Apple Products Model Number And Basic Info

MacBook Air screen at 90 degree to the keyboard.Apple products can be categorized into different types

  • OSX based products
  • IOS-based products
  • TV OS-based products
  • Watch OS-based products

Let’s list about what products are included in an IOS based products

Before that what is an IOS?

IOS is an operating system manufactured by Apple® for its mobile devices.

Versions of IOS till date: iPhone OS (1,2,3), IOS (4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13)

One thing to know about software updating the IOS is that if you have an outdated mobile and if you have a software update then the device may not work as smoothly.

  • iPhone (iPhone- original iPhone, 3G,3Gs,4,4S,5,5C,5s,6,6+,6s,6s+,SE,7,7Plus,8,8Plus,X,XR,XS,XS Max)
  • iPad Touch
  • iPad
  • iPad mini
  • iPad Pro
  • Apple TV
  • Apple Watch

iPhone model number

 

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iPhone

Model

iPhone 3G

A1241

iPhone 3GS

A1303

iPhone 4

A1332, A1349

iPhone 4s

A1387. A1428. A1429

iPhone 5

A1422. A1428. A1532. A1456. A1507. A1526.

iPhone 5c

A1529. A1516. A1533. A1453. A1457. A1528. A1530. A1518.

iPhone 5s

iPhone 6

A1549. A1586. A1589.

iPhone 6+

A1522. A1524. A1593.

iPhone 6s

A1633. A1688. A1700. A1691.

iPhone 6s+

A1634. A1687. A1699. A1690.

iPhone SE

A1662. A1723. A1724.

iPhone 7

A1660.  A1778. A1779. A1780

iPhone 7+

A1661. A1784. A1785. A1786

iPhone 8

A1863. A1905. A1906. A1907.

iPhone 8+

A1864. A1897. A1898. A1899.

iPhone X

A1865. A1901. A1902.

iPhone XR

A1984. A2105. A2106. A2108

iPhone XS

A1920. A2097. A2098. A2100.

iPhone XS MAX

A1921. A2101. A2102. A2104.

iPad model number

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iPad

Model

iPad 1st Gen

A1219

iPad 1st Gen 3G

A1337

iPad 2 (Wi-Fi/GSM/GPS)

A1395

iPad 2 (Wi-Fi/GSM/GPS)

A1396

iPad 2 (Wi-Fi/CDMA/GPS)16,

A1397

iPad (Wi-Fi ONLY, iPad2,4)

A1395

iPad 3rd GEN (Wi-Fi only)

A1416

iPad 3rd GEN                                                                 (Wi-Fi/ Cellular AT&T/GPS)

A1430

iPad 3rd GEN                                                                 (Wi-Fi/ Cellular Verizon/GPS)

A1403

iPad 4th GEN (Wi-Fi only)

A1458

iPad 4th GEN(Wi-Fi/ Cellular AT&T/GPS)

A1459

iPad 4th GEN(Wi-Fi/ Cellular Verizon & Sprint/GPS)

A1460

iPad mini (Wi-Fi only/1st GEN)

A1432

iPad mini (Wi-Fi/ AT &T/ GPS – 1st Gen)

A1454

iPad mini

A1455

iPad Air

A1474

iPad Air

A1475

iPad mini 2

A1489

iPad mini 2

A1490

iPad mini 2

A1491

iPad Air 2

A1566

iPad Air 2

A1567

iPad mini 3

A1599

iPad mini 3

A1600

iPad mini 3

A1601

iPad mini 4

A1538

iPad mini 4

A1550

iPad Pro 12.9 inch

A1584

iPad Pro 12.9 inch

A1652

iPad Pro 9.7 inch

A1673

iPad mini 2 A1476

iPad Pro 9.7 inch

A1674

iPad 9.7 inch

A1822

iPad 9.7 inch

A1823

iPad Pro 10.5 inch

A1701

iPad Pro 10.5 inch

A1709

iPad Pro 12.9 inch

A1670

iPad Pro 12.9 inch

A1671

iPad 9.7 inch

A1893

iPad 9.7 inch

A1954

Let’s list what products are included in OSX based products.

What is OSX?

OSX is an operating software that runs Apple computers. There have been many versions of OSX to date.

Mac OS system

Macbook Pro on a white background with lid open at 90 degree and black screen with no display.

