Any of you preunibody guys still on your original 8600GT?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by puma1552, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. puma1552 macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    Make me feel better about possibly picking up a pre-unibody machine just because I want one to replace my air, even though I already have a unibody MBP as well. I just like the design, tell me happy stories.
  2. scottness macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2009
    Room 101
    Wish I could tell you happy stories...

    Every single one of the pre-unibody mbps I've owned have had bad clamshell locking hooks (whatever you call them). That's my only real complaint, besides speed.
  3. jsnuff1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2003
    Yea...been running mine since mid 2007 with no issues so far (and have been playing WOW on it and beating the GPU/CPU.

    Id be happy to sell it to you too when the new MBP's comeout.
  4. Auszero macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2009
    August 08 and still going strong. It has been used heavily for gaming and no video issues. Battery just took a dive though. :(
  5. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
  6. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    My early 2008 is still going strong on the original GPU.
  7. silencer88 macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2009
    Mine's still working great. Early '08 as well.
  8. DaveTheGrey macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2003
    My Dad's Santa Rosa MBP died a Logicborad death 4 weeks ago (unfortunately not the nvidea issue...)
    I have the same one, it's ok but the battery quite sucks and the fans go crazy when I recharge the battery (although I did the firmware update which should have fixed this problem)
  9. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    Anyone else?

    Everything in my body says "bad financial decision" but no matter how much I try to be happy with what I have and just forget about selling my base Air for a Pro (of whatever iteration) I just can't do it and always find myself looking at the pro lustfully. All that silver is so sexy too.

    The model I would be likely getting would be a 2008 model, model number MB133LL/A, with the 2.4/2/200 setup and LED backlit screen. These machines were sold in my pre-Apple days, so...

    1) Is there anything to look out for on these models sans graphics card or were they solid machines?

    2) Are they lacking any of the multitouch functionality of the pros?

    3) SL is no problem, correct?

    4) How much worse are the screens in terms of brightness/contrast/crispness compared to the unibody? I'm expecting them not to be as good, but I would still expect them to be pretty good, and not far off from the unibodies.

  10. Erasmus macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    Hiding from Omnius in Australia
    1) Yellow screen tint at the bottom, which seems to be pretty common (as both I have had have had it) but isn't really noticeable unless you're looking for it. Downside of reading stuff on forums. Make sure the lid closes nicely, both latch, and the screen doesn't bend up at the corners a lot.

    BATTERY. Mine is completely shot, need new one bad. Check the battery health, and do a battery calibration. Make sure it actually drains to 0% battery before it dies/hibernates, mine shuts down when it's still ~95% charged, lol.

    2) I thought SL was supposed to bring super multitouch to these machines, but it hasn't. Two fingers only, so zoom and scroll is fine.

    3) I'm running SL on mine, no probs. The 8600M GT doesn't do the video decode thing some of the others do (So don't expect a really long battery life watching movies), but does do OpenCL.

    4) Not a clue, but they are the same resolution, and still LED backlit, so I doubt whether you'll notice that much of a difference

    I dislike airs immensely. If you get this MBP, it will be noticeably faster than your air, and much, much faster in anything that requires a graphics card. What MBA do you have?

    BTW, my graphics card "died", well just became extremely slow. Turns out only one of the 16 PCI lanes was working, so it was just unbelievably bandwidth starved. Apple replaced the motherboard for free, but that extended warranty might be over now. My second has been working like a charm for 12 months now.
  11. hellric macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2010
    I'm running SL on my early 2008 MBP (Penryn 2.4) and my 8600M GT is running perfectly.
    I can play Bioshock in 1280x800 without problem.
    But I think I'll update soon if the new MBP release is not too bad ;)
  12. WHM macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2008
    My Feb 2008 was still working great when I sold it last week... I took out Apple Care and that is one of the things that helped me sell it... I am laptopless now waiting on the refresh ?
  13. smiddlehurst macrumors 65816

    Jun 5, 2007
    Where to start....

    Chassis: The non-unibody MBP is very prone to dents. I've dropped mine a grand total of once from a height of MAYBE six inches and the port for the magsafe is now noticeably buckled. The palmrest is prone to 'pitting', not sure why but on mine the right side of the rest is badly discoloured thanks to this (the left side is fine...). Top case doesn't always align properly with the bottom case when closed leaving a big gap between the two. Silver covering on the latch switch wears off over time. The construction method of the bottom case can result in creaking panels, especially on the right side of the laptop.

