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Mobile Computer Repair in Richmond, VA - Fixing Apple & PC Since 2002 

Mobile Computer Repair in Richmond, Virginia and Nearby Counties

We are the mobile solution for your Mac & PC repair around the Richmond area.  At Mobile IT, we understand how hard it is to function without your laptop or MacBook, that's why we come to you. Like most people who want to find a computer repair near me, our mobile computer repair techs are always close by, ready to diagnose and fix your PC or Mac in your home or place of business. Whether you have an iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, laptop or desktop PC, our mobile technical team is trained and ready to provide you with expert help around the Richmond area and close by counties.


Home computer repair around Richmond VA

House call and office solutions

House Calls and Office Solutions

For almost two decades, our mobile technicians have been making house calls for Computer repair around the Richmond area.  So, if you are having an immediate technical issue, or are in need of an IT partner to take your business to the next level, you came to the right place. Our Trained Professionals will do what even it takes to get your PC or Mac up and running in a timely fashion. Don’t let your computer slow down your productivity, when we can get it fixed the same day in most cases.
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Laptop and desktop repair in Richmond, VA

Windows Laptop & Desktop Repair in Richmond, Virginia 

Mobile IT provides quality, affordable computer repair near Richmond for residential and commercial customers. Our mobile technicians can diagnose and repair all brands and models. We service the traditional Laptop and Desktop PC all the way to the latest Surface Pro tablet. We have the tools and knowledge to assess your system and provide a solution to your problem. We’ll make your computer behave and run like new again.
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Mac repair Richmond, VA

Apple MacBook & iMac Repair in Richmond, VA 

Are you looking to get your Mac repaired near you ? You came to the right place. Our mobile Apple technicians are always close by, ready to assist in a moment’s notice. Over the years we’ve fixed and upgraded countless iMac and MacBook around the Richmond area. We can fix the following models:  iMac 21 inch, iMac 27 inch, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or Mac Mini. Our mobile Apple experts have the knowledge and technical expertise to bring your Mac back to its former glory.
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Networking solutions in Richmond, VA

Wireless Security & Networking  Services

Is you Wi-Fi secure? Are you dropping your Zoom calls? Is your wireless printer not connecting to your Wi-Fi? Our certified technician are standing by, and are ready to help. We’ll resolve these issues for you and get you back on track. We can also diagnose Wireless dead zone in your home or business and install appropriate devices to extend the signal where you need it. Don’t hesitate to call, we are here to help.
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When and how to reset your Mac SMC (System Management Controller)

MacBook Pro SMC reset

Is your Mac acting funny?  Stuff like, your external drive is not appearing or your desktop, or your MacBook has been plugged in for 2 days but the battery is only showing 50%. Maybe your screen is not adjusting correctly, or your Bluetooth devices are disconnecting constantly. You have tried restarting your Mac several times but to no avail. When you reach that point where nothing you’ve tried is helping, you know it’s time for something more aggressive like an SMC reset.  Read More>>>

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Save your MacBook Pro battery life

Have you noticed that your MacBook is running out of battery a lot sooner then it use to? Here are some tips to maximize and monitor the energy use on your Mac.

First of all you need to establish a base line

Go to the Apple Website, and look at what your model battery life is rated for, right out of the box. Of course, that goes without saying, but the newer the MacBook, the longer the battery should last. The Battery life defers greatly on the model and CPU Platform you are using. For example if you are using the Intel platform for your 13 or 16 inch MacBook Pro, you should expect somewhere around 10 to 11 Hrs. of life. On the other hand if your MacBook is using the latest Apple M1 Chip, you should expect upward of 17 hours of uninterrupted work or videos streaming.

Apple Baseline

We should note that Apple baseline estimates are based on reduced screen brightness and light internet load. If you constantly use your screen on full brightness, while transcoding videos and downloading Gigs of data, your battery life will be substantially reduced. Another factor you should account for is age. Unfortunately, like every other battery powered device, you can expect the battery life to decrease as your Mac gets older. But do not despair there are ways to minimize this.

Step 1: Find out what app is using up your battery
  • Open activity monitor > (Open Finder, click on Applications then scroll down to the Utilities folder)
  • Select the CPU tab, and look for any application that is using a high percentage of CPU, in excess of %50. If it’s a program like mail, or Safari, try to close the program normally. If the App it’s not cooperating, highlight the process and click on the X on the toolbar to quit the process.

MacBook Activity Monitor

Step 2: Change the energy saver Preferences
  • From you desktop, click on the Apple on your toolbar, then choose System Preferences.
  • Open Energy Saver
  • Click on the battery tab and slide the cursor to the left next to “Computer Sleep” or“Turn display off after”. The lower the number, the more power you will preserve.
  • Put a checkmark next to “Put the hard disk to sleep when possible” and “Slightly dim the display while on battery power”

MacBook Energy Saver

Step 3: Use Dark Mode

if your operating system is Mojave or newer, you can use dark mode to save energy. It takes more energy to display white colors then dark ones. To turn on “Dark Mode” follow these steps.

