MacBook Pro Cost/Benefit to repair old, or sell and buy new?!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rywateska, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. rywateska macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2010
    I have used a Apple MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo (15.4-inch) for the past four years of college. In that time I've had it repaired once for some spillage, but other than that nothing has been done. The laptop has recently been showing serious age. I don't have a ton of extra cash, and was wondering if it would be smartest to A) Buy piecemeal repairs, and fix this one or B) sell/scrap this and purchase something new. I don't know the numbers enough to do a cost-benefit, so any help would gladly be appreciated!


    Apple MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo (15.4-inch) Bought in Summer 2006

    • Track pad seems to be breaking/broken ($ fix cost?)
    o Does not click appropriately
    o Frequently messes up typing when barely touched
    o Extremely finicky​

    • Screen sometimes displays lines of messy black lines in the middle of images with no rhyme or reason ($ fix cost?)
    o What in the world could be causing the screen to display improperly in lines?
    o Is this a video card failure?
    o Is memory too low?
    o Is it the logic board​

    • The battery is 100% dead and useless ($ fix cost?)
    o Laptop must be plugged in to work​

    • Slow, and seemingly inconsistent performance ($ fix cost?)
    o Memory/ram was never updated
    o Safari has to be opened twice to work, first time it always just sits there
    o Microsoft Office 03 applications run at a snails pace​

    • Still running original 2006 OS as well as all old OS applications ($ fix cost?)

    • Case shows signs of use along edges with separation ($ fix cost?)

    Also, if there are any ideas on what this would sell for, or a total cost to get it into solid running (and lasting!) shape would be awesome. I'm at wits end trying to budget for all this - thanks!
  2. kny3twalker macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
    From what you are describing, there is no way that its worth fixing. What remains undamaged?

    You need a:

    Screen/possibly logicboard
    Trackpad (and possibly keyboard)
    Bottom Case
    Upgrade OS/possibly applications
    Upgrade Memory

    It basically means you wore the computer out. Its time to buy a new one.
  3. z125 macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2010
    What to do all depends on your budget and your goals, but the computer's probably not worth fixing. If you want to use this computer basically as a desktop (since no battery), then:

    The lines are from your graphics card, maybe it ran too hot for too long. If you can live with it I'd say don't worry about it. Otherwise, there's no good solution for you since your replacement money would go further on a new system.

    For your trackpad issues I would use an external mouse. Disable the trackpad entirely if necessary.

    For your performance issues install a fresh copy of snow leopard and I'm sure it will be like night and day. A legitimate copy of SL is $29 so if you want to keep the computer around you can't go wrong with a fresh OS install. For your office 03 issues, not much to say there. Even in the best case it won't run fast for you. You can get more ram if you want but definitely put a fresh OS on first.

    Don't get a battery since the knockoff ones are hit or miss and an apple replacement is $$$$.

    Your computer could maybe sell for $300 at the top end if you aren't in any hurry to sell. Personally if I were in your situation (I somewhat am since i have a mbp with dead/no battery) I would keep the computer plugged in around the house and use it that way after doing the above.

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