    Battery: Oh god, the headaches this has caused. The swelling / shorting battery issue that dogged pre 07 MBP's seems to be common in ALL pre-unibody machines. This can cause your battery to go from perfectly healthy to screwed overnight and can also be an intermitent problem so you may not notice it during testing on a second hand machine.

    Keyboard: Can be misaligned. This can be a cosmetic issue or may be more serious and cause some keys to respond poorly.

    Trackpad: Isn't that bad but the button can become clogged up with debris making it's way into the space underneath the button. Hopefully the owner took good care of the machine though.

    Heat: Make no mistake, pre-unibody machines get HOT. Even my 17" MBP gets uncomfortable to use on the lap, the 15" I had briefly got hot enough to be uncomfortable on the palmrest.

    Screen: As someone mentioned above, yellow screens were common on the first LED-backlit MBP's and not all were swapped out if the user didn't spot it. I was originally going to buy a 15" with LED backlighting and went through three of 'em before giving up and getting a 17" because of this issue. It's really noticeable, especially on full-screen web browsing and WILL annoy you.

    GPU: In off-the-record discussions with an Apple store manager I was told Apple expect all Nvidia 8600GT's to fail on these machines. When that'll happen will of course vary and I'm sure some will keep on going regardless but it's a huge problem and the odds probably aren't in your favour.

    That's just the issues I've personally experienced, I know there are others out there too. Personally I wouldn't do it, if you want to replace an Air the 13" MBP is, IMHO, a far better choice than any second hand pre-unibody MBP.
  14. theLimit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2007
    up tha holler, acrost tha crick
    My Early 2008 2.4GHz Penryn MBP has been flawless. I use it daily and play games in OS X and Windows via Boot Camp and have had no problems with the GPU. I had the original battery replaced after a couple months because it would no longer charge and System Profiler said to replace it after only 16 cycles. I just walked into an Apple Store and they swapped it on the spot, no questions asked. The new battery has been running over 18 months and still gets 3-4 hours. The only "problem" is that the silver on the latch button is wearing off.
  15. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
  16. noskill macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2007
    Had a early 2008 MBP (2.4 GHz) up until a couple of weeks ago. Was actually planning to sell it at some point in future after new models will be released. But that was one of those "I just want it" things with no real reasoning behind it -- MBP was more than enough for my needs, stable and smooth...

    ... up until logic board miserably failed one morning about a month ago. Now I'm laptopless and OSX-less and don't have any other choice than to buy a new one.

    Other than that it was a very good machine.
  17. Ca$hflow macrumors 6502


    Jan 7, 2010
    London, ON
    Mine still runs like a champ. I strongly recommend the purchase. Probably save a pile of cash.
  18. sikkinixx macrumors 68020


    Jul 10, 2005
    Rocketing through the sky!
    Nope. Battery has needed to be replaced twice, Logic board once, memory once and hard drive once. I'm a screen away from a new laptop! :p
  19. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    I have a pre-unibody but it's a Radeon X1600. Still works great.
  20. bushbeat macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2009
    MBP 2008/A1260/2.4/4G still going strong...

    1) Had issues with trackpad button and several keys. Topcase replaced.

    2) Full multitouch functionality

    3) SL ok

    4) LED screen ok, but 15" is not high res.
  21. psxtreme macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2009
    I have an early 2008 penryn 15" and it's still going strong almost two years later *crosses fingers*. I haven't had any problems so far. I game a bit, lately playing call of duty 4.
  22. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    What if I told you guys it was a brand new, never opened, factory sealed machine?

    And what if I told you they want $1900 for it?
  23. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    I would say "who's he kidding to ask that much?" Move on.
  24. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I'm still on my 2006 first generation MBP and I love it. None of the updates since have impressed me enough to replace it. Same optical drives, same screen resolution, slightly better processors, but lots and lots of hype when they're released. Perhaps the next update will be substantial enough to buy.

    I like the old design better as well by the way. I don't like the black keys on the new ones.
  25. Azmordean macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2004
    Silicon Valley
    I suspect for me the answer is no. Not long ago I had flickering and other screen issues. The fix was to replace my logic board. I suspect the 8600M GT bug but I don't have proof of that.

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