Smartie Computers
Circa 2012


According to s Google search, the brick and mortar store of Smartie Computers - Computer Repair is recorded as closed at their location of 310 Vermillion St, Hastings, MN 55033. This was their original website which was created and taken live in 2011. When its domain registration expired, disappeared from the web.

Although I never made use of their services when I lived in Minnesota, I was aware of their store and website. Their concept seemed like the right idea and their website was impressive. Unlike businesses that have their own onsite IT department and can hire an outside expert to deal with specific issues, most people need a business like Smartie Computers. I happen to work for a software company where I am part of a team who deals mainly with Salesforce integrations.  You may already know that Salesforce is a powerful platform that can deliver serious ROI (Return of Investment) in the form of automation, efficiency and sales. If you allow your company's data to remain separate from Salesforce you are missing an important opportunity. By integrating your business data with marketing automation systems such as Hubspot, Marketo, and Act-on or ERP systems like NetSuite, SAP, Microsoft Dynamics, or with collaborative software like Sharepointwell you get the point, you can draw new insights, add flexibility, and improve your company's operations. Whenever I see a prospective client I tell them that you can't just point various applications or APIs to your Salesforce environment and think you are done. I frequently get the query, "What do you mean?"  Well, raw data needs to be prepared before it can provide any insights into your business operations. And then I hit them with the facts: collecting, preparing and migrating data is time consuming and needs to be done correctly which is why it’s so important to have an integration partner, like my team, who can properly prepare and migrate your data for your Salesforce integration. Bam..I have them hooked. I have lost count of how many companies and organizations I have helped by properly handling their data and setting them up for success. I have to say, it is very satisfying. And I bet the folks at Smartie Computers felt the same way. But I digress.

Recently I discovered that the domain for was available so I bought it with the goal of recreating some of its content from archived pages and to point visitors to their new site. I definitely didn't want someone else purchasing the domain and re-purposing the site for something that had nothing in common with the original website. Please view this site's presented information in its historical context. I hope it will inspire someone else to fill the niche that is now left empty.

An update: 2021
The past year and a half has been surreal as we have all learned how to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. I moved to Melbourne, Australia in 2020 just before the country closed it borders. As countries across the globe grapple with the prospect of renewed lockdowns, the Australian city of Melbourne offered a stark lesson on the costs of bringing the coronavirus under control. We emerged from one of the world’s strictest and longest lockdowns that shuttered businesses and confined residents to our homes for more than three months. Thank goodness I was able to work and as it turned out play from my home. I had been enjoying playing pokies at a local pub near where I live. But with the shutdown I had to look elsewhere for my games. I used the same website when I would play slots online in the US. They have a special page on their site dedicated to Aussie punters showing weekly promos for a number of Australian player online casinos. I have spent many an evening relaxing playing my favorite pokies online. When my Salesforce clients would ask me what I did during the lock downs they were not all that surprised by my answer. Apparently lots of people around the world play at online casinos. But I digress...Let's get back to 2011.


Since the site will not be exactly as you remember it, please be indulgent.

Now let's take a nostalgic stroll back to 2011.

Our goal at Smartie Computers is to provide great services at the most affordable prices around. Its as simple as that.

Minnesota's #1 rated computer repair company!

We can fix just about anything. It doesn't matter where you bought it or if it's a Mac or a PC. We've got you covered!

Fastest Turn around

Our turn around time is 1 to 3 days for most repairs, in some cases machines can be fixed and repaired same day. We don't ship your computer to some mass repair center like the big box stores do, we do it in house with highly trained staff. Our staff is only limited to working on few machines at a time, this ensures your computer is not only done fast but also done right the first time.

Highest customer satisfaction rate in Minnesota

Rest assured that our customers satisfaction rate is 98.9% We do everything we can to make our customers happy, because for us your not just another computer to be repaired, we want to make you a customer for life! We don't repair computers; we create relationships with customers. We Focus on you and our quality, and we have been rated the best at what we do. Just read some of the reviews at the top of our website and see for yourself.

