The art of airflow.

Good afternoon again friends, I’m getting a lot of blogging done today that has been built up on my “to do” list for a few weeks. I’m sorry that I’m hitting you all at once, but I found some time to get my typing done today.

Recently, I was working on a 13″ MacBook Pro (Unibody) that was sent into us damaged. Of course we can repair this; however in this particular case the customer asked us NOT repair fix the “cosmetic” damage and just work on the electronics.

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Here’s what I found out about this unit. As Forrest Gump might have put it, “Fluids is as fluids does.” Thinking of liquids helps us understand how air flows. For all general purposes, air flows just like water. Flow will inevitably follow the path of least resistance. That means the flow will usually take the shortest, unrestricted path from the point of high pressure to the low pressure area.

Take this “cosmetic damage” for instance. Yes, we can repair this unit and leave the “dents” in the side of the unit. However when I tested it, the fans that cool the logic board were turning on pre-maturely. Most of the air was being pushed out of this “cosmetic” hole in the side of the computer, rather than through the vents on the back which ensures that the air flows OVER the logic board and CPU to keep it cool, rather than AROUND it.

Why was this unit failing? It’s because the fans were not able to keep the internal components of the computer cool enough to operate under specifications and therefore overheating.

This is just a friendly post to keep in mind that these devices are meant to be “whole” when operated, and that the art of airflow applies to your expensive electronics, there’s no doubt about that.

Take care, Ryan

The truth about MacBook Pro Keyboard Repairs.

Hello there friends,

We get calls at Mission Repair constantly for MacBook Pro Repairs; it’s something that we’ve been doing for 8 years, and I’ve been personally working on Macs for about 19 years. I can attest that the newer the Mac, the harder they are becoming to service.

For example:

We replace keyboards on MacBook Pro laptops. If you’ve ever seen one, or ever used one, you may notice the the keyboard is mounted from under the palmrest, which is different than most PC laptops. Most “Windows Machines” have keyboards that are mounted from the top and can simply be replaced with a couple of screw turns and a cable.

Not on some MacBook Pro computers. In fact, here’s the pile of miniature screws that need to be removed just to simply remove the keyboard from the laptop:

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Somewhere near 60 screws. Plus, you can only get to it by removing the bottom case, hard drive, optical drive, logic board, battery all related cabling and some brackets. I’ve heard some of my technicians stating that it’s taken them 1.5 hours, but I did it in 47 minutes start to finish. Now, we don’t charge much for this repair and I wanted to share that this is not an easy task, but as a technician “too many screws” just can’t be in our vocabulary! We may think that “this is all screwed up”, or sometimes we might want to say “screw this”, but those are all just jokes!

A bit of advice: don’t spill anything on your keyboard, you can avoid the repair altogether!

Take care, Ryan

Toot toot!

Hello friends, that’s me blowing my horn. It’s not a huge horn, it just goes “toot toot!” I try not to do that too much, but I just got this email sent over via our Mission Repair Website today:

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Website Visitor Request

Requester email: XXXXXX@gmail.com
Description: I was very pleased with my recent experience with Mission: Repair in Olathe. Not only did you save me a lot of $$, but I was in and out in less than 30 minutes. I feel as if you are very honest & reliable. I was telling my friends about my experience and one of them chimed in with a similar positive experience. Thank you, Bobbi L.
Website address: http://www.missionrepair.com/Articles.asp?ID=642
Location: United States
Visitor environment: Browser: Safari (534.59.10)
OS: Apple MacOS 10_6_8
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I remember this customer. I was in the front office at the time, saw her bring in her MacBook Pro…and stated that it was making a “whining” sound. The Apple Store said that it “wasn’t” the hard drive, so I opened it up!

What I found was a failing logic board fan. The bearing can go out on these guys faster than you’d like, and I had a new one in stock. I cleaned the inside of her laptop out, showed her the failing fan, installed a new one, powered it up and “VOILA!” the annoying sound was gone.

