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Reinvigorate Your Aging MacBook Pro
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: January 04, 2012 02:55PM
Actually a pretty good article. And they mention Larry's SSDs. Which is different than mentioning his STDs.

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Re: Reinvigorate Your Aging MacBook Pro
Posted by: DRR
Date: January 04, 2012 03:43PM
Maxing the RAM is a no-brainer.

I would also seriously consider upgrading to SSD but then putting a larger HD in the optical bay. I use the optical drive maybe twice a year.
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Re: Reinvigorate Your Aging MacBook Pro
Posted by: DRR
Date: January 04, 2012 03:44PM
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DRR
Maxing the RAM is a no-brainer.

I would also seriously consider upgrading to SSD but then putting a larger HD in the optical bay. I use the optical drive maybe twice a year.

Although at that point, the money you spend on upgrades may start to make sense for putting towards a new machine....
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Re: Reinvigorate Your Aging MacBook Pro
Posted by: SKYLANE
Date: January 04, 2012 04:07PM
I went with the newer machine.

New 2.4 GHz Quad Core i7 MBP delivered before the holiday.

Replacing 5 year old 2.16 GHz Core Duo MBP.

No comparison in performance. Actually, my aging MBP was failing, so can't really breath new life into it anyway -- video flickering, occasional shutdowns, trackpad button failing (final straw), Fussy Superdrive...etc
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Re: Reinvigorate Your Aging MacBook Pro
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 04, 2012 04:07PM
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DRR
Maxing the RAM is a no-brainer.

Right? That's the first thing I do when I get a new laptop!



It is what it is.
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Re: Reinvigorate Your Aging MacBook Pro
Posted by: Mac-A-Matic
Date: January 04, 2012 04:20PM
Good stuff, but considering that my Apple Refurb 2.26GHz Core2Duo MBP cost me about $1000 a couple of years ago, for $600 I might as well buy another refurb!
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Re: Reinvigorate Your Aging MacBook Pro
Posted by: DRR
Date: January 04, 2012 05:04PM
You'll always get more bang for your buck if you sell and buy refurb. The only cases where you shouldn't are if you need to run legacy software the new ones don't support.
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Re: Reinvigorate Your Aging MacBook Pro
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 04, 2012 06:07PM
You can actually get bang and buck if you use a really cool mixture
of explosives, get a paying Google/YouTube account, and post the video of
blowing up your old machine *into nano-particles* & promote the video on PC Puke websites.

At 5 cents a hit - you can begin to understand while the same people keep wracking their
nuts via skateboards, while viewers put $5-10k/month in their pockets.



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Re: Reinvigorate Your Aging MacBook Pro
Posted by: sekker
Date: January 04, 2012 07:59PM
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DRR
Maxing the RAM is a no-brainer.

I would also seriously consider upgrading to SSD but then putting a larger HD in the optical bay. I use the optical drive maybe twice a year.

I did this exact upgrade and have been very pleased.

For ~$300, you would have a machine that is as fast (or maybe faster) than a modern MBA.

This kind of upgrade makes sense when you are talking about higher end MBPs; models that run >$1500 even as a refurb. In this case, I have one with a quality matte screen with LED backlighting (still looks like new). Battery is good, too.

I know this is not an i3/5/7 machine, but it's more than adequate for 99% of my needs. It's certainly faster than the prior generation (C2Duo) 13" MBP, which is a fine laptop of its own.
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