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    Macbook unibody 13.3", can I part it out?
    So about a month ago lightning struck my house. We lost a lot of electronics at our house, desktop, tv's, phones, router, modem, clocks. A bunch of stuff. Including my new macbook!! But when all was said and done, the insurance check came back and i was able to get the newer MBP w/ backlit keyboard and also the free iTouch which was a nice little benefit. Still sucks I didn't have anything but an old desktop for a month. bleh.

    So took the computer to a local computer shop, ran tests. motherboard is fried. So now I have 2 questions:

    1) Would apple fix it and would it cost me? If i could salvage it I could sell it and make up the difference I lost on insurance. (only got $800 back for the laptop )

    2) Could I dissemble it and sell off individual parts? It was only two weeks old the thing looks great, just a bad motherboard now. I can't use the battery in the new one since its not really convienent to take out the battery on the updated model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ooJAKESAUCEoo View Post

    2) Could I dissemble it and sell off individual parts?
    Of course you can...there are hundreds of people doing it on e-Bay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Of course you can...there are hundreds of people doing it on e-Bay!
    wel i gues you can but i would make sure that the parts you are selling work.
    you could defentialy sell the case and keybord im guessing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Square_nothing View Post
    wel i gues you can but i would make sure that the parts you are selling work.
    you could defentialy sell the case and keybord im guessing.
    You're doing a lot of "guessing"!

    An honest person sells:

    - working parts as working
    - non-working parts as non-working
    - and parts you are unsure of as "not sure"

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    To the OP:

    You can always advertise the machine as is - explaining what happened and what's wrong with it. Someone may be interested in purchasing it to repair or for parts. I do not recommend disassembling it unless for some reason you can't sell it as is.

    And to everyone else:

    Lesson to be learned here = unless you have the type of home owner's insurance that allows for separate scheduling of items, most insurance companies will not reimburse the full amount of value loss. And, if it's like it is here in Texas, home owners policies generally carry a 1% deductible on the full value of the home + contents. If your home + contents are valued at $200,000.00 the deductible is $2000.00!

    Regards.

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    If just the logic board is fried, you can still sell:

    The HDD (if it isn't fried)
    The keyboard
    The case
    The display
    The trackpad
    The CD drive (if it isn't fried)
    The battery
    The RAM (if it isn't fried, though you won't get much for it since RAM is cheap new these days; and I know you didn't have 8GIG since that's $$$)

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    Apple would not repair the Macbook under warrantee if it obviously suffered lightening damage. Quite often lightening damage will damage more than the logic board. Unless parts are swapped out or replaced, with a dead logic board it's impossible to tell if other parts are good. You would have to state the true condition if selling it for parts. Re the post above, if a white Macbook, the keyboard and trackpad are both incorporated into the top case / keyboard assembly, so couldn't be sold separately.
    Steve
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