After 2 days of struggling with my Early 2011 MacBook Pro, I’ve finally given up on trying to fix it. I keep on getting the green Apple log and then the white screen of death without being able to get into the OS. I’ve tried everything I can short of buying parts but I don’t think its worth it at this point to pour more money into an almost 6 year old computer. I decided to open it up and take the things that I wanted to keep from the computer, mainly to sell or to reuse.
There are still some good parts within the MacBook Pro in my view. About a year or so ago I put in a new battery and SSD into the computer. I know at the very least I can keep the SSD and put it in an enclosure and use it as an external hard drive for travel. This is especially awesome since it has no moving parts and its a lot lighter than a spinning disk hard drive. I’m going to reformat it as exFAT so that I can use it with Windows and Mac so I don’t have to worry about NTFS drives or junk like that. The battery I have no idea what to do with. It’s only had 4 full load cycles so it has something like another 996 load cycles before its dead. I just need to find a way to sell it because I hate to have to recycle it especially since I paid so much money for it in the first place.
I think I’m going to get another MacBook Pro but this time I’m going to get a 13″ model so its a bit more portable than my 15″ MacBook Pro. I’m probably going to miss the real estate on the screen but I am moving to a retina display. All the reviews I see say the new MacBook Pro isn’t really a Pro machine compared to last years computer but my computer is 6 years old so the next computer should be screaming fast. It also won’t be bogged down by all the crapware of my corporate computer. I’m going to be a little more selective on the apps that I install too, there was a lot of junk on my MacBook Pro that I never used but I still might have to do something like use MS Office but Office Online might be just good enough. I also might go with lower specs than my 15″ in terms of hard drive space, I might only go with the 512GB drive but I might kick things up to 16GB of RAM to get that extra speed for when I start doing things with iMovie.
Its time to wait and see what sales are going to come up because this thing is pretty expensive. The 13″ is slightly more expensive than my 15″ from 6 years ago. In the mean time I won’t be able to backup any of my devices or change music on my playlists until maybe at least Memorial Day. Thats when I expect some of the more awesome sales to take place. I think I’ll be fine with the Skylake processors, Kaby Lake sounds cool but for my day to day shit, this should be just fine. And yes, I am choosing Mac over PC because even though Windows 10 has made vast improvements, its still a major pain in the ass to use and configure even on the best of days.