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MacBook - My Superdrive just killed itself...


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.. for absolutely no apparent reason at all. I've never dropped it. It's never been sat on/hit/leant against, but yesterday it decided to eat my Sims 2 disc, and not give it back. After trying every tip and trick I could find, both on this forum and elsewhere on the internet, I decided to risk sticking a card in there and stopping it from spinning so that it would eject.

It worked.

Unfortunately, the Superdrive no longer does.

My question is, how much would this laptop sell for, give it's lack of disc drive (the bluetooth module is also very temperamental)? I know it's a bit of a long shot, but I cannot afford to have it repaired, and want to upgrade anyway, and would like to use any cash I can get from this one as a starting point for said upgrade.

Sorry if this post isn't meant for this sub-forum, but I can't post in the 'Buy/trade/sell' area.

My specs are in my sig. It had it's casing replaced 6 months ago due to those annoying cracks I discovered are quite commonplace with this model, and that occur for no real reason. Everything else works perfectly. It has Microsoft Office 2004, Flash 8 and Photoshop CS2 already installed.

I realise it won't go for much, as it's old and people can just buy the new and improved alumbook basic for 749, but a girl can dream can't she?

Any replies are appreciated.

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Well, it's worth about £320 in fully working condition. So, figure about £50 less without a working optical drive.

Unfortunately, the slot loading drives tend to be a lot less robust than their full size counterparts. Fortunately, replacing it is not terribly difficult if you're comfortable with opening up your machine. Take a look here:

MacBook 8x SuperDrive - iFixit

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If you are handy with tools it takes about 20 minutes. If you are not, it takes about 40 minutes. Either way it's not too bad, just go slow. I had to reboot several times to get mine to become recognized when I did a transplant on a older MBP. Patience is key. Good luck, and have fun looking at the guts of a MacBook - pretty cool stuff.
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Thanks! I've been debating whether or not to take it apart and replace it, as the rest of it's fine, and I don't want to do anything to change that, but I think I will have a go.

£50 huh? Hahahahahaha. *Ahem* sorry. I've gotta laugh otherwise I'll cry.

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50 less, not now worth 50..... tho I'd say more, a new superdrive unit is just shy of 100, if you fit it yourself.... so I'd say it was worth at least 70 less.

Best bet is to replace it yourself, I'm just about to do the same, I'll let you know how it goes!
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