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Buying a first gen MBP?


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I've been a PC user all my life and I have a chance to buy a Macbook Pro with an Intel dual core 1.83ghz processor. It's the first generation Macbook Pro. Upgrades include 2GB of RAM, 320GB 5400 RPM Hard drive, Snow Leopard OS, and a bundle of older software like Adobe CS3, Photoshop and Final cut Pro and MS Office 08. The guy is asking $650 and says it's in good condition. I really want to try a mac, but have limited funds for a new computer. This feels like a good deal as long as the computer is in good shape. My long winded question is what kind of life will this macbook pro have left in it and will it be up to the task of editing high def (avchd) video and moderate photo editing of RAW photos from my Nikon D300?

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Please do not cross post. You just posted this 2 minutes earlier in the "Switcher" forum. Thank you.
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looks ok.

Make sure you get all software CDs for the mac (install and application) plus the Adobe CS3, Photoshop and Final cut Pro and MS Office 08 CDs.

your camera will work on the mac with RAW and final cut pro will use avchd but make sure Final Cut Pro is updated to 6.0.1 or above for the AVCHD transfer capabilities

Edit: if you want a new mac, you can try Apple's financial services cause you can get a new 15-inch: 2.66GHz macbook pro for as low as $64.00 a month( they come with 4GB ram and a 500GB HDD standard)
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Let me also stress the bit about getting all the installation DVD's. These will be invaluable should you need to reinstall the OS. You could always buy the Snow Leopard disks yourself, but why bother if the Mac should come with them. Also make sure the previous owner doesn't have a firmware password on it too.

I work on a first generation MBP for work in addition to my own and it seems to have a lot of life left in it. I would just check out the trackpad and keys because they can get gunked up to the point where it's frustrating to use them.

And as always, get the installation disks for all the applications. It's illegal to have the applications installed without them, plus if you need to reinstall for some reason, you will lose all those lovely programs.
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Thanks for the feedback. it comes with the software, but I have never heard of a firmware password so I'll ask about that. Financing is not an option right now, but if I enjoy my mac experience I may upgraded in a couple of years and with the price of these things I may have to go on a payment plan!
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Sorry 'bout that...poor form I know. Just trying to reach as many people with my question as possible.
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My long winded question is what kind of life will this macbook pro have left in it and ...
Well, that kind of depends on the use it was subjected to by its previous owner.
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Meh – a lot of the first generation MacBook and Pros were a bit buggy. We had 2 and both had numerous replacements, a friend went through 3 logic boards on his MBP.

$650 isn't a steal either IMO.

I'd avoid it, save up a bit more and get a new 13" MB or MBP instead. For around $999 it'll offer more performance (especially with those new graphics chips), much better battery life and nice new features like the glass trackpad.
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Agreed with the above. The new MBs look really shmiko. If you can save up for one of those I'd recommend it.
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Thanks for the input...I'm now thinking about waiting and going with a new or refurb.
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