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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 March 13, 2019

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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