what to do with a broken macbook pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by darthwouter, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. darthwouter macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2008
    Recently one of my friends broke his 1.8 ghz core 2 dou mbp (cracked screen still semi usable, missing keys)
    I was hoping on making it into a kind of desktop computer i only use at home. I just wanting to know if there was anyway to use it in only clamshell mode.
    Also if you guys have any other ideas as to what i should do with it PLEASE state them.
  2. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    hook it up to monitor and see what happens. it will tell you pretty quickly weather it's usable for anything.

    other than that, the RAM is probably worth something and having extra HDD never hurts.
  3. upaymeifixit macrumors 6502a


    Feb 13, 2009
    Or you could sell it for parts.

    I too would recommend InsomniaX with another keyboard and mouse. Also, if you plug in an external monitor, it will wake the computer and not detect the laptop screen. I would recommend looking for a screen replacement and use it next to another Mac, and using Teleport.
  4. jonnytruant macrumors member


    May 15, 2008
    West Chester, PA
  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    If the logic board is working, you could make a fair bundle of money selling that too. Even the case if undamaged ought to bring in a bit.

    However, the whole is always worth more than the sum of its parts. If the screen and keys are all that is wrong with the machine, buy a used display for ~$200 and a set of keys for ~$10 and sell the machine as a whole, or keep it. It's probably worth around $1100 working.

    (Sorry, my numbers may be a little wonky. I'm trying to convert from Canadian to US dollars as I go.)

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