Apple products are everywhere. From the iPhone to the iPad, Steve Jobs’ innovations make up most of our digital possessions and if we’re not waiting for the latest release, we’re making sure our Apple devices are up to date and packed with the very latest software.
The Mac is another Apple product that many of us rely on. Whether we’re creating an interactive presentation or we’re designing something for work, the chances are it will be on a MacBook Pro. When they break, therefore, it can be stressful and costly.
There are alternatives to spending a fortune on repairs at your nearby Apple store, however. A lot of common problems can be easily fixed if you only know how. Here’s a look at how you can save funds by saving your own MacBook.
Know Your MacBook
Before you begin trying to repair your MacBook, it’s worth getting some supplies, just in case it is a hardware issue. Companies like RS Components stock key pieces to help you get the job done.
You’ll need extra screws and the right tools in order to remove the case at the back. There should be 10 screws in total for you to remove and it’s important that you slowly work your way around the case, so you can take the case away carefully and without losing any screws.
Where is the Issue?
Run a virus scan and check that there are no updates to do. Should this not work and you’re still encountering the problem, you will need to work out the cause and whether it’s software or hardware-related. To narrow it down, run Apple Diagnostics.
Do this by shutting down your MacBook, pressing the power button until it switches back on and then holding down the D key until Apple Diagnostics boots up. You’ll receive a report with the details
What if it’s the Hardware?
There are three main areas that are usually to blame: the battery, the hard drive or the RAM. The hard drive is the most common problem as this wear down quickly, so be sure to back it up before you begin any repairs. When you buy the replacement screws for the back of your MacBook, it’s worth investing in a new hard drive, too just so you have a backup.
Should you want to attempt troubleshooting the hardware issue yourself, do your research. Source tutorials and search sites dedicated to explaining how to go about fixing your MacBook. From there, carefully unscrew the case and follow the instructions.
Once you have the information and the right tools, go for it. By doing this, you could save a fortune in the long run.