Hope my Mac...it's on life support.
January 26, 2012 7:04 PM Subscribe
My MacBook Pro is crap but I need it to work long enough to save up for a replacement (at least six months, probably) Are there cheap ways to fix these really annoying problems?
posted by guster4lovers to computers & internet (35 answers total)
Okay. I bought it in February of 2006, and it was one of the first couple hundred made, according to the Apple Store at the time.
From the beginning, it got really hot. It was eligible for a new battery, but they told me I would have to have the whole computer sent in to have it replaced. I couldn't do that at the time because I was using it constantly and couldn't afford to replace it, even temporarily. It was never replaced. So eventually (about three years ago), the battery stopped charging. Additionally, the machine would slow down when it got super hot (I assumed the fan burned out). Now, the magsafe cord must be plugged in or it immediately dies.
That could probably be fixed with a new battery, right? Well, I haven't because I'm also having these problems and am hesitant to sink more money into the machine:
--the battery is literally bursting out of the seams. It barely snaps into place and it bulges out visibly.
--the trackpad is super faulty. It will randomly click whenever or wherever it wants. It just tried to select and move the last four sentences I wrote. I can barely get it to funtion well enough to navigate any website. Fixable with a USB mouse?
--several keys don't work. The longer I use it, the less well they work. I can't get a capital I using the left shift key. The c, i, k, and 8 keys work when they feel like it. I assume this is fixable with a USB keyboard? However, there's only one USB port so I couldn't do USB keyboard and mouse.
--the CD drive has a disk stuck in there. It's been like that since March 21st, 2008. I can see a small compression of the space where the disk ejects. It will make the sound and appear to push the disk out a bit, but then it just stops and the disk never appears. That's frustrating, but is the least of the problems, really.
--the internet is super slow and I can barely stream videos on youtube or hulu. Part of that is the connection, but when friends have used their laptops on my connection, it's worked much faster.
I will be getting an iPad through work in about a week, so I'll use that for some stuff, but I'd really like this machine to be more usable than it currently is. Is it worth sinking money into a new battery, keyboard, mouse, etc. when I need to be saving for a new computer? Are there fixes that I should try first? Should I just give up?