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What should I look out for when buying a used computer?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by DrPepper, Jan 17, 2021.

  1. bgmacaw

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    You spelled Linux wrong.
     
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    If you buy a used computer... swap out the Harddrive.
    Virus/rootkit eliminated.
     
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    Being the Parinoid that I am, look out for anything Baked in to your hard drive that could land you in jail.
    When that thing goes on line, will it send a hidden cache of pictures and entertainment to users unknown?

    I would have they hard drive wiped clean. Then re-install a new everything.
     
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    1. A model that will be getting software updates for security and reliability. Apps and sites offer this info.
    2. Look up the serial # for post-warranty repairs it might have available. For example, I've had keyboards and hard drives replaced well after warranty.

    If you can swing it get a new M1 model Mac or very much discounted new Intel Macs.
     
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    Run, don't walk, away.

    If it hasn't been compromised in multiple interesting ways, it's probably been stolen.
     
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    Be sure the former owner not only wiped it and did a clean install, but also removed it completely from their Apple ID, in iTunes and the Apple store. We bought a used iPad and I had to make 2 more 70 mile round trips to get the seller to completely decommission it. Neither of us could easily figure the whole process out, but only they could actually do it. It was useless to me until it was worked out.

    I also recommend a refurb from a place that specializes in them. Back Market has been good to us on several purchases. There was a problem with a Surface Pro my daughter bought from them, and they replaced it promptly, with no issues.
     
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    That would have been a very valid point.
     
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    I think I have bought 3 powerwashed chromebooks, dirt cheap

    If you can cope with a chromebook they're a lot easier to replace/sell on/lend to guests
     
  9. DrPepper

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    Thanks for the replies... I think I will end up going with a refurbished iMac.
     
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    Once you go Mac, you never go back.
     
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    Wise choice. You can do some research on some of the Mac user sites too. Lots of good info.
     
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    Regardless of what you get, always reformat the hard drive and reinstall the OS yourself. Wipe the drive first, if you can.

    With Apple products you have to watch for MDM or iCloud ownership, as stated above. Also with Apple products, make sure it hasn't been obsoleted by Apple. When new versions of OSX are released, they tend to be "not compatible" with older models.

    You can instead install a different operating system, such as a Linux distribution or one of the BSDs. But only if you're into that thing.
     
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    You should be looking for a new computer.
     
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    +1 to refurbished. I don't even shop around any more. Anybody in the family needs and computer, i just go to NewEgg and order a refurbished Dell. They sell refurb Macs, too.
     
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    Porn cookies.
     
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