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Hey, so I bought a MacBook Pro two nights ago on Craigs List here in Philadelphia-area so that I could eventually fix it up and give it to my girlfriend. It's a 2.16 Core 2 Duo MBP with 1 GB of Ram and 120 GB of HD.

 

The listing had said that it had recently been diagnosed with logic board problems at the apple store but I know that is apple store language for "I don't know what's wrong with it." I decided to give it a shot.

 

The guy had bought it off ebay and it came with Tiger. It stopped working for him after his buddy tried to install Leopard. It currently goes through a funny loop of verbose text and then starts over in an endless loop.

 

When I came to look at it, I saw that it had an Apple Development Team sticker on the bottom. With my interest piqued, I decided to give it a shot at fixing it and bought it from him.

 

When I got it home, it wouldn't take the leopard disk. It just hangs at a blue screen after the gray apple screen. Same goes with booting off another drive with a leopard install.

 

I then took it apart to see if the hard drive was bad and to swap it out. While doing that, I noticed a couple weird things. Namely:

  • The motherboard is green instead of blue
  • The airport card is a "M35B Dusty Client DVT Wireless Client" and not production

While inspecting the stickers underneath, it seems that the wireless card is a "dusty atheros" and the antenna is a "Tyco". I'm not sure if the unit was for testing the wireless card or not but it's definitely a development unit. Still, it'd be interesting to see it run.

 

To do that, I remembered that I have a tiger restore disk for my Santa Rosa MBP and popped it in. Surprisingly, it boots up and runs but won't restore as it's not the same computergrey_loader.gif. I was able to install Tiger using Target Disk mode so it's up and running. Also, the diagnostic software says nothing is wrong but it still can't take an install of Leopard.

 

Have you seen something like this? Is it weird that the motherboard is green and in the configuration it is? Anything else weird?

 

Here are some pics to prove what I'm saying and to see if anyone else notices anything weird:

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/83248197@N00/...57616810537356/

 

I'm thinking of selling it as the girlfriend needs something more functional than inherently historical and weird. Not sure how, though.

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I am located in Philadelphia also, I don't know exactly what should you do, but my first guess is to call Apple support and see if they have some type of help in repair or something like that or take it to someone that repair Apple computers to see what they can say about it. Good Luck!

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what does the verbose say? if the wifi is a non standard component have you tried removing it while trying to install leopard? i know it's not really common practice with real macs but i would strip it down to all but the bare essentials needed to run and see if that works. if it installs for you then start adding everything back in piece by piece until you find the problematic component assuming it's just the one thing.

 

ps, let us know how it works out. i love stuff like this. i'm actually quite envious... lol

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what does the verbose say? if the wifi is a non standard component have you tried removing it while trying to install leopard? i know it's not really common practice with real macs but i would strip it down to all but the bare essentials needed to run and see if that works. if it installs for you then start adding everything back in piece by piece until you find the problematic component assuming it's just the one thing.

 

ps, let us know how it works out. i love stuff like this. i'm actually quite envious... lol

 

Thanks for the reply! I actually tried that with the wi-fi card to no avail. And rather than push my luck, I decided to just try and sell it so that I can get my girlfriend the laptop we originally set out to get...

 

You can bid on it here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...E:L:LCA:US:1123

 

Thanks for your help! I'm interested to see what the person who buys it finds out...

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