This generation of Macbook Pro is very popular, sold since 2008, maintenance is now required.
The most common repairs are memory additions, cleaning and replacing the hard drive. See how we go about repairing a typical Macbook Pro A1278 .
We can quickly fix your problems and maintain your computer on site. Call us at 0557503724 to make an appointment.
Update of the RAM memory
The first models (Unibody and SD / FW) from 2008 to 2009 were delivered with the only 2G of RAM, twice 1G.
So no expansion slot possible, to add RAM to these models you must completely replace the memory by two bars of 4G for a total of 8G of RAM. The type of memory is PC3-8500 DDR3 clocked at 1066Mhz
Mid-2010 to Mid 2012 – PC3-10600 @ 1333Mhz
These models were equipped with 4G (two bars of 2G) as standard.
They can be increased to 16G (two 8G arrays). Depending on usage, a memory upgrade can greatly improve overall system performance as well as some more RAM-intensive applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and more. Final Cut.
We opt for a reputable memory provider that offers high-quality products for Apple products.
The intervention to replace the RAM on MacBook pro is very simple for a computer technician and minimally invasive.
Hard disk replacement (SSD)
The Macbook Pro A1278 models from 2008 to 2010 had hard drives with capacities from 160GB to 320GB.
While the 2011-2012 models ranged from 500GB to 750GB.
All had the same speed of 5400 rpm (rotation per minute), which is considerably slow compared to newer drives.
Noticeable slowness is the main lament we receive. To give back a lot of speed or even increase storage capacity, the option to replace the original hard disk with an electronic hard disk (SSD) is ideal. In some cases the hard drive is defective , the choice is simple to make for the installation of an SSD.
SSDs are electronic storage hard drives that have a much higher speed than a conventional drive.
The read / write rate goes from about 50Mb-100Mb / second to about 500Mb / second, so potentially 10 times faster!
Macbook Pro is fully compatible with these new discs. Both update options are either a hard copy of the original disk or a fresh installation of the operating system. The repair of these models is then transformed into a performance upgrade that is superior to the original computer.
Sierra OS (10.12) – Macbook Pro A1278
We still see Macbook Pro mainly with Lion (10.7) and Mountain Lion (10.8).
Upgrading to a newer, up-to-date operating system adds a lot to overall performance as well as up-to-date functionality. (Ex: Icloud support). The 2008 models can support the El Capitain version (OS 10.11) without problems and the 2009 and newer support OS Sierra (10.12) .
Not only interface is greatly improved but the support of newer applications is the main reason to update the operating system of your Macbook Pro.
Visual inspection of the computer
We check a prior the general state of the computer, to ensure that it is in good condition. This is the beginning of the diagnosis, the evaluation of the necessary repairs. Some environments may precipitate certain physical defects, (Ex: accumulated dust) We take care to note any physical damage to properly assess the problem.
Evaluation of the reported problem, general slowness on the Macbook Pro A1278
Following the hardware evaluation, the computer seems in good condition but the hard disk is to be replaced.
With the new SSD technologies, electronic hard drives offer much better performance than SATA hard drives.
We will, therefore, perform a replacement of the hard drive, with a full copy of the content.
The user will not have to reinstall his software and all the data will be kept.
Internal cleaning and maintenance
We then perform a cleaning of the cooling system of the computer. The accumulated dust just obstructs the dissipation of heat. This can lead to overheating problems and damage to the equipment.