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  • Hi Mark! Thanks for the post! The "last upgradeable" MacBooks are the mid-2012 Pros: 13" 2.5GHZ i5 dual, MD101LL/A 13" 2.9GHZ i7 dual, MD102LL/A 15" 2.3GHZ i7 quad, MD103LL/A 15" 2.6GHZ i7 quad, MD104LL/A 15" 2.7GHZ i7 quad, BTO (build to order …
  • Hi Dorison! Thanks for the thoughtful post! The Apple/Amazon move to dump small businesses will certainly hurt our ability to sell Apple devices, making perhaps 30% of the total online marketplace off limits to us. But there's still a ton left, a…
  • Thanks for the post! I've found most of my suppliers on eBay. The thing is, if you're selling piles of broken stuff on eBay, you're probably doing it because you don't have another outlet for it. In other words, these kinds of sellers often don't…
  • Hi Al! Thanks for posting! The problem with recyclers in this case is that they are generally responsible for wiping drives and insuring that data cannot be recovered. So they will sell you good drives that have been properly wiped, but not damag…
    in Hard drives Comment by John November 11
  • Hi! Yeah, you pretty much want to send back the RAM. I'd make sure it's fully seated first -- sometimes a module will pop up diagonally out of its socket at an angle if it's not fully seated, and that will cause kernel panics. Often the top modul…
    in Kernel Panics Comment by John October 4
  • Beeping and a black screen generally indicates a memory issue. Make sure you have RAM installed. If you do, try powering on with one slot empty, and if that doesn't work, try powering on with the other slot empty. If it works with one slot empty,…
  • Hi! 17" MacBook Pros need 85W chargers in order to be powered on with a dead battery, so the first thing you need to do is verify that you have an 85W charger and not a 60W. If you happen to have a 60W charger and a bad battery, you're never going…
  • Thanks for the post! With A1181 backlight issues, you have to look at the complete chain of hardware components that could be involved — screen, inverter cable, and board. Each will show certain symptoms. If you power on and immediately see a fla…
  • Yes! It's a retina Pro, so the RAM is embedded and not changeable. But everything else I stated still applies.
  • Don't scrap it! First off, what laptop do you have? If you know the year that will help, or I can look it up by the serial. You can find the year by Googling "applecare serial number lookup" and plugging the serial into the Apple page. Typically…
  • Hi! More information on specifically what you have tried would be useful. I don't know by what method you are trying to recognize the drive. I don't know if you are migrating data from a previous drive, if your previous drive has died, etc. If y…
  • Hi! Yes, I am potentially interested. Please check out the "contact" link on this page, or click on the "Sell Me Your Broken Computer" button from anywhere within this site. Enter the relevant info, and I will get back to you with a quote. Or, i…
  • Wow, that's an old laptop! There is not a reliable method of fixing the problem permanently. In these laptops, the GPU comes un-seated from the board, and when you squeeze the left side, you are literally pressing the chip against the board so it …
  • I would not recommend using an OS that Apple doesn't allow you to install. There is a reason Apple cuts you off at a certain point -- generally, the laptop's GPU is not capable of running the new OS efficiently, and you're going to suffer from seve…
  • Hi! This is a big topic, but the primary thing to keep in mind is that the Air sacrifices a lot of processing power and overall functionality in order to give you a thin, light computer, so if you don't specifically need a thin, light computer, you…
    in Air or Pro Comment by John August 31
  • Good luck, and let me know how it goes!
  • Thanks for the post, and sorry for the delay! I'm less familiar with software issues than hardware -- my answer to OS problems is generally to wipe the drive and reinstall. :-) But I am curious how long it's been since you've done that, since peo…
  • Thanks for the post! These are big topics, so I'll just do an overview. Personally I specialize in Apple laptops. Tablets and phones aren't really designed to be repaired, so they are relatively difficult, and they are plagued with locking issues…
  • Interesting! Yeah, I've run across cases where a blank password is not a good password -- in newer OS versions, if you go into the Security settings system preference panel to do various things, it will not let you unlock the lock icon if your pass…
  • Hey Aaron! Good to hear from you! I'm not an expert on verbose mode, but I don't think there's anything on 2010s that can't be wiped (I think that started late 2011-ish?) Verbose mode was often set to "on" with new boards from Apple so the tech c…
  • Probably, but I'm a little paranoid and unwilling to risk it. I don't want to ship 100s of laptops potentially connected to my ID in some way. :-)
  • Exactly -- my boot drives are either Snow Leopard or Yosemite. I do get some older machines that won't boot to Lion, so Snow Leopard is preferable (and it boots way faster than Lion). And then on the upper end it's very rare I get a laptop that ca…
  • Hi Aaron! Thanks for the post! I do most of that the low-tech way, so I might not have a great answer for you. :-) From visiting a lot of recyclers, I've gotten the impression that the larger hardware/software systems that securely wipe 20 drive…
  • I looked into it and you're right -- I think the requirement for El Capitan has more to do with the GPU than anything else, and both speeds have the 9400M. I've probably never tried to install it on the 2GHZ version and was just assuming. Good to …
  • Great, it's good to hear it worked out! 3rd party batteries do vary quite a bit in quality, but as you've found there are decent ones out there. Do you mean you have the early-2009 2.13GHZ? The early-2009 2GHZ only has a 667MHZ bus (instead of 80…
  • Don't feel bad -- a battery can start to bulge very quickly, and it's not necessarily a gradual process or something you would have noticed previously. I've seen MacBook Pros with batteries so bad that the whole laptop case expands like a balloon a…
  • Interesting. I would just glue it back with superglue and clamp it down while it dries. Or just buy another battery -- you can get them on eBay for $20. Thanks
  • Thanks for the post! So this is an A1181 white MacBook? I'm a little confused as to what you mean by "battery compartment"? Is this the round battery lock? Or the outer casing of the battery itself? The batteries don't usually come apart, so I'…
  • Hi! Thanks for the post, but I don't see a question...please edit the post with a question if you have one! Most firmware updates for Apple products happen automatically, so try to do a software update.