You’ve got a big presentation tomorrow, and your computer just went on the fritz. What to do? If you don’t know your dongle from your motherboard, it’s best to find a professional. Call one of these reliable repair services for help in a hurry.
If you’re a University of Texas student in the middle of a full-on crisis, this may be your best bet since it’s located close to campus. The technicians can fix anything from iPhones to Macbooks to Playstation consoles.
They can also upgrade hard drives or try to rescue your machine from the dreaded blue screen of death. 2004 Guadalupe Street; (512) 271-2000
In business since 1998, Computer Medic has earned rave reviews from people with serious computer crises. It’s pretty much a one-man show, but Scott (and his canine companion) can handle just about any hard-drive problem you may encounter. He can also help with some cellphone issues. 2309F Thornton; (512) 442-7991
Located in the West Campus area near the University of Texas, PC Genie specializes in helping panicked students recover from computer disasters. Although they mostly work on Windows PCs, they can also assist with Macs and iPhones. 715 West 23rd Street; (512) 531-0325
A completely mobile repair service, Computer Repair of Austin doesn’t maintain a storefront. They’ll come to wherever the problem gadget happens to be -- in the Austin area.
In addition to desktop PCs and Macs, they can fix malfunctioning iPads, iPhones and Android phones. Whether you need to install a new printer or entire home network, these guys are up to the task. (512) 743-2777
From recovering data to installing firewalls, Mr. Computer can handle almost any technical need.
Greg has the rare ability to not only fix computers but explain the problems in plain language. He can also unlock phones and cure most virus infestations. 2708 South Lamar Boulevard; (512) 415-6505
Located in far north Austin, Nerd Austin will come and pick up your ailing computer and bring it back to you when it’s fixed. They can help with setting up antivirus software, home firewalls or residential networks. They can replace screens and recover data from laptops too. 2203 Rick Whinery Drive; (512) 333-2292
Operating from the suburb of Cedar Park northwest of Austin, Computer Wizard serves all of central Texas with on-site or drop-off options. Whether your computer is suffering from a slight slowdown or a complete meltdown, their techs can get your gadget back into working order as soon as possible. Regulars consistently praise Computer Wizard for their friendly service and reasonable prices. 109 Cypress Creek Road, Suite B-4, Cedar Park; (512) 832-9444
On the south end of town, That Bytes Austin works on laptops, desktops and tablet computers. The small shop is known for adding a few extras for free, such as tuning up the computer to make it run a little faster.
If you’re having trouble finding the on switch or you have a more complex problem, the friendly staff will get you back up and running without breaking the bank. 1204 W. Slaughter Lane, Suite 3; (512) 330-4048