Even people who consider themselves the least tech-savvy computer users are likely to say that Apple computers are the most user-friendly and trouble-free machines. All of Apple’s devices receive rave reviews from the industry, which has given them more satisfied customers than any other brand of computer. But even their bestselling laptop – the MacBook – is not immune to certain issues. While it excels in so many important ways, some of these problems might sound familiar to Apple MacBook owners.

As one of the few award-winning Apple Authorized Service Providers in the Los Angeles area, and an expert on MacBook repair, we see three common areas where Mac owners tend to have problems. They are with the power adapter, the batteries, and with their laptop unexpectedly “falling asleep.”

MacBook Repair Tips for Power Adapters

Let’s start with the power adapters. Like any other computer, a defective power adapter can keep the computer from fully charging. Outside of potential power problems related to your own power source or faulty outlets, dirty connectors on your computer’s power adapter are often the problem. It is also possible that the molding on the adapter itself is deteriorating. Try cleaning the power connectors first, but if the problem persists take your MacBook for services at an authorized Apple dealer or MacBook repair service provider. MacBook owners are often eligible for a free replacement adapter.

MacBook Repair Tips for Batteries

Along the same lines as the power adapter, if your MacBook has a defective battery, it will not hold a charge as long as it should. Checking the battery on a Mac computer is simple. On the top left hand side of your computer screen you will find “About this Mac”. Choosing “More Info” here will let you see the details of your MacBook’s battery life, including its full-charge capacity, cycle count, and overall condition. You may also see a “Check Battery” warning here. Under certain conditions, and when your MacBook is still under warranty, you may be eligible for a free replacement battery.

If your battery is okay, but you just want to make it last longer, here is another tip you might hear about from a MacBook repair specialist.

Calibrate your battery monthly using Apple’s online instructions for MacBooks or their instructions for older Mac laptops.

MacBook Repair Tips for Sleep Issues

Is your MacBook reverting to “sleep mode” when you’re in the middle of a project? Some MacBook users report a problem where their computers unexpectedly lapse into sleep mode, or they will not come out of sleep mode when the start button is pressed. The remedy for this is often closing the lid and reopening, then pressing the power button again. But sometimes it requires the user to hold down the power button long enough to force a restart.

For a more complicated MacBook repair, a trip to your Mac repair shop may be necessary to fix the underlying cause of the problem. However, there is one way you may be able to fix it at home – by resetting the computer’s System Management Controller (SMC). Follow these instructions from Apple to reset the SMC.

If you are new to the world of MacBook computers, you may think it needs to go back to the Apple store for service. Not true! The best place to get your computer repaired is at an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP).

Looking for the best Mac support service in West LA, Los Angeles, Santa Monica or Hollywood? Because our focus is on Mac repairs and Mac support we won’t just try to sell you a new computer, we will resolve your problems with the best and most affordable solutions possible. Avoid the lines at the Apple store. Computech is among the top 2 percent of Apple Authorized Service Providers in North America, and we are conveniently located in West Los Angeles.

Call on the expertise of our knowledgeable staff of Mac support technicians and you will soon see why Computech earned Apple’s Service Excellence Award, and is rated by Apple among the top 2% of Service Providers in North America.

Whether your issues are hardware or software related (or both), our certified Mac repair technicians are ready to help you get your Macintosh back in working order. Contact our West LA location today at (310) 237-6065 or learn more about our Mac services online.

Are you experiencing startup problems with your Mac? Macintosh computers are very reliable, but even the best made machines still have issues now and then, or as some Mac repair technicians see it – they get “cranky” .

Your startup problems could be related to the hard drive, corruption within the OS user account, a bad battery or power supply, or even the logic board. Clues to the problem may be found by determining when the system fails and then isolating that area to find the solution. Start by unplugging any external disk drives, printers, or other external peripherals.

Before you take your computer to an Apple dealer or a Los Angeles Mac repair shop, answering a few simple questions may help narrow down the type of Mac repair you may be dealing with.

First of all, does your system turn on?

If not, then you are likely dealing with a dead battery, bad logic board, or a problem with your AC adaptor. A certified MacBook repair specialist can help you narrow down the exact cause of the problem and do the repair.

Did you hear a popping sound? If so, then you may be dealing with a failed capacitor. Fortunately, a new power supply or AC adaptor will not be difficult or expensive for a Mac repair shop to replace.

However, if you suspect your MacBook repair involves a dead or defective battery and your laptop has a removable battery, try taking it out before troubleshooting. A defective battery may prevent your laptop from booting, or if it fails to shut down after a crash, it could prevent a successful reboot.

Depending on the nature of the problem, an Apple dealer may need to send your MacBook repair to an outside repair shop anyway, so it will probably be easier to start out with a repair shop that you trust, and deal directly with the technicians who will be fixing your computer.

Mac repair shops will often recommend the use of Time Machine, a program that actually creates a complete backup of your system. Using Time Machine, in the event of a hard drive failure or corruption, Mac users can revert back to the last time their system was working properly.

Is your MacBook slowing down with age?

Perhaps the problem you’re dealing with is a slowing start time. Your Apple dealer or Mac repair shop may not have a specific solution for this, but there are some ways you can speed it up on your own.

Remember, your MacBook or iMac must run through a whole lot of code before you see the startup page. The longer you use your computer, the more legacy programs it will need to sort through every time you turn it on. Your Apple dealer will often give you tips about how to fix this, but it is a whole lot simpler to delete unused programs, especially those programs that automatically boot up whenever you turn on your computer. Using an “uninstaller” program, such as AppDelete or AppZapper will clear out unwanted apps, including all the associated library files and definitions.

How do you know which programs are loading up every time your Mac boots up? Simply go to Macintosh HD > Library > Startup Items and they will all be listed. You may want to delete the programs directly from this list, but be careful not to remove anything you may really need. Remember, deleting anything from this folder will affect all user accounts, not just your own. To see which programs are booting for a specific user, go to: apple Menu>System Preferences>Accounts, and then click on the “Login Items” tab for the desired account.

Another suggestion that Mac repair shops often make is to offload larger media files and iTunes libraries to a secondary drive. These files take up much of your computer’s available hard drive storage space, and they can affect the overall performance of your Mac computer when the hard drive is near max capacity.

Still having problems with starting up your Mac computer?

There is no need to take your MacBook to an Apple dealer. You’ll get better Mac repairs from an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) like the Los Angeles Mac repair shop CompuTech Support Services. CompuTech is in the heart of Los Angeles, near West Los Angeles, Hollywood and Santa Monica, California.

Looking for the best Mac support service in West LA, Los Angeles, Santa Monica or Hollywood? Because our focus is on Mac repairs and Mac support we won’t just try to sell you a new computer, we will resolve your problems with the best and most affordable solutions possible. Avoid the lines at the Apple store. Computech is among the top 2 percent of Apple Authorized Service Providers in North America, and we are conveniently located in West Los Angeles.

Call on the expertise of our knowledgeable staff of Mac support technicians and you will soon see why Computech earned Apple’s Service Excellence Award, and is rated by Apple among the top 2% of Service Providers in North America.

Whether your issues are hardware or software related (or both), our certified Mac repair technicians are ready to help you get your Macintosh back in working order. Contact our West LA location today at (310) 237-6065 or learn more about our Mac services online.