5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 4, 2012 12:06 PM by Cattus Thraex
Onebuttonfruituser Level 1 (0 points)

My husband maintains that laptop 6 years old can be any good, even if it is an Apple. I am a fairly new returnee to Mac. Is he right? Do I have a future of repairs ahead of me?

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • BGreg Level 6 (17,495 points)

    There are many older MacBooks still chugging away. In a 6 year old machine, I would be concerned about the hard drive failing, as they often do between 3 and 5 years. After that, nobody can tell you whether or when an electonic component will fail or not.


    If you have Lion installed on it, while the minimum memory required is 2GB, you should install 4GB for reasonable performance. OWC and Crucial are two respected and recommended sources. Here's how to replace the memory.

  • frederic1943 Level 6 (9,980 points)

    It would help to know which one of the 9 different models of MacBook you have. To see which model you have go to the Apple in the upper left corner and select About This Mac, then click on More Info (and then System Report if you’re running 10.7 Lion). When System Profiler comes up check the Model Identifier and post it back here.

  • John Galt Level 8 (45,943 points)

    Onebuttonfruituser wrote:


    My husband maintains that laptop 6 years old can be any good, even if it is an Apple.


    Here is iTunes version 2 running on my ten year old PowerBook G4:




    It could use a new battery but everything still works as well as it did when it was new.


    Posting a screen shot from my 20+ year old SE/30 will take some more time.

  • britny Level 1 (125 points)

    ahhhhh. itunes 2. still running it on my g3 imac.

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 (1,715 points)

    This is a purely theoretical question. My 2004 Powerbook, therefore 8 years old, almost 9, is still a perfectly functional machine. I have ordered a new battery, otherwise is up and running. So much the better with a 2006 machine, you may run a more recent OS, even if not the last one.