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2017 Macbook Pro Screen Replacement Flexgate

If you one of the lucky people who owns a 2017 Macbook pro you might have run into a screen issue they tend to develop. Where the screen works when you open in a little bit on an angle, but if you open it all the way it goes black and won’t display anything.

This issue is called “Flexgate”. Yes it has a name, because this screen failure happened to so many people, Apple were hit with now two class action lawsuits. Both of which were denied by the judge. Last class action lawsuit on flexgate was denied in May of 2022.

The reason your 2017 macbook pro screen has failed is because of the flex cable that connects the screen to the logic board. Hence “flexgate”. In 2018 on the next model of Macbook pro, Apple made that flex cable a little longer, thus in a way admitting their own mistake regarding the issue. However not really willing to do much about it.

Now of course they say its a 5 year old computer and you can’t expect it to work flawlessly for 5 years, things break. And maybe that is understandable. But in reality, they weaseled their way out of fixing them few years back too, when they were failing fresh. People had literally yell and scream at the Apple Store for them to get it replaced as part of warranty.

The affected models for this macbook pro screen failure in large were macbook pro 2017 a1708, macbook pro 2017 a1706 model, macbook pro 2017 a1707- 15 inch model. And it also happens to newer models as well. Because the real issue is not the length of the cable, but the flex cable itself. It is thin as paper and it gets twisted all the time when you open or close the lid of the laptop.

The only way to fix this A1708 macbook pro screen issue with the flex cable is to replace the screen. We offer a1708 screen replacement and A1706 screen replacement usually as same day service. We usually have screens in stock or can get them fairly quickly.

Call us at 805-585-5535 or

Visit us at 3339 Kimber dr. STE D in Newbury Park, CA 91320 to get your macbook screen replaced and for any other macbook repair service!

1502 Screen Replacement

1502 Screen Replacement is a very common repair in our business. To begin with its probably because these Macbooks were the first concrete retina screen models after a brief introduction of A1425 model. So a lot of people have them and a lot of people still use them. Because they were pretty good computers.

a1502 still has an old style keyboard with higher keys(unlike butterfly keyboard). They have a nice high resolution retina display. they come with 16GB RAM logic board and their SSDs are up-gradable to now at least 2TB of storage.

And for most part a1502 macbooks never really had any major issues other than failing batteries and occasional logic board failure on 2015 models.

For most part all the damages were human caused. That includes spilling coffee or water on the macbook damaging logic board, keyboard or a trackpad. Or dropping the macbook and cracking the screen on it.

a1502 screen repplacement

Not surprisingly today, I still recommend people to buy a1502 macbook, if they want a little 13 inch laptop for travels or just to sit on a couch typing something. a1502 are durable, comfortable to use and have keyboard with keys that work and don’t get stuck randomly like they do on later macbook models.

Are 1502 replacement screens still available?

If you call most macbook repair places you will get quoted around $600 for a new screen replacement for a 1502 macbook. That is correct. New screens do cost that much for this macbook. Because their production has stopped. Not many people want to buy them anymore, so naturally price goes up for the product that is higher demand.

However at Fastest Mac Repair and Pc Repair Newbury Park, we buy and deal with used and refurbished macbooks. Therefore we are always able to get replacement screens for a1502 at lower cost, usually in pretty good condition. There is no need to spend $600 to replace a screen on 1502. Call us and we will get it done for you for half the price in most cases!

call us at 805-585-5535 or stop by at 3339 Kimber Dr. STE D, Newbury Park, CA 91320

Imac Repair Near Me Thousand Oaks

Imac Repair near me happens to be one of the most common searches on the internet. Despite the illusion that iMacs and other Apple products supposedly never break.

The fact of the matter is that iMacs, Macbooks, Iphones break more than any other devices. Most because of human error, but iMacs usually become faulty because of the way Apple designed them.

Imac SSD Replacement

The most common failure with iMac computers happen when the spinning hard drives that Apple installed into iMac computers till 2019 fail after 2-5 years of operation, almost like clockwork. Luckily today, spinning hard drives are old technology, since we have Solid State Drives(SSD) to replace them with.

SSDs are great for couple of reasons. They are 10-15 times faster than regular hard drives. They are lighter, they don’t have any moving parts and they seem to last longer. Although some of them do also fail now and then, but not very often.

Therefore, if you own an iMac older than 2020. Even if it still works, it is recommended to upgrade your hard drive to SSD as soon as possible.

