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My Mac is stuffed. Ancient mac repair in Canberra

By poetix - 16 September 2011 26

Is there anyone out there who knows a computer geek who can help me get rid of various bugs on my ancient eMac?  

Preferably not someone who likes making things worse.  

Preferably not too expensive.  

Preferably someone who does not laugh at the computer illiterate, and who can speak in plain (non-geek) English?

There’s no such person, is there?

What’s Your opinion?


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26 Responses to
My Mac is stuffed. Ancient mac repair in Canberra
idler 7:35 pm 16 Sep 11

I got what seems like a reasonable quote to help with kernel panic with my 2003 iMac from
Renny Willins
> Servicing Macs in Canberra since 1989
>
> m: 0422 397979
> w: http://www.macservicesact.com.au

cranky 6:35 pm 16 Sep 11

Slightly OT but,

This being the ACT (Another Country Town), I suspect Edwin Bien is also a highly regarded Jaguar car engineer of some years ago.

Guess he saw the light 🙂

pete09 5:33 pm 16 Sep 11

creative_canberran said :

Kramer said :

If you had bought a PC, this would not be a problem.
Sorry, just had to say it…
but Apple business model = proprietry hardware = expensive to repair.

Independent statistics from US and Australia show:
1. Apple have a lower failure rate
2. People are far more satisfied with Apple computers
3. Apple computers tend to last longer

I’m willing to be in fact that the whole “more expensive” thing is because people are used to Wintel machines that they throw away more often and run out of puff sooner, hence they’re not worth repairing.

Not scientific at all, but my MacBook has lasted me over 5 years now. It’s survived 3 OS upgrades, and has never been rebooted. In the same time period my brother has gone through 3 Dell/HP laptops.

gospeedygo 4:55 pm 16 Sep 11

creative_canberran said :

Kramer said :

If you had bought a PC, this would not be a problem.
Sorry, just had to say it…
but Apple business model = proprietry hardware = expensive to repair.

Independent statistics from US and Australia show:
1. Apple have a lower failure rate
2. People are far more satisfied with Apple computers
3. Apple computers tend to last longer

I’m willing to be in fact that the whole “more expensive” thing is because people are used to Wintel machines that they throw away more often and run out of puff sooner, hence they’re not worth repairing.

Oh come on that is rubbish, all hardware is more or less the same. Look up Foxconn. Also, *citation needed.

If you are willing, google your exact problems and there will solutions out there that are probably pretty easy to decipher.

Erg0 4:40 pm 16 Sep 11

poetix said :

Plus it is a rule that all poets must use Macs. It’s on the licence.

I believe this is the origin of the phrase “suffering for your art”.

poetix 4:36 pm 16 Sep 11

Agnes said :

Pat Kelly – The Mac Guy is who we use – 0412 910968

Thanks. May try him (or her). Thanks also Athryn. And Holden Caulfield.

AverageCanberran said :

Patronising.

That’s what I hope to be doing, as in paying for them. If you think I am patronising, you have never been treated like an idiot by a 19 year old who was born to computers like I was born to vinyl records.

Sammy said :

Whoever you find is going to charge more than the computer is worth. The best tech-support option for a 5-9 year-old computer is known as “replace”.

You may well be right. We’ll see.

Kramer said :

If you had bought a PC, this would not be a problem.
Sorry, just had to say it…
but Apple business model = proprietry hardware = expensive to repair.

May well be true but I’m hopeless enough to stuff up a PC too. Plus it is a rule that all poets must use Macs. It’s on the licence.

Rangi 4:36 pm 16 Sep 11

I don’t know if the do macs but I had issues with the service and the costs from Geeks2u

creative_canberran 4:31 pm 16 Sep 11

Kramer said :

If you had bought a PC, this would not be a problem.
Sorry, just had to say it…
but Apple business model = proprietry hardware = expensive to repair.

Independent statistics from US and Australia show:
1. Apple have a lower failure rate
2. People are far more satisfied with Apple computers
3. Apple computers tend to last longer

I’m willing to be in fact that the whole “more expensive” thing is because people are used to Wintel machines that they throw away more often and run out of puff sooner, hence they’re not worth repairing.

Holden Caulfield 4:26 pm 16 Sep 11

Looks like Edwin is employed by ZOO in a IT role at the moment, so he may not be in a position to assist anyway. Sorry, he was really helpful when I had my dramas.

I have heard good things about Pat Kelly too.

Kramer 4:26 pm 16 Sep 11

If you had bought a PC, this would not be a problem.
Sorry, just had to say it…
but Apple business model = proprietry hardware = expensive to repair.

Sammy 4:22 pm 16 Sep 11

Whoever you find is going to charge more than the computer is worth. The best tech-support option for a 5-9 year-old computer is known as “replace”.

Athryn 4:15 pm 16 Sep 11

If you still need a hand, send me a PM with details of the computers problems and I may be able to help. Am long time Mac user and work in IT support.
Cheers,
Athryn.

Agnes 4:10 pm 16 Sep 11

Pat Kelly – The Mac Guy is who we use – 0412 910968

AverageCanberran 4:07 pm 16 Sep 11

Patronising.

Holden Caulfield 4:03 pm 16 Sep 11

This may well be a spectacularly useless reply, but I have used a guy called Edwin Bien in the past (about 3-4 years ago) who was very good and meets your criteria…

…but I don’t have a record of his phone number any more.

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