Looking to replace my dead MBP 2011 17"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by paulray, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. paulray macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2018
    Can someone advise what used MBPs to stay away from? I have a dead MBP 2011 quad core i7, baked the motherboard a few times in the oven and rescued it, but it only lasts a few months. Can I assume 2012 and newer do not have this issue? Any suggestions is appreciated.
  2. Adam.Kb2Jpd macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2018
    I would send it out to be repaired by an independent shop and in the meantime get an replacement Air with an i7.
    Does it have to be a laptop?
    Are you courageous enough to build a hackintosh?

    I use an Air at home but have GalliumOS on a Google Pixel Chromebook for work which is built better than the Air.
  3. paulray thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2018
    Tell me more... I have a win7 core 2 duo pc with ssd running macOS on VMWare. It is not very quick. I also have a newer ASUS i7 with 1TB running win10 that I rarely use. Is there a better way to do this than run macOS on something like VMWare?
  4. Adam.Kb2Jpd macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2018
    A Duo Core is not a promising start. You need plenty of CPU horsepower if you want to run virtual machines. You also need lots of RAM.

    Mininium is i7 with your SSD.
  5. paulray thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2018
    So i7 with SSD is it. I'm just watching vids on different ways to go about this. Any recommendations?
  6. SnoFlo macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2010
    I run OS X High Sierra in VMWare Workstation 12 occasionally on the laptop in my sig. It runs okay, but not as smooth and snappy like a native OS. Running video on it can induce lag sometimes. I seem to remember having better luck with a 6 core desktop running OS X in VMWare. Sadly, I think only another MacBook Pro or Hackintosh will do.

    I am sorry about your 2011 machine. I had one, and it was a classic, great machine. Best of luck!
  7. Adam.Kb2Jpd macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2018
    I wouldn't run MacOS on a virtual machine. It was meant to run on bare metal not on a emulation. It wants to see all that Mac hardware running with it.

    I run Mac and Linux just to do most of my web surfing. I don't do anything heavy like gaming or video editing.

    I run Win 10, Linux, whonix on an i7 MacBook Air.

    At work, I tote around with a old 2013 Google Pixel Chromebook i5 with about 32 G SSD (about $400 on eBay) and two 128 usb minidrives. I run GalliumOS 99% of the time with Tor Browser, Firefox, Chrome, and VLC. I do most of the same and it works for me.

    I find the Google hardware superior to the MacBook. High resolution touchscreen, okay audio, and it just works.

    To each his own I guess.
  8. jamisonbaines macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2007

    Ideally you buy your components with OSX compatibility in mind rather than trying to make it work on a prebuilt system. It's not really a great time to be building a hackintosh if you're on a budget though. GPU's have been sold out everywhere for months and memory prices are also inflated. I got into it last year and while it's been fun I've spent a lot on spare parts and it's not 100% reliable in some situations like wake from sleep and outputting audio via hdmi. I guess what I mean is that it's a great computer but only as a secondary computer.

    If you're looking at used I wouldn't buy anything older than 2013/Haswell.
  9. nigelbb macrumors 65816

    Dec 22, 2012
    I just built my first Hackintosh in 6 or 7 years & was amazed at how simple it was nowadays. An HP Prodesk 400 G1 with i3-4130 8GB RAM & 320 GB HDD cost me just £100 on eBay & I installed High Sierra without any hassle using Unibeast & Multibeast from tonymacx86.com. The audio is unsupported so I added a USB audio dongle for £6.95. I was amazed at how simple the whole process was. I just booted off a USB stick & didn't need to edit or frig about with anything it just worked OOTB including sleep. I have subsequently installed an SSD & upgraded to the latest version of High Sierra 10.13.3 plus set up triple boot with Windows & Linux. The system is smooth & fast & can be upgraded with an i5 or i7 if more CPU power is required

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