Slow iMac Repair

In fact, one of the signs of failing iMac is they become slower. This is the first sign the hard drive is slowing down and is starting to fail slowly. Most people don’t think its a big deal and they wait till the last minute until it becomes so slow the iMac renders unusable and then they start looking for an iMac repair near me in order to fix the issue.

Nothing wrong with that, except that if the spinning hard drive inside the iMac starts failing it does it very gradually, but the longer it takes the worse it gets and many times people bring their iMacs for repair when it is slightly too late. Usually people bring them when iMac stops booting up completely or hangs on the loading screen with the bar getting stuck and not moving at all.

Too late means, the hard drive is already at the stage, where it is not performing at all, not booting or prevents the iMac from starting all together.

And that’s not really a big deal if it happens when you have a time machine backup. Cause then we just replace the bad hard drive with SSD and restore the backup and all is back to normal. However most people do not backup. No matter how many times I tell them to! 🙂

In those cases things get tricky and people’s files might be compromised, because they become harder (and more expensive) to retrieve from a faulty hard drive.

Don’t Wait To Get Your IMac Repaired If It Runs Slow

The best advice I can give( after repairing computer day in and day out for 10 years) is don’t wait if your iMac starts running slow. Usually you get a spinning ball.

It’s definitely your hard drive failing (otherwise iMacs are really good products). Bring it in for SSD upgrade and you will prevent bigger problems down the road! Trust me on that one!

Call us at 805-585-5535

We are open 10-5:30 Mon-Fri. Our address is

Fastest Mac Repair and Pc Repair Newbury Park

3339 Kimber Dr. STE D, Newbury Park, CA 91320

Computer Repair In Thousand Oaks

One of the common google searches in our area is Computer Repair In Thousand Oaks near me. It produces many results. But how do you know which one to choose.

Few common factors you want to consider when choosing a competent computer repair in Thousand Oaks are these:

1. How fast will your device be fixed?

Most computer shops in Thousand Oaks are so inexperienced they can’t tell you how long it will take to fix something. They will tell they have to look at it first. Or they don’t know how long it will take.

And while with some repairs, like “water damage repair” it may be difficult to predict how long it will take. In most cases even that shouldn’t take more that 3-4 days to repair. While for the most repairs it shouldn’t take more than a day. unless maybe some parts have to be ordered, which then may take 3-4 days to receive them also.

However most shops don’t know, nor can give you an answer because they simply are not good at fixing things, because they are either new or don’t have proper expertise to know how most laptops are built in order to give you a straight answer.

At Fastest Mac Repair and Pc Repair Newbury Park, you will get an answer as soon as you call and give us the details of your issue. You will get an answer how long it will take to fix within minutes. Or in some cases you will be told we need to see the device in order to give you a quote and time frame. no messing around here

We also carry most of the common parts in stock and only in certain cases do we have to order parts that need to be shipped. Most computers and macbooks are fixed in few hours or the next day.

2. How much does it cost to fix my mac or PC or an iPhone?

Again, what many shops will do, mainly due to lack of experience or some other shady tactics. They will tell you they need to see the device in order to give you a quote, because they want you to come into their place of business. And once you are there they will make it look like they are looking it up and then give you a quote with the hopes that you will not go anywhere else since you already have gone through the troubles of getting here. You will be reluctant to go look for other competitive options.

In reality, only less than 3% of devices need actually to be looked at, before you can give a person a quote on how much it will cost to fix them. That includes pc laptops that have physical damage, especially when the hinge breaks and it is hard to tell over the phone what is actually broken.

But in 97% of cases when you call Fastest Mac Repair and Pc Repair Newbury park, we will give you a quote over the phone in less than 2 minutes. With experience we JUST KNOW, most of devices and the cost of fixing them. There is no hesitation and no beating around the bush of any kind!

And plus we carry most of the parts on site also.

most other shops will take their time or make up all kinds of excuses on why they need to see your device in order to give you a quote. But that is just a lack of experience. In 97% of cases you don’t need to see anything in order to give a price for a computer repair!

3. Should I go to Geek Squad To Repair My Device Or A Local Shop

Often people get sold on the idea of going to a big name/brand store because they “trust” them better because that is what the advertising on television told them.

In many other industries that is a great choice. Because big brands have figured out distribution, products, customer service, warranties and other things very well. However this is not the case for computer repair, especially.

