a new macbook pro! ...sort of

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shamguy4, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. shamguy4 macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2009
    so my father has a macbook pro sitting in his closet... turns out he doesn't need it and never opened it and it just sat there...
    its from mid 2010

    now i discovered it, freaked out, and told him he should give it to me.
    i doubt we can return it and update it to a new one... even if its never been opened.

    so here are my questions:

    is the i5 3mb cache still good?
    and its from mid 2010 so if I install lion will it have problems cause I've heard a lot of problems with lion and computers from this time. especially if my graphics card is nvidia gt 330 which it is.
  2. jmjoh122 macrumors member


    Oct 8, 2011
    It's all relative. Depends on your needs...
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Yes, the i5 is still good, but it also depends on your computational needs.
    I have an iMac from 2007 and an MBP from 2009 and both serve me very well, though I use them extensively with video editing and compositing applications.
    A 2010 MBP is more than fine for consumer usage.

    I don't know about Lion, as I don't use it. It is too dumbed down for me.


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  4. shamguy4 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2009
    im a graphic designer and i work with photoshop and illustrator
  5. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    I would be concerned about the battery... might have to replace it, if it was really sitting around idle for 1.5 years.

    Everything else should be fine, it's a great machine! How can it not be good enough, if the alternative is not having a laptop?
  6. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    My 2007 iMac and 2009 MBP can do that too.
  7. shamguy4 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2009
    does the warranty start from when we bought it?
    or when we open it?
  8. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
  9. JamesGorman macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    Is it the 2.4ghz or the 2.53 ghz model? With 10.7.2 out now the issues that were present with lion should be almost non existent. The battery should be fine. I don't think the health will have deteriorated that much. That is still a very capable computer. Id be happy with it.
  10. shamguy4 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2009
    2.5 ghz

    if i keep it and open it now i have a few questions. if i plug my time machine in and it asks if i want to use it, do i say yes or no. I don't want to lose my old stuff in fact i want to bring a few folders over. not all of it just a few...
  11. VMMan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    If you're going to buy Lion, then I would say dont migrate.

    Download Lion from the App Store. Google how to make a USB install flash drive for Lion. Boot from USB to a fresh Lion install, then this time migrate from your other Macs Time Machine or directly from that Mac.
  12. shamguy4 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2009
    the mac that i have now has lion?

    im not sure i understand what you mean?
    i own lion on one mac. this new mac does not have lion and i want to install it.

    after i do that and i see it works well and is not crashing i want to start placing some folders from my old mac. i only need a few folders so i guess i would just copy/paste via a hd
  13. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Terms for the Mac App Store are tied to your Apple ID. If you bought Lion, you have Lion for any machine you authorize with that Apple ID.

  14. VMMan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    No, your "new" 2010 MBP does not have Lion and that's my point. However you want, make a Lion install USB flash drive or install CD. Boot from the flash drive or CD, make a fresh Lion install and then migrate your data.

    If you don't do all this, then the more common alternative is that you start your 2010 MBP and migrate your data, then go to App Store and upgrade to Lion.

    My suggested first method is IMHO better, because you get a fresh Lion install and not an upgrade.
  15. vsighi macrumors 6502


    Jun 22, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    I have a mid 2010 with Lion upgrade and is fine. :D
  16. shamguy4 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2009
    ok i have lion on a usb drive (i put it on a usb when i downloaded it for my mac long ago when it first came out. this way i don't have to download it over and over...)
    but how do i boot into it and make a clean install?
  17. Ant.honey macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    New York City
    Dog helps those who help themselves. SEARCH.
  18. Queen of Spades macrumors 68030

    Queen of Spades

    May 9, 2008
    The Iron Throne
    Hold "option" when you restart the MacBook Pro. The USB should come up if it's bootable. Select it, and then it'll take you into the Lion setup.

    If you want to completely erase the boot drive and install Lion clean, then go to Utilities, Disk Utility, and then select the boot drive. Format it, rename it if you wish, then exit out of Disk Utility.

    Continue with the Lion install. It's really straightforward.
  19. Spadoinkles macrumors regular

    May 5, 2011
    So does my Late-06 Whitebook :D

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