How long has your Mac lasted?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Michael CM1, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I was talking to someone at work last night and she was mentioning how her 7-year-old Mac notebook was nearing death. Considering we also have some computers at work that run OS 8.2, it made me wonder how long these darn things last.

    I have a MacBook Pro that is nearing 2 years old. What are the longevities of the MacBook Pro and PowerBook owners here?
  2. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
  3. TarBuckI macrumors newbie


    Feb 2, 2008
    I just upgraded from a 15" PowerBook G4 1.25 that was 5 years old. My mom is now using it and it is still going strong. I had upgraded the disk drive, power cord, and battery, but everything else was the original. I now have an early 2008 MacBook Pro and hope it will last as long.
  4. Michael CM1 thread starter macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    That's awesome to hear. Mine runs pretty well, except when I want HandBrake to run faster. I'm hoping for it to last until Apple adopts Blu-ray, which is the only real game-changer I could see. I can upgrade to an SSD later on, and the CPU power and RAM capacity won't be bad for a few years (2.16Ghz, 3GB max).

    I just hope Mac OS upgrades aren't the resource-suckers than Windows "upgrades" were. The Tiger-to-Leopard upgrade went well, so here's hoping for a good Snow Leopard transition.
  5. sehnsucht77 macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2008
    my last Ibook lasted about 5 years until the screen and HD went kaput. I still have a G4 that is running ok although it is dreadfully slow. As long as you know how to handle your gear, it should serve you well for upwards of about 5 years during which I start thinking about an upgrade to keep up with more resource hungry applications.

    On a different note, I still have a 400Mhz Dell PC desktop working well as an MP3 server.
  6. gmanterry macrumors regular


    May 31, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Macs live forever if you take care of them.

    I have 26 Macs and 5 Apple IIs. They all work. Including an HD 20 hard drive I bought in early 1986. It was for my 'Fat Mac'. I used it until I bought a SE30. We thought we could never fill up a 20 Megabyte hadr drive. My son used the HD20 while he was in high school and it still runs. He is 33 now. He used it until I bought him a Mac Plus. All my old Macs still run and I've never had a hard drive crash either. I believe part of that is due to a fast rule I taught my son; never move a powered up computer. My fat Mac is 25 years old and it still runs. It is slightly discolored from time but it still runs.

  7. suburbia macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2008
    Terry: The "old" Macs may live forever, but I highly doubt these newer ones will...
  8. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    I've got a 5300ce, that I've had since Xmas of 1995, it's still tickin' but has difficulty getting out of the closet. I used Virtual Memory and RAM Doubler to get it to run faster, but seemed to have a placebo effect on the 5300ce and me...:eek:
  9. iMouse macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2002
    Boardman, Ohio
    Macs = Tanks

    Depends what you consider "newer". :D

    My Quadra 605 is still running...don't use it much, but it still works. Bought in 1993.

    PowerBook G3 Wallstreet (G3/233 - 12.1" Passive Matrix) died. It had multiple failures. I think every problem the Wallstreet was famous for, this one had. I still have it, but I'm done buying parts for it. Bought in 1998.

    My Blue & White Power Mac G3/350 overclocked to 450 is still kicking with Tiger on it. Bought this new in 1999.

    PowerBook G3 Pismo (G3/500) used as a wireless network penetration tester. Never replaced a single part except for a battery. This was bought around 2000.

    12" PowerBook G4/1.5 is connected to my 47" LCD and is streaming video through Front Row. Dual partitioned to act like a Mac or an Apple TV. Bought in 2004.

    Aluminum iMac C2D 2.4/800 and Aluminum MacBook 2.4 Unibody are current and purchased in 2008.
  10. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2006
    My old PowerMac is almost four years old. Sort of waiting for it to start spewing coolant but my fingers are crossed and I back it up regularly.

    My oldest Mac is a graphite slot loading iMac G3. It came loaded with System 9 but has X on it now. I can't remember which version it has. Whatever the last version that supported G3 procs.
  11. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    My old LC still runs (1991) and my SE (1989). Possibly my Mac Classic runs, but I've never bothered turning it on for forever. My folks have a 533MHz G4 running. The only Mac of mine that has died was my B/W G3 and that was cause I overclocked it and killed it :( . I still feel guilty about that.

    EDIT: So you know, the G4 is the oldest "useful" computer we still own.
  12. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    I've got an Apple //c from 1984 that still runs like it was new.

    But as far as my main Mac, my iBook G4, it's nearing 4 years old now, and it's doing alright. It's beginning to need a keyboard replacement, and the screen hinge is looser then it used to be, but it's still chuggin' along.
  13. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    I have a PowerPC 7500/100 that came with System 7.0.2 from 1995 and it's still in full working order! I think that's gotta be atleast fourteen years old now, if not more? :eek: Believe it or not, it still has the original 540Mb Quantium FireBall HD! lol There's is also a Macintosh SE30, still looking like new and fully boxed!.. It's still new but mostly because I ain't used it in many many years... Just wasn't into computing then.

    Technology those days we're hardcore!!