It was a good lesson for me too because it’s a reminder to all that those fans are there for a reason. When they start “talking” to you like this one did, it’s time to have it replaced. Once they fail it could cause the entire system to overheat and shut down permanently. Bobbi did the right thing and nipped it in the bud. She brought it here (after the Apple Store 😉 for a repair that was not only fast but affordable. Thanks for your business Bobbi!

Take care, Ryan

Cracked screen fixed on a MacBook.

Good afternoon,

It still surprises me when customers call and ask “Do you repair computers?”

It’s true…and has been for true coming up on seven years now. In fact, I’ve personally been working on Mac and PC computers since 1994; I’ve seen a lot of generations and repaired countless different computers, brands of computers, laptops and desktop units.

Unlike an iPhone repair, there’s not a single “majority” type of repair on a computer. iPhones for example, are mostly in for service to have a screen repaired.

Computers on the other hand are a different animal. No doubt there’s a lot of screen repairs that come through our shop and we can repair glass and LCD’s on most laptops.

Click here for a list of Mac Laptops that we repair.
Click here for a list of PC Laptops that we repair.

Shattered glass, yes. But also hard drives, solid state drives, memory modules, logic boards, case parts, keyboards, hinges, and just about anything else. Laptop repairs have never been easier – and we’ve got the best shipping prices to and from anywhere in the USA – all you need to do is get your order started and we’ll take care of the rest.

Not convinced? Give us a call 7 days a week at 866-638-8402.

Have a great day, Ryan

NEED YOUR MACBOOK OR MACBOOK PRO GLASS REPAIRED?

Hello M:R Nation –

In 2008, Apple introduced a few great machines that go by the names Macbook and Macbook Pro. While the names were not new, the design was completely radical and different. These were the first laptops that Apple produced the a full glass sheet as the screen! These things were and are still some of the most beautiful things created by Apple. There was/is one problem however, that glass that covers the LCD screen happened to be pretty fragile! Misplaced pressure on the screen could have you squinting trough cracked glass very quickly. Thinking back to 2008, we actually had a repair the very first day the Macbook Pro was released!

Apple stayed with this design from 2008 to June 2012 until when the first of the Retina Display models were released. Now, over these 4 years and still to this day, the most prevalent issue we see with a Macbook or Macbook Pro is cracked glass. While it will never causes any major issues with your computer, is sure is annoying! Take a look at this customer unit below:

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This is a typical crack on a Macbook/Macbook Pro. It will start on one corner and continue to grow across the screen. You can imagine being a photographer or a graphic designer trying to use something like this. It will be impossible to view your image correctly! That is the same for the Safari surfer and spreadsheet creator as well. When there is a giant crack down the middle of your screen, it is just flat out distracting!

So as we did in 2008… we still do in 2014… repair those pesky broken glass panels with a brand new, crack free replacement! We take the time to remove all of the glass from your macbook and macbook air, leaving behind no trace of the once a tragic accident. We wipe clean all the dust, finger prints and particles that naturally settle on your LCD screen and drop in place a beautiful, clap piece of glass! Let me tell you, if you ever have a chance of seeing this repair preformed, take the opportunity. It is like a dangerous ballet. Flying glass shards gallop towards your eyes for sure!

After all of these years, we still offer these repairs and people are still taking full advantage of our great prices! So if you are finding yourself in this same predicament, click on the following links to get your repair started today!

17″ Unibody MacBook Pro 24 Hour Glass Repair (Glass Panel Replacement)

15″ Unibody MacBook Pro 24 Hour Glass Repair (Glass Panel Replacement)

13″ Unibody MacBook Pro 24 Hour Glass Repair (GLASS PANEL REPLACEMENT)

13″ Unibody MacBook 24 Hour Glass Screen Repair (GLASS PANEL REPLACEMENT)

As always, never hesitate to call us: 866-638-8402 or email us: sales@missionrepair.com with any questions!

Cheers, Troy