Repair

The Hardware Repair Shop is located in the Goldfarb Library near the Technology Help Desk.

Business hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays. Please make an appointment before visiting for a pickup; drop-offs can be done at the Help Desk during their open hours.

Services

What to Expect at Your Repair Shop Visit

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How to obtain service
  • Please visit the Technology Help Desk to consult with a Technology Help Desk representative.

  • The technician will ask questions to gain as much information about the problem as possible and determine whether your computer will need to be dropped off for service. It’s recommended that you backup up your data beforehand. Students can elect to pay a fee for data backup.

  • A power adapter is required to be dropped off with all laptops. Laptops cannot be checked in without a power adapter.
  • The Help Desk does not take in any laptop sleeves and will ask you to remove any cases during the intake process.
  • If the Help Desk deems that a hardware repair is necessary, they will escalate the ticket to the Repair Shop for further diagnostics.

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While your computer is being repaired
  • Once diagnostics are complete, the repair shop will provide an email quote for any work, if required. University-owned computers will incur fees if the repair is not covered under warranty. If repairing your computer will cost you money, the Repair Shop will get in touch with you via email with a quote:
    • If you approve the quote, repair will proceed. If you do not approve, the computer will be reassembled and returned to you. (You can also elect to pre-approve charges at the intake consultation.)
  • If your computer requires work beyond the capabilities of the repair shop, you will be contacted with a quote for off-site service. The same approval process applies.

  • Please respond promptly to our emails for fastest service! Replying by email (not by phone or personal visit) from a brandeis.edu account is the most expedient way; please don't change the subject line or email address to ensure that our ticketing system informs us of your response.

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Picking up your computer
  • If payment is not needed or you have pre-paid, you can pick up your computer at the Help Desk during business hours.

  • If payment is needed, you can pick up your computer at the Repair shop during Repair Shop hours.

  • The Repair Shop accepts departmental chargelines, cash (exact change only), personal check, or WhoCash.
    • WhoCash can be charged via credit card, but the Repair Shop does not directly accept credit card payments.
    • Charges must be paid in full to pick up your computer.
  • Computers abandoned at the Repair Shop for six months after last communication will be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner.
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Why does my computer need offsite repair?

To give you the best service possible, the Hardware Repair Shop may opt to send your machine out to an off-site vendor for repair that can't be effectively executed by our in-house technicians. This is only done with your express approval and any costs associated with an off-site repair will be disclosed ahead of time.

Reasons why the Repair Shop might need to escalate a repair to an off-site vendor:

  • Liquid damage
  • Cracked glass or Apple LCD
  • Unsupportable make/model
  • Cost-effectiveness

Additionally, as the hardware repair shop is only equipped to repair Dell and Apple computers under manufacturer warranty, repairs for other situations (brands or out of warranty) are best-serviced by third-party vendors.