In fact big name brand stores like Geek Squad, struggle quite a bit with finding great repair technicians. Because there aren’t many of them available. Because those who are really great for most part don’t want to go work for a store with set hours for a meager hourly rate. When they know they can open their own little business get a customer and make the same money in couple hours. Instead of standing all day behind the counter all day!

That is why the repairs geek squad can do are very limited. They can only fix some basic software issues on site. Even then, they take way too long, because people they employ are often not experienced who are forced to follows cookie cutter instructions and aren’t allowed to think on their feet, which is what required in most cases when fixing phones and computers.

This is why geek squad doesn’t fix mac computers. They send them out to Apple. And most PC repairs are being sent out to their repair center in Kansas. Because the repair techs they hire also don’t know how to fix things on site for the lack of experience and other bureaucracy issues.

To sum up, if you want your device to be fixed fast and properly. Geek Squad is definitely a bad choice. People working there are usually inexperienced and are not very motivated to do things fast or whatever serves customer best. They are trained to sell you a two year service more than anything!

4. 20 year old Computer Repair in Thousand Oaks business means nothing

Many computer repair shops pride themselves on being in business 20 years in order to impress you that supposedly they know something about computer repair business.

In fact, we just had one guy call us offering to buy his customer list after being in business for 20 years. he was closing the doors cause he couldn’t afford to pay rent. Yet he thinks his customer list was worth a sizeable sum of money!

The problem with guys like these is that they don’t really keep up with the technology after being 20 years in computer repair business. They still operate as if they are living in the 1990s, while technology is passing right by them at the speed of light.

They usually are slow to adapt, will take your computer or an imac (assuming they even know how to work on imacs) and sit on it for days telling you they are looking for a problem, when in reality they are simply not able to keep up with the progress in tech and are falling far behind on everything.

While the fundamentals inside the computers are still the same. There are many details that are always being implemented into new devices in order to make them slimmer, slicker, lighter, smaller and faster.

And if you are sitting on one device for 2 days, I can’t imagine you are learning much keeping up with the new trends. Not surprisingly, later we found out just in 4 years of being in business at this location. We are doing 4 times amount of business than the guy who was in business over 20 years.

This is probably one of those cases where the tortoise doesn’t win the race. If you don’t keep up, you get left behind quickly here. Apple innovates rapidly. PC market is copying apple and is not that far behind. Things change quickly. You have to stay on top of things otherwise you get left behind and can’t afford to pay rent on your location.

I’m proud to say Fastest Mac Repair And Pc Repair Newbury Park has crossed a 5 year mark at this location this August and we are going strong, because we keep up with innovations, do things fast (the fastest) and provide best (NO BS) customer service in the area!

So next time you are searching for Computer Repair in Thousand Oaks, give us as a call at 805-585-5535

or visit us at Fastest Mac Repair and Pc Repair Newbury Park at 3339 Kimber Dr. STE D, Newbury Park, CA 91320

and get your device fixed hassle free in quickest amount of time!

Why My Imac Is Slow

why my imac is slow is the question that many people ask themselves on daily basis. They buy a two thousand dollar computer, but after a while it start to run slower than it should. They even try going back to apple. But of course apple can’t really help them in most cases. Because of how Apple used to design these iMacs.

First of all, the reason most iMacs are slow, is not lack of memory (RAM), which is what most people want to do in order to fix the slow imac issue. Somebody tells them to just upgrade the RAM and they set out on a mission to get the RAM from amazon. Then call us to install it for them.

However… I have to say that there is nothing wrong with wanting to upgrade the RAM on your computer, if you really need to do so. You also need to know that upgrading the RAM will not solve your slow iMac problem. Why? Because it is not the lack of memory that causes it.

What causes your imac to run slow after some time, is a failing hard drive. Or sometimes, the hard drive doesn’t even have to be failing. The imac will still run slow. It is because hard drives are old technology. They were great for the past 20 years, when this was our only option after the floppy disks, cds, dvds, etc.

And now, luckily, we have Solid State Disks (SSD), that don’t have moving parts, that store data on chips rather than spinning plates. They don’t need any other parts reading the information. They just plug in, and read/write data to the memory blocks 10-15 times faster than a hard drive can. It is simply a matter of newer technology.

So if you want to fix your iMac and make it run faster. All you have to do is bring your computer to Fastest mac repair and pc repair in newbury park. And we will transfer your data and swap your hard drive with SSD. Then your iMac will run as fast as you expect it to run. Or even faster!

apple a1990 macbook pro screen repair

Apple A1990 macbook pro screen repair is quick and easy process when you come to Fastest mac repair and pc repair in newbury park.

