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Braintek is a full-service business computer repair and network support company that offers a flat rate monthly service for business clients to support their computer IT networks. We provide onsite scheduled visits, unlimited remote and helpdesk support, server monitoring, staff augmentation, outsourcing and more. Serving the business community in the Houston metro area since 2002.(show more)
I have been working with and around computers since I was 13 years old. I can fix any problem you may be having with your computer. I am CCNA semesters 1 & 2 certified, and have relative experience working at a computer repair shop.(show more)
We repair hardware and software issues on desktop and laptop computers running Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7. We check and remove all virus, spyware, and malware infections and install security software to prevent the re-occurrence of infections.(show more)
My service is primarily PC construction, modification, and repair; I worked for a construction staffing company for the last few years, so I became quite the jack-of-all-trades. My primary work was electrical maintenance.(show more)
We provide computer repair and PC technical support in Houston, The Woodlands, Spring, Magnolia, Tomball, Downtown and Conroe. We do laptop repair, data recovery, virus removal, and adware or spyware problems. We have two locations in the Houston area, Conroe, and Midtown, where you can receive services at a flat rate.(show more)
After fixing my Macintosh from falling down from the second-floor flight of stairs, I increased my knowledge base in ways that even I cannot measure. So, I have decided to restart my business which is MacLewConsultant. Like the Apple store, I will be able to do almost any type of system or software problems, but hopefully at a lower price. The only two areas that I am not totally knowledgeable in are hardware and network repair. I will be able to re-install systems and upgrade a new operating system for those who are new to the Mac. I can do installation of memory, sound cards, video cards and hard drives for the Mac. Also, I do training for people who either are new to the Mac or have had a Mac for a while and still is not getting the most out of it. I can also show you how to customize your Mac to your own taste. I was a teacher for 23 years, so I know how to train. As a consultant, I can help you pick the right Mac to fit your needs. Are you not sure on what application is right for you? I can help you pick the software that best fits your needs and software that can help take care of your Mac. For Intel users, remember just because you have a Mac, if you use programs that let you switch to Windows, you are still opening yourself to all of the malware and viruses just like you did when you had a PC. This next section shows my abilities to fix a Mac under the most extreme conditions and should show you why I should be on your list for Mac repairs. The Macintosh: Takes a beating and keeps on ticking Sherman set the way-back machine to: The year was 1985, and Steve Jobs was our guest speaker at the Houston Area Apple User Group (HAAUG) to show off Apple's newest creation, the Macintosh. I was lucky to be able to sit upfront during the presentation. During the question and answer, one of the members asked how well built the Mac is. Steve did not say a word. Instead, he took his right arm, extended it straight out, and made a fist. He then spun his arm around making a 360 and slammed his fist into the top of the Mac while it was on. Since I was up close, I could see that even the screen did not even flicker at all. Steve then said, "next question" and just moved on while the members laughed their heads off. Moving on The year is now 2002, and I was in the process of taking my QuickSilver Mac to do my monthly seminars at HAAUG. As I was walking down the steps, I misjudged the last step and tripped slamming my Mac into concrete and saving me from falling. As I stood up, the only thing I saw was that the door to the Mac had come ajar. So, I opened it up the rest of the way to check it out. Everything inside were well seated and nothing came loose. I closed the door and continued on to the meeting. Once there, I set it up and started it up without any problems. I did not even think about the incident back at home. August 2010 About a month or so ago, I began to have unusual problems with my G5 that were even beyond my tech abilities. I have done software IT on the Mac for over 20 years. It was freezing up completely; applications were quitting or not booting along with other miscellaneous problems that were not the usual type of problems. Since I had my drive partitioned, I decided to boot into it since it was my utility drive. The first thing I ran was Disk Warrior, a tool you should have to care of your Mac. It got 2/3 into completing the process, when the Mac froze again telling me that the problem was not an isolated problem. After that, I tried a PRAM start and hardware restart. After that, the Mac would no longer boot, and the start light was now flashing two to three times. Talking to Apple and Fate Therefore, I called Apple techs., and they said that it was beyond phone help to take it into an Apple store. So, I unplugged all of my peripherals from the G5 and proceeded to take it to my car. As I began to go down the second-story flight of stairs, that was when my vertigo kicked in and caused my Mac and I to fall down the stairs. Before I moved to the hospital, one of my neighbors was nice enough to move my Mac back to my apartment, and lock it up. I spent a week and a half in the hospital where they ran every test possible on me. When they released me, they had no answers. All I knew was, I was in pain big time with no answers. Once at home, I managed to set up my 12-year-old Pismo (first PowerBook with FireWire), and I was able to hook most of my peripherals back up and used it for about a little over a week. The only problem with it was all my FireWire ports were dead due to it falling off a desk many years ago. My internal CD burner/DVD reader was dead as well. Luckily, my external optical drive was USB and FireWire, so