What to do with an extra MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ministerman, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. ministerman macrumors newbie

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    Before I get the plethora of "I'll take it" comments...

    I have a 3 year old Macbook Pro, and was recently given a 2 year old Macbook Air. My wife already had a Macbook Air, so now we have an extra. We do have an Apple TV - and I was wondering if I could use one of the MacBooks as a media center?

    If you had an extra, what would you do with it?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    [MOD NOTE]
    I'm just giving a preemptive note that we do not permit sales or give aways in the forums other then the marketplace. The OP is not looking to give the MBP away so lets not even ask.
     
  3. ministerman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! You are correct - I'm not looking to sell, i'm looking to use it in a most unique and awesome way!
     
  4. Beezy253 macrumors 6502

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    If you don't think you'll get much use out of the "extra", sell it.

    No use and letting it sit around, if it's only going to be used a few times a month.
     
  5. ministerman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's what I'm trying to do - trying to get some use out of it. Any suggestions for other uses for it in the home, such as a media center, etc.? I don't want to get rid of it, I would like to use it.
     
  6. raptor402 macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    There are many things you could do with a spare MacBook. Your idea of turning it into Media Centre is brilliant, but you'll need a good remote application to go with it (especially if you plan to use the air, which lacks an IR receiver).

    You could also set it up with an external display and use it as a family computer (that's what I planned to do with my old MacBook before its untimely demise at the hands of a bottle of coke). Of course, using a MacBook with an external display can be a bit unruly since you would want to keep the lid closed, forcing you to use an external mouse.

    If you are willing to go the extra mile(s), you could set up the Pro and the Air to keep most of your frequented applications and utilities in sync so that you are able to keep one laptop for work and the other for home.

    If nothing else works, you could simply use the MacBook Air as a knife.

    I hope you find a good use for the machine.

    Regards
    Raptor
     
  7. ministerman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Any good places to look for setting up one as a media center?

    Fortunately - I also have a Macbook Pro at the office, so technically I don't need it for work! Software ideas for media center stuff?
     
  8. raptor402, Dec 27, 2013
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    You can probably find some guides online. See this. It's a guide that uses Plex. You can also try out XBMC; my cousin can't praise the software enough for a Media Centre setup.

    The guide recommends an IR remote, but that's entirely optional. I would recommend a small keyboard with a built in trackpad (logitech had an offering the size of an iPad mini). You could also use your smartphone as a remote over WiFi (you could use a VNC app).

    Raptor

    UPDATE: The Logitech keyboard was called "DiNovo Mini wireless". It's about the size of a Samsung Galaxy Note. It's still available at some retailers, but is far too expensive at $100+.
     
  9. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    You could use it as a place to back up your important files.
     
  10. leman macrumors 604

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    You can put the OS X Server on it and use it for backups/network storage/router/media server whatever.
     
  11. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    Do you have a 2011, Sandy Bridge 13" MBP? You could add 16GB of RAM (if supported), a SSD and make it run probably way faster than your just earned Macbook Air :p

    My late-2009 Macbook with 8GB and a SSD is really fast in everyday tasks and I only perceive it's slower than my rMBP when I do intensive CPU tasks (like building Gimp from Macports or running algorithms in GPU with OpenCL).
     
  12. 24hrpizza macrumors member

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    Haha had not seen the Macbook Air knife. lol
     
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  14. amoda macrumors 6502a

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    I'd sell it. Computers are diminishing value assets, and whatever I could do with the extra laptop I could likely do better with a cheaper alternative. If you want a media centre, sell the laptop, buy an AppleTV or alternative and pocket the rest.

    Scroll down on the list of Forums. It's third under the Mac Community sublist.

    HOWEVER, from the rules: "Before you can access the Marketplace forum, you need a minimum post count of 250, as displayed in your User Profile, and you must have been a MacRumors member for at least 180 days (about 6 months). Posts in certain forums (e.g., the "Politics, Religion, Social Issues" and "Console Games" forums) do not count toward this total."

    I'm not sure if this only means you can see it but can't access it, or if you can't even see it until then.
     
  15. jkcerda macrumors 6502

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    seems it is both, see it & access it.thanks.
     
  16. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    I have an old Powerbook that I use whenever my MBP is in the shop. When it's not in the shop, it's purpose it to make DVD movies. Since Apple did away with that feature, I can create nice DVD movies on my Powerbook. I can do it on my MBP but I still have Final Cut Express.

    Other things I do with it is watch movies. If the power goes out, I can go to it to watch movies. Some times I listen to music on it.
     
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    You need to have 250 posts and 6 months of membership...
     
  18. jkcerda macrumors 6502

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    working on it, I wish there was a faster/easier way to verify things, but it is what it is.
     
  19. Doward macrumors 6502a

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    I will second this recommendation.
     
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