4"ft Drop 12 " Powerbook - Should I buy it???

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  1. Bozola macrumors regular

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    So I have the chance to buy a used powerbook 12" for very cheap

    The only problem.. it's been dropped (from a moving car roof :eek: :eek: )

    I have checked it out.. it's beat up a bit.. but it seems to work...

    It's REALLY cheap... :D :D

    1) Should I buy it?

    2) What can I do outside of just running it/ watch a dvd cd etc to ensure that it works..???



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  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    No warranty, no hope of buying Applecare, a hard drive that will probably @$^% out shortly.... I wouldn't touch it.

    However if it is cheap enough -- run the Apple Hardware Test CD repeatedly on it. Look for any disk errors and any problems on the screen.
     
  3. tsk macrumors 6502a

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    I'd consider buying it if it was cheap enough that I could part it out. But it looks pretty badly beaten. Too much so to really use.
     
  4. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    How much is it? It'll give us a better idea of if it's worth getting involved in. If it's over or close to $400, I would say no, just because it could die tomorrow.
     
  5. Bozola thread starter macrumors regular

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  7. cooknwitha macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed.

    $200 is a risk but a low cost risk. Buy, buy, buy! I would.
     
  8. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    If you got the cash, but don't expect much, it will prob. die soon.
     
  9. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    If you personally know the person ask to pay half and keep it for a week before deciding to pay the other half or something. I'll buy it. :D
     
  10. tsk macrumors 6502a

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    $200 is definitely worth getting. You can almost certainly get your money back.
     
  11. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    When you get it, take more pictures of the top. I suppose it was closed when it had the fall right?
     
  12. Bozola thread starter macrumors regular

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    I bought it

    It passed the hardware test.. Several times.

    I got it for $200. Not bad.

    Time to change my sig!!!!!!!1 :D :D :D
     
  13. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    Can you post more pics?
     
  14. cubist macrumors 68020

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    That was a great deal. If the hard drive fails, it's cheap to replace. As long as the screen isn't damaged, you made out great!

    You might find case parts on eBay... then again, there's always the Handyman's Secret Weapon :D
     
  15. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    Yeah I was looking at the picture long and hard and I bet you could hammer than back into shape a bit, but just think: you don't need to worry about getting is scratched or getting a dent in it right? No need for an insleeve case. With that said, I'll give you $300 for it. :eek: :p
     
  16. ericssonboi macrumors 6502

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    I'll offer $325 :D
    I wouldn't mind another 12" ... :cool:
     
  17. storage macrumors 6502

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    Hello!

    I have never owned a Mac or anything, so I'm probably wrong, but couldn't you replace the damaged part with parts from here?

    Good luck, and have fun with your PowerBook! :)
     
  18. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    You would really have to take it apart and gut it out to replace the casing. I think its a great buy though and I'm so jealous, I would have tested it and bought it as well!
     
  19. Bozola thread starter macrumors regular

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  20. cooknwitha macrumors 6502a

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    You got a bargain. You can just feel the jealousy in other's posts. So what can the rest of us do?.......

    Lesson to be learned: Find a friend with a Powerbook, push it off the roof of a car when they're not looking and buy it off them from $200. It'll help keep sales strong for Apple too! :D
     
  21. MacHarne macrumors 6502

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    I'd really like to see how your work on it turns out. The 12" models are crammed inside and I have a feeling that the hard drive may die soon (perhaps within a few months) if not other components.

    My 14" iBook was thrown across an office by accident. The previous owner was trying to pull a manila folder out from underneath it, but the rubber feet decided otherwise. The iBook was open at the time.

    I had no problems for the first month of use, but then... ta-da... the hard drive suddenly died. I was able to backup a little of the data before it totally quit (there was a multi-day period when the hard drive would begin clicking after it was running for a length of time, as soon as I noticed that I started backing up). Luckily, the iBook still had some remaining AppleCare; very luckily. I took it to an Apple tech on campus and had it back in two days with a new hard drive.

    Good luck with the PB and I want to see some pictures!
     
  22. Azurael macrumors regular

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    It depends on a lot of things with HDs - the first thing is, if they're running, they're very fragile. That said, if the machine's off, the HD is not spinning and the heads are parked, they're actually pretty resilliant. My PowerBook took several falls over the course of it's life (though actually, it didn't look half as beaten up as that one) and the HD that was in the PB for most of it's life (an 80gig Hitachi model) is still going strong in my Mac mini.
     
  23. eleveneastgate macrumors 6502

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    You SCORED!

    Now, if everything works the way it should, you have a laptop for your travels... and if it's dropped (again), oh well... No sweat, you gotta good deal.

    You lucky guy! ;)
     
  24. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    To me, it looks like cosmetic damages nothing internal, but i'm not an apple genius nor am i close to being one ;)
     

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