Broken MacBook Pro - Worth it to fix before selling?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ThatOnetDCSGuy, May 22, 2015.

  1. ThatOnetDCSGuy macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2015
    Hi guys, first post!

    I have a question about selling my old MacBook Pro. Computer was working fine (albiet a little beat up) but the battery was trash. I purchased a new battery and installed it but the laptop doesn't recognize it. When I turn the computer on while plugged into an outlet I now get the Folder/Question Mark icon, so I'm hoping it didn't mess up my 750GB hard drive I had in there too.

    Anyways, I just wanted to ask, is it worth it to invest the money to fix it (personally), part it out, or to just sell it AS-IS for parts.
    I know when I purchased it I maxed it out, and that it was the last version of the MBP they made with a matte screen (not sure if that's desirable; it was to me), and the screen is flawless. Below are the stats:

    MacBook Pro 15" (mid 2010)
    Model# A1286
    15" Matte Screen (1680 x 1050)
    2.66GHz Intel Core i7
    8GB 1067 MHz DDR2 Memory
    750GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
    Intel HD Graphics with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM and Nvidia GeForce GT 300M with 512MB of GDDR3 SD RAM

    Thank you for your help!
  2. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Do you know how to fix it? Then you can do it and sell it for more $$$
    If not, sell it "As Is" for less $$$
    It is up to you.
  3. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Did you try installing the original battery to check if it starts? Or did you try clean-installing Snow Leopard?

    Perhaps it has nothing to do with the batteries, but something messed with the filesystem - perhaps a defective HDD. A brand new hd is pretty cheap and selling a working Mac would definitely increase its value.
  4. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    Apple battery or fake?

    As suggested have you tried putting the original batt back in?
  5. ThatOnetDCSGuy thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2015
    I'm going to try the original batter0y to see it it'll work. But it's bloated beyond all reason (borderline dangerous). Do know how to fix it such as replacing the batt if necessary, or HD, and I'm also willing to sell it as-is, I'm just not sure which one is the better decision, what's worth more?

    And it is a 3rd party battery, but that's what I've always purchased and I've never had a problem before.

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