Who to go to for minor repairs?

johnboy 25 February 2009 19

George may be a kelpie of few achievements, but one thing he can do is have a gentle gnaw on delicate things and leave them still mostly working. In this case She Who Must Be Obeyed’s dictaphone.

Other than the cap for the USB port the only damage is to the USB plug.

It’s a standard component so all it really needs is a dab hand with a soldering iron and a spare part.

Who can you go to in Canberra for minor repair of things that don’t really need replacing?


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RandomGit RandomGit 10:39 am 26 Feb 09

If I still has a soldering iron I could hook you up just fine.

arescarti42 arescarti42 10:14 am 26 Feb 09

Holden Caulfield said :

I just had these guys recommended, NCSS Canberra. They are an Apple Authorised Repair Centre, so dunno if they could sort you out:

NCSS Canberra
Unit 4, 79-81 Gladstone Street
Fyshwick ACT 2609
02 6280 6322

The recommendation came from a Mac reseller in Sydney (also known as my brother-in-law).

I’d advise avoiding NCSS. I had to take my laptop to them to have the DVD-RW drive repaired/replaced under warranty. After a week of “diagnostics” they told me that there was nothing wrong with my DVD-RW drive. When i went to pick it up, it took me 2 minutes to demonstrate to them that it cannot read DVDs at all and is therefore broken. It then took them another 3 or 4 weeks to get a replacement drive in because they kept ordering the wrong part.

The staff weren’t too bad, but by no means provided excellent customer service, and seemed completely incompetant to me.

Swaggie Swaggie 9:03 am 26 Feb 09

JB try a shop in Fyshwick at 9/49 Townsville Street – they resoldered a dry joint for me a while ago and they may be able to help. You can only ask.

old canberran old canberran 8:59 am 26 Feb 09

Peachy said :

“Try Dick Smith Electronics at Fyshwick. I have found them very helpful. Don’t go to the one at Belconnen they are just salesmen. The other shop should be able to steer you in the right direction if they can’t fix it. Alternatively do you know any ham radio guys.”

Rofl. Fyshwick Dick Smith will helpfully suggest places they think MAY do it, they have no real idea. I know, I used to work there. 😛

Glad you got a larf out of it Peachy. Things must have changed then.

johnboy johnboy 8:48 am 26 Feb 09

Her dog… very much her dog at times like these.

willo willo 8:28 am 26 Feb 09

your dog chewed up something that belongs to the minister of war and finance?……best be buying her a brand new one jonboy……and some flowers.

jazza jazza 7:55 am 26 Feb 09

most devices like that will seldom have spare components available, it’s usually just a whole main board replacement kinda thing.

Peachy Peachy 12:15 am 26 Feb 09

“Try Dick Smith Electronics at Fyshwick. I have found them very helpful. Don’t go to the one at Belconnen they are just salesmen. The other shop should be able to steer you in the right direction if they can’t fix it. Alternatively do you know any ham radio guys.”

Rofl. Fyshwick Dick Smith will helpfully suggest places they think MAY do it, they have no real idea. I know, I used to work there. 😛

old canberran old canberran 9:29 pm 25 Feb 09

johnboy said :

The device still works fine, it just can’t plug in for manipulating the files on computer and recharging.

Anyway aside from my immediate problem I’m more broadly interested in who does this sort of work.

Try Dick Smith Electronics at Fyshwick. I have found them very helpful. Don’t go to the one at Belconnen they are just salesmen. The other shop should be able to steer you in the right direction if they can’t fix it. Alternatively do you know any ham radio guys.

niftydog niftydog 5:32 pm 25 Feb 09

You could chat to me… but the words “standard component” scare me a little. 😉

I could take a look at it, but can’t guarantee anything.

poptop poptop 5:21 pm 25 Feb 09

Every breath he takes
Every move he makes

SheepGroper SheepGroper 5:16 pm 25 Feb 09

He could have been using a stunt hand for the photo.

johnboy johnboy 5:14 pm 25 Feb 09

farq said :

Are you a nail biter John?

All the best people are.

farq farq 5:07 pm 25 Feb 09

Are you a nail biter John?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 5:00 pm 25 Feb 09

I just had these guys recommended, NCSS Canberra. They are an Apple Authorised Repair Centre, so dunno if they could sort you out:

NCSS Canberra
Unit 4, 79-81 Gladstone Street
Fyshwick ACT 2609
02 6280 6322

The recommendation came from a Mac reseller in Sydney (also known as my brother-in-law).

Bundybear Bundybear 4:58 pm 25 Feb 09

If it cost less than $100…no-one. Even retail stores don’t get low dollar items repaired anymore, they chuck it in the “as-is” bin and take what they can get for it.

johnboy johnboy 4:53 pm 25 Feb 09

The device still works fine, it just can’t plug in for manipulating the files on computer and recharging.

Anyway aside from my immediate problem I’m more broadly interested in who does this sort of work.

Dante Dante 4:48 pm 25 Feb 09

or even remove the casing entirely? It should still work and connect fine without it.

That said, if it’s for She Who Must Be Obeyed, you might want it repaired. 😛 Can’t recommend anyone sorry, screwdriver sounds like a good idea!

hellspice hellspice 4:42 pm 25 Feb 09

looks like you could probably get a small screwdriver and bend the case back into shape

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