We usually have the screens in stock and it takes less than an hour to do a screen replacement.

This A1990 Macbook Pro came it with a damaged screen because someone has closed the lid while their headphones were laying on the keyboard. It happens very often. And unfortunately, the way Apple has designed their Macbook Pros these days. The only way to repair this is to replace the whole screen assembly.

The replacement process takes under an hour. and your A1990 macbook pro screen as new as when you first pulled it out of the box when you bought it!

We replace macbook pro screens for other models as well: A1708, A1707, A2179, A2337, A2338 and others.

visit us at 3339 Kimber Dr. STE D, Newbury Park, CA 91320

We are the fastest mac repair in Thousand Oaks area.

Macbook pro 12 inch a1534 battery replacement

MacBook pro 12-inch a1534 battery replacement is a very common repair we get. The reason is, all batteries fail at some point, sooner or later. No matter which device, no matter what brand, and no matter how big or small the battery is- eventually they all fail.

As they say, it’s a question of when… And all that depends on many factors. Battery cell quality, manufacturing quality, when the battery was made, who made it, how long it has been laying on the shelf before it was installed in the device, and also the manner in which it was being used.

One way to determine Apple MacBook pro batteries, as well as MacBook Air battery life expectancy, is by looking at the battery cycle count.

You can find it by going to About this Mac menu item. Then click on System Report and find the Power menu item in the left column.

On the right-hand side, you will see the cycle count for you your battery. new MacBook battery cycles start at 0 and they go up. How much they go up, depends on how much you use the battery. Most batteries start to go bad somewhere around 700-800 cycles. Even though we have seen batteries go to 1400 cycles and some fail at around 200-300. But the most common number to see when the battery starts to fail is around 700-800.

you can also download a tool called coconut battery which will tell you more info on the battery inside your MacBook, like when it was manufactured and how much of the charge capacity it holds, etc.

Replacing a faulty battery takes about 1 hour in new MacBook pros and MacBook airs. if you are in need of macbook battery replacement you can call us at 805-585-5535 or stop by our store – Fastest Mac repair and Pc Repair Newbury park, at 3339 Kimber Dr. Suite D, Newbury Park, Ca 91320

We keep most batteries in stock and can swap them out for you very quickly!

Slow Mac Mini SSD Upgrade

Most customers we have these days who complain about their mac computers being slow, first think they need to clean their computers up from viruses. Or reinstall their software. Or even buy and come to ask us to install some extra memory for them.

All those things are ok and in some cases necessary to do. But…

What many don’t realize. Is that the reason their computer is slow. It is only because they still have an old spinning hard drive in it.

Now this applies to all macbooks before 2013 (we don’t get many of those anymore, cause they are just getting too old to use in most cases).

It applies to mac minis before 2015. And all imacs before 2019.

When you have an old spinning hard drive in your computer as storage device. Where your mac stores your operating system, along with all your files. That data is being read at pretty slow pace.

Back when these were THE ONLY thing. They were great. Yet the also came in different speeds. 5400RPM, 7200 RPM and even 10000RPM (rotations per minute). they were an amazing piece of technology that helped store loads of data and changed computer industry, as well as music industry (when steve jobs figured out how to put one in your pocket and walk around with thousands of songs on it that you can listen to on your ipod).

However, these days, as technology progressed and flash memory devices emerged- USB sticks, SD cards, etc.

Manufacturers also started producing flash memory drives called SSD’s (Solid State Drives) to go into computers.

And if you will compare read and write rates of a SSD to a regular 5400RPM hard drive. They are usually 10-15 times faster.

So if your macbook or imac or mac mini is running slow. First thing you need to do is to find out, whether you still have an old hard drive inside your device. And if you do, that’s the first thing you need to replace, to see a major difference in how your mac operates. It will be like night and day. You will be literally amazed how fast your imac can run without doing anything else to it, except by just replacing old hard drive with a SSD.

At Fastest mac repair and pc repair Newbury park- we are really good at it and we can do it for you in a heartbeat!

we offer mac mini SSD upgrades, Imac 27 inch and 21.5 inch SSD upgrades, and also macbook pro ssd upgrades as well on those older units that some people still use.

call us at 805-585-5535 or stop by at our store at 3339 Kimber dr. STE D, Newbury Park, CA 91320

We are the fastest and most qualified mac repair in thousand oaks, ca area!