24/7 support in the United States

We provide 24/7 support and we keep our service lines open 24/7 because your computer only breaks after normal business hours, you can call anytime day or night and get a real live person from the United States. You can also chat with a live representative online 24/7, click here (Get Help Now) to start talking with a representative today!

Need a new computer?

We have our own private brand of computers, Smartie PCs or SPC for sort. We build the highest quality computers around, using only the best components around! We wouldn't back our computers with a 3 year standard hardware warranty and a LIFETIME technical support warranty on hardware, if we didn't think our computers weren't rock solid! We don't build you the cheapest thing we can put together and sell it to you. We build quality systems! See our line up of desktops, workstations, gaming pcs, laptops, and servers. ;


About Us

Smartie Computers, LLC was started in fall of 2008 by Alan Pinnt a local Hastings, Minnesota resident. The first store was started in Hastings, Minnesota that same year. The idea of Smartie Computers came to Alan because he saw many other companies come up, but not provide half the service they promised and provided minimum services. Smartie Computers was started to provide a full service IT company with everything from computer repair, network monitoring, web design, even web hosting. Smartie Computers is one of the very few companies in the world that has a in house data center along side computer repair and web design all under one roof.

Since the beginning, Smartie Computers' goal was to provide the highest of quality service at the most affordable price. With some of our patent pending tools we use to increase turn around time we are lucky enough to have the fastest turn around time for any computer repair company in Minnesota. With a proven record in computer repair, Smartie Computers plans to grow further in web design, web hosting, and many new services being added weekly!

Company Profile

Smartie Computers is a local computer repair and sales company providing thousands of customers with high quality, fast turn around, and high availablity service and support. Above all Smartie Computers goal is to provide the highest quality support and repairs at the most affordable price.

Innovation has been the key building block for Smartie Computers growth, developing many applications for internal use and for public use. Smartie Computers, was one of the first companies to allow customers to completely track the status of their computer repair through out its entire repair process. Another key innovation was the automated express repair program, helping techinicans repair common issues with out typing in commands. Smartie Computers, is continually working on new ideas and methods for improving the repair and support process.


Home Services

  • Home Services
  • Desktop Repair
  • Laptop Repair
  • iPod/iPhone Repair
  • Smart Phones
  • Wireless Networking
  • Wired Networking
  • On-Site Service
  • Training

We make sure your home technology is running at its best!

For when your computer goes wacky...

Give us a call! We are always here for you and your computer! We know your computer doesn't break at the best possible time. Normally its when your son or daughter has a paper due Monday and its Thursday today. Or when you have to leave for a trip. Whatever the situation, we understand this completely! We setup our entire repair process in away that will make sure your in and out! With our friendly knowledgeable staff, and affordable pricing, we make your visits as painless as possible! 

Desktop / Laptop Repair

The box that stores it all just broke!

We're here to get your life line back up and running as soon as possible. We handle all sorts of different services, so many we can't fit it all on this page. To see a small list, just look below!

Malware/Spyware Removal

Malware/Spyware is generally the most widely seen issue we have at Smartie Computers. We see any where from 4 to 10 computers a day with malware issues. Most people receive malware from a bad attachment on an email or one of those popup's that says "YOU HAVE 940 VIRUS ON YOUR COMPUTER, CLICK HERE TO REMOVE NOW!" or something along those line. 

How do I know I have malware or spyware?

Generally you can easily tell if your computer has malware/spyware. 

First look for these issues:

  • When searching on google, it redirects your page to some random page
  • A anti virus program with a generic name (AV8, Anti Virus 2010, ThinkPoint Security) wont go away.
  • Cannot connect to the internet even though your computer says your connected.
  • If you have issues similar to this then it is likely you have malware/spyware.

How is it removed?

We use some of the most advanced software out there to go in and remove the files related to the malware without losing your data. 

Turn around time

Generally malware is removed within 1 to 2 days, if its really bad then expect up to 7 days. We recommend taking care of this issue right away. Some malware only gets worse with time. 