I was able to hook it up to USB ports. Using my Pismo Once home, I had to upgrade the Pismo to Tiger because Jaguar was too old, and there were very little applications out there to use under Jaguar. Although Apple says that you cannot install a system across a PPC Mac with USB, I proved them wrong and was able to do it. Stay tuned; that will appear in another service article down the road. However, I soon began to discover that the Pismo was starting to show its age and was slowly showing signs of dying. It gave me 12 years of use, and I defy any PC to last that long. I even used it when I had my own business MacLewConsulting. Nevertheless, when Enron went down here in Houston, it took all small IT firms down with it. So with the Pismo showing signs dying, I had to find out if the G5 had a chance to be restored. The body had severe cosmetic damage to it. The inside case was lightly wrapped because the plastic cover would not seat. I next removed the two 512 RAM modules because in the past, the Apple store had problems with them whenever they tried to install a system, and I thought maybe they did finally go bad. Did the G5 Survive? I next talked to about 15 Mac techs. who were friends of mine, who went back over 20 years in experience. What I finally got was a 40/60% that the Mac should start. One or two of my friends said that the worse that could happen was that I might blow the power supply but not a 4th of July with my capacitors and other circuits blowing. They said that the Mac does not put out enough power to do anything like that. So, I started the procedure to see if there was any life in the Mac. The first thing I did was press the Cotter button to reset the Mac. The Cotter button is a little known button on the motherboard. Today, we just call it the reset button, but it varies in location from one Mac model to the next. It is also very small, and unless you know where to look, you probably will not find it. You might find it in the Apple knowledge base for your particular Mac. Later, I found out that you could do the same thing by unplugging your Mac and pressing the power button for ten seconds. It's alive! I, then, said a major prayer plugged in the Mac naked, no monitor, keyboard or my Logitech wireless optical trackball, so there would be no load on the Mac. I closed my eyes, said another prayer, and pressed the power button. To my total amazement, I heard the start up chimes, which floored me. Next, I began to listen very carefully to the hard drive to see if it was booting. I have owned Macs since the original 128 k (1984) Mac, and you learn what the sounds are made as a Mac loads, and I could tell it was booting. At that point, I pressed the start button for 10 seconds to do a forced shut down. Now came the hard part. The G5 weighs about 50 lbs and my back was totally out, but I was determined to get the Mac back where it sits. Luckily, the coffee table was low in height. So, I unplugged the Pismo (for those interested the speed of it is 400mhz), unplugged all peripherals and the area was clear for the Mac. I slid the Mac over to the table, up righted it, grabbed the handles not knowing how secure they were and very painfully lifted it onto the table and moved it into position. For me, that was the hardest part of the tasks. Resetting the Mac I then plugged in the monitor, the keyboard and my optical mouse into the Mac. At that point, I did two things before I was going to boot the G5. They are called the PRAM software reset (command-option-p-r) and hardware reset (command-option-p-r-power button). I also found out later that all you had to do was just press the power button; hold it until you hear the tone completes, and let go. The other combination was used on older Macs. So first, I did the PRAM reset. Now if you do not have flexible fingers, this can be tricky to do. So, I set my fingers up on three of the buttons with my left hand, and as soon as I pressed the power button, I immediately pressed the P key with my right hand. What ever you do, do not let go of these buttons. You will hear the Mac make the normal start up sound, then 5 or so seconds it will do it again. When you hear four chimes, you can let the buttons go, although there are some that say to let the chimes go off five times, but four work for me. The next was to do the hardware reset. The original sequence I used at first was to press and hold down the command/option/p/r/power button. Doing the PRAM is easy, but trying to press the power button plus the other keys was murder. If you do it right and not let go of any keys (believe me, it does not take much to let go of the keys with a tower), you will then hear a medium pitch tone while holding the keys, and when the tone ends, the Mac should then start up. Once I found out about just pressing the power button, it made life much easier. It is amazing what the power button can do. Would the Mac Boot? OK; all that could be done has now been completed before I boot the Mac. Now, it is time to see if the Mac survived the fall down the second floor of stairs. At this point, the plastic cover was not on. I pressed the button, and I heard the chimes; the fans were going at a high speed, and then the screen went gray, and the Apple came up. A few seconds later, the ticker came up under the Apple. This was a critical point because this is when the Mac does a self-memory test and system diagnostic test where if any thing were wrong, it would be found here. The ticker then stopped, and I went to a blue screen, and I could see my curser in the upper left corner. Then for about a second, the screen went black and came back blue again which is the background color I use. Next, my desktop photos that I had set to change every minute came up and so did my two internal (one partitioned) hard drives and all other files that were on the desktop. The last step to see was if my log in items would load, and they did. I only hit one snag. I hit the dock; it lost its original settings and could not be rebuilt because every time I would shut down or reboot, it would lose any settings I applied to it. So, I went to the preference folder in the root/user/home folder/library/preference/and then look for: com.apple.dock.plist