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Ok I tried to sell a macbook on ebay and was ripped off.

I received the macbook back with a crack on the corner near the magsafe connection. Now when I try to turn on the laptop the screen flashes, the cd drive doesn't respond and the white heartbeat on the front of the laptop comes on. I found, however, that if the laptop was cool or.... someone accidentally left it in the freezer for 20 min... that it would turn on and the colder it was the longer it would stay on.

Any ideas? Is the logicboard bad? Any help would be great, I would like to be able to use the macbook outside of my walk-in freezer...

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Just to let you know, exposing your computer to cold temperatures and then using it at room temperature can lead to condensation, which as you know, is very bad for a computer as it can short circuit. And then you have a whole other problem on your hands.


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yep thanks kash I just did it the one time to see if that would change anything
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I think it sounds like you've just been ripped off. If the MacBook doesn't work as expected then it's obviously faulty. If it wasn't advertised as such then you could try contacting eBay or PayPal - good luck with that...

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Paypal is all for buyers rights and screwing over the seller regardless of whether the buyer is legit or not. Place a complaint with E-Bay and then with Paypal. You'll get your money back from Paypal.

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I get the impression he was the seller though and the buyer damaged the computer claimed it came broken and screwed the OP in the process, right?
Sorry though I can't help you with the mechanical problem, lol.
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I assumed he's the buyer - I'm not sure how he could be "ripped off" if he's the seller, although the post actually implies both. Some clarity would help.

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Crap. My bad. In that case, you're kind of screwed...not really but it's going to take more work.

Call e-bay and notify them.

Also call Paypal and talk to them about it. Chances are, you're not going to get any money from them. If you have already taken the cash out of the account, then that's probably the only way you're going to get the money. They'll charge whatever card you have associated with the account, you'll have to call the card company and tell them that it was fraud.

Paypal is horrible to deal with if you're a seller.

I've had BIG problems with them before and thanks to my CC company, it got straightened out.

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Alright well I appreciate everyone analyzing my post. To help the topic move forward, I was the seller. The buyer claimed it was broken when he received it even though it was a good 2 weeks before he decided to come out with this.

Anyways! The problem I am wanting to fix is the fact that there is a small crack from an impact on the back left corner of the case near the magsafe plug-in and the macbook will only rarely start when it is cool. Any help would be appreciated.
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I think you'll need to speak to Apple, it sounds as if there's a dodgy joint; probably the CPU heatsink has been dislodged by whatever the impact was.

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also, did you insure the package when you sent it? If he claimed it was like that when recieved, you may be able to place a claim with the shipping company.

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If you shipped using USPS then get the postal inspectors involved for mail fraud. The postal police dont take lightly to fraud and will chase the SOB that ripped you off down and arrest him. I always use USPS for shipping or receiving high dollar items.

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