid Damage Macbook Repair

Unfortunately, most Macbooks that we receive have been already burned. Because no one knows what to do when they spill water on it. And they also have no patients to wait for the Macbook to actually dry out (Which would take about 4-5 days probably if you don’t take the lid off). People plug them back into power to early and they end up burning components on the board. From there 95% of the Macbooks are usually still fixable. But now it gets more difficult to do so.

So if you spill water on your macbook don’t wait, turn it off right away (hold the power button down). Then open it and disconnect the battery. If you do those things, it will be ok. If not, then no one knows what happens.

Cheers!

Mac Pro Repair Caught On Fire

When this Mac Pro 2008 with 4 hard drive bays came in, the customer told us they saw some smoke coming out from the front. So we thought maybe there was a shortage in the power supply unit. Or maybe some dust caught on fire inside, as it happens sometimes.

But after we pulled the DVD drives, it became clear it was a little more than just the dust catching a spark. It was more like one DVD drive half melted with all the cables around it. As well as black ash coming out of the power supply.

I’m still quite not sure where it started. My first thought was it began inside the power supply and then burned all the wires on DVD drives and spread from there. But now I’m not sure. It could have been the other way around.

Either way, since this was an older Mac Pro unit from 2008. The customer decided it was time to upgrade. They were going to go look for a newer mac pro on macsales.com where you can customize your mac with how much memory you want, what kind of CPU, etc…

Instead, we were able to find them a 2012 unit locally from the computer repair shop of a friend of mine. We went and picked it up the next day. Put customers’ hard drives into it. The newer mac pro booted up and after an operating system upgrade, runs like a charm without any issues.

Why not buy a new mac pro, you may ask, or get an iMac or something? Many people love these Mac Pros because otherwise, they are very solid computers. Plus the biggest thing people love is the hard drive bays. This Mac Pro can hold 4 hard drives at the same time. They are easy to take out and take with you or replace them fast in case a hard drive fails or fills up and you need to put a new one in. Having four hard drive bays, means you don’t have to have any external hard drives laying around with wires hanging all over the place.

Another benefit of having these Mac Pros is that they are capable of housing 2 CPU units. Which adds to the processing power of the computer and makes it fast. As well as they have 16 slots of RAM. Whereas 2010-2012 units can be loaded up to 64GB of RAM into them.

The downside to these Mac Pros is- they are getting old and are not much upgradeable anymore. Sure, they still are powerful and more than enough for most people. But even on a 2012 unit, which was the last year, Apple made it, before they went to the “trashcan” mac pro design. It is only upgradable to Mojave OS. And that also requires a Graphics Card With a metal plate on it.

Yet the good news for the Mac Pro fans is that in 2019 Apple started making them again. I am not sure why. Perhaps because trashcan Mac Pros weren’t so popular, even though they are REALLY good computers. Either way, Mac Pros cheese graters are back. But without the hard drive bays. They only support 2 SSD drives and perhaps a few additional drives if you get special housing for the front of the unit (Caddy).

New Mac Pros have been built to be really powerful. They support up to 128GB of RAM and have very powerful CPUs. So if you’re a video editor, who needs massive power that is probably something you might wanna look into.

As for our customer, who had a Mac Pro that caught on fire. They love 4 hard drive bays, wanted to stay with a Cheese Grater, and didn’t want to upgrade to a new Mac. This is what they have now. 32GB of RAM (can be upgraded to 64GB). 2 Xeon 6 core CPUs with SSD and 3 Hard drives in bays.

The best part is they bought it literally the next day and for less money. Instead of waiting for macsales to assemble it, ship it, and pay 2 times the money for it!

If you live in the Thousand Oaks area and have Mac Repair issues. Call us at 805-585-5535 and we help you solve all issues very quickly and give you all options possible!

or stop by at 3339 Kimber dr. STE D, Newbury Park, CA 91320

A1990 Macbook Water Damage Repair – Case Study

When it comes to Macbook Water Damage Repair, the outcome of the repair can not always be predicted. Depending on how much water, coffee, tea or fluid was spilled on a macbook and where the fluid went will determine the outcome of the macbook repair.

Another important part is- it also depends what you did with the macbook AFTER the water was spilled on it. Because most people think they can just take a fan, or put it in rice and after one hour the issue will fix itself. Then they try to turn it on and they burn something on the logic board. People get this kind of bad advice on the internet and then they have to pay extra to repair the macbook.

