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Postby dc1523 » Wed, 26 Jun 2013 5:53 pm

Dear all,

I have two broken MacBooks - one an old plastic model from 2008, and another unibody from 2010 - that need to get repaired.

One of the machines appears to have some sort of hard drive problem, while the other completely froze and died when I was typing an email.

Can anybody recommend the best place in Singapore to get these computers looked at?

Any feedback greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,
Tony

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 26 Jun 2013 6:01 pm

Any of these is what I'd recommend:

https://locate.apple.com/sg/en/service/ ... 4909999998

Macs let you very easily boot off external drives, so any of them can quickly be diagnosed by any of the above authorized service centers.

If you're slightly technical and have access to another Mac, google "target disk mode" and then boot off of them using a good Mac to further troubleshoot.

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Postby bayguy » Tue, 02 Jul 2013 7:08 pm

I have seen a fair number of laptops (including Apple ones) being repaired in Sim Lim Square.

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Postby globalsign » Thu, 01 Aug 2013 3:03 pm

Replacing the hard drive is pretty much a very straightforward fix. You only need to remove some screws and plug the new hard drive. You can buy parts online anyway.

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Postby x9200 » Sun, 04 Aug 2013 11:28 am

Yep, it is.
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Postby blue_thunder » Thu, 08 Aug 2013 5:57 pm

Where can i find OEM parts for macbooks or atleast closer to OEM quality ? Please dont say SLS as i prefer to shop by word of mouth rather than enquiring in multiple shops :D
I am looking to replace the CPU fan which apparently is broken IMO as it usually runs at 6200 rpm and CPU temp shoots upto 70+ C. My mac is almost 5 yrs old and I prefer not to buy a new one as there are no issues apart from this damn fan/cpu heating up.
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Postby stiwi » Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:40 pm

If it is just HDD that failed, it should be fairly easy to replace. You can find great installation videos for any Macbook type at the website below:
http://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/

If you want Apple authorized service center, you can find it at Funan.

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Postby blue_thunder » Fri, 09 Aug 2013 2:22 am

Nope HDD is all good and running. Its either the heat sink or the fan which is busted. So an easy option is to change the Fan and give it a shot else next step would be to replace the heat sink.
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Postby Mi Amigo » Fri, 09 Aug 2013 2:23 am

globalsign wrote:Replacing the hard drive is pretty much a very straightforward fix. You only need to remove some screws and plug the new hard drive. You can buy parts online anyway.

x9200 wrote:Yep, it is.
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Don't you think it's interesting the Mr. (or Ms.) globalsign ('Marketing Specialist', a.k.a. potential SEO spammer) made precisely 5 posts in quick succession, all of which were crass and/or just repeating information that had already been posted? I wonder how many PMs they have sent / will be sending?

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Postby zzm9980 » Fri, 09 Aug 2013 8:17 am

blue_thunder wrote:Nope HDD is all good and running. Its either the heat sink or the fan which is busted. So an easy option is to change the Fan and give it a shot else next step would be to replace the heat sink.


Your best hope will be one of those crappy shops in SLS that sell and repair used laptops. I always see lots of busted looking old Macs there. Maybe you could buy one cheaply for the part.

Otherwise, ask at an Apple authorized repair center. My previous post has a link to all of them in Singapore. It won't be cheap, and I wouldn't be surprised if they try to sell you the logic board /cpu/ and fan all as one very expensive piece.

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Postby x9200 » Fri, 09 Aug 2013 10:06 am

Mi Amigo wrote:Don't you think it's interesting the Mr. (or Ms.) globalsign ('Marketing Specialist', a.k.a. potential SEO spammer) made precisely 5 posts in quick succession, all of which were crass and/or just repeating information that had already been posted? I wonder how many PMs they have sent / will be sending?

Note to self - never have anything to do with that organisation.

Yes, likely, but he is in a kind of grey area - not sufficient circumstantial evidence to get him banned.

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Postby x9200 » Fri, 09 Aug 2013 10:12 am

blue_thunder wrote:Nope HDD is all good and running. Its either the heat sink or the fan which is busted. So an easy option is to change the Fan and give it a shot else next step would be to replace the heat sink.

What I normally do is I take the part No, search it on Ebay, and order it from there. Admittedly I have never done it for a Mac but with any other laptop this is my SOP. Other than this I use them:

http://www.pchub.com/uph/default.aspx

They also carry some Mac parts.

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Postby blue_thunder » Fri, 09 Aug 2013 5:23 pm

x9200 wrote:
blue_thunder wrote:Nope HDD is all good and running. Its either the heat sink or the fan which is busted. So an easy option is to change the Fan and give it a shot else next step would be to replace the heat sink.

What I normally do is I take the part No, search it on Ebay, and order it from there. Admittedly I have never done it for a Mac but with any other laptop this is my SOP. Other than this I use them:

http://www.pchub.com/uph/default.aspx

They also carry some Mac parts.


Thanks x9200. Will order them once I am back to Singaland.
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