Wowow Bought Cheap MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Willaay, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. Willaay macrumors newbie

    Willaay

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    So, I was browsing eBay last week, and I came across a $200 MacBook that had red wine spilled all over it. Being me, I bought it. When it arrived, it didn't turn on (no shock), the battery didn't charge, (no shock), and the magsafe light was green, but very very dim (again, no shock). So I opened the top case, got some rubbing alcohol and Q-tips, and after scrubbing around inside to get off the red sticky stuff, I took out the magsafe board, and cleaned it. To my surprise, when I plugged in the charger, the light was bright green! I put everything back together, put the battery in, and I let it charge. While it was charging, I went to best buy and bought 2GB of ram for the thing. (It came ramless).

    So I came home, put in the ram, and turned the puppy on. It started! The old person's stuff was still on it, so I couldn't get into the desktop, but after some googling, I found some commands that let me make my own user without having the person's password. The only downside is, the keyboard and trackpad don't work, so I've ordered a new one. But with an external mouse and keyboard, it works 100% perfectly. SO, here's what I paid for a white 13" MacBook.

    $200.00 - MacBook/Charger/Battery
    $3.00 - Rubbing Alcohol
    $0.00 - Q-Tips (already at home hehe)
    $61.15 - MacBook Topcase
    $60.00 - 2 GB ram
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    $324.15 for a very nice macbook!

    I'm a very lucky guy!
     
  2. Spock macrumors 68000

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    Good to hear you got such a good deal for just a little work, I have thought about doing the same thing but I'm afraid I would not be able to fix it. Good luck with the keyboard and trackpad.
     
  3. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816

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    Not bad but if it dies you are out 324.16.. good luck
     
  4. messedkid macrumors 6502

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    Very nice!

    Although, you haven't added in the cost for the new keyboard and trackpad you ordered. :)

    Still, very nice find!
     
  5. MacManiac76 macrumors 65816

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    I'm pretty certain that's what the MacBook Topcase is. ;)
     
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  7. Willaay thread starter macrumors newbie

    Willaay

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    Even without the trackpad and keyboard working, I love this thing! I'm typing on it now.
     
  8. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    Nice deal dude. Specs of the machine? (Other than ram, obviously we know that ;))
     
  9. Jay42 macrumors 65816

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    Much respect for putting a little sweat and elbow grease into something and keeping it out of a landfill!
    I know they're recyclable, but not everyone disposes properly and some of it still winds up in the trash....
     
  10. bagelche macrumors 6502

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    nice job! glad the risk worked out for you. I actually saw the same auction, but didn't bid on it.
     
  11. Finlandboy macrumors 6502

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    im assuming it was the plastic one?? or the short lived unibody macbook??
     
  12. dreamsINdigital macrumors 6502

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    He said it was a white one.
     
  13. Willaay thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here are the specs:
    1.83 GHz
    2 GB Ram
    60GB HD (Ew, I know. Its going to be changed ASAP)

    It's still running! The topcase comes tomorrow. I'll post an update then!
     
  14. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    Wow, thats a really good deal. Once you fix it up you could easily get 2-300 more for it than you paid. That is if your going to sell it after awhile.
     
  15. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    That is a very nice deal, well done. Is it the gma950?
     
  16. LED macrumors member

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    That's awesome. Is it just me or is $60 for 2 GB RAM kind of steep. I paid $40 for a 4GB DDR2 kit a while back.
     
  17. Willaay thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought it was expensive, too. The Best Buy website said it was like $35.00, but when I got there, it said $60.00. But whatever.

    I'm typing on the new keyboard! The computer now works 100%! I couldn't be happier, really. I'm too happy with it.
     
  18. dreamsINdigital macrumors 6502

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    I'd be happy with $60 for 2 GB, I paid about $150 for 2 GB back when demand for RAM was high!
     
  19. monkey86 macrumors 6502

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    the topcase is the keyboard and trackpad :)

    I did the same thing with my powerbook (sig) but the display was broken, my friend gave it to me free of charge - i used a dell fluro tube (backlight) and it worked ^^ sold it yesterday for 270 GBP.

    a little bit of knowledge can go along way :D
     
  20. Vashed555 macrumors newbie

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    They did the same thing with me when I bought RAM for my powerbook. You have to tell them that it's a different price on the net... I did and they gave it to me for the online price. They're sneaky that way.
     

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