Just picked up a MacBook Pro from Goodwill thrift store for $14.91 -- and it works

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Included the MagSafe charger and the battery even has a full charge. It was showing the circle-slash logo on the boot screen, so I connected a network cable and forced reboot while holding Command + Option + R to do an Internet restore. It restored a fresh install of OSX Lion 10.7.5

It's a late 2011 13-inch model with 4GB RAM and a 500GB storage drive. I'll probably upgrade the RAM and add an SSD so it can handle newer versions of macOS.

I don't know much about using a Mac, so maybe you all can give suggestions based on what you would do with it.
 

TheStu

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Wow, what a lucky find. Check out everymac.com to confirm the maximum RAM that it can accept. There's the Apple number, and (sometimes) the actual number.
 
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Well macOS “Mojave” was just released today. First release that doesn’t support this machine since the Intel HD 3000 graphics don’t run Metal. Gotta have HD 4000 for that :(

Oh well, I think El Capitan is supported for another year, so maybe I’ll get some use out of this machine.
 
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Wow. Nice find. My building has a great electronic closet in the basement where tenants can toss their old gear and I come across some MBs and Power Mac G5s all the time. I grab em clean em and give em away or make PC chassis out of them.
 
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Making a patched Mojave installer was almost painless. It's running Mojave now.

I temporarily moved 16GB of RAM into it to test and it works a LOT better compared to the performance with just 4GB RAM. I'm gonna go with 16GB RAM + SSD when I can afford to buy some upgrades.
 
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Plar

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You are lucky that works. I recommend not storing important information on laptop. You can lose everything at once. And you don't know when it will come.
 
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You are lucky that works. I recommend not storing important information on laptop. You can lose everything at once. And you don't know when it will come.
iCloud 2TB plan with backups should do the trick.
 

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SSD is a must for a laptop, and nice and cheap now. Good find. You can also do bootcamp if you want, just need a windows license. If not, something like lubuntu will also work, if you are not into OSX.
 

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Great find! I love those thrift stores!
 
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Nice. Found a 2011 Mac Mini (with keyboard, bluetooth mouse, cables) for $5 at the Flea Market late Sept.. Had to do a on-line recovery to get passed the password.
Desktop was a mess with icons all over. It's still under the original owners account. Works very well for it's age, maybe install a modified Mojave.
 

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