Operating system

Release Date

System 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

1984-1991

MAC OS 7.6

1997

MAC OS 8

1997

MAC OS 9-MAC OS 9.2.2

2001

MAC OSX Public Beta, Kodiak

2000

MAC OSX 10.0 – Cheetah

2001

MAC OSX 10.1 – Puma

2002

MAC OSX 10.2 – Jaguar

2002

MAC OSX Panther – 10.3

2003

MAC OSX  Tiger – 10.4

2005

MAC OSX  Leopard – 10.5

2007

MAC OSX  Snow Leopard – 10.6

2009

MAC OSX Lion – 10.7

2011

MAC OSX  Mountain Lion- 10.8

2012

MAC OSX  Mavericks – 10.9

2013

MAC OSX Yosemite – 10.10

2014

MAC OSX  ElCapitan – 10.12

2015

MAC OS Sierra – 10.12

2016

MAC OS High Sierra – 10.13

2017

MAC OS Mojave – 10.14

2018

MAC OS Catalina – 10.15

2019

Apple computers can be categorized into 2 types. They are is comparable with which computer depends on at which date the Mac was manufactured. For example: If the Mac was manufactured in 2008 we cannot put MAC OS Catalina because the hardware won’t support the operating system which may make the Mac crash or slow.

MacBook model number

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MacBook (Year)

MODELS:

MacBook (E2015-2017)

A1534

MacBook(M2010-L2009)

 A1342

MacBook(M2007-M2009)

A1181

MacBook Air (Year)

MODELS:

MacBook Air (2018)

A1932

MacBook Air (M2012-2017)

A1466

MacBook Air (M2012-E2015)

A1465

MacBook Air (L2010-M2011)

A1369

MacBook Air (L2010-M2011)

 A1370

MacBook Air (L2008-M2009)

A1304

MacBook Air (2008)

 A1237

 MacBook Pro (Year)

MODELS:

MacBook Pro (L2008-M2012)

A1278

MacBook Pro (L2008-M2012)

A1286

MacBook Pro (M2012-M2015)

A1398

MacBook Pro (L2013-E2015)

A1502

MacBook Pro (L2012-E2013)

A1425

MacBook Pro (E2009-2011)

A1297

MacBook Pro (2016-2018)

A1706

MacBook Pro (2016-2018)

A1707

MacBook Pro (2016-)

A1708

MacBook Pro (2018-)

A1989

MacBook Pro (2018-)

A1990

MacBook Pro (2006)

A1150

MacBook Pro (2006)

A1151

MacBook Pro (2006-2007)

A1211

MacBook Pro (2007-2008)

A1226

MacBook Pro (2007-2008)

A1229

MacBook Pro (2008)

A1260

MacBook Pro (2008)

A1261

iMac model number

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iMac (Year)

MODELS:

iMac (2019)

A2115

iMac (2019)

A2116

iMac (2012-2019)

A1419

iMac (2012-2019)

A1418

iMac (2009-2013)

A1311

iMac (2009-2012)

A1312

iMac (2007-2012)

A1224

iMac (2007-2009)

A1225

iMac (2006-2007)

A1200

iMac (2006-2007)

A1207

iMac (2006-2007)

A1208

iMac (2006-2007)

A1195

iMac (2006)

A1174

iMac (2005-2006)

A1145 G5 iSight

iMac (2005-2006)

A1144 G5 iSight

iMac (2004-2005)

A1076 G5

iMac (2004-2005)

A1058 G5

 

Mac Mini model number

Mac mini(Year)

MODELS:

Mac mini (2018)

A1993

Mac mini (2010-2018)

A1347

Mac mini (2009-2010)

A1283

Mac mini (2006-2009)

A1176

Mac mini (2005-2006)

A1103

iMac Pro(Year)

MODELS:

iMac Pro (2017)

A1862

These were all the models of Apple computer lineup.

How To Diagnose And Repair Your Computer

imac-osx-setup-configuration-service-PCSERVICEDALLASA computer problem can be caused because of two possible reasons. It is either a hardware issue or a software issue.

Before opening up the hardware we should isolate the issues that come with software failures.

So what are the issues that software have

  • Computer is slow
  • Computer keeps restarting
  • Keyboard, mouse, printer or other peripheral devices not working properly
  • Peripherals command interpreted incorrectly
  • App command not working in only one app
  • Slow Internet
  • Computer Freezes
  • Attachments won’t open
  • Pop-up ads
  • Google performing oddly
  • Virus infections

What are the software issues that are making your computer slow and how to fix it?

Gaming-computer-blue-screen-of-death-error-repair-service-DallasSometimes a slow computer can be fixed by rebooting it or by seeing if it can be opened from an external drive. But if doing that does not work then here are a couple of suggestions that you could try on your computer to get it fixed.

