What to do with used 'n abused MBA Rev A?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Grizzly Adams, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    May 20, 2008
    When my Rev A MBA really began to break down I replaced it with an MBP. The hinges and audio were shot. I took it with me to school (university) almost everyday in my backpack and not landing on my two feet every time while skating to and from home and class took it's toll on the machine.

    Well, I decided to give it to my younger siblings as something to use for typing their homework and what not. It received even more abuse. The display now flickers and is pink or blue depending on the angle of the lid.

    Needless to say, while working, it's not very useful at this point. Any ideas on what to do with it (parts, project, etc.)?
  2. macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    Turn it into a desktop?
  3. macrumors 68000


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    Give ya a hunerd bucks for it. I'm gonna build something cool out of an air... moonheads@gmail.com
  4. macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2008
    eBay - declare its faults properly - someone will give you a couple of hundred for it.
  5. macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    I take it no AppleCare? Mine wasn't physically banged up but it did have the hinge issue, I got it spruced up under AppleCare recently, did a clean install of Snow Leopard on it, and now it's fine.
  6. macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2010
    Richmond, VA
    Sounds like you got your moneys worth out of it. Take it to your county waste transfer station. They accept hazardous waste and usually have a bin specifically for used electronic devices and computers. These devices contain heavy metals and other toxins and should NOT be tossed out with normal household trash.
  7. macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2007
    Say what? I'd take it happily before it goes to the dumpster.

    I still haven't bought my first computer and after today it'll be a good while. I'm completely unimpressed with the iPad...
  8. macrumors 65816


    Apr 1, 2008
    Dartford, UK
    I'd quite happily offer you some money for it (>$100). PM me with some photos if you're interested.
  9. thread starter macrumors member

    May 20, 2008
    Thanks for the input so far guys, I'm definitely not tossing it. I'm thinking that I can probably at least do something with it or from the parts, not sure what yet though. Any suggestions or ideas would be great.

    I'll let the people in here know if I decide to sell it soon.
  10. macrumors member

    May 20, 2005
    I used my old PowerBook as a download machine. It has a faulty LCD as well so i just leave it connected to the network, minus the battery. It sits there managing my downloads and leaves my other MBP free to do other things.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2009
    You can always use it as a torrent/server machine. Granted, since the best LAN connection you can squeeze out of it is about 480Mbps (USB) and you'll have to share that with some sort of external hard drive, it won't be a super fast server but it's still decent.

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