I got a helluva deal($400) from a friend on a 15" 2011 MBP, non-retina. However, it came(I knew this prior to purchase) with a DOA battery. Needs to be plugged into the wall in order to work. Will not charge at all.
However, I'm looking to also do a few upgrades to it to step up from my ~2008 MBP, and wondered if anyone knows a reliable tech here in LA who can do this work(see list below):
1. Swap out battery for new(not necessarily an OEM, maybe a better non-factory?) one, if possible.
2. Upgrade memory(8gb currently, to 16gb)
3. Swap out HD(750GB 7200rpm for 256gb SSD), and reinstall OSX from other drive. So it's "ready to go", I don't need to re-install software, etc.
I can purchase all "upgrade" parts from OWC myself, except the battery(tech will need to furnish/purchase).
However, I'd like for someone else to do the labor portion. Preferably a licensed professional w/ experience. I consider myself too ham-fisted for this kind of stuff.
Any tips/help/pointing in right direction would be much appreciated. Google is tossing me a few links, but reviews seem spotty on most of them.
Preferably a brick & mortar business, not someone's home or apt. Unless they can do it while I wait and watch/help.