  • One of the reasons that your computer becomes slow is because of the programs running in the background. Some programs that you may not need maybe running in the background like TSRs and startup programs. In windows, you can stop these programs by going to task manager. In apple computers, there is a utility called activity monitor.
  • Sometimes a computer can be slow because there may be an antivirus scanner on the computer or another security utility that is performing scans in the background and you may not be aware of it. Since scanning the computer is gonna take more CPU usage to search, your computer’s overall performance is decreased. So you have to check your security software too if your computer is working slower than usual.
  • One of the ways your computer may be slow is because of temp files which are temporary files that are stored in your computer’s hard drives. In windows, you can delete this either by searching on the start-up menu or clicking run on the start-up menu “%temp%”. After clicking the file or running the command, you are directed to a temp folder that would open and you can delete all the temp files that you don’t use. If you can’t seem to delete a temp file, you have to know that those files are being used. The easier way is also to use a utility called the Disk Cleanup to delete temporary files but sometimes the disk cleanup utility may not delete all the files in the temp directory.
  • You can also figure out why your computer is running slow based on the amount of data stored in the hard drive of your computer. It is best to at least have free disk storage of about 200-500mb space in your hard drive because it helps the computer in dealing with increasing the size of the swap files which increase in size to increase with the functionality of RAM memory.
  • One of the ways that you may experience a slow computer is if the data arranged in your version of the operating system is not arranged in the OS’s arrangement file type.
  • One of the problems for slow computer due to software issues is viruses and malware. If your computer is infected with viruses and malware because of their self-replication and corrupting other files, your computer may be running slow.
  • Most of all of the software issues can be solved by either formatting the computer and upgrading OSX or uninstalling the problem applications.
  • What are the hardware issues that a computer may have?

One of the Main Software Issues are brought by viruses. Here are the common symptoms caused by viruses.

SLOW PERFORMANCE VIRUS REMOVAL

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If you have a faster computer processor, SSD drive and sufficient amount of RAM for your computer and you still feel slow performance from your computer it is likely that your computer is virus infected. A slow performing computer is linked with a possible virus because that is one of the early symptoms of virus infection.

RANDOM POP-UPS VIRUS REMOVAL

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If you are getting random pop-ups on your computer display then one of the reasons could be that your computer has viruses. You have to examine your computer and get the proper protection that your computer system needs for getting your computer virus removed.

PROGRAMS RUNNING ON THEIR OWN VIRUS REMOVAL

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Sometimes when you check the activity monitor or the task manager you can see some programs are operating on their own. This could possibly mean that they are viruses or other malware and need to get removed from your PC. In order to remove these viruses you will deep scan all your computer system files and remove hidden malware applications from your computer.

DUPLICATING FILES VIRUS REMOVAL

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If you see that most of your files are being duplicated and found in various other sections of your drive then it could be that your computer has viruses. The basic functions of most of the virus are to attach itself to a program and replicate themselves and corrupt your original files. Don’t be the victim of a virus infection. C

UNKNOWN INSTALLED APPLICATIONS VIRUS REMOVAL

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If you see unknown applications installed on your computer then it is likely that you have a virus issue. These applications install themselves onto your disk and infect other files on your system and depending on the type of virus could corrupt your data or use your data as ransomware or for hacking purposes. Don’t let the evil virus take advantage of your data, get professional virus removal service from computer experts who have several years of expertise in eradicating viruses from computers.

CORRUPTED OR DELETED FILES VIRUS REMOVAL

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If you’re searching for a file and you cannot access it or it’s been deleted then this could be due to a virus that has infected your computer system already. Don’t worry PC Service Dallas can help get your computer protected by viruses by providing end system monitoring services, virus detection, and removal services and finally providing anti-virus installation services for your computer. Give us a call today and get help getting virus removed from your computer.


To gain a perspective as to what hardware issues may arise in a computer we need to know about all the hardware a computer needs to operate.

Hardware is categorized into two types

  • Input hardware
  • Output hardware.

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It is hardware that is used to input commands or data or information into the computer.

Output hardware

Windows User login screen on a dell laptop screen

It is hardware that allows the computer to give out the result or output from the information provided from the input hardware.

Since these are all physical components of a computer, a computer may have an issue with any of these parts.

List of computer hardware components

  • Motherboard
  • Central Processing Unit (CPU)
  • Random Access Memory (RAM)
  • Power Supply
  • Video Card or Graphic Card
  • Hard Drive (HDD)
  • Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Monitor
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Battery/ Battery Backup
  • Flash Drive
  • Printer
  • Speaker
  • Sound Card
  • Network Interface Card (NIC)
  • Hard Drive Controller Card
  • Modem
  • Webcam
  • Scanner
  • Microphone
  • Fan
  • Heat Sink
  • CMOS Battery
  • Daughterboard
  • Flex Cables
  • SATA cables
  • USB ports
  • WIFI cables or airport Cables

What are the symptoms of a motherboard failure?

Green motherboard detached from used computer has nothing connected to it.

