What do you do with your old Mac?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by kasei, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. kasei macrumors 6502a

    kasei

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    I have a 17" PowerBook that has seen a lot of action. It has been through a very tough 21 month Exectuive MBA program, run countless financial models, built numerous web pages, written 4 screenplays, 12 business plans and has handled 100's of presentation. It has been to Japan, China, Spain, Mexico and Taiwan just to name a few places. I can't help but feel attached to this system. I must also add this is my first Apple computer, so as I look to upgrade to a new system, I can't help but feel a little guilty. Now I am left with a question I pose to you guys.

    What do you do with your old Mac?
     
  2. technicolor macrumors 68000

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    I try to sell it.


    I just sold my first mac too, and I admit I will be very sad to ship it away. I am attached to it. But I want a new mac and I want to reduce my out of pocket expense.
     
  3. Josias macrumors 68000

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    If I were you, I'd pass it on to someone in the family. That way you can still "stay in tocuh".;)
     
  4. CyberB0b macrumors regular

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    Sell it, which is what I'll do with my old mac in the macrumors marketplace once I reach 100 posts. :)
     
  5. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    Sell it, I never keep a Mac more than a year.
     
  6. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

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    I wish someone would "donate" a Mac to me....even an old eMac with Tiger on would be cool :) just to get my head around OS X, in time for my MacBook around January time :D
     
  7. golferjh3 macrumors newbie

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    Drop it out of a 10th-story window, post the video online and infuriate everyone on MR.
     
  8. tjwett macrumors 68000

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    keep it plugged into power and ethernet and make it a server. no monitor needed and you can just tuck it away somewhere.
     
  9. Foxglove9 macrumors 65816

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    I threw 2 macs in the trash. The rest I've sold and made some decent money.
     
  10. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

    CorvusCamenarum

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    Usually I sell it and put the money towards offsetting the cost of the upgrade. when I got my MBP in March, I donated my old iMac to the girlfriend. She's a convert now. :)
     
  11. iGary Guest

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    If it is beyond selling I throw em' in the dumpster.

    I'm an environment-hating Republican. :D
     
  12. nbs2 macrumors 68030

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    My PB is 2.5 years old and still trucking. I've got 1.5GB of RAM to still upgrade, and this machine is running fine (ok, a bit slower than I would like), so I imagine I can squeeze some more out of it. My last computer (a Vaio) I had maxed out the RAM by this time...

    When it does come time to get rid of this machine, I'll end up giving it to my kids to use as a learning tool, or use it as a living room machine. Either way, it'll stay with us until it dies (I still have the Vaio, and we still have our Kaypro, P133, Celeron 266 [they got it without my permission] and now the iMac G5 at my parents).
     
  13. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Shame on you iGary! ;) :p :D :)
     
  14. SamIchi macrumors 68030

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    My first mac was sold to a friend. Was kinda sad to see it go but my new MB is awesome. Atleast I know who has my first mac.
     
  15. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    you'd give it to me? please!!:) :)

    Anyways what I'd probably do with it is take it apart, i'm a tinker-er so i'd probably find uses for most things in it.:) pur-lease!
     
  16. aricher macrumors 68020

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    I have the exact same Mac as Kasel - 17" 1.33 but I upgraded mine to 2 GB RAM. It's seen me through a ton of traveling, on-site video editing, heavy file manipulation (3 GB Photoshop files), etc, etc. I'm going to make it last for another year or so and then turn it into a backup laptop/living room Mac. I really can't imaging getting much money for it a year from now. My older Macs (nearly 10 year old Power Computing clones - 604 processors) still exist as file and music servers. One in my house another in a friend's office. I also turned my Mac SE/30 into a Macquarium once the CRT died.
     
  17. aricher macrumors 68020

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  18. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    Stack em up in my room.

    I have this big pile of vintage Macs making a huge tower on a dresser in my room.

    I wish someone'd buy the suckers. :(

    Its a 6100, then 2 7100s, then a Beige G3, then an 8500.

    I also have a shelf with two empty Blue G3s, two working Blue G3s, and a Yikes G4.

    If anyones interested in purchasing, shoot me a PM. :D I could use the cash more than the Macs, I only really use my iBook and my Digital Audio G4.
     
  19. pink-pony115 macrumors regular

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    I just have a old pile of laptops sitting by my desk. That is their carpeted cemetery. ;)
     
  20. Dr.Gargoyle macrumors 65816

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    I plan to retire my PM MDD as a email/ftp server when I get a rev. B Mac Pro. The money I would get when I eventually upgrade just isn't worth the hassle and separation anxiety. ;)
     
  21. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Until recently my 7500 PowerMac was used to create sample loops that were transferred to my 5300 PowerBook for me to use for gigs. What changed was:
    We split up the band, the inverter went on the 5300 and then the 7500 died of a broken heart.

    My old iMac I gave to my folks, who have just upgraded to a Mac Mini.
    My wife has the old G3 PowerBook and my G4 Quicksilver is pretty much my music server.
     
  22. Dunepilot macrumors 6502a

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    Bartelby: I PMd you about music in Newport a while back and your experimental band was just about to begin. Sorry to hear it's over now - have you got a myspace for that band?

    By the way, do you post on Collective Zine? It seems like the sort of thing that may interest you.

    Back on-topic: I tend to keep my Macs forever, or find them a good home - like an elderly relative who's never had a computer before. I still keep promising myself that I'll either fix my old Lombard powerbook, or take it apart to sell as parts on eBay.
     
  23. bartelby macrumors Core

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    I'm in the process of redoing the band's website (when I can be arsed) and reorganising my MySpace page.

    Collective Zine? I've not heard of it before. I'll check it out shortly.
     
  24. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    You can also donate it to charity. There are a couple organizations online that will help you locate worthwhile local charities. I donated three computers to a local day care center, but I've also had good response from the National Cristina Foundation.
     
  25. bartelby macrumors Core

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    On a side note / off topic kinda thing.
    Any ideas what's wrong woth my 7500.

    It starts up with the correct chime. Then after a minute beeps then goes to a blue screen.
     

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