Macbook off Craigslist help

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Hauss316, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. Hauss316 macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2008
    I can get a new white macbook (not the ones that just came out) for $400 but there is a catch. Macbook works fine except it wont charge the battery. The owner told me she spilt water on the charging port and it wont charge the battery but works fine with everything else. Is this something I can repair? Any advice?
  2. eman macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2007
    In the great white north
    This is a very common problem with macbooks that have had a liquid spill. The charging system is in the logic board. Also, the battery connector may be bad. Could be other issues.
  3. eidrunner247 macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2006
    I would probably stay away for $400, offer him 200, see if he bites.
  4. Hauss316 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2008
  5. G5power macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2005
    I would be very concerned if it is the logic / system board. That could cost far more then what a used Macbook is worth.

    At best what you have for $400 is a small (non portable) Apple with a built in screen. In other words if you never need to go portable it might have some value, but I wouldn't pay $400.
  6. Hauss316 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2008
  7. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    Very unlikely...if liquid was spilt in the magsafe connector area it may just be the Magsafe/dc board which is cheap and fairly easy to replace.

    If I was betting then I would say that the logicboard is damaged.....

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