These are the symptoms of motherboard failure:

  • The system does not display anything
  • Error code appears after turning on
  • There is beeping once or more times
  • The system cannot be opened and is locked
  • The system seems to reboot
  • In Windows, there is a blue screen appears
  • If one or more ports, expansion slots or memory module fails

The steps for troubleshooting a motherboard are as follows

POST test: Power-on Self Test is done when you push the power button to start the computer. What it does is when the power button is pressed, power is supplied to the CPU which seeks instructions from the BIOS. The BIOS then gives commands to check the presence and functionality of the hardware in the computer. If the test is successful then the boot is successful but if the boot isn’t successful then POST error codes appear on the screen. Each code is different and every code indicates a different hard drive problem. To isolate if there is a problem with the motherboard we need to check the power supply is working or not? The voltage fluctuations are regular or not, BIOS settings are correct or not, if there is overheating, if the fan is working properly or not, check if capacitors might be damaged, chic CMOS battery, check the POST error codes and what part of hardware or software it signifies that is not compliant with the computer system.

What are the symptoms of CPU Failures?

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CPU is the main part of the computer that handles complex calculations and data manipulations at extraordinary speeds to give output from the user’s input. What CPU does is it loads the user’s desired input from the OSX of the hard drive of the computer and executes the instructions given by the user. To go on about the symptoms of a CPU failure:

  • If there is a chance of CPU failure when you push the power button of a computer, you may hear the computer operating like the fans and the disks may be running but you won’t be able to see anything on the screen and the screen stays blank. Sometimes it may be caused by some screen connectivity issues too. Sometimes when you have a bad CPU you might get a blue screen indicating error codes stating in numeric value that the CPU is dysfunctional during the boot process or suddenly when you’re working on your computer.
  • BIOS also can detect the problem of CPU and BIOS tells us that the CPU is not working or in a bad condition by beeping five or seven times. BIOS checks out all hardware so the number of beeps indicates the problems of different devices.
  • Sometimes if there is a problem with the fan like the fan is not working or is damaged then the system will overheat which will end up heating the CPU. If the problem is temporary then the CPU may not be damaged but if the overheating problem continues, then the CPU will be damaged hence there is a change in the functionality of the computer which is a symptom of bad CPU.
  • If you check the computer’s motherboard and see burn marks on the circuit board near the CPU or a large scorching marks on the CPU then there is damage on the CPU due to overheating.
  • To check CPU there are certain programs like Core Temp for PC and Temperature monitor and Activity Monitor for Mac. These utilities are helpful to see the temperature of the CPU, what kinds of work the CPU is doing. By comparing the stats to what a regular CPU’s stat is you can see if there is a problem with your CPU.
  • The most ideal way to deal with a bad or scorched CPU is to change the CPU or the Motherboard. You can also help increase CPU processing by keeping the system clean, using a good CPU cooler, installing supplemental case fans, upgrading your case and positioning the system properly.

What are the symptoms of RAM failures?

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RAM( Random Access Memory is a volatile primary memory of the computer. The more RAM you have on your computer the faster the computer is because you have more space for processing. The symptoms of a bad RAM card includes:

  • Your computer is frequently freezing, rebooting, and bringing up Blue screen of Death which is a blue screen that appears with numeric error codes that signifies that there is something wrong with your computer system.
  • Another sign of bad RAM is if your files are corrupted.
  • Another sign of a bad RAM is that the PC slows down after you use it for a while but it maintains the usual speed immediately after a boot.
  • In Mac when you boot and there are three beeps noise on startup, it means there is bad RAM.
  • If there is a problem with the computer even after you reinstalled macOS or operating system.

How to diagnose this RAM problem and how to know which RAM stick is the one with the issues?

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In windows, there is already a built-in memory diagnostic tools which you can run from the start menu or run windows memory diagnostics. A dialog box will appear informing you to restart the computer and check for problems or check for problems the next time you turn on the computer. If you click the restart now option, your computer will begin to restart and the turning on the computer will go into a memory diagnostic program and will check to see the problems. Just wait for a few minutes and you’ll get back into your windows. After that search for event viewer. In the left-hand section of the dialog box that appears go and expand the windows logs and then you have to click the system and then right-click on the system and select filter current log. Then a new screen on a dialog box will appear then just scroll down on the event sources and you’ll find the memory diagnostic results and check on it. Then select ok on the box and you’ll be directed back to the previous event viewer box. Check the top middle section of the listings and you’ll see two messages at the top of the panel with an I sign. You have to double click on the information to find out the diagnostic result from the memory diagnostic. If there is a problem with the RAM then it will show up in the diagnostic.