The best thing to do when you spill water on a macbook, is to shut it down immediately. Or better yet, disconnect the battery from the logic board. So it really doesn’t get any electricity flowing through the system.

Then you must open your macbook up and clean any possible wet spots on the logic board (from both sides), and anywhere else you see any wet spots.

Then you must inspect the logic board and all connectors for any existing corrosion. If corrosion is present, its best you remove it asap, so the corroded chips don’t fry next time you power the computer on. And then it is always a good idea to leave the logic board to dry for a little bit, depending where the water went and what components were hit by it.

if you do these things right away, you have the best chance of saving the macbook. And most likely it will continue to operate without any issues forward.

Obviously just by reading that, we both know you will most likely unable to do any of that on your own, without damaging something else in the process. This is why next time you spill the some coffee on your macbook, you need to shut it down and bring it to a macbook repair shop right away, so we can do it for you.

But if you are like most people, you will do nothing. Or you will go online and read some bad recommendations or stick your macbook into a bag of rice and hope for the best. And then you will plug it in and fry something.

Then you will have no choice but go to apple store and buy a new computer(cause they sure won’t help you fix it) Or you will have to find a mac repair shop near me and bring it in hopes of getting it fixed.

The problem with bringing it to a mac repair shop is that most shops don’t even know how to fix water damage logic boards. They usually make things worse, because they practice repairing water damage on your macbook instead of ACTUALLY repairing it.

If you bring it to Fastest Mac Repair and Pc Repair – the most qualified mac repair shop in Thousand Oaks, it will definitely be fixed one way or another. In some cases it takes longer, because we have to order chips to replace. In some cases it is quick, in some cases the logic boards are not repairable, because some major component on it (like CPU or GPU) is damaged and the board can not be fixed.

With this A1990 macbook water damage repair the repair was difficult. Someone else already tried to fix it before us. After we looked at it, we fixed the first issue where the water caused damaged. But macbook would still be shutting off after some time of being turned on.

Eventually we realized that the GPU was the issue on it and that can not be replaced easily where its cost effective. Therefore the customer had to make a choice to either buy a new macbook or replace the logic board.

They decided to replace the logic board. In the end water damage macbook pro was fixed and is working with no problems.

We repair all kinds of macbook water damage problems. a1708, 1707, a2251, a1990, a1989, a2338 and other models.

call us at 805-585-5535 or stop by our shop during business hours. we are the fastest and most qualified mac repair shop in Thousand Oaks area.

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Meet The Owner
Hello my name is Eddie.

I opened my first computer store, after i looked around to notice that people didn't have a proper place to repair their computers at.

Most mac repair places take days to repair. Not because it takes so long to repair them. but because most shops are incompetent or have bad work flow. Hence they fall behind and as result customers have to wait for repair to be completed much longer.

It is similar (if not worse)with companies like Geek Squad(Best Buy), Genius Bar (Apple), Asurion(UbreakiFixit). They hardly do any inhouse repairs. Most of their computers get shipped out to manufacturers or other repair centers.

So again, people like yourself, have to wait 2-4 weeks get their computer back.
For that reason i was on a mission to change this industry and get computers fixed as fast as I can. So you and your family can get back to their zoom meetings as quickly as possible!
Another reason you should come here is because I fix most of the people's computer in the area anyway. Most just collect them and send them to me or I usually have to take care of their customers because the "other computer geniuses" break something and computer still ends up in our repair shop after that. I'm not saying that I'm perfect. I also make mistakes sometimes or sometimes get overwhelmed and forget something. But that doesn't happen very often. and if it does. It happens because of my own error or accident, not because I'm incompetent nor do i need to hide it by telling you to just go buy anohter computer cause this one is not fixable. Like other people do. I write this, because i really take it personally. And i don't understand why people have to lie instead of telling the person they don't know how to fix it. and just tell them to go look for some other options. I take this service seriously. I love doing it and i love providing nothing less than a truly NO-BS-Excellent service to people who come visit me! hope you will be one of them! Oh yes, and also in my free time i get out of town and shoot landscape photography! feel free to stop by our shop to see my artwork!

Visit my photography website here: Nature Photos For Sale

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