Should I fix this MBP, or buy new?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Green2Delta, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. Green2Delta macrumors member

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    First I'd like to say that I'm not a mac user, but I'd like to become one (the only apple product I own at the moment is an iPod touch). Now, I have the oppertunity to buy a broken MacBook Pro for relatively cheap, but I'm curious to know how much cash I would have to lay down to get this thing working. Given the problems mentioned in the ad I posted below, I would assume I would need to get new hardware (processor, motherboard, RAM, hard drive). Am I on the right track thinking this? Or am I way off? Anyone know how much fixing this would set me back, or if it would just be better to get a new one.

    The ad in question:
    Not sure if this would be a hardware fix or not. TIA
     
  2. Castaway macrumors newbie

    Castaway

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    From the pictures, apart from the hard disk being dead, I don't think there's anything else wrong with this one.
     
  3. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    Hard to tell for sure, but that doesn't look like that much damage to be causing anything serious. Maybe the hard drive is just dead?

    Kind of a gamble, but if you can boot up from the CD like that, it would seem like 99.9% of the computer is working fine.

    I wonder if you could install OS X to an external drive? Probably kind of hard to get the seller to do to much, or they might realize that THEY should fix it...

    At that price, I think you could part it out and still break even. it's going to cost you about $200 total for a charger and battery, but you are still under $1,000 for vs $2,500+ for a new (faster) 17". If the hard drive is bad, it will cost another $120-$150.

    Assuming the guy is on the up-and-up, and if you can afford it, I would go for it at that price...
     
  4. masse macrumors 6502a

    masse

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    That is so ****ing lucky.

    It just needs a hard drive. Had the same problem with my powerbook that I got for cheap.

    if you dont buy it i will.
     

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