Tune Up

With a Smartie Super Tune Up, we removal all your temp files, optimized settings, remove unneeded programs, remove unneeded startup items, diagnostics of all hardware, and we give you a full report as to what we did. We know you will see a difference from when you brought it in and when you get it back.
Get a free tune up! Use our free cleanup program, Smartie Clean. 

System Restore

With a system restore we bring your computer back to the originally condition it was in from the factory. We reload the operating system, install all the drivers, bring it up to date, and tune it up for performance. 

Data Recovery

When your computer crashes, we can recover your data from your hard drive. Your photos, documents, music, tax files, any data can be recovered. We cannot recover programs. About 95% of the time we can recover data from hard drives. If your hard drive is damaged to a point where we can not recover it, there are additional options available.

Memory upgrade

Memory Upgrades are normally recommended when you are using most or all of your current memory. When your memory on your computer is in full use it slows down the computer terribly. Generally we recommend your computer is using only 40-50% of the memory when your working on it. When idling is should be using only 10-20%. Call us today and see what we can do for you!

Email Setup

Want your email setup in your outlook program? We can easliy do this for you have it back to you same day.

Virus Removal

We will go in an remove the virus and any files related to it. We also help you in the future by providing options and helpful ways to prevent this from happening in the future.

iPod & iPhone Repair

Is your iPod as good as a fake apple on a desk?

Is your iPod locked up, not working, battery shot? We train continously to make sure we are always ahead of the curve of any issues that may happen to Apple iPods or iPhones. We carrier instock batterys and parts in the event your iPod or iphone is damanged to the point we need to replace anything internally. If your iPod is just locked up in most cases we can tell you how to fix your iPod over the phone. 

iPod LCD repair

If you have cracked or damaged your iPod screen we can replace it and in most cases have it back to you and in your hands that same day! Call for details.

iPod Data Recovery

Think you might have lost all your music libary? We can in most cases, get all the information back without too much trouble. Cost depends on the size of the drive and the amount of data that needs to be recovered.

iPhone issues

When your iPod doesn't work thats a pain by itself but when your iPhone doesn't work thats like disconnecting you from the world. We can easily fix your broke iPhone and get you connected again. 

Smart Phones Help

Trying to figure our your smart phone?

We can assist you with just about any smart phone with how tos, fix an issue, and configuration.

Email Setup

If you need your corportate email or your personal email account on your smart phone, we can set this up same day! All we need is your email address, username, and password.

File Sync

We can setup and show you how to sync files between your computer and your phone. Doesn't matter if its music files or contacts, we can handle it.


Business Services

Being prepared is key in business

Just like anything else in business it's always important to be prepared. Especially with computers, being prepared for a hard drive to fail or a laptop to be stolen is a must in business. We can make sure not only your secure but that your running efficiently.

Our Peace Of Mind service is the all around service. With the Peace Of Mind service we listen to your needs, and setup a detailed service plan to support and assist you with all your technology in your business. Whether on a case by case basis or on a monthly service contract, we will fit your budget and maximize your business efficiency. Click here to read more.

Rarely found by any IT company, Smartie Computers also works with industry specific programs. Applications such as Dentrix, Auto Inventor, AutoDesk, ACCU-Build, Lectra, Kickfire, Micromedex, and many more. If we don't know it, we will learn it! That's the lengths we will go to keep you running!

  • Business Services
  • Consulting
  • On-Site Service
  • Peace Of Mind
  • Repair Services
  • Backup
  • Web Design
  • Online Services
  • Training

Peace Of Mind

Its time to relax.

Running a business is a true challenge, why should you have to worry about computers, backups, email, and uptime? We all know we should do what we do best, let us do what we do best for you!

With our Peace Of Mind service, we sit down with you and your employees to learn what your currently using and what your lacking. We will setup a plan that fits your budget, and your needs.

