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mr five dollar foot long's sweet caboose ([personal profile] snacky) wrote2019-02-23 05:39 pm
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I am writing and posting this entry on my laptop!

This is remarkable because my laptop has been on the verge of death for several weeks now. It's a 2012 Macbook Pro, so it's already had a pretty good life, by laptop standards. Last year, it had a problem starting up (it wouldn't), so I took it in to the local Mac repair place (not an Apple Store, but an "Apple certified" repair shop), and they did some kind of repair magic and got it to work again. One thing they suggested was replacing the hard drive with a solid state drive in the future, so I kept that in mind.

Unfortunately it's been super slooooooooooooooooow ever since, and it crashes when I have more than one program open, and sometimes it crashes so hard that all I can do is shut it off and walk away. So that's been frustrating. About two months ago, the trackpad started to die, and then the crashes got even worse, so off I went to the Mac repair shop again. They had me leave the laptop and said they'd order a trackpad and quote me on replacing the HD with an SSD.

So replacing the trackpad was a reasonable cost, but they didn't recommend replacing the HD because the laptop is so old that Apple considers it a "legacy" product, and they wouldn't be able to warranty the work because of the age, blah blah I didn't understand anything but "too old." Still, they gave me the quote, and with parts and labor, it was going to be around $600 to swap out the drive.

I said "no thank you" and I went online and found a couple of guides on how to replace the HD in an old Macbook Pro with an SSD, and said to myself, "Oh, I think I can do this." When I picked up the laptop from the Mac repair shop, the customer service person was like, "I have a 2009 Macbook Pro and I swapped the drives and it's still working great!" So like, hint taken, my friend.

I bought an SSD and the tools I needed from Amazon. Everything arrived yesterday, so last night I cloned the old drive to the new, and then this morning I opened up the computer and swapped the drives and AMAZINGLY I didn't screw it up, and now everything is working great. It's all speedy and I can open multiple programs at once, and iTunes doesn't take 20 minutes to open, and I can actually use Photoshop Elements again!

So now I feel extremely techie! And I've very pleased with my accomplishment, and I had to share it with you all.

Oh, and the trackpad works great again!


In other news, I watched The Umbrella Academy and I loved it. I went in with no expectations and I was delighted by the messed up family of would-be superheroes. Anyone else watching?
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[personal profile] autumnia 2019-02-24 03:52 am (UTC)(link)
Yay for DIY computer fixes! I've done some minor repairs to previous laptops but never on a Mac *touch wood* (I have a Macbook pro that's either 2012 or 2009 and it's been good to me so far -- and the new versions don't really appeal to me so I don't want to get a new one).
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[personal profile] benedict 2019-02-24 06:16 am (UTC)(link)
Heck yeah laptop!

I'm watching Umbrella Academy! I know that's really out of character for me, but surprise! I am!

I just finished episode 3. Small Stuttery Diego was <3
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[personal profile] anatsuno 2019-02-24 11:35 am (UTC)(link)
yayyyyyy for techieness and tinkering yourself! I'm so glad it worked out great and you now have a working machine again! Bravo :D
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[personal profile] harmony_lover 2019-02-24 06:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Congratulations! It's wonderful that your laptop is working again, and frankly, it's wonderful to me that you attempted the HD/SSD swap at all, because it is more than I would ever have the courage to do. Here's to working laptops! :)
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[personal profile] phosfate 2019-02-25 05:37 pm (UTC)(link)
I love that icon more than pie.
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[personal profile] jaiden_s 2019-02-24 08:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow. I'm impressed. NO way I could manage that without effing something up.

We want to try Umbrella Academy at some point. Maybe tonight?
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[personal profile] benedict 2019-02-25 02:37 am (UTC)(link)
The music choices in it are so fun!