To check anything about RAM on an Apple computer you can click the apple logo holding option key on your keyboard and go to system information and memory and find out the information about your RAM. You can also find out problems in your Ram by pressing D or option plus D as soon as you turn the computer on. By doing this you will go into Apple Diagnostics or AHT mode from which you can know what is wrong with your computer. Another way to test your RAM in Mac is by using MEMTEST86. You download the MEMTEST86 file and Etcher. Install the Etcher dmg to your applications folder. Launch Etcher. Click the select image and choose the downloaded MEMTEST86 file and then select a drive and choose the USB you inserted which is not occupied. After that select the option Flash. The next process is to shut down the Mac and insert the USB in. After that power on the Mac and make sure that you are holding the option button. Select the USB to boot. Wait for MemTest86 to initialize and if it doesn’t select Config and then Start test. It takes around 40-45 minutes for this process. In the end, you’ll get a summary of the report of your memory.

What are the symptoms of power supply failure?

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It is very difficult to diagnose a computer system with a bad/faulty power supply. Some of the symptoms of this are:

  • There are spontaneous reboots or irregular lockups when you are operating on the computer.
  • If the hard drive and fan would not work it is because of lack of power.
  • Since the fan would not work the system becomes overheated and the CPU’s gonna make the computer slower.
  • Getting electric shocks when you touch the CPU case or the laptop case.
  • Even when you press the power button there is no reaction from the system
  • There is visible smoke coming out from the computer system
  • You can hear popping sounds coming from the PC as it is turned on.

What can we do to find out if the power supply is bad or not?

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We can measure output voltages by using digital multimeters and know if the power is being supplied to the system in the right amount. This process o checking the system should only be done when the system is on the load. After checking out whether the power supply is good or not, you can swap the power supply if it’s faulty but always be careful because even when the power supply is unplugged, the capacitors are still charged with a line voltage charge for a considerable period.

What are the symptoms of video card or graphic card failures?

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The most common symptoms of a graphic card or video card issues are:

  • Computer crashes can range from a lockup(meaning the PC freezing but not showing blue screen) to showing a blue screen, randomly restarting computer and computer shutting down inexpediently while running an application.
  • Because the graphics card is responsible for what is and how it is shown on the display monitor, if there is something wrong with the graphics card then the displays shown will also have problems like the screen will show threads in the display, little white dots will appear on the display, etc.
  • If your fan makes loud noises when you boot your computer or use application software that makes use of graphic cards, your graphic card may be a problem.
  • Randomly when using your computer you are notified of warning such as your video drivers have crashed and your pc restarts. If it frequently happens like this then you have a graphics card problem
  • Sometimes what can happen is if your graphic card is completely toasted then it won’t show anything, you’ll hear the fan and the hard drives but you can’t see anything on the display except a black screen.

What can be done to fix these problems?

  • We can change the drivers first because sometimes what happens is that if you have an old graphics card but you recently updated your driver then the computer will crash since your old graphic card cannot follow the sets of instructions provided by the drivers. You can install an old driver or the driver for your type of graphic card depending and it may work fine.
  • There is a cooling paste that is used on the graphic cards which help in the cooling process. Sometimes what happens is that the cooling paste becomes dry due to overheating and since the graphic card also overheats due to the cooling paste drying up. That causes problems.  Sometimes it may also be because of dust being collected in the motherboard that causes overheating or one of the fans not working.
  • Always check if flexes and cables are connected properly and that the graphic card is kept in their right slots.
  • Glitches and screen display not showing is also cases of display connectivity issues so try an external display monitor before opening your computer. Don’t jump to conclusions.
  • You can have an ultrasonic cleaning done on the graphics card.
  • The final plan is if all this doesn’t work is to replace the graphic card as a whole and get a new one that is compatible with your computer.

What are the symptoms of hard drive failures?

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A hard drive is a mechanically engineered device with lots of moving parts for reading, accessing, writing and storing information. So if anyone of these moving parts is damaged then the hard drive will begin to fail. Physical damage to the hard-driving such as dropping it, or spontaneous electrical surges and power outages or water damage or fire damage or it’s long usage and its age can be the reasons that your hard drives can fail. Some of the common symptoms for hard drive failure are as follows:

The first sign of a hard drive failure is if your computer frequently freezes or crashes or has reduced speed and performance. If you get freezes or crashes only once in a while in a long time, it may be something wrong with your OS, the longer you keep the computer turned off, your OS will start to act up or if you have an application that’s running without your knowledge in the background for a while, that program is taking lots of space for processing in your RAM and CPU which in turn is making your computer slower. These issues can be fixed by a simple reboot or reset. The significant sign that your hard drive is failing is if these freezes and crashes happen frequently.

If your computer is showing BSOD too often or pulling warning notifications like hard drive not found or no bootable drive found then it is another sign of hard drive failure. It may work sometime and may not work other times, but it’s just that your hard drive is still trying it’s best to work but due to either the bad cable or bad parts it doesn’t work and that is the sign of hard drive failure.

Another most prominent sign of a hard drive failure is if your hard drive takes a long time to access data. This may also be a case where you have bad connection cable but if your hard drive is old and these problems arise that is most probably the sign of a hard drive failure.

