Is it worth trying to save?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dcentity2000, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. dcentity2000 macrumors member

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    I hope this is in the right forum...

    My MBP has served me well all this time. It's a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo model.

    Recently it's started failing bit by bit. The optical drive went first - no burning then no reading. Then the battery went. It now lasts 5 minutes - if I'm lucky. Now it hangs routinely, sometimes whilst booting, sometimes a few minutes into use. Often the screen image corrupts as well. No two crashes are the same.

    Everythng, thankfully, was backed up.

    My question is do I try to repair (is that even possible?!) or do I save for a little while and upgrade to another, current, MBP?

    TIA!



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  2. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    As Long As You Have

    TM backups, then the decsion to repair /upgrade is yours....Sounds to me as though you have multiple logic board issues.


    I'd back up, and buy new...
     
  3. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    I'll probably cost a fair bit to repair if you're unable to do it yourself. Personally, I'd do a bit of saving and go for a new or recently refurbished model.
     
  4. ml.sail1 macrumors regular

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    I would echo saving up for a refurb as suggested above, great machines used less than 14 days in most cases (if returned), just not in retail packaging.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I agree that it's probably time for a new computer. Your situation reminds me of a car I once had a love/hate relationship with. When it was running, I loved it. When it wasn't, I hated it. When it got to the point that my mechanic spent more time with it than I did, it was time for a new one! I also agree that a refurb model is a very viable option.
     
  6. orvn macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like an array of hardware issues. Until you mentioned the screen artifacts I would have thought it to be hard disk damage (which it could still well be).

    If you can find an extra 2.5" HDD somewhere, I'd test that out with a fresh install of OS X.

    [If that fails] depending on how intolerable the issues are and whether or not you have Applecare (I'd assume you don't) I'd part out the working parts of the machine and sell it on Craigslist.

    The sum of these parts can really add up.
    http://www.ifixit.com/Device/MacBook_Pro_13%22_Unibody_Mid_2009
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You assume correctly, since the OP's Mac is over 3 years old.
     
  8. dcentity2000 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the quick and informativelies everyone! Looks like the Apple Store will be on the receiving end of some of my cash pretty soon!



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  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Informative lies????
     
  10. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Passive agressive hostility? He has been told to spend some $$$. :D
     
  11. dcentity2000 thread starter macrumors member

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    Um no... Looks like my iPad auto correct thing is having fun :/



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  12. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    You should be up for a free logic board replacement. Google Apple + Nvidia
     
  13. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Either way, the first thing to do would be to save as much as you can from your boot disk to an external HDD, assuming you have anything there that you value.
     

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