    Mmmm.... TV! :)
  14. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    the family eMac is now closing in on six years old! just upgraded it to Leopard (from Panther) and it runs much faster now... even though its unsupported (800 MHz):D

    my MacBook Pro (see sig) will be 3 years old this June... I have upgraded the RAM and hard drive (both worked fine- wanted more space and speed) and it still works like a charm. I hope the MBP lasts as long as the eMac has so far...
  15. timestoby macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2007
    north devon,uk
    id say any computer will last as long as you take care of it,unless the insides burn out etc.
  16. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    Similar here. I just replaced my 4.5 year old PowerBook G4 1.33 with a UB MBP 2.4, and then wiped the PB, installed Leopard on it and gave it to my wife as an upgrade on her 3 year old Sony Vaio.
  17. pwrmacg4 macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2009
    I know this thread has been about the longevity of laptops but I thought everyone would like to hear my story.

    I'm running a PowerMac G4 [AGP Graphics, OS X 10.4.11] with a 500MHz PPC processor and 512MB of SDRAM.

    If memory serves me right these were released on August 31, 1999. I bought it used at a giant E-Plex sale for about $200.

    It only has one USB port [the other broke off] and sometimes has issues powering up if there are too many devices that don't use their own power supply connected.

    But I can say that my G4 can run Photoshop CS2 and iTunes together better than any WinodwsBox I have used. And I've used plenty of them.
  18. 63dot macrumors 603


    Jun 12, 2006
    Apple II+ and IIe - 10+ years and then given away
    Performa 600 - 3-4 years and then given away
    PowerTowerPro clone - 2 years and then given away
    iBook rev. a - 9 years, but 5 years of regular use, then used as a backup for word processing
    Dual 500 Power Mac - 3 years, then used as a backup for graphics
    Mac mini, 1.42 G4 - 2 years, still main machine for everything
  19. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    I have a seven year old Dell Dimension 4400 (bought February 2002). It's not used every day, but boots up and runs fine.

    I'd rather use my Mac, but anecdotal evidence doesn't mean anything.

    Edit: I forgot, I also have a 1999 vintage Compaq Armada laptop. I last booted it up a couple of months ago. It also runs fine despite the cup of coffee I poured (accidentally) into it back in 2000. Unlike the Dell (which still feels as snappy as the last Windows PC I got from work), it's not much use for anything. It has only a 350MHz CPU.
  20. aG1 macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2009
    MacBook Pro - Almost 3 years old
    Upgrading in two years or when this one breaks.
  21. Nipz macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2006
    Amazing to hear! Congrats for keeping them alive and kicking! :)
  22. Pika macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2008
    You should get a new MacBook Pro every 6 months if you want to stay updated on the time line. I sold my last 1st generation (July 08) 17" MacBook Pro a month ago to get the new unibody 15" MacBook Pro.

    If apple release a new MacBook Pro model, i will sell the old to get the new.

    So to me, MacBook Pros only last 6 months.
  23. wonderbread57 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2008
    wow. you upgrade your entire laptop like rabid gamers update their graphics card.

    Have a question for you: How do you put up with having to move your data over and reinstalling everything every 6 months? Do you have any tricks to make the migration easy or do you just not have much data/photos/apps/etc?
  24. Thunderbird1 macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2006
    Titanium Powerbook G4 .500MHZ

    My going on 9 year old Titanium Powerbook G4 .500MHZ 30GB hard drive. 100MHZ bus is still going strong. However, purchased a Unibody Macbook pro 2.53 to replace it this year. Keeping it lean and mean as far as only needed apps has kept it going. Using Tiger 10.4.11 is as high as you can go with it. But still used for light duty things on our home network. Even make keynote presentations on it in class rooms. The new unibody MBP is the equivalent of the Titanium's time.
    The price of the G4 was 3200.00 and the price of the unibody MBP 2500.00. Be nice if the equivalent in 9 years is down another 500 to 2k.:D
  25. Pika macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2008
    I have my TimeCapsule to reinstall everything, plus all my folio, audio, photo & videos are stored on my 1T TimeCapsule.

    What's the best strategy for buying new laptops and selling old ones? If you usually buy a new computer once every five years or so and then sell your old one. Say spend $3000 for a new one and sell the old one for $300. Would be better off buying a new one every year and selling the old one each year? In other words, would you get more for the old one that it would make up for the depreciation in waiting five years?

    For my purposes, I'm talking about MacBook Pros probably.

    I'm guessing that I wouldn't come out ahead, but what would the premium be per year to always have a (relatively) new laptop vs an old one most of the time.

    To fully explain: which is better and why:

    1: Buy new laptop for $3000ish and sell five-year old laptop for $300ish
    2: Buy new laptop for $3000ish and sell it a year later for $???? Repeat every year or so. Would I be selling it for $1500? $2000? Less?
    3: Buy new laptop for $3000ish and sell it 6 months later for $???? Repeat every 6 months or so. Would I be selling it for $2000? $3000? Less?

    I've been doing this since the iBook Clamshell 300MHz

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