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Trusted computer repair shop in the GTA?

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Trusted computer repair shop in the GTA?

Annoyingly the USB C Ports on my 2017 Macbook Pro are worn out (or at least I think this is the issue). Even the slightest movement will cause a disruption. Does anyone have a computer shop in the GTA they can recommend that can replace these?
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You have a 15" or 13"?
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beancounter6 wrote: Annoyingly the USB C Ports on my 2017 Macbook Pro are worn out (or at least I think this is the issue). Even the slightest movement will cause a disruption. Does anyone have a computer shop in the GTA they can recommend that can replace these?
which area you are looking for? East End? Scarborough?

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Send it to Louis Rossmann? You'd have to ship him the computer, but he'd charge a fair rate (no fix, no fee). From the form on his site, it appears he takes computers from Canada.

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Hard to say whether your local repair shop will do board-level repairs or just replace (costly) components with new ones. You might even get to see your machine get fixed live on The Internet, especially if you take it to the Apple Store and the "Genius" quotes you $1000+ or tells you to buy a new Macbook Pro.
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I severely doubt you'll be able to find a "local shop". That will do board level soldering to replace a usb port. Apple also isn't known for being repair friendly. I doubt
they have official parts for sale. As monkey says, their usual solution is for you to buy a new one or replace the entire motherboard.
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Just take a look around on Kijiji. I know it seems sketch but a few years ago, I had a White macbook that I drop water on, full liquid damage.

Found someone on Kijiji (He has a shop and everything). $200 later and that Mac is still running strong.
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If it's only the external ports that are loose, you can buy a replacement I/O card and replace them yourself.
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Why not take it to Apple Store. They can surely fix it.
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krist8 wrote: Why not take it to Apple Store. They can surely fix it.
Maybe go there first to get a quote but it would most likely be way too expensive.
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krist8 wrote: Why not take it to Apple Store. They can surely fix it.
They'll just replace the whole board, you'll loose your data and get a fat bill for $1k+.
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If you have some connectivity, then likely the fingers are gummed up, or too loose to make a solid connection. Suggest tuner cleaner (spray nozzle in a can) and give the port a good drench (power off of course) and using a very small q-tip or magnetic head cleaner give it a once over. Then using a magnifier, and some tweezers see if you can lift the connector parts, then another bath of cleaner. Tape the cord tight (no movement possible) to the port and plug the other end into a USB hub/break out box.

The life of these ports are limited 5-10K , in and outs a few times a day translates into a 1000 pulls a year x the number of years, given humidity and careless pressure, early failure is not unusual. The proper repair would likely involve surface mount flowing equipment, and disassembly & assembly of the computer to the point that most business that make money would simply toss the board for new, some hobbyist could undertake this job but you would be looking at a fair price regardless.

This isn't a cheap fix.

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