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    Buying used Macbook Pro from CraigsList - What To Check??

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    Buying used Macbook Pro from CraigsList - What To Check??
    Hello Everyone,

    I am pretty close to pulling the trigger on a used Macbook Pro off of craigslist. The guy offered for me to come check out the machine and inspect it before purchasing. So what should I check?

    So far I have:
    1. Run it unplugged to see how the battery holds up
    2. Wifi / Bluetooth works correctly
    3. Bring USB Drive to test USBS
    4. Bring a DVD to test CD drive


    What else should I check?


    Thanks,


    --Asif

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    Buying used Macbook Pro from CraigsList - What To Check??
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    I would check how many times the battery has been charged (cycled).
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    Buying used Macbook Pro from CraigsList - What To Check??

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    check for hinge can hold your screen up, another words the lid stays in one place.
    check if the hard drive and ram is the specified one. with apple menu you can see the configuration.
    check the serial number also matches the system one and under body.

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    Buying used Macbook Pro from CraigsList - What To Check??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Braven View Post
    I would check how many times the battery has been charged (cycled).

    How do I check this?

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    Buying used Macbook Pro from CraigsList - What To Check??
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    And get the original system install discs if at all possible.

    Also have a read of this link, particularly about Coconut and it is available using Google:-


    http://guides.macrumors.com/Laptop_Battery_Guide
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Buying used Macbook Pro from CraigsList - What To Check??

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    15" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz i7 Quad Core 16GB 240GB 6G SSD+750GB HDD Optibay External USB SuperDrive
    Check to make sure all the keys on keyboard work
    Wifi works (that's a given)
    Coconut Battery is great to check the battery
    Make sure charger works

    As long as you do all that you should be fine. I've bought about 60 on craigslist in the past 7 or so months and haven't run into any big problems with any of them that wasn't priorly known about it.

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    Buying used Macbook Pro from CraigsList - What To Check??
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    Quote Originally Posted by A4orce84 View Post
    How do I check this?
    where do you find out the cycle count? - Apple Store (U.S.) <<<<<<<<<<<< click here
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