Broken 2011 MBP... is buying one for baking worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by brdeveloper, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010

    I found an interesting offer of a broken 15" MBP for just $200,00. It doesn't come with RAM and HDD, but will come with battery and charger. I think it's a good opportunity for testing the baking experiment. In the worst case, I think I can recover the investment by selling parts separately.

    What do you think? If everything works as expected, I'll use it for running day-long computing experiments and also as a HTPC. Nothing that requires high reliability.
  2. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
  3. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2009
    Baking is bull ****, reflowing is bull ****, reballing is bull ****.

    The chip is dead. You can fix it by replacing it, or you can bring it back to life by heating the dead chip up for a day, or a week, or a month.

    Buy it if you want to, just understand that the chip is dead so that you make an informed decision. If you're reading silly myths started on forums by armchair experts who don't work in the real world about how the problem is the solder joints and not in the chip, you will be severely disappointed when baking lasts you two days into GPU accelerated decoding of high definition video.

    Truly, I have killed reballed chips playing 360p youtube videos on display.
  4. Potatochobit macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2011
    the computer is already missing the hard drive and RAM

    IF the 2011 is dead most likely it is the logic board or GPU
    those are the only 'valuable' parts that people want

    dont even bother with this unless you have a 2nd one to combine parts with

    also, using a mac as a HTPC is stupid.
  5. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

    Aug 28, 2009
    Many, many people, including myself will disagree with you on this.

    I used a Mac as a HTPC for the past 5 years now.
  6. JoelTheSuperior macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2014
    London, UK
    Whilst I don't agree with his comment I suspect he means in the sense that it's more cost effective to get a cheap PC and just run XBMC on it.

    Personally I'm not a fan of that route but to each his own I suppose.
  7. Potatochobit macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2011
    MAC OSX does not natively support AC3 NOR BLURAY
    your HTPC is already terrible

    you can steal or pirate AC3 or other audio codecs or choose to pay for them, no matter your solution it is a compromise or inferior.
    There are not exactly "great" video playing software choices on MAC, most have been full of bugs.

    using a LAPTOP as an HTPC is stupid
    it does not exactly hold alot of hard drives

    and using a MAC as an HTPC is stupid, especially since you can build one with PC parts for MUCH cheaper unless you already own the parts, then whatever floats your boat

    not trying to be mean here, just being realistic
    selling off your old mac parts is probably a better investment
  8. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

    Aug 28, 2009
    Oh it's the Blu Ray argument. Whatever.

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