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Old 01-03-2013, 12:08 AM
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I'm need of help in the form of "Do I fix my MacBook or replace it?"
It's a June 2008 white MacBook 2.4 Core 2 Duo
It has stated to not light up when I open it. I think I can see stuff on the screen but not backlit
So i think it's the screen. But if I open it it up I would all so replace the keyboard and screen bezel because of cracks where they come together.
I think the screen runs around $130 and the key board and bezel may be another 190/200.
So I'm looking at $330 if I do it myself.
But it's almost 5 years old....whats next?
Or go for a new one at about $1000 ?

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Old 01-03-2013, 02:16 PM
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My Early 08 White MB had the same keyboard deck cracking issues, and a flaky trackpad. Screen still good though. I maxed it out with RAM, and put in a hybrid SSD/HDD that gave it a great boost ... but upgrades only take you so far.

Might be time to go for a new one.

I jumped to the 15" MBP /w Retina, maxed out the RAM, and got the fastest processor. It was not a cheap computer (thankfully my new employer was all for it, so it didn't come out of my pocket) - but its an amazing leap forward.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:12 PM
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I'd say jump for a new one. I had the first gen Macbook Pro (Intel Core Duo) back in 2006, and finally the GPU and mobo died. I tried to fix it myself but ended up just jumping ship with a new machine. After 5 years it's time for an upgrade, especially if it costs more than $300 or so to fix it! Maybe look into getting a new Macbook Pro or Air if you can spend the $1000-1200 or so. It'll last you at least another 5 years
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:41 AM
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Looks like I'm going for a new one. No one has said fix it.
Apple has a Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Dual-core Intel i5 for $1019.
What a deal. I'm there.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:51 AM
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If you can swing an educational discount, there are some good deals there as well, but you need to be in school (HS/University/CC) to do it.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:43 AM
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If the original laptop still works, just use it as a headless server.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:09 PM
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If the original laptop still works, just use it as a headless server.
I fire mine up in a MAMP configuration while I am testing software. 5 years old, and its still a damn good machine ... its just my primary needs required something with more power to keep up.
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:19 PM
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Exactamundo.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:12 AM
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Default check the apple website

I have a MBP and am somewhat dissatisfied compared to my old Macbook. Mountain Lion is somewhat of a headache. I also had the same macbook with the cracking keyboard deck. There is a product replacement program. See this section on Apple.com. They will send you a kit to replace the bottom case. http://www.apple.com/support/macbook-bottomcase/

As far as the back-light you can check ifixit.com to see how much it would cost to get the replacement part and they have step by step guides to most repairs. They also have some mac guru's who know the hardware in and out in their forums and may be able to guide you to an idea of the actual problem. Hope that helps.
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It is nearly 5 years old. That is normally considered end of life. Don't throw good money after bad. By a new one and donate the old one.
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