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Master Geek

#152028 13-Sep-2014 15:21
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I've got a 15" mid-2010 Macbook Pro for sale. 2.66GHz i7, 8GB RAM (my upgrade), 512GB Crucial M4 SSD (my upgrade), DVD writer superdrive, and what was at the time the high-res screen option (matte 1680x1050) with the discrete Nvidia graphics with autoswitching. UK keyboard layout but I bought a NZ plug for the power supply when I moved back here. The logic board was replaced free by Apple last year as it was subject to the Nvidia failure. The replacement board has run without problems since then.

At the moment I've got the Yosemite public beta running but will happily put a fresh Mavericks install on. I've been using the Trim Enabler app to keep trim support enabled on the SSD almost since the beginning.

There are a couple of known issues with it. The first is that about three years ago I managed to slightly deform the aluminium body above the ethernet port. I have never had any problems with the ethernet port though, and as far as I can tell it's in perfect working order, just a visible flaw (see the attached pic).

More annoying, and my main reason for biting the bullet and buying a replacement is that the two USB ports and the mini DisplayPort connector don't stay connected reliably. E.g. I almost always use an external screen in addition to the builtin one, and when I plug in the adapter the screen might or might not be recognised, and the tiniest of movements could cause the screen to disconnect. The same is true with the USB ports - thumb drives easily disconnect from almost unnoticeable movements such as vibration on the desk from typing. I've had an Apple service provider look at it and they reckon the whole logic board needs replacing *if* I want to correct the issue.

Anyhoo, given that it's still a pretty decent laptop I figured I'd see if anyone here would be interested - obviously only if you don't rely on USB ports or external screens.


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  #1127882 13-Sep-2014 15:21
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Hey, have you listed a price, location and how much shipping would be to other parts of New Zealand? Also if you are asking for a PM make sure your Privacy settings allow your account to receive PM otherwise people can't contact you. Also note if you are selling something we ask you to offer to other members first. Links to private sales (including Trade Me posts) aren't accepted anymore and will be removed.

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Master Geek

  #1127897 13-Sep-2014 15:26
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Forgot to say that I'm in Glendowie in Auckland. I haven't look at shipping costs, partly because my preference would be to deal in person but I'm happy to ship at cost to other parts of the country.


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Uber Geek

  #1128641 14-Sep-2014 22:35
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Hi, I am on the lookout for a laptop and could be interested in your Macbook Pro, and I have a couple of questions:

Could you please post the model number?
Does this model accept 16GB of RAM?
What is the GPU on these models?
Did you get a price for the logic board replacement?
What's the difference between a UK keyboard and a Kiwi one? Can be they changed?

Many thanks!

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Master Geek

  #1128719 15-Sep-2014 07:15
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Here are the specs including model number and GPU spec:

It only supports 8GB of RAM. The main board was going to cost over $1,000 - I can't remember how much but the basic idea was that it wasn't worthwhile. The keyboard difference is that the \ and return keys have a slightly different layout (the UK keyboard is an ISO layout), and the "3" key has a £ symbol printed on it. I generally just tell the OS that it's a US keyboard.

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Master Geek

  #1130026 16-Sep-2014 15:28
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would you take $200 for it or no such luck?

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Master Geek

  #1130069 16-Sep-2014 16:51
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No, sorry - looking for quite a bit more tbh. I'm going on hols shortly and will put it on TM if it doesn't sell here, but thought I'd try here first.

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  #1130071 16-Sep-2014 17:03
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Hi again,

I am quite keen, its just the fact it really needs a logic board replacement that makes me think twice.  If it was just the display port adapter, but with the USB ports as well I wouldn't be looking at too much $$$ wise.

How does $400 sound?


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Master Geek

  #1130290 16-Sep-2014 21:59
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I know I probably shouldn't be trying to put you off, but if you need the USB ports and hence the logic board replacement, it's probably not the best laptop to buy… the total cost will be worse than buying one that's in better condition, I think?

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  #1130296 16-Sep-2014 22:04
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lyndondrake: I know I probably shouldn't be trying to put you off, but if you need the USB ports and hence the logic board replacement, it's probably not the best laptop to buy… the total cost will be worse than buying one that's in better condition, I think?

Very true, however I am unsure if I could get away without the USB ports over the life of the laptop, as they are such as common interface, and resorting to just bluetooth or wifi may not be easy.  And as you note, one in better condition would be cheaper than getting this fixed, hence my offer.

Not wanting to waste your time, am I even in the ballpark price wise?

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Master Geek

  #1130300 16-Sep-2014 22:10
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I think I can get more around the $1k mark (might be deluding myself! depends if someone wants the rest of the spec but can manage without the less-functional ports.)

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Master Geek

  #1130968 17-Sep-2014 19:56
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Actually someone has helpfully provided some better pricing info, and I'd take $600 for it.

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Ultimate Geek

  #1130988 17-Sep-2014 20:10
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I don't think $600-1k is deluded on TM, the lower offers were however

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Ultimate Geek

  #1131026 17-Sep-2014 21:23
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Hi Lyndon, if you've still got it next month we would be happy to buy it off you - We're replacing all of our lease Macbooks and this one would be a good addition for us.

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