True Peace Of Mind

When a hard drive fails, what do you do? Wouldn't it be great if some magical genie came in the night before and repaired the computer before the hard drive failed, so your employee wasn't sitting around looking at you for something to do. Well, we aren't genies, but we are Smarties! Believe it or not, with Peace Of Mind service thats what we do. We monitor your computers for hardware issues, sercuity risks, and backups functionailty. If something is about to fail, we will contact you and send someone out. We even do after hours. Thats right, even at 3AM! Its what we call True Peace Of Mind, when all you worry about is your business!


We are a full service IT company providing all the basic services and more. Not only do we provide the basics like:

  • Network Monitoring
  • Security
  • Backup testing and monitoring
  • Equipment sales and retirement
  • Web Design and Web Marketing

Thinking ahead

We also work with you to see where your company is going and give you a future plan of attack, giving you an idea of what you will need as your company grows.


Few companys provide complete documentation of everything they do, we do! We document every password, ip address, computer location, backup history, and anything else we assist you with.

What can we do for you?

Call or email us today, we will setup an appointment with you to show you what we can do for your business. After our meeting we will setup a few options that you can choose from with estimated reports showing potential gains in productivity, revenue, and yearly savings!

On-Site Service

We can come out to your business and take care of any issues you maybe having. While we are there we can consult you on anything we see should be updated or replaced besides the issue we are there to repair.

We carry as many parts and software as we can in our vehicles, getting your company up and running faster without you waiting on something to show up. We want to help your business grow by getting every bit of use out of your technology devices.

Helping you get more from your technology

All of us at Smartie Computers are here to help you get more from your technology. Our consultation comes at no charge to you. We want to help you make the right decisions for anything computer related. We make sure you don't invest in something you will never need or use. 

Working with companies large and small, we can understand your budget and provide a solution that will last and work as required. 

Call us today 651-304-3073, and schedule a consultation. We would be glad to sit down with you and see what we can do for your business!

Repair Services

If its broken, has a micro chip, we can fix it! :)

Our repair facilty has the capabilities to fix just about anything with a micro chip init. We designed our entire facility to be able to adapt to whatever needs to be fixed. 

Service list

Here is a list of just a few of the repair services we offer:

  • Laptop Repair
  • Desktop Repair
  • Hard drive recovery and repair
  • Database recovery
  • Data backup and test restores
  • Operating system repair (Windows, Apple, Linux)
  • Laptop DC jack repair
  • Motherboard replacement and repairs
  • Memory upgraded
  • Cold and hot sodering
  • Plastic Welding
  • Wired and Wireless Networking
  • Power Supply replacement
  • Custom engineering


Preparing for the worst

Having your valuable data backup is extremely important. A hard drive can fail at any moment, fires happen, and its life as we all know. Being prepared for the worst is your best bet. We can help you be prepared without a million dollar budget.

On-site data backup

Most on-site backup systems are external hard drives or NAS systems attached to your network or server. With on-site backup you can recover data much faster, but it also has a large disadvantage. If your building burns down or there is a theft, your data is gone.

Off-site Backup

Having a off-site backup is the most secure method of data protection out there. With off-site data backup, we setup software on your computers to automatically backup and send the data to our private and secure data center. We also have a Tier 2 data backup system which not only backups up the data to our private data center  but also another secure data center in another state. 

Simply Put...

The method we normally recommend is a combination of the above and some additional steps. Most setups we design are servers with RAID 5 with external backup and off-site backup. Giving you the ultimate in protection! It may sound like a lot but the costs are very affordable. Call or email us today, we will provide a free consultation.

Web Design

Our web design division, Smartie Designs can create the image you always wanted for your company. Whether you want a completely new website, redesign an old site, or just update your current site. Go to see our work and what we can do for you.

Online Services

Online, the new world market

We offer many online services from web hosting to search engine optimization. See some of the services below.

  • Web Hosting
    Go to and see our co-location, shared, and dedicated hosting options.
  • Smartie Design
    Go to and see some of the search engine optimization plans available and what fits your needs.