and com.apple.dock.db and threw them out. Normally, that will reset the dock, but that did not happen. So, I rebooted the Mac and repeated the original steps, but I also went to root/library/preferences where I found a DoctorDoc.plist existed which I trashed as well. When I rebooted, I discovered the plist file called DoctorDook was gone. It did not rebuild itself like the other prefs. I threw away. I then realized that pref. must have come from a third-party application and was not an Apple pref. I have some dock utilities that let me customize the dock, and it must have become corrupted causing all of the trouble. The first bug is fixed. I was then able to rebuild my dock. Testing the Hardware Before doing anything else, I dug out the original disk that came with my Mac. It has to be the original disk and not retail one because it will be lacking the program you will need. Therefore, I placed the original disk into the Mac SuperDrive, rebooted holding the option key down. Doing this allowed all bootable volumes to come up. What is a very little known fact is on the original disk is a partition to include an application called the Apple hardware test. It does a full test of all the hardware that includes the motherboard, CPU, memory, mass storage and other essential parts of your Mac. Now, it is not as robust as the disks that are used at the Apple Store, but if there is any hardware damaged, it should tell you. So, once it came up with the other bootable drives, I launched it and ran the tests. After about half an hour, I got my results, and it showed no hardware damage. So a word to the wise, never forget where the original disk that came with your Mac is because there may come a day that you may need it. Checking the Directory Now, it was time to start checking on the software condition of the Mac. I keep a special partition that is set up for just that. Then, I reset the start-up disk and booted into the utility partition. The first thing I ran was DiskWarrior. This is a utility that every user should have. It checks your directory, files for damage, permissions and condition of smart disks. You should run it once a month to keep your Mac healthy. The first thing I ran was rebuild directory, and let it do its job. It took about half an hour to do the full check, and the report was not good. There was a major damage, but it was repairable by letting DiskWarrior replace the directory with a healthy one that it created. So, I clicked replaced and it rebuilt the directory. Then I ran it again because some times there are other problems that can be hidden when you run it the first time and do not show up, and that was exactly what happened. So, I ran it a third time, and this time, I got a clean bill of health, and I replaced my directory one last time. Looking for Damaged Files Next, I ran the software test to see what files might be damaged. Once done, it gave me a log and path to the corrupted files. I went through the list carefully and deleted the files that were safe to trash. Some files were in the system, so I called Apple to find out what was safe to toss and got a list from them and tossed those files. In addition, while I was at it, I also deleted fonts that I had no use for and removed files like Front Row because my G5 had no use for it. You would be amazed how much space you can get back by doing this. You also may need to make the invisible files visible to find other things. This is one step I will not tell how to do because users with no experienced could do major damage to their system or processes. You must know what you are deleting or you will find yourself doing an achieve install because you tossed the wrong files away. Working on the Boot Drive Then, I rebooted back to my boot drive and took care of a few more diagnostics using one program in particular called iStat Menu. This is a great utility. Once installed, you will see what is going on inside your Mac. It will show HD Activity, temperature of all critical components, fan speeds, network activity, memory usage, HD space, CPU usage that even shows the programs using the most CPU activity. Everything was operating within all Apple specs. The next unit I tested was the most delicate part of all the hardware: the optical drive. This is one part of any computer Mac or PC that can go bad by the slightest disruption in an accidental movement or the slightest drop of the computer. The position of the laser head is critical, and very often, it can move out of alignment by just jostling it or even when you move. So, I downloaded a movie and used Toast to burn the TS folder to the DVD to give the drive a full test. The first step is burning the disk and that went through the process with no problems. The second part is the verification check that is the most critical part of the process because the burn may indicate it was successful, but sometimes, the verification may find flaws (bad blocks, sectors, etc.) on the disk itself, making the recording useless. I find Memorex both single layer and double layer to be the worst at failing during the burning and verification test. I would stay away from Memorex even if it were at a good price. I used TDK for this test. Sony, Verbatim, TDK and Imation tend to get much better results than Memorex. This test confirmed that there was no hardware damage to the burner. Final Bug: Save As The last software problem turned out to be the worst of them all. I could not do a save-as command. Every time I tried to use it, it would cause the application to freeze. This was a system wide problem. So, if I started a new document or wanted to have an application save somewhere else than the default location, it would freeze that application. Testing the Bug In order to find out if it was a bug on this partition I tried two things. First, I booted into my utility partition and tested the save-as command there, and it worked fine with no problems. Then, I booted back to my boot drive, launched the preferences, went to account, and created a dummy account. This was to see if the problem existed there. I then logged into that new account and tested the save-as command. I tried it on several applications and found that it was working