Macbook pro with broken usb ports worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PatrikL, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. PatrikL macrumors member

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    Hi! i've been offered to buy a used macbook pro 15" unibody 2,8ghz, 4gb ram etc. for $825

    The only thing is that he has probably fried the usb ports when he connected a scanner and something happend.
    None of the usb ports work but everything else works lika a charm.
    My though was either is someone can solder a new usbpower chip to the logicboard from a defective one.
    Or I'll just buy a Expresscard with usb ports on it.

    Do you think its worth it?

    //BR
    Patrik
     
  2. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

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    $700!!!
    not bad, if its still under warranty take it to apple to be fixed.
    if its outside of warranty it would require a logic board replacement....easy $1000
     
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    HIghly unlikely that anyone can repair the usb port without replacing the logic board - don't forget these boards are machine assembled and not designed to be repaired.
     
  4. PatrikL thread starter macrumors member

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    Its outside warranty =/ so maybe it isnt worth it then.
    Trying to talk into myself that i dont use the usb ports so much but :)

    My hope was to buy it and then try to solve the problem (i'm hoping that it isnt a fried motherboard) but probably it is

    //P
     
  5. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

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    if you could take the mbp to the apple store you would find out exactly whats wrong.
     
  6. PatrikL thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah ofc, but i've bought it yet.
    So its a little chance taking.
     
  7. MikeyJ57 macrumors member

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    Don't waste your money. Something else will come along.
     
  8. UbuntuFu macrumors regular

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    If everything else is in good shape, it's not a bad deal. especially if it still has the Expresscard. I probably wouldn't get it if it was my only computer though.
     
  9. ClassicII macrumors 6502

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    Tell him 650 and its a deal.

    Seriously.


    Its not that bad, you can still use firewire or like you said use an express card.
     
  10. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816

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    If you think this is like replacing the two ICs on an SSL J9000 mixing console when the compressor doesn't work on a channel, you are going to be in for a terrible surprise.

    Buy it but don't expect the USB to be a simple fix.
     
  11. PatrikL thread starter macrumors member

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    I had miss calculated the price of the macbook it is $825. (I'm from sweden so the prices is a little diffrent here)
    A new macbook of the same model cost ca $1563 used.

    So what do you think? i need to decide today.
    //P
     
  12. Christianallen macrumors newbie

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    I would say "no."

    Think about it... $825. That's just shy of the price of a brand new Macbook, with WORKING USB ports.

    Now, obviously, other solutions exist: firewire, express card... but sooooo many devices and situations rely on USB. Obviously, you'd have to live with it---you would get used to it.

    But that $825 (a healthy sum of money) is $825 that WON'T be going to a better computer. One that actually has working USB ports.

    You can find a refurbished 13" MBP for $929. A refurbished Macbook would be LESS than $825.

    Also, what happens when something ELSE on this computer goes wrong. When it's out of warranty. And you can't use it anymore. Now you've wasted $825 on a computer that might not be able to be repaired, AND was handicapped the whole time you had it!

    Just save up and buy a new machine. Or, use that $825 to buy a refurb. That actually works. With an actual warranty.
     
  13. apple.gr macrumors regular

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    Say no.

    Patience and with a little more effort you can buy the current line as used with a little more money!
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The 15" 2.8GHz model is the top-end configuration; it's a good deal, but that depends on whether or not your can weather through without any USB ports. You could buy it and take it in, have the ports checked; sometimes it's just bad grounding.
     
  15. kernkraft macrumors 68020

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    If it's outside warranty or if it has been tampered with, DO NOT bother. It's not worth it. It's just too crippled and too risky.
     

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