Faulty Macbook Pro Purchase

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ochire, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. Ochire macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2008
    Hey everyone

    My buddy has a macbook pro that I might purchase off him. It's over a year old, and has no warranty. He took it in and they told him that he has a corrupted hard drive and a faulty optical drive.. all of which he'd need to replace. He says that these are the only faults.

    Do you think it's worth purchasing, and how easy would it be to replace these items? I also assume i'd need to buy the os and stuff.

    Also, what do you think would be a fair price for the unit, and what's the cheapest i can get the parts needed to fix it?

    I only have a couple days to buy it so quick replies would be massively appreciated.

  2. noodle654 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
  3. Ochire thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2008
    I got some new details.

    The optical drive got broken when something fell onto it. When you turn on the computer, the drive (I assume it's the drive) makes a horrible grinding sound.

    The hard drive corrupted randomly mid work. When you turn on the computer, the gray screen loads, there is the apple logo.. and then it goes to a black screen where it's like a terminal where it says something about rootdisk. You can type stuff in.

    That's it.

    How much is what?
  4. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    The Netherlands, Europe
    In my opinion you should not buy it. I think in the future this MacBook will give more problems and will cost you a lot. Don't do it.

    Just my thoughts.
  5. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
    ...how much is he asking for the computer
  6. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
  7. Ochire thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2008
    That's the point.. it's kinda up in the air. He thinks he can get $500 on ebay.. But I mean, I want to know how much you guys think it's worth!
  8. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    The HD is an easy fix, and likely only needs a working optical drive to fix.

    Or booting into safe mode, single user, etc.


    The optical drives are rather expensive for these machines, since they are the lowest profile 9.5mm slot loaders. Probably 150-200...
  9. ricpac macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2008
    Better get a new one to save you from the worries of buying that old problem-full macbook.
  10. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    Well is it a 1st gen MBP? I wouldnt buy it.

    I might if its a 2nd or 3rd. What are the specs on it?

    Repair it and then resell it.
  11. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    It sounds like the display is the only major component in the computer that you can safely assume is problem-free. I wouldn't consider paying any more than about $200 for it. eBay prices are inflated and $500 is unreasonable in the real world.
  12. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    I guess the main question is -- how do you KNOW that the optical and the hard drive are the only things wrong with it? Anything dropping on the machine with enough force to damage the optical drive through the chassis, will have dented the case, and possibly damaged the logic board as well.
  13. Ochire thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2008
    My friend says that the optical drive broke long before the hard drive gave up.. I think it's a first gen. There is a dent in the case.
  14. mox123 macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2007
    $500 is too much for it....get it for no more than $200...take it apart and sell the parts and LCD screen :)
  15. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    meh 1st gens are not worth it. buy it for a really low price and part it out.
  16. steinlager macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2007
    I say don't buy it. Pretty soon you'll have a broken screen, dead pixels, etc. Treat yourself for being cautious by buying yourself a brand spanking new 2.6 MBP ;)
  17. woodekm macrumors 65816


    Feb 24, 2008
    What are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd gen breakdowns?

    How can you tell what (gen) you have?


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