  • Open systems preferences (see above)
  • Click on General
  • Click on Dark
Step 4: Check for malware or viruses

In the past, there has been issues with malware running constantly in the background, using high CPU cycles and draining the battery. This issue is more prominent on Windows platform but Macs are not immune to it.

Don’t keep it plugged in

Keep you battery healthy by not keeping your MacBook plugged in at all time. For a battery to stay healthy, it needs to be discharged on a regular basis. Not doing so, will overheat the battery, and over time cause it to swell and cause permanent damage.

Reset SMS (System Management Controller)

This reset will return your hardware settings to default value, and re-evaluate the battery settings.

Some models uses different procedure, so check the Apple tech support website to find out what works for your device. Here is the most common way to do it.

Steps to reset the SMC
  • Shut down your MacBook
  • Connect the power adapter
  • Hold down the Control, Shift, Option and the Power button for 10 seconds
  • Release all the keys at the same time

After resetting the System management Controller, press the power button, and turn on your Mac like you normally would.

Updated on 3-18-21

 

Is your Laptop running out of battery

Since most people are working and learning in various corner of the house these days, a wall socket may not always be conveniently available. Fortunately most new laptop are much more efficient than their predecessor. Nowadays, even with a low-end laptop, you can expect to get at least 8 hours of battery life. Manufacturer like Dell or HP, have models that can even give you over 13 hours of uninterrupted work on a single charge. These laptops should easily keep you working through a long cross country flight or multiple back to back classes.

Consideration

As you suspect, the battery in your PC won’t last as long as advertised, if your notebook is not configured properly. There are several key factor that can determine how fast your power will drain. For example, the amount of apps open at one time, and the type of work you are doing with it. These factors play a huge roll on how fast your battery will last. Has a general guideline, the more processor intensive your work is, the less power you will have. For example creating a word document will use a lot less power than editing movies or pictures with Photoshop.

Windows 10 Battery power mode

Windows 10 battery settings

Microsoft have made it really easy to adjust your power settings, to get the most out of your laptop or tablet. It has a battery performance slider, which combine all the setting that affect you power use. You can choose between four different modes.

Best Performance - This mode is for people that are willing to trade performance for battery life. In this mode windows won’t stop apps running in the background from consuming a lot of power.
Better Performance - Limits background resource but it prioritize power over efficiency.
Better Battery – it’s usually the default setting on many laptop, and will extend you battery life considerably.
Battery Saver – This option will only appear when you laptop is unplugged. This mode will reduce your screen brightness by at least 30%, and stops a number of Windows features and background applications.

Battery settings on a Mac

the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro on the other hand don’t have a battery slider like its counterpart. However the same settings and options are available in System preferences under Energy saver. You can open it by using the spotlight icon on the top right of your screen and searching for “energy saver”, which should take you strait to it.

What is the best battery setting to use?  

Everybody want a long lasting battery, but using battery saver on a permanent basis would not be ideal. This setting disable a number of useful features, and should only be used if your battery is below 20% with no plug in sight. The recommended option would be to use the “Better Battery” setting. It will give you the right balance between longevity and performance.

Updated on 3-3-21

 

Chromebooks outsold Macs in 2020

Chromebooks outsold Macs in 2020

Chromebooks demand is through the roof, according to the research firm IDC and Strategy Analytics. This finding makes the Chromebook the second most popular operating system after Microsoft in 2020 – easily surpassing the Mac OS. This increase in sales is mostly due to the on-going pandemic and the need for many country to accelerate their digital education and limit human contact.

Pre-Pandemic

During the first quarter of 2020, Chrome OS had managed to capture 5.3 Percent of all Pcs, and Apple Mac OS 5.8 Percent. Fast forward to the last quarter of the year, Chrome OS captured 14.4 Percent of all PCs including desktop, laptop and tablets combine. Mac OS in return only captured 7.7 percent of all sales. The Chromebooks sales reached a new high of 16.4 Percent, versus MacOS at 9.1 Percent of all units sold by the end of 2020.

According to research firms

This trend is not new, In 2019 the Chromebook market share surpassed the MacOS by almost 1.5 Percent. But during the pandemic the sales spiked, and allowed the Chrome OS to capture 14.9 percent of all notebook computer sold during 2020. While many countries are being force to accelerate their online education, in the wake of additional lockdowns (especially in the US and Western Europe), University and Schools in general, are being forced to find cheap and easy way to deploy digital platforms. Google digital offerings for education has been proven quite popular over the last decade, over more expensive alternative such as the Microsoft and Mac operating system.

What does this mean?

What this all means for the consumer, is that parents of student, unable to attend in person classroom, have been force to invest heavily in the inexpensive Chromebooks. This trend has also been seen in other digital platforms, more so that they had in the past.
Online meeting and learning has transformed our way of life, and is being shaped by simple, inexpensive way to get things done with the least amount of human contact. This trend is favoring, for the time being all digital platforms and the Chromebook platform in particular.

Updated on 2-18-21

 

 

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