Worth Fixing Old Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bookwormsy, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. bookwormsy macrumors 6502

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    So my friend got a broken Macbook Pro from work that he gave to me. Its the A1226 Macbook Pro. Would it be worth fixing? Whats the value of the parts?

    It needs RAM, HDD, HDD cable, battery, charger, RAM cover and screws. I estimate I could get all of that for less than 100 bucks. Is it worth fixing?
     
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    if u can't afford anything else and it's indeed <$100 go4rit. Don't forget any App you may have to purchase for it.
     
  3. brop52, Nov 27, 2012
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    Apple might give you some of the screws if you ask at the Apple Store.

    The batteries are expensive though if you want a real Apple battery (+$100 on their own). The others are either counterfeit or bad copies but they may work (for a little while at least). It appears an Anker brand model has good ratings on Amazon and is $69.99. There are some knockoff generic branded ones for $21.99.

    iFixit has some great guides with part numbers for your machine. You might need to go on eBay to buy the other cables etc.

    You need PC2-5300. This Mushkin set for $47.99 would do fine. (Prices are going up on old DDR2 RAM).

    Any SATA I (or better) HDD (You are limited to 1.5 Gbps). Not many SATA 1 drives are sold anymore but you are looking at 40-50 for a 5400 RPM drive and 60s-70s for a 7200 RPM HDD.

    Looks like $49.99 plus $2.99 shipping for a 320GB Samsung 5400 RPM HDD

    $69.99 with free shipping for a Western Digital 320GB 7200 RPM HDD

    If you hop on ebates and sign up (use for Newegg cash back) you will get $5 off your first purchase and 2% cash back (bonus right now). If you need the special link PM me and I can send it to you.
     
  4. prisstratton macrumors 6502

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    I would not spend the time and $$$. The model number you have quoted comes with the ill-fated nVidia GeForce 8600M GT chip set.

    http://www.everymac.com/ultimate-mac-lookup/?search_keywords=A1226

    .....and it is not IF it will fail, but WHEN it will fail !!
     
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Give it a try, be aware that this model have the nVidia 8600GT ticking time bomb, and may very likely need a full logic board replacement further on.
     
  6. RSL macrumors regular

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    Totally. If what you say is true, then you could even sell it for a nice profit.
     
  7. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    How many people on ebay etc. would be aware of this? I think it would be a nice machine if it can be put back together again and sold for a nice profit.
     

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