Macbook Keyboard Repair

Finally there are some great news regarding Apple! That doesn’t happen very often, other than when you hear about their stock going up to record levels or the next iphone they release. So people can start lining up around the block if they want to get it! Cause you know it has all those great features, kinda like the current phone you have, only a lot better! Maybe 5% better or so! Anyhow. That’s a topic for another conversation.

Today’s conversation is about keyboards! And keyboard Apple did fix on these new macbooks that came out in 2020!

Why should this be great news to you?! Well, because since all the way back in 2015, Apple released this new miracle keyboard- called butterfly keyboard. It was so great! So low, so slick looking! That replaced this old, clunky keyboard from the past!!! And I agree, it was a great keyboard, but only to look at. Cause if you had to type something, you wouldn’t be so excited about it then…

And just like Air pods were Apple’s greatest product, therefore the equivalent analogy on the negative side, was no other than – “a butterfly keyboard”! (if you don’t believe me, just put “butterfly keyboard problem in google search and see what happens!

You’re back! how many million searches were there? Anyhow, here is my take on it…. The keyboard was so bad, that Apple actually changed it back to an old clunky, to tall-key keyboard from the dinosaur computers of last Millennia! because Apple, finally learned (in four years) that people actually WANT TO USE THEIR KEYBOARDS FOR TYPING on their computers, not just to look how pretty it is!

If you haven’t computer with that keyboard, consider yourself lucky. cause otherwise, you might have had to pay a random 300-400 hundred USD to replace your keyboard cause your space bar or some other key got stuck and wouldn’t move anymore. or if you spilled something on your keyboard by accident and your keys were sticky. You could not just lift the keys and clean them out. You would have to replace the whole keyboard or the whole palm rest for that matter! And you would be baffled and would have had a slightly puzzled look on your face, after Apple would have told you, it wasn’t covered by warranty or something between those lines.

But luckily! Enough about the negative! Today, if you own a new 2020 macbook. The keys are actually back to normal! and you can clean them out with no problem! So go ahead and don’t be so shy about spilling coke, pepsi, orange juice, beer, wine, milk, black tea with sugar on it or whatever else you want to spill on it!Because the new-old keys now can be cleaned out! and they can be cleaned out very flawlessly!

Just be careful if you spill something on your macbook, you might also damage the logic board and you might need macbook water damage repair too!

How do we know? Well, we actually had a chance to clean them today, because there was some soda on spilled on them and they were pretty sticky! 2 hours later it was history! All working like new again!


So now if you have an accident and your in need of macbook keyboard repair- you know where to go!

our address is Fastest Mac Repair and Pc Repair Newbury Park at 3339 Kimber Dr. STE D, Newbury Park, Ca 91320

or please call us before you show up to make sure we’re open and someone is there, at 805-585-5535

Agoura Hills Imac SSD Upgrade Onsite Service

We often get a question if we do home or office calls. And the answer is- yes we do. However it all depends on circumstances. Because in some cases if the job requires lots of waiting time, like large transfers of data or operating system installations with file backup, I would rather have you bring the computer in. Simply because we can do it more smoothly in our computer store, rather than sitting and waiting for hours for some installation to finish.

And don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind sitting back and talking to you for couple hours, but I just like to be productive and do something else while I’m waiting for gigabytes of data to be transferred from one device to the other.

However in some cases we need to come out for onsite computer repair service and we do it gladly.

Just like yesterday, a lady called me from the office in Agoura Hills. Where we had to upgrade their pc and an iMac and fix some networking issues at their office. In this case we had to go to their office, because bringing devices to fix networking issues is simply not possible.

imac repair service agoura hills,

So I came and set up for the data to be copied over, then went back to my store to help couple other people and then came back to finish everything up a little later.

The point being here is we are flexible. We value your time, we value our time and we are good at finding solutions to solve your computer issues as smoothly as possible. We offer onsite PC and Imac repair service in Agoura hills, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo and surrounding areas!

Feel free to call us with any computer repair questions that you have at 805-585-5535- all questions are answered free of charge. Or you can also stop by and ask any questions in person at Fastest mac repair and pc repair newbury park, ca 91320 from 10-6pm during weekdays!


If your iMac is running slow, you NEED to change your regular hard drive to a solid state disk (SSD). It will start running 10 times faster than when you first bought it new! Trust me on that one!!!!

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!

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