fine without any problems telling me there was a glitch that could only be fixed by doing an archival install. Archival Install Before doing it, I ran a system, PRAM and hardware reset to make sure that there would be no crashes during the installation. Then, I ran my OS 10.5.4 disk, selected to do archival installation, turned off all the extra languages and printer that I do not use in the options section and started the installation. Once installed, I did all the software upgrades until the system was up to speed. Then, I tried the save-as command again and it failed. I talked to one of the Apple pros at the Woodland Store (in Texas) and was told that the only way to fix it would be to wipe the drive and reinstall. Checking the Drive At this point, I did two more things. Using Drive Genius by ProSoft (another excellent tool to have in your library), I did an integrity and surface scan of the entire drive. This was to make sure that there was no damage to the platters holding my data that could have happened by the fall. These tests are time consuming, but in each case, the Mac passed. Solving the Bug So, a wipe of my drive was not going to happen. There was no way to back up my 500-gig drive, and I had figured out that it had to be a setting in one of my utilities that would solve the problem. So one by one, I went though my utilities looking for anything that had to do with the save as window. The first solution to the problem was found in a free utility called OnyX. In the maintenance/rebuild was a command to rebuild the sidebar of the finder window. One thing I noticed when I did a save as was that the sidebar was not building itself correctly, telling me that it needed a reset. That was the first fix, so I continued to look for other fixes for the window. The final fix to this problem came from a donation ware utility called IceClean. Under the utility menu, I found a command that allowed me to reset from expanded save-as window to simple window by selecting disable command. Once I did these two resets, I then tested the save-as command in TextEdit and other applications, and it worked. The window came up in the simple mode first, and I was able to then switch to expanded save as without freezing. This was the final resolve to the software problems. Over Heating The last problem (which really was more due to cosmetic damage) was to resolve was the plastic plate. One day while the Mac was on without the plastic plate, the Mac suddenly shut down. I called Apple and found out that the CPU might be overheating without the plate, and the Mac went into safe mode (does your PC do that?). So, I had to find a way to get the plate back on. In reality, it would go on but it would not seat. First, the inside body was slightly warped and second the G5 plate that covers the CPUs got loose and was bulging out some. Yet, I could push the plastic plate into position. So, I took masking tape and taped the plate to the third level (HD and optical drive bay) of the Mac without touching any circuits. At that point, the fans immediately slowed down to their normal speed, and I have not had an over heat problem since then. I have also had my Mac running for up to and over 3 days at a time without any problems. To keep a check on the status of my Mac, I keep the shareware utility, iStat in my menu, so I can periodically check on the stats of my Mac is running within Apple specs. Reconnecting all Peripherals Up to this point, I had not attached all my peripherals back to the Mac. Now that all of the bugs had been fixed, it was time to reconnect all of them. Except for an occasional normal glitches, I can fully say that the Mac is 100% operational. It took over a month to do all this and a great deal of patience and prayer to complete what I did. Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover The Mac looks like two face from Batman. The left side looks fine while the right side is totally scared and bent up. There is no way to place the outside plate back on. The Apple techs. are totally stunned that I was able to restore the Mac back to normal. To PC users out there, I still defy you to admit that if this were an off-the-shelf PC, it would be in the trash. Every PC user I talked to totally agreed with me.(show more)
We are your one-stop shop for your IT and security needs. Our services include the following: * Computer repair * Password reset * Security Systems Sales and installations * Multimedia Installations * Virus removal * Software / Hardware upgrades and support * MAC / PC support * Data recovery * Break / Fix * Website design * Network (LAN and wireless) * Laptop screen repair * Social media upkeep * Computer forensics * Windows 95 to 10(show more)
We are the Woodlands, Spring, Oakridge and Conroe's leading computer and IT recycler. Recycling small and large quantities of surplus and used computers, electronics and equipment from all across the local Woodlands and Conroe area is our specialty! Cano-Cycle is a full-service recycling and e-cycling company focused on the recycling and refurbishing of computers. We strive to refurbish, reuse, and repurpose as many computers and computer parts as possible. Reuse: If laptops, computer desktops, or other recycled items or accessories are in good working condition, they can be cleaned up and returned to service. In other cases, the computer, laptop or recycled item is disassembled, and the parts are reused. Refurbish: Laptops, computer desktops or other recycled items or devices may be reconditioned or repaired and returned to service. Recycling: When laptop, desktop, or other recycled item or devices reach their end of life, they are sent to processing facilities that recover and recycle the reusable materials. We have the following specialties: * Computer recycle * Refurb * Reuse * Recycle * PC pickup We want your old PC or computers. Call today for free pickup. We provide services in Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Oak Ridge North, Imperial Oaks, and all of North Houston. We will dismantle and pickup servers, desktops, laptops, etc. We do business and residential projects. Call Bobby for a fast response.(show more)
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