The most common parts of a hard drive to fail and is the most noticeable is the read/write heads of the hard drive which can make reading and write to and from the sectors of the platters of your hard drive difficult resulting in files and folders beginning to disappear, file names being changed, more corrupted files, reappearing and disappearing of files. This happens because the hard drive is struggling to work and can’t read the data inside the hard drive properly.

If you hear your hard drive being more noisier and your computer heating up more then it is a sign of hard drive failure. Hard drives nowadays have a technology called S.M.A.R.T. (Smart Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology). This technology monitors the drive’s health and looks out for the hard drive’s potential failures and sends you warnings of the drive’s irregular or intermittent failures. SMART warnings depend on the computer’s capability and also the manufacturers because the system varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Hard drive sounds are one or two click and some random sounds here and there but when you can hear a clicking, beeping or screeching you can know that your hard drive is failing. The first click from the hard drive comes because it’s in it’s resting position and when it’s read/write heads move from it’s resting position to the platters, they make the noise. From the platter, they find the firmware and make contact and then they can read the data. But if there is something wrong with the heads then the contact would not be made and the heads will move to it’s resting position and try again. The hard drive repeats this procedure again and again until it finally makes contact with the firmware zone which is responsible for the more clicking sounds. The beeping is occurred when the spindle motor that spins the platter thousands of rpm fails or seized when the lubrication in the motor drys off and when the heads crash into the platter and stop the platter from moving it produces the beeping noise and when the heads stop the platter, the platter starts to vibrate excessively producing the screeching sounds because the read/write heads are dragged in the surface of the platter further damaging the hard drive.

The best solution for these types of situations is to replace the hard drive and send the hard drive to data recovery facilities.

What are the symptoms of SSD failures?data-migration-from-hdd-to-ssd

It is difficult to find out if the SSD is failing because unlike Hard drives SSD doesn’t make any sounds. One way to know is to install apps to monitor the flaws of the SSD to check if it is running smoothly or not. Crystal Disk Mark is used in Windows whereas MacOS users use Smart Reporter Lite to check SSD functionality.

Some of the symptoms of SSD failures include:

  • Having bad blocks on SSD which is like having Bad sectors on HDD.
  • Bad blocks refer to those blocks of the SSD that take a long time to access, read or write and end up in failure to do so. Symptoms of bad blocks are as follows:
  • A file cannot be written or read to the SSD
  • The computer shows a message saying PC/file systems need to be repaired
  • Applications freezing up and crashing
  • When you move files from one location to another, there are error messages displayed.
  • When accessing files, the computer runs very slow.
  • Frequently crashing during boots
  • You can only read and not write to disks.

How to extend the life of your SSD?

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  • Make sure your cooling in your PC works and is good and keep the computer away from extreme temperatures
  • Make sure there isn’t any intermittent power supply or electric fluctuations or outages.
  • Free up some extra space on SSD and avoid using bad blocks.

What are the symptoms of display failures?

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  • Your monitor may be flashing or stuttering or flickering. Maybe caused by loose cable, incorrect refresh rate setting or power deficiency to the display.
  • Your monitor may show vertical lines
  • You have dead or stuck pixels on the screen with different colors. It means there is a single dot on the LCD screen which isn’t illuminating and is one color and doesn’t match the computer’s screen.
  • If you have cracks, spots, and blotches on the display that came as a result of physical damage to the display.
  • If you see a buzzing noise or whine noise(noise means the display does not look high definition) from the monitor then it is the issue of the backlight. It can be caused because of power regulation to one or more bulbs in the backlight.
  • If you see incorrect resolutions on your display on the computer it may be an issue of a graphics card.

What is a heat sink? What are the symptoms of a failing heat sink or fan?

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A heat sink is a conduction based hardware component of the computer that takes heat away from the computer’s CPU. Heat sinks are installed near the fans so that they can cool the heat sink and some fans also draw cool air from outside the computer and blow it through the computer which expels hot air out of the rear end of the computer.

  • If there is a loud noise coming from the fan due to overheating inside, that may be a sign of a heat sink failure or dust or other debris inside the heatsink which is consuming the cooling space of the heatsink intern reducing the heat sink’s cooling capacity. The loud noise fan produces is because the fan is working more harder than it normally does to compensate the heat sink’s reduced functionality.
  • One of the major signs of heat sink failure is if the heat sinks have high temperatures.
  • If your computer restarts again and again, then it is the way of the computer to protect it’s CPU because if the heat sink starts failing then the temperature will rise and there is a point that it reaches the critical temperature level that the system will have to follow protocol to protect the heat from damaging the CPU by restarting or shutting the computer down.

