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Buying a low-end Macbook?

I'm looking at buying a low-end Macbook for web browsing and MS Office (primarily Powerpoint). Basically, it's coming down to a 2009 or 2010 Macbook, as I'd prefer to run Yosemite, but I want to keep my budget below $500. I have used a friend's 2009 Macbook fairly regularly and I'm happy with its general performance, but I have a few specific questions. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Oct 31, 2014 - 13 answers

Will upgrading my mid-2010 Macbook Pro solve all of my problems?

My mid-2010 Macbook Pro doesn't handle streaming video or huge Excel files well. Would a comprehensive upgrade solve my problems, or am I better off buying a new computer? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Mar 18, 2014 - 18 answers

Purchasing an Macbook Air?

I need a new laptop. Replacing my old MacBook Pro. Considering a MacBook Air. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 9, 2014 - 18 answers

What is the equivalent of Paint for Mac?

I just got a Macbook Pro and would like to be able to draw simple diagrams with shapes and text fields. Are there any Mac programs or apps equivalent to PC's Paint? My search online has brought up Paintbrush which appears to be a very old program. The new ones in the apps store are either really expensive or poorly reviewed if they're free. Thanks!
posted by grak88 on Dec 13, 2013 - 12 answers

MacBook Pro i5 vs i7 -- Prius body with Lamborghini guts

Which one to get: Macbook Pro i5 duo core, i7 duo core or i7 quad core [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jan 22, 2013 - 11 answers

Can you help me upgrade my MacBook Pro (late-2008) hard drive?

Need advice on how to update an older MacBook Pro with a new hard drive. I have a late-2008 MacBook Pro: 2.53 GHz, 320GB hard drive, 8GM RAM (4GB in two slots). My drive is getting full and I don't have the cash at the moment for a brand new laptop. Should I replace the optical drive with a SSD? Or just upgrade the regular hard drive with a new one with 750GB or 1TB? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Explain it to me as if I were four years old...

How do I "start over" with my Macbook Pro without reinstalling the OS? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Oct 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Should I upgrade the hardware on my Macbook or just give it a good cleaning?

My 2009 Macbook Pro has grown a little too much hair and is in need of a trim and some general cleaning. Could you tell me if my proposed scenario sounds reasonable or is it overkill? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Jul 17, 2012 - 12 answers

Help with fixing or replacing my laptop.

Is my laptop toast and if so, what should I replace it with? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Jun 28, 2012 - 19 answers

My laptop is a magic dust-creator!

Why does my laptop seem to produce its own dust? [more inside]
posted by violetish on Jun 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Shared media and backup for 3 macbooks

In my house, we have three macbooks and one external hard drive full of media. Please help me figure out a system for sharing the hard drive, setting up a media server, and wireless backup. [more inside]
posted by Nickel on Feb 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me with me new (used) MacBook Pro

Inherited a MacBook Pro! Looking for some help/guidance for a PC user. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Yet anothing freezing Macbook Pro

A couple of weeks ago my Macbook pro started crashing, and I can't use it without it freezing every fifteen minutes. Any suggestions before I go to the Apple Store? [more inside]
posted by catwash on Jan 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Laptop theft prevention

How secure is this Spyder laptop lockdown device? [more inside]
posted by etc. on Dec 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Best lock for my laptop?

Laptop lock question. Yes I know you people hate locks, but please bear with me! [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Sep 14, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me make my old dirty MacBook a nice Clean Mac for my mom!

A new MacBook Air means I'm giving my old MacBook to my mom... Please help me clean it out and make sure it's mom-safe! [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Sep 14, 2011 - 8 answers

help computer

How much should I worry about laptop heat with a Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by neuromodulator on Aug 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Why would one of my RAM bays be okay with a 512MB stick but not a 2GB?

I got some new RAM for my Macbook, but it's causing some really weird freezing issues. [more inside]
posted by jenmess on Feb 11, 2011 - 10 answers

How to clean a Macbook's DVD drive

How do you clean a slot-loading DVD drive on a Macbook? [more inside]
posted by bookwibble on Jan 15, 2011 - 4 answers

my macbook thinks its the frikkin messiah.

why would my macbook decide to power on some days, but play dead with me on others? [more inside]
posted by sammich on Jan 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Scary pixelated laptop display..what should I do next?

I have a Mac Book Pro 17inch..I have had it for about 2.5 years. The logic board had to be replaced around 3 months ago. Fortunately, apple fixed it gratis, since this model had "known issues" and it was handled under warranty even though it was out of warranty. It has worked fine since then, no problems whatsoever, until this morning when I tried to wake the computer --the screen was crazy looking and the cursor was frozen. Super horrifying since I haven't backed up in 3 weeks (I am a typical 60 year old user). I restarted and everything seemed ok except when I went to blogger (as a typical 60 year old, I maintain a blog)...there was an error message that cookies were disabled. HMMM. I got to the blog by googling myself and things seemed ok. [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Nov 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Macbook or Ipad?

Should I buy a macbook or an ipad? I travel for work pretty frequently and would mostly be using the computer for internet, downloading books and video, things like that, which makes the ipad tempting. I own another laptop, but it's older, so my concern with buying the ipad is that if my current laptop breaks, having ONLY an ipad might not be smart. Would it be worth buying a macbook air because of that? Also, this would be my first mac/ipad, so are there other pros and cons of which I should be aware?
posted by odayoday on Nov 10, 2010 - 30 answers

Can a bad Apple be saved?

