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Any suggestions on what to do with this 2006 Macbook Pro 17"?
Posted by: richorlin
Date: December 11, 2017 09:12PM
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Keep it or sell it?
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7 votes were received.
Keep it 1
 
14%
Sell it 6
 
86%



No, it won't fit. Make another suggestion. LOL

Seriously, a friend gave me her MacbookPro1,2 17" Core Duo 2.16ghz with 2gb ram and 120gb HDD
I upgraded it to Snow Leopard. It runs fine on a/c power, but it has no battery and she can't find the charger. Should I invest $26 for a battery through Amazon or dump it on eBay. The only thing wrong with it it a dent on the front left corner when she dropped it several years ago. the deck is raised a little bit, but the laptop works fine.
The screen is huuuuge and gorgeous but it seems overkill to keep another laptop when I already have a 12" Macbook and an iMac.
What do you all think it's worth in it's present condition. I would sell it as is with no battery or charger.

EDIT: I invested in a $20 battery that got pretty good reviews on Amazon. At least if I decide to sell it will come with a battery.



richorlin



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/11/2017 09:18PM by richorlin.
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Re: Any suggestions on what to do with this 2006 Macbook Pro 17"?
Posted by: 3d
Date: December 11, 2017 09:17PM
Around 50bucks.
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Re: Any suggestions on what to do with this 2006 Macbook Pro 17"?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: December 11, 2017 09:18PM
Best Offer. It isn't worth much unless you need modem capabilities for faxing or using an ISP. (I still have an AOL dialup account that dialup ability has saved my butt to the tune of four figures.). I still have both a 15" and 17" 2.16. Not worth selling but they make great gifts to the right person.



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Re: Any suggestions on what to do with this 2006 Macbook Pro 17"?
Posted by: sekker
Date: December 11, 2017 09:38PM
I use an original MacBookPro 15" as my media center server running iTunes.

Not sure what else to do with such an ancient machine.
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Re: Any suggestions on what to do with this 2006 Macbook Pro 17"?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: December 11, 2017 10:08PM
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Not sure what else to do with such an ancient machine.


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Re: Any suggestions on what to do with this 2006 Macbook Pro 17"?
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: December 11, 2017 10:17PM
A nice digital picture frame project.



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Re: Any suggestions on what to do with this 2006 Macbook Pro 17"?
Posted by: Acer
Date: December 11, 2017 10:59PM
Which battery did you buy on Amazon? I have a 2006 MBP 15 that's still in service, though the battery is shot.
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Re: Any suggestions on what to do with this 2006 Macbook Pro 17"?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: December 12, 2017 08:43AM
How well would it do with more RAM and an SSD?

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Re: Any suggestions on what to do with this 2006 Macbook Pro 17"?
Posted by: richorlin
Date: December 12, 2017 10:18AM
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mrlynn
How well would it do with more RAM and an SSD?

/Mr Lynn
It's at the max on ram right now; 2gb. I can put in a spare 256gb SSD but it's only running Snow Leopard so I don't know how much improvement an SSD would make over more ram, which I can't do.



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Re: Any suggestions on what to do with this 2006 Macbook Pro 17"?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: December 12, 2017 10:28AM
It would be awesome for watching movies next time you fly somewhere.
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Re: Any suggestions on what to do with this 2006 Macbook Pro 17"?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: December 12, 2017 11:19AM
Media server.
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Re: Any suggestions on what to do with this 2006 Macbook Pro 17"?
Posted by: rouderon
Date: December 12, 2017 11:54AM
I've repurposed a couple old MacBooks into Chromebooks (see this thread).
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Re: Any suggestions on what to do with this 2006 Macbook Pro 17"?
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: December 12, 2017 01:59PM
I Second the Digital Picture Frame suggestion. 17 inch screen is a great size for it.



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Re: Any suggestions on what to do with this 2006 Macbook Pro 17"?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: December 12, 2017 02:14PM
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richorlin
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mrlynn
How well would it do with more RAM and an SSD?

/Mr Lynn
It's at the max on ram right now; 2gb. I can put in a spare 256gb SSD but it's only running Snow Leopard so I don't know how much improvement an SSD would make over more ram, which I can't do.

Folks here say that an SSD makes more RAM unnecessary. Snow Leopard is a perfectly good OS for doing work; don't know what would be best browser, though.

/Mr Lynn
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