What to Check Before Buying a Used Mac?

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

  1. CRAZYBUBBA macrumors 65816

    CRAZYBUBBA

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    #1
    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

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    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

    mankar4

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

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