 

Best Computer Repair Services Dallas TX


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LOOKING FOR A COMPUTER REPAIR SHOP NEAR DALLAS?

Need to get your computer repair near Dallas? PC Service Dallas provides the best computer repair services in Dallas Texas at amazingly affordable prices along with limited-term warranty services on almost all of our repairs. We provide reliable, fast and satisfactory repairs for all types and brands of computers. Our certified computer repair specialists have years of expertise in fixing all kinds of issues related to computers. Let us diagnose your computer and provide you with the best possible repair solutions and upgrade recommendations for your computer.

WE PROVIDE COMPLETE REPAIR SERVICES FOR DALLAS

We work on laptops and desktops of all brands and models like Apple iMac®, Apple MacBook Pro®, MacBook Air®, Apple MacBook®, Hp Envy®, HP Pavillion®, Lenovo Yoga®, Lenovo Thinkpad®, Lenovo Ideapad®, Dell Inspiron®, Dell 2 in 1®, Dell Latitude®, Dell XPS®, Microsoft Surface®, Microsoft Surface Book®, Surface Pro X®, Asus ROG®, Asus ZenBook®, Huawei Matebook®, Razerblade Pro® and many more.

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Some of the computer services we provide in Dallas TX include

  1. Best Computer Motherboard Repair Dalla TX
  2. Best Computer graphics card repair Dallas TX
  3. Best Computer Windows Automatic Repair stuck Dallas TX
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  12. Best Computer liquid damage repair near Dallas TX
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  16. Best Computer not working repair near Dallas TX
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When do you need our computer repair service Dallas?

  • System error messages from computer: The system error codes are shown to a user to ensure that the user knows that the computer system has some parts that are not working as they should which is detected by the BIOS when you turn on the computer. Every code has a different meaning so if you see system error codes then the best thing to do is have it checked by a professional.
  • Computer making loud noises: Computers only make noise when either using the CD Drive or when there is something wrong with your computer. If you hear metallic clatter or loud fan noises or beep sounds coming from your computer, chances are that your computer has some hardware or software related issues that need to get looked at. You can bring it over to our store to get it diagnosed.
  • Slow computer: A powerful machine like the computer might become slow as time goes on but it is only because as time goes on some of the hardware parts of the computer begins to wear apart or not work properly or there could be some software issues like viruses or corrupt files. But rest assured even your oldest computers can be made to perform like they once used to and sometimes even faster after a couple of hardware and software upgrades. To see if your computer is eligible for these upgrades you can bring your computer to our store to have it checked.
  • Software Problems: If you have software issues on your computer, we will diagnose your computer and fix it for you. Some of the common software problems are Blue Screen of Death, missing DLLs, System Crash, password encryption, etc. If you have any of these problems, give us a call today. We also offer various other services like Dual Boot, OS installation, software installation and configuration, email configuration, parental control setup, network setup and configuration, firewall setup, Network Attached Storage configuration, and more.
  • Physical Damage: Accidents happen, your dell laptop could fall from your hand or table. Portable devices are great because of their probability but this also makes them very vulnerable to drops, bangs and other physical damages. If you have broken hinges, broken USB, Bent DVDs, broken power jack or another problem in your dell computer, we can repair it for you at affordable prices.
  • Overheating computer: A computer has fans and heatsinks and even thermal paste that helps in keeping the system of the computer cool and at a certain temperature. So, if your computer overheats or gets heated quickly or gradually then it is most likely that there is a problem with your computer. It may be your fan, heatsink, thermal paste, dust, and debris inside the computer’s case, failing hardware components that are causing your computer to overheat. So, if your computer produces lots of heat then you should bring it over to our store to get it checked immediately to ensure that there is no further damage to the computer system.alienware computer with lid open and screen dark

PC Service Dallas is an industry-leading pioneer in affordable and quality computer and smartphone repair. We offer technical support for both hardware and software problems on a computer. We repair all kinds of desktop, laptop, notebook, tablets, smartphones, and many other devices. All our services are designed to be convenient, hassle-free, affordable to our clients for a suitable repair experience. You can bring your device to us at our convenient location, or you can choose to get a home service. We will either come to your house and fix it there or bring the device back, fix it and deliver it back to your house. Give us a call about your device, we will fix your appliance in no time.

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We have been working in the computer repair sector for a long time and have gained skills and gathered resources to tackle any problems. Our technicians are certified by Apple, CompTIA, Microsoft and have years of experience in computer repair and the IT industry. Whatever the problem, we are ready to give you a speedy repair. We have a turnaround time of 1 business day in most cases. No wait times or appointment hassles. Just give us a call and we will be with your right away.

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Why choose our best computer repair services?

