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Hours of Business: CURRENTLY CLOSED, but returning soon ... Too busy w/ my day job and other projects.

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Working toward re-opening with new services.

 I am working toward re-defining this business in 2021. It will still be Choate's Custom Computers, but with a new focus. Phone repairs will no longer be a regular service, due to lack of support for independent repair by the major phone manufacturers.

Repairs will be available for miscellaneous devices, including some phones and tablets.

PC services will focus less on Windows repair, and more on support for specific software and hardware. I will focus more on custom computing systems for specific tasks. Small, lightweight, and portable systems based on Linux, and Raspberry Pi will be more of a focus than Windows systems.

'Retro Arcade' systems will be supported, with services for building, configuring, and modifying multiple-system arcade machines.

Also offered will be some basic services for musical instruments, such as guitar setup, cleaning and repair.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Starting to re-open

 I'm getting things sorted and have moved my workbench and am finishing other projects. CCC can start taking clients again.

Monday, June 29, 2020

With a few exceptions, I may stop replacing Li-ion batteries. If I had a proper workshop, things would be different, but I no longer want these batteries in/at my place of residence.
I may even stop working on certain devices altogether. Some decisions need to be made before I do any official re-opening.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Broke my phone, ironically

My phone is broken until I can get a new screen for it. Please send any text messages or voice mail to: 707-397-5090

Monday, May 18, 2020

Still Closed

STILL CLOSED - I need to do some car repair and cannot drive beyond Mendo Village for the time being.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Re-organizing

Over the next weeks I will be working on coming up with a reliable way to receive devices for repair, while being mindful of stay-in-place restrictions for all involved. Hopefully I will be able to get back to doing repairs soon.

Friday, March 20, 2020

CLOSED FOR NOW

CLOSED FOR NOW

Due to the obvious reasons, I am closing my repair services until further notice.

EMERGENCY REPAIRS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR FIRST RESPONDER AND CRITICAL SERVICE WORKERS ONLY

Emergency repairs available will be limited to what will soon be listed below:

  • iPhone Screens:
    • SE x1 avail.
    • XS LCD x1 avail. (cheap qual. compared to original) - last resort option only
    • 6-regular x2 avail.
    • 6S-regular x2 avail.
    • 6+ x2 avail.
    • 6S+ x2 avail.

  • iPhone Batteries:
    • 4 x1
    • 4S x1
    • 5C x1
    • SE x1
    • 6 x1
    • 6S x1
    • 6+ x1
    • 6S+ x2
    • 7 x2
    • 7+ x1
    • 8 x1
    • 8+ x1

  • iPhone Charge Ports:
    • 6 x1
    • 6S x2
    • 6+ x1
    • 6S+ x3
    • 7 x1

  • Other iPhone parts:
    • Speakers, cameras, misc. small parts for most 6 and 7 series phones


Hunker down, take care, and I'll see you on the flip-side.

John 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Limiting iphone repairs

I am considering making some extreme limitations upon which iphone models I will work on and which jobs are available. 6/7/8 series iphones will have pretty much all repairs available, but as models get older (such as the 5S, 5C, 6 and 6 Plus), the parts will be available by order only.
I have also decided to not work on "flagship" models (current best models) unless the owner has no other option. If the phone qualifies for warranty or insurance work, I will say to send it to the manufacturer.

8/X/XS/XR series phones rear glass replacement

Concerning rear glass (phones with a glass rear panel).
If rear glass is in need of replacement on iPhone 8 and beyond, I will only order a new rear case with the glass and camera lens already installed. Replacing glass alone on these models is a complete pain in the ass. When chipping off the rear glass, these phones will likely receive cosmetic damage. Money and time will be saved by transferring the phone to a new chassis.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Refurbished original screens for the iPhone 11 series are becoming available on the repair market. Pricey, but available.
No other parts yet for these phones are available and I do not work on them as of yet.