Parts that frequently get damaged
MacBook computers are the most popular PCs with a huge market base. They normally suffer damages to their software and hardware. As a user of these computers, you should be able to do the simple repairs by yourself to save the money and time for outsourcing professionals.
The most common damages occur to the screens, the keyboard, the hinges, the logic board, the charging system and the unibody. These parts could get broken, or they could be affected by spillage that gets into the computer. Professional replacements services of these parts may be recommended if they suffer too much damage. Otherwise, you should be able to open up your computer and conduct minor repairs.
The following are the simple repair procedures that you could undertake;
Full corrosion cleaning
This entails cleaning your Mac in and out. It is usually the first step of every repair, and it gets rid of dust, mold and past spillages that have become sticky. Use a cleaning spirit to wipe the surface of the motherboard and then carefully vacuum the open ports and spaces in your machine. You should perform a full corrosion cleaning for your Mac every two to three months of use to free it of dust or any other growth infestations. This action would increase your Mac’s longevity. A clean Mac is a healthy Mac.
Accidental and liquid damage repair
Liquid damage repair is the most recurring issue as far as computer damage is concerned. The part mostly affected by this is the computer keyboard. A spill of more than a few drops of any liquid on your Mac may destroy the functionality of certain electronic components.
In case you suffer an accidental spill, shut down your Mac to prevent frying out microchips through short-circuiting. Then strip it down and dry it out first as a first aid measure. Go ahead to inspect for further damage and unscrew and lay out the components affected by the spillage. If you compute suffers excessive spillage, you should forward it to laptop doctors in Mac repair stores.
Fan repair: Dusting and lubricating
The Mac’s fan is first dusted and vacuumed as standard procedure. First, remove all the debris stuck in between its blades so that it can run smoothly and noise-free. Add a special computer lubricant to it to ensure that it does not grind small bits of plastic around its rotating axle. Then screw the fan back, close up the computer and check that it is running smoothly.
Stained or flickering screen.
This issue might be caused by old software that cannot support the quality graphic display needs of your computer. Repair your flickering or stained screen through the following these steps;
Step 1: Run a software update by checking for and initiating pending updates at the upper left side of the screen.
Step 2: Turn your MacBook off while still connected to the power cord. This is necessary for the updates to pick up on your computer’s system when you turn it on.
Step 3: Perform an internal hardware reset to configure the updates. Press Shift+Control+Option keys on the keyboard and the power button simultaneously and hold them all for about 5 seconds.
Step 4: Finally press the command+P+R keys as you turn on the power on your computer. You should hear the Mac OS startup sound twice before you let go of the keys. This should signal that everything is now ready. Check to see if the staining or flickering has gone away.
Mac repairs upgrades are usually done to the operating system and the existing software. Install newer versions of your old software to enable your computer to perform optimally. These versions and their descriptions are accessible from the Apple store. Other common upgrades include expanding the size of the RAM and the hard disk or replacing them to boost your computer’s processing speed. You could read up on how to perform such upgrades and check their video tutorials on the internet.
Do not discard your machine even if it is jumbled up in one ball. You obviously have files, documents and photos that are important to you and the people around you. Open up and extract the storage components of your computer such as the hard drive and the RAM. Take them to a data recovery store and salvage every bit of data from them. The recovered information will be stored for you in thumb drives and memory cards.
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