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Take Care Of Your Macbook Through These Easy DIY Repair Tips

Take Care Of Your Macbook Through These Easy DIY Repair Tips

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.

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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;

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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.

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Upgrades

    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.

    Data recovery

      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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      Last Updated on July 10, 2020

      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

      Boundaries are limits

      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
      • When do you feel disrespected?
      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
      • When do you want to be alone?
      • How much space do you need?

      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

      Sample language:

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      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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      Final Thoughts

      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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