Services

Services

Here is an overview of some of the services I offer to the public.

Information and prices on this page are current as of July 28, 2020.

Pixlas Mod

If you want to connect one or two power hungry graphics cards in your 4,1/5,1 Mac Pro, it may be a good idea to get those cards power directly from the power supply. I have written a step by step guide on how to do this (view it here) and a companion video (view it here) with links to all the materials you need to do this mod yourself. If you still want me to do it for you though, I’m happy to help.
I charge $48 to do the Pixlas Mod for you.
This includes:
– Pre-mod testing, to ensure the power supply arrived here in one piece.
– The mod itself, of course.
– Splices and taps.
– Post-mod testing, to ensure the mod was done properly.
You supply:
– The power supply.
– The pixlas mod cable (purchase link can be found here).
– Shipping labels (or you pay for the return shipping after the mod has been done).

Turnaround time is 1-3 working days. Return shipping is done with USPS.
Package weight is 6-7lbs, shipping label with standard insurance is typically around $18. With insurance for the full value of the package the label costs around $22.

Xserve G5 power supply recapping

If you have an Xserve G5 with an original power supply that still works, you have found a unicorn! These power supplies all fail in time. To get these up and running again, they have to be opened up and all capacitors have to be replaced (recapped). If you have read the guides (Page 1, Page 2 and Page 3) and prefer to have someone else do it, I’m available.
I charge $85 to recap the power supply for you.
These power supplies still sell for up to $400 on ebay!!! Try a recap first before spending that much money!
This includes:
– Pre-repair testing and inspection, to ensure the power supply arrived here in one piece.
– Inspection. If there are damaged components apart from capacitors due to improper repair attempt etc, sadly I can not help out.
– The recapping.
– All capacitors needed to do the job.
– Post-repair testing, to ensure the repair was done properly.

You supply:
– The power supply.
– Shipping labels (or you pay for the return shipping after the mod has been done).

Turnaround time is 1-3 working days. Return shipping is done with USPS.

Mac logic board repair

Liquid spill, sudden unexplained death, slow performance or something else wrong with your Mac? We can see if your logic board needs to be repaired. I’ve been in the board repair business for several years now and repair boards daily. I can not quote a price for this service as the price entirely depends on what kind of repair is needed. I’d hate to charge you $300 if all you needed was a display connector and I’d hate to charge you $50 if your board needed major refurbishing. So pricing is on a case by case basis.

Turnaround time varies. Shipping is done with USPS.

CPU De-lidding

Your 2009 Mac Pro (4,1) dual processor tray requires processor chips (CPU’s) without a heat spreader on them (de-lidded). CPU’s are easier to find, and cheaper to get, with the heat spreader installed. They are simply more common and sellers on eBay etc. price gauge you for de-lidded chips. If you are not interested in de-lidding your own processors for your 4,1 Mac Pro upgrade, I can help. For $10 per CPU + shipping, I’ll de-lid your chips. You can save on shipping if you purchase these chips and send them directly to me from the seller, then you only pay shipping back.

NOTE: I no longer test CPU’s before and after de-lidding unless you send your whole CPU tray. Taking apart my tray to test these chips is adding wear and tear on my trays and risks damage. Remember the lidded chips have to be tested in a 5,1 and de-lidded they have to be tested in a 4,1. If you want the chips tested before and after de-lidding, you will have to supply a CPU tray. If you want me to test the chips before and after de-lidding them in my own CPU tray, the price will go up to $65 per CPU.

Turnaround time is typically 2-3 working days. Shipping is done with USPS.

Macintosh Recapping

For: Macintosh LC, LC II, LC 475, Quadra 605, Performa 400/405/410/430, LC III, Performa 450, LC III+, Performa 460/466/467, Performa 475/476
Capacitors on these machines will fail and/or leak eventually. Whether this has already happened or has not happened yet, you’ll want to get those old electrolytic capacitors off of your board pronto. I can help!
I can recap boards that are not listed above BUT I CAN NOT TEST THEM TO VERIFY THE WORK. If you send me a board that is not listed and it turns out not to work after the recap, I offer no guarantees or warranties.
I charge $65-$85 to recap the board for you (price depends on model, some are a lot more work than others)
This includes:
– Pre-recap testing.
– The recapping.
– All capacitors needed to do the job.
– Trace repair as needed.
– Ultrasonic cleaning.
– Post-repair testing, to ensure the repair was done properly.

For an additional $25 I can add a FPU socket to an LC II board.

You supply:
– The board with all RAM/VRAM installed.
– Shipping labels (or you pay for the return shipping after the mod has been done).

Turnaround time is 5-10 working days. Return shipping is done with USPS.

Power Mac G4 Quicksilver/MDD power supply repair
This is no longer available as a service. There is someone on eBay that offers this service and his price is actually very reasonable for the amount of time and cost of components this job takes. As I really do not enjoy taking these power supplies apart, I’ll happily refer you to him!
You can find his service here, I’ve heard many folks say they were very happy with his work.

If you’d like to contact me and setup a recap, mod or repair, please email inbox(@)thehouseofmoth.com
We can discuss specifics and I’ll look forward to helping you out!