Anyone seen a strange mac repair shop near TCR tube, London UK?

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  1. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    So my PB backlight is blown, and if I can't fix it myself, see

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=2857272

    then I'll take it in to be repaired.

    I've seen a strange little mac / pc repair shop round the corner of Tottenham Court Road tube / Goodge Street tube (not Micro Avikia).

    It seems to be a one man repair shop, with piles of dissassembled laptops lying around, including several powerbooks.

    The guy seems to be doing well, lots of work. Seems like the kind of place all the other computer shops on TCR send their fiddly repair work to.

    Anyone know the place I mean? Good or bad?
     
  2. Queso macrumors G4

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    I go past it quite often. Although I've never used it, it is a well established business and has been there at least for five years, so it's no fly-by-night operation. Worth getting a quote from at least.
     
  3. Gee macrumors 65816

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    Where abouts exactly? And do you happen to know whether he does warranty repairs?

    Just for future reference, but I'm a little bored by the surly service at Square on New Oxford Street.
     
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Well there are 2 Apple resellers in that area. Micro Anvika is one of them. I'm guessing you're not talking about the other one, because it doesn't look suss at all.

    I can't recall ever seeing a Mac repairer or anything else in that area though, sorry. And yes, does he do in-warranty repairs?
     
  5. aidan60657 macrumors newbie

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    The place you're talking about is on Goodge, roughly across the street from the Tesco and near the Rynes electrical shop. Been there for years. It's also a good place to go for a 2nd hand PowerBook (never seen a MacBook there yet).
     
  6. RedTomato thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks people, will definitely get a quote there if I can't do the repairs myself.

    Dynamicv, I'm not in that area very often, do you feel up to grabbing a number or a website for Gee?

    If not I'll try to post it myself, but it might be a while.
     
  7. Gee macrumors 65816

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    Hey, no problem. Just next time anyone passes. Or maybe we ought to wait until you've had your comp fixed and see what the experience and cost is like...
     
  8. Queso macrumors G4

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    I'll be down there on Saturday. I'll grab a leaflet and post details.
     
  9. Roba macrumors 6502

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    I have used this company before D&G Computers
    they are based in Surrey but they do pick up all over London. They did a very good job replacing my ibook lid.
    I would recommend them for doing mac repairs.
     
  10. weckart macrumors 68040

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    Their second-hand prices are unrealistic, though. Particularly iBooks. Old models cost more than the latest model refurbs/refreshes from Apple, and before recently more than the reduced price on new iBooks. There has been some movement since, but they are still on the high side.
     
  11. RedTomato thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Nope not that one. I went back to the shop I was talking about, it's a different one.

    It's called MicroMend and I don't think they sell computers at all - they only mend apple macs.

    Shop is left, and left again on your way out of Goodge street station - on a small plaza opposite Heals. When I went there yesterday, there were disassembled iMacs all over the place.

    The address is 3 Tottenham Street, London W1T 2AF, and the number is 020 7636 6667, email is Apple@micromend.co.uk. (no website apparently.)

    Seemed nice enough, and I had some new work coming up, so I gave them my Powerbook to repair. Will cost £100 minimum, same as what D&G above told me on the phone.

    I didn't go with D&G as pick up and drop off would have been difficult for me, and also Micromend seemed to have the right parts in stock, hence hopefully a quicker repair.

    I will update you on what happens there.
     
  12. Badwolf Bracken macrumors newbie

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    Confession Time

    I bought the original iPod, the 5 gig machine as soon as it arrived in the UK, it cost over £400 and was a cause of wonder whenever people got to look at it... a 1000 songs??? Really???

    Times change and I’ve had most of em, some 95 gig of tunes on my mac struggle for space on my iphone but hey - what the heck, its a cool device - and would have been even better if EA had allowed Scrabble to run with itunes in the background.

    My son has a 120 gig iPod classic, a lovely machine for sure and we were both pretty pissed when it packed up 2 months after the guarantee ran out. but never mind, we bought it from Micro Anvika in Tottenham Court Road, I’ve been buying my macs there since my first Quadra way back when (Atari ST stuff before then) so I’m sure they will look after us.

    Wrong

    Their new digital aftercare section took one look at it, told me it was dead and not worth fixing.

    Worse, they could not be arsed to fix it and I should take it to the Apple store and see if they would look after us.

    Now... I’m not sure whats worse, being told a 14 month old machine is scrap, in effect a 120 gig paperweight or being told to take it elsewhere.

    Exit Micro Anvika with a rather disappointed 15 year old and an even more annoyed Dad.

    I took a wander up TCR and remembered a lil mac repair shop in Tottenham Street, It was open on a Saturday, was full to overflowing with Mac bits - lovely stuff :)

    The guy took one look, plugged it into a charger (We only use the USB’s on our machines at home) and sure enough, the thing booted perfectly. He explained that the USB’s cant always give the pod enough Omfffff to get a machine booted and told us to leave it with him for 20 minutes to give it enough juice for our return journey.

    Fantastic and on our return would not take any money for his help.

    So - thank you Micromend and Screw you Micro Anvika - you will never see another penny from me and we will never recommend you to friends and colleagues ever again.

    Micromend
    3 Tottenham Street
    London W1T 2AF
    +44 (0) 20 7636 6667
     
  13. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure why anyone would be offput by the folks at Square ... they've helped me out of some real jams and their work always appears top-notch. I don't pay a lot of attention to the attitude ... I focus on the results, which have always been superb. If we were to stop shopping UK stores based on attitude, Oxford Street would become a veritable ghost town.

    I've been past the little shop off TCR several times and thought prices for second-hand Macs were a trifle high. But if you want a repair without Oxford Street prices, I imagine the chap there is worth a try.

    Micro Anvika ... well, as we say in the States, their "give a damn" is busted. As soon as they have you bagged and out the door, they've forgotten about you. I buy inexpensive accessories there, but not much else. They are, however, a good spot to spy new kit; they often have new models on display before anyone else around.
     
  14. drummerlondonw3 macrumors 6502a

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    I have been in there to get a screw repaired on my lappy, nice guy and pretty solid service. I can't say anything about more complicated repairs though. It is kind of a crazy place though, bits of everything everywhere!
     
  15. rumoree macrumors newbie

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    I've found the shop, it's called micromend. Called him up about a problem I have and he told me how to deal with it in a few minutes. Mach1 in covent garden quoted me 90 quid to do the same work. The guy's a legend.
    Would strongly recommend him( not that he's short of work)
     
  16. drummerlondonw3 macrumors 6502a

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    god just saw how long it was since I posted my reply!

    glad he is still going strong
     

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