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2009 MacBook Pro- high spec
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:15:20 PM »
Hey guys

I have a 2009 MacBook Pro 2.8 GHz, 4gb ram, 500gb HDD. The machine works fine, but the system reports a Ďservice batteryí notification. At 9 years old, I guess a battery replacement is in order.
The slot loading SuperDrive doesnít want to read CDs.
I look after my stuff meticulously, and youíll struggle to find a scratch on this machine.
I have moved on to newer Macs, and donít need this machine anymore.
With a battery replacement, maxed out RAM of 8 Gb, and an SSD, this machine will rival current midrange PCs.
A feature of this machine missing from more modern Macs, is that it has both digital and analogue audio out & in, digital via optical.
MacBooks from 2012 have only audio out ( digital & analogue)

I have the original packaging and an original Apple mouse. Iíll also include the 3,5 mm to Toslink adapter for audio (I have only 1, unfortunately)

Iím hoping to swop for something interesting in audio gear, like a pair of floorstanders, but Iíll also consider Ďwhat have youí.

If I were to sell, I think R6000,00 is a reasonable value.
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Re: 2009 MacBook Pro- high spec
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2018, 02:20:59 PM »
Why no Pics?
Time to get back to when I enjoyed listening......no more upgrading, more of a headache than a pleasure

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Re: 2009 MacBook Pro- high spec
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2018, 02:24:48 PM »
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Re: 2009 MacBook Pro- high spec
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2018, 02:29:55 PM »

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Re: 2009 MacBook Pro- high spec
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2018, 03:23:21 PM »
Saw that one coming :BWAHAHAH: :BWAHAHAH:
If someoneís interested, Iíll make a plan. Since the intention is a swap deal, pics will have to go both ways, so I figure best done via PM.


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Re: 2009 MacBook Pro- high spec
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2018, 09:00:55 PM »
Ai you guys  :giggle:

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Re: 2009 MacBook Pro- high spec
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2018, 08:12:19 AM »
MacBook Pros have not changed in appearance for 10 years

You can get a new battery fitted quite easily.  8 screws and off comes the base.  Around R750 from suppliers in Cape Town

R6000 is a bargain IMHO

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Re: 2009 MacBook Pro- high spec
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2018, 09:28:45 AM »
Thanks Chrisc

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Re: 2009 MacBook Pro- high spec
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2018, 12:26:43 PM »
I know how important pics are, so here's some:

https://postimg.org/gallery/2qbtpuiec/

and:

https://postimg.org/gallery/km4934bo/

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Re: 2009 MacBook Pro- high spec
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2018, 12:40:29 PM »
I've done a little more digging with regards the Superdrive issue, and it seems that the optical drive in Apple products of this generation were problematic. My computing habits preclude the use of this drive, so I never noticed, until I tried it, trying to decide on an up-cycle use for this machine.
I'm going to dig out my old CD player head cleaner and see if it makes a difference. I'm not holding my breath though, going by the extensive reports of failures of these drives.



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Re: 2009 MacBook Pro- high spec
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Re: 2009 MacBook Pro- high spec
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2018, 01:27:37 PM »
Thanks Dubya Jay Dee!

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Re: 2009 MacBook Pro- high spec
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2018, 02:03:33 PM »
Was able to write a 65 mb file to a dvd+r, and open it after. CD still not reading. This is a firmware issue.
Iím bearing in mind Apples strict piracy issues. Not making accusations yet.
Decided to take the OS up one level to Mavericks.
Letís see what happens.

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Re: 2009 MacBook Pro- high spec
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2018, 02:44:48 PM »
Can the machine be upgraded to High Sierra?  Huge improvement if so

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Re: 2009 MacBook Pro- high spec
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2018, 04:05:37 PM »
I think the prerequisite for High Sierra is an SSD. I maybe wrong on that. I think the upgrades I mentioned earlier would be a must for High Sierra.