Game console repairs and servicing

Games consoles get a lot of use over time. wether they are being used to play your favourite game for hours on end, chill out and watch a movie or streaming online they get very heavy usage. We often keep them hidden away in cabinets and other dusty places and as the fans spin to cool the consoles down they also suck in a lot of dust too, clogging up the grills and restricting air flow.

Because of this older consoles will often run hot or over heat, this can cause consoles to work much harder than needed to try to cool themselves and can cause lots of problems such as freezing, turning itself off and becoming slow.

Over heating a motherboard can cause it to warp over time and can cause some of the signature failures within a lot of the popular consoles such as Xbox’s and playstations.

At Pratts pods we recommend that you have your consoles serviced every couple of years to clean out the dust and dirt, clean up the CPU/GPU and reapply new thermal paste. On top of this it is good to keep your console in a clean and today environment and hoover the vents regularly.

By cleaning your console regularly and having it serviced you can increase its life span hugely, most failures are caused by overheating and this is very easy to stop.

If you would like to find out more about looking after your console or if you are having a problem with yours then please feel free to get in touch.

iPhone 6 Plus touch disease repair Wokingham Berkshire

One of the very common issues in the iPhone 6 Plus and sometimes the iPhone 6 is touch disease.

Some of the symptoms are:

Unresponsive touch screen.

Grey bars at the top of the screen.

Touch screen freezing.

Having to bend the phone for the touch screen to work.

This fault is caused by poor design and flexion of the motherboard. On the iPhone 6 Plus the housing of the phone is weak and can bend easily, every movement in the housing passes through to the motherboard and over time traces in the motherboard break. In this instance the M1 pad under the touch ic in the phone breaks away from its track and causes touch disease, when the phone is bent in a certain way the connection is restored and this is why the issue can be intermittent.

At Pratts pods we are able to remove the touch ic, run a jumper to repair the broken trace and restore the connection to the M1 pad, then reball the ic and re attach it resolving the issue and restoring touch functionality.

This repair is future proof as the jumper put in place is stronger and less vulnerable than the original trace, meaning further flexion of the motherboard will not cause the connection to break again.

We repair a lot of this fault, along with other common issues such as audio ic repair on the iPhone 7, Tristar replacements for charging issues and baseband repairs for no service or searching faults. Below are some photos of some recent iPhone touch disease repairs.

An App For Everything

Just Musings –

Did you know there is an app to measure things?

An app that can help you get fitter?

An app that will save all your passwords in one convenient place?

An app to turn your heating and lights off at home?

An app to help you with homework?

An app that will enable you to message people completely free just using your data allowance?

In fact there are so many apps now that it is hard to keep track. Want to know more about apps and what they can do for you why not check out your app store and search queries that are relevant to you.