Bought 2010 Macbook pro 15" have questions for the pro's

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SoundMan, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. SoundMan macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2010
    Hi Everyone:)

    So I bought a used 2010 Macbook pro 2.4GHZ 4GB ram.

    My questions are about upgrading and fixing things so please bare with me.

    It seems the battery cycle is pushing 1340? Looking at apples site it should not last that long.
    Now looking on Ifixit they have this model below, Ebay has them for $40.00 including screwdrivers too. What is the best solution for replacing everything.

    I would like a higher mAh then the standard 9 hours Apple claims.'+battery&_sacat=0

    Lets talk about ram, I will be upgrading and getting the two 4GB sticks for 8GB total. OWC just doesn't have reviews on there ram? Can any members share the quality. World Computing/8566DDR3S8GP/

    I'm also missing the rubber feet? not sure what happened with the original owner. Talking with apple they don't sell them. Now the ebay kits don't even include the glue like the amazing writeup apple shows either.

    I'm really lost on where to buy the feet.

    I have other questions about replacing the Hard drive and making a bootable disc.

  2. zombiecakes macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2012
    buy the cheapest well rated ram at newegg or amazon, it doesnt need mac specific ram, buy the feet at amazon
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Don't buy anything but an apple replacement battery they are always more trouble than they are worth (swelling and doing terrible damage, bursting into flame, only lasting 2 hours after 3 months etc etc etc) a bigger battery won't fit in your macbook you must buy the correct one.

    Don't bother with RAM until you have an SSD this will be a much better use of your money for all your computing needs and you may well find that 4GB is fine depending on your use case.

    Rubber feet buy them if you can or make your own using SUGRU if not.
  4. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    I had(now passed on to parents) a 13in model from that year. My battery cycles went upto 1500ish before it started to act funny(shut down randomly, drop from 90% to 10%). Open the back and see if the battery is swolen on anything, if not you should be able to still use it until your replace it.

    As said above, I would personally just do it at the apple store. It was $150 for me and it is not worth saving $50-$70 for trouble in the future especially with the battery.

    What OS does it have installed?
  5. Thrifty1 macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2009
    As others have stated, be careful of 3rd party batteries as they can be problematic. I have had good luck with NewerTech batteries. But if the price difference is not too much I would stick with genuine Apple batteries. You will be happy you paid a little more if you want to ensure trouble free battery life for a few years.

    The best upgrade for that will be to replace the hard drive with a SSD. My mid-2009 MacBook Pro ran so much faster when I updated the hard drive last year. Like a new machine. Boot time was about 55 seconds with the hard drive. It dropped to about 20 seconds with the SSD.
  6. SoundMan, Aug 26, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2015

    SoundMan thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2010

    did you ever upgrade your ram? I bought this but now have been told it might not work.

    I haven't opened the computer yet either, Apple wants $150.00+ $20.00 to install the battery, also want $20.00 for doing the ram.

    I've watched all the videos and only need a Tri-wing screw driver & Phillips.

    It's running "Yosemite" now I'm lost on a bottable USB stick, I want a clean install but think I must pay $20.00 for Yosemite being it's registered to the other owner. My other apple computers already where running yosemite. So visiting apple may be my only option, never been good making recovery discs even on windows.

    Really want a good SSD, very lost on Intel and the series they make
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Crucial SSD's currently the best price/performance/stability option, for the 2010 MBP use the BX100 series.

    Use your other macs to create a bootable usb, there are literally 1000's of guides on how to do this online including a few on mac rumours.

    Get apple to do the battery but anything else you might as well do yourself.
  8. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I've replaced the battery on two 2008 MBPs, and RAM and all four feet on my current MacBook Pro.

    For the battery, get it from Apple or at least a reputable brand. I got a no-name Chinese battery and it swelled within a couple of months making the trackpad unusable unless you took the battery out and just ran it off AC. The 2008 is a little different to the 2010 as it has a special battery access door, but it shouldn't be too hard to replace (I've taken the battery out of my 2011 MBP before). You do need a tri-wing screwdriver though ideally.

    For the RAM, anyone like Corsair, OWC, Crucial etc should be fine. Make sure the person you buy from has a good refund policy as I've had RAM from very good makes which doesn't work and the Mac kernel panics on boot.

    For the feet, just buy four off eBay or Amazon. Shouldn't be too much, I replaced mine for £1.98. Scrape away any old residue and glue using something like glass cleaner and a cloth. Then, apply a tiny (I mean tiny!) dab of superglue to the foot and push it in, lining up the notch on the foot to the notch on the case. That should be sufficient.

    Make sure you leave it to dry overnight before reassembling the bottom cover! I didn't and it got stuck to the battery which took a lot of prying and cleaning to sort out.
  9. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    Yes, changed the RAM and to a SSD. Both the RAM & SSD are very easy to install, just make sure to take your time when doing these things. It is very easy to lose screws or pull on the HD cable to hard.

    I did the upgrade a few years ago and went with a OCZ Vertex. The Samsung, Intel and even Crucial SSD's are all great.

    There is a support document from Apple showing how to go about this :

    If you want something simpler, there is an application that will do it all for you :

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