What to Check Before Buying a Used Mac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by CRAZYBUBBA, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. CRAZYBUBBA macrumors 65816


    Mar 28, 2007
    I'm buying a mac locally and want to know what i can check to make sure everything is okay.

    Here is the list I have so far:

    1. Run the apple hardware test
    2. Confirm that the specs are as advertised
    3. Import songs from a CD
    4. Play a dvd movie

    Anything else?
  2. ab2650 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2007
    What type of Mac would directly affect how I was to test it.

    For instance, a Alu. iMac I would stress the 3D and see if I could get it to freeze. I would check idle temperatures on older revision Macbook and MBPs as well as battery life (cycles, health). Check for dead pixels. Screen Yellowing. Random Reboots... Basically a laundry list of every complaint that people have had on the forums for a specific model.

    Check SMART data on hard drives. Maybe a memory test, but I'm not sure of a tool for that*.

    * I've never run the Apple Hardware Test. It's possible these are covered in it.
  3. mankar4 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2007
    make sure boot times are reasonable and you can account for all missing HD space.

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