When trying to get a Macbook repaired, how is the BEST WAY to make a stink without being an asshole? [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Oct 21, 2010 - 12 answers

Crippled iMac. Busted iBook. Tight budget. Do I repair the iBook or buy a netbook?

I'm returning to school and would like to have some sort of portable computer. I have a few options, but an not sure which is best in terms of budget and longer-term investment. [more inside]
posted by bestillme on Aug 11, 2010 - 22 answers

Should I build a new desktop machine or should I build nothing more than Network-Attached Storage? Details inside...

Should I build a new desktop machine or should I build nothing more than Network-Attached Storage? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Aug 8, 2010 - 11 answers

Can I sell my nearly new macbook for parts?

Soup attacked my Macbook and now it is on its way to fried-land. Lots of things still work fine, and it's less than 1 year old. Is there a way to get money from the parts? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Jul 14, 2010 - 10 answers

What are my options for building a server-based storage solution wirelessly connectable to either an OS X or Windows 7 laptop?

What are my options for building a server-based storage solution wirelessly connectable to either an OS X or Windows 7 laptop? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jul 13, 2010 - 23 answers

Recommendations for new laptop with nice, sturdy hardware.

I'm thinking about replacing my 2 year-old 15" Macbook Pro but I can't find a non-Apple laptop that feels like it doesn't have cheap hardware. Am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jun 13, 2010 - 33 answers

Performance question: Macbook Pro 2.66Ghz i7 vs. Mac Pro 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon

Hi there, I need a machine to do some heavy raw image editing on Adobe Lightroom. I am debating whether to buy a new Macbook Pro 2.66Ghz i7, or a 2year old Mac Pro 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, which would be about half the price of the Macbook. Each have pros & cons for me in related to their form factor, but how would they compare in pure performance terms...? Thanks for any advice.
posted by wildatheart on May 29, 2010 - 9 answers

Brand new computer slower than older one?

Brand new 13" MacBook Pro feeling sluggish and occasionally freezing. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora on Apr 3, 2010 - 15 answers

Mysterious keyboard behavior: accidental or malicious?

My MacBook's keyboard mysteriously changed to Dvorak! How can I tell if someone messed with my computer? [more inside]
posted by k. on Mar 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Best (OS X) solution for remote photo editing?

What's the best way to set things up so my wife can edit our iPhoto library (currently on the iMac) from a new MacBook that I plan to buy? [more inside]
posted by wheat on Mar 12, 2010 - 4 answers

MacBook Air I/O error

Is this MacBook Air's hard drive borked? [more inside]
posted by Paragon on Mar 5, 2010 - 6 answers

The cursor on my MacBook jumps around like crazy.

When typing, my cursor jumps around like crazy, highlighting paragraphs, jumping back words, and making it impossible to type normally. MacBook4,1 (whatever that means), Mac OS X 10.5.8 (9L31a). [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Feb 8, 2010 - 19 answers

Can anyone lend me a hand in designing my new home network computer setup?

Can anyone lend me a hand in designing my new home network computer setup? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Oct 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Aluminum or plastic Macbook?

New Aluminum Macbook (low end) or slightly cheaper, previous generation? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Nov 12, 2008 - 17 answers

Middle click on the new MacBooks?

I find myself unexpectedly in the market for a new laptop, and I'm considering switching to a Mac. I know the new MacBooks can finally do a proper right-click, but can they also do a middle-click without some awkward key combo? On my current laptop I just tap in one corner of the trackpad to middle click, and I can't imagine browsing the web without middle clicking. [more inside]
posted by stopgap on Nov 11, 2008 - 13 answers

my macbook is driving me insane

My macbook, running OSX 10.5.4, has been working really poorly lately [more inside]
posted by god particle on Aug 28, 2008 - 7 answers

Help Me Rebuild My iTunes Library

My Macbook Pro was stolen. Just about the only non-shitty thing about it is that I keep my huge iTunes library on an external drive. All the music files are on the drive, but the data files (library.xml) were on the stolen Mac. I have another Macbook. What's the simplest way I can rebuild my library on it? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on May 8, 2008 - 13 answers

Shopping for 15" MacBook Pro: Buy now, or wait?

Shopping for 15" MacBook Pro: Buy now, or wait? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 on May 21, 2007 - 19 answers

How do I convince Apple to replace my Powerbook with a Macbook Pro?

I believe I have a decent case for Apple to replace my defective Powerbook G4 with a shiny new Macbook Pro. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by empty commercial spaces on Apr 19, 2007 - 19 answers

To buy or not to buy - even what to buy!

Should I stick with my last July G4 iBook, buy a MacBook or an iMac or wait for untold delights? [more inside]
posted by dance on Aug 10, 2006 - 12 answers

Wireless router security:

I have a linksys wireless-G 2.4 ghz router. I use a macbook pro. The set up cd for the router works only on Windows. The router works and i get wireless, but i was unable to set up a security feature. I am guessing anyone in my neighbourhood can use my signal. How can i make this secure if the set up cd with instructions is incompatible with my OS ?
posted by cascando on Apr 15, 2006 - 9 answers

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