  1. No Geek Speak: We always speak in plain simple language free of jargon to communicate effectively with our clients. Our technicians are trained to provide analogies, clear explanatory terms to relay information to our clients, so we are on the same page.
  2. Data Privacy: We handle your data with the utmost respect. Your devices have all your information like photos, videos, relevant documents, financial reports. When you bring in your device, you trust us with all your essential data. We keep up to your trust and don’t access or store your data unless requested.
  3. Fast & Affordable: Our mission is to help our clients to the best we can. We often even go out of our way to help our clients in case of need. Our services are the fastest, and rates are most competitive in the DFW area.
  4. Certified Experts: Our technicians are certified by CompTIA, Apple, and Microsoft validating their skills and competence. Our technicians know what they are doing and get the job done systematically.
  5. Overall IT Services: If you need more than just virus removal, we are here for you. We offer various hardware, software, network, and security services for our clients at very competitive rates.
  6. Warranty: We strive to provide a hassle-free service to our clients. We use the highest standard repair parts in the industry and avoid Electro Static Discharge damages by following proper ESD precaution in our repair shop. Our technicians are grounded while repairs to prevent any accidental injuries to your device. So, We are confident about our repairs and cover our repair parts with 3 months warranty to share our confidence with our clients.

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We also provide PC Computer repair, laptop notebook repair, smartphone repair, and all kinds of computer repair services in Dallas.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ( FAQs)

Q: My computer is not turning on. Can you fix this problem?

A: Yes, we can fix your computer not turning on the problem but to do that we need more information and testing on your computer to determine what is the reason that is making your computer not turn on. After diagnosing your device we are certain that we can help your computer operate smoothly.

Q: My computer is showing a blue screen with 😦 on it. How to fix this?

A: If your computer has a blue screen with a “:(” sign on it then there is something wrong with either your hardware or software in your computer system. A blue screen of death or a blue screen with 😦 sign usually shows up with a unique numeric error code that signifies what is wrong with your computer. If you take that code and put it into a google search, then you will know what problem you have with your computer. After diagnosing the computer, you can either repair it yourself or bring your computer to our professional technicians to have it repaired.

Q: My computer screen is totally black when I turn it on. What do I do? How to fix this?

A: If your computer’s screen is totally black then first you should diagnose where the problem is coming from. In the case of a desktop computer first, check the monitor cables to ensure they are connected to the CPU case. Then you should check to see if it’s your monitor that has connectivity issues. After that check, if you have all the plugs that need to be connected to the power outlet are connected. If your computer is properly wired and your computer peripherals are in good working condition too, then the problem could be coming from the motherboard or the graphics card. To further diagnose the problem with your computer, we’re going to have to run some diagnostics tests. Just bring your computer to our store to get it diagnosed and repaired.

Q: My laptop is not charging. Can you fix this?

A: Yes, we can fix your laptop not charging issue. The first thing we need to make sure is whether the power adapter and battery charger are not the issues for your laptop not charging. After deducing your laptop’s charging problem is not coming from those things then we can continue with testing your battery and charging port to see if there is any fault with it. And if both of them are fine and it still isn’t charging then we will look into the motherboard for battery issues that might cause your laptop to not charge. So, to get your laptop’s charging problem fixed, bring your device to our store to get it diagnosed.

Q: My laptop screen is not showing anything. Can you fix this?

A: There are several factors that might cause your screen to go black like graphics card issue, motherboard problem, laptop’s screen flex disconnected, battery not providing sufficient charge to the screen of the laptop. To isolate and identify what exactly is causing your laptop’s screen to go black, we need to run some diagnostics tests and after those tests, we can move towards resolving your laptop’s black screen issue.

Q: Does replacing the hard drive make your computer fast?

A: Yes, if your hard drive is old and you replace your hard drive with an SSD or a new Hard disk drive your computer will operate comparatively faster.

Q: Does low RAM slows down the desktop computer?

A: Yes, the RAM holds all the data on your computer while it’s running. If there is low RAM, it slows down the processing capacity of your computer. At, PC Service Dallas we will upgrade your RAM.

Q: How do I tune-up my desktop computer?

A: Use disk defragmenter to defragment your hard disk drive. Clean the junk files periodically. Delete unwanted applications. Store your data in a backup hard disk drive. Archive your data periodically.

Q: How do I keep my desktop computer from viruses? 

A: Do not download software from third party websites, keep your system up-to-date, use an anti-virus, do not plug-in any infected storage media.

Q: Do I need to re-install the operating system on my desktop?

A: Please use the bootable media to boot your desktop computer and

Q: Does anti-virus remove the virus?

A: Yes, if your anti-virus is able to detect the virus, it slows different options to remove it. Anti-virus really helps your computer be free from computer viruses.

Q: Does replacing HDD makes laptop faster?

A: Yes, it does. Since HDD has wheel inside it, which gets worse after certain spins. So its always good to replace Hard drive if its old.