getting a macbook pro up and running - where / how do I get the OS, where to get a cheap power supply?
Posted on 2016-11-15
I helped a friend out who's dog supposedly peed on their child's macbook pro 13.3. I'm a windows person / don't know much of Mac things.
The child was saying it didn't boot up but there were things on the hard drive they wanted. I took out the hard drive and got the data off and copied it to the new mac they got. They let me keep the old machine - i figured for parts / sell on ebay. I gave them the old hard drive as a 'backup' of the child's files as of the peeing incident
That was a few months ago. I never noticed an odor or wetness when in the laptop (it was a couple weeks after the supposed peeing that I got the machine).
I've had the machine sitting around and still no odor. I finally went to list it, for parts (I didn't have a power supply for it and on its own, it didn't POST - either 'cause the battery was dead or the pee blew things up inside... and there's no hard drive). The keyboard keys all work fine - none stick or bind as I might expect from a liquid being poured in it.
I realized if I could power it up I could describe that better and maybe get a better price. I borrowed a friend's mac charger and this thing fired right up! I happened to have a hard drive from a different mac - I helped another friend move to an SSD and I had their old platter drive hanging around. I put that one in and the machine booted up. I went into the guest account, it rebooted and I got on the web (the wifi card, touchpad, keyboard, speaker, display all seem to work).
So I want to wipe this hard drive and install a clean OSX version. Anyone have a recommendation on the steps to do that? I guess I could google that but want to get the steps for a mac dummy : ) From what I can tell, it's a A1278 13.3" Laptop, i5 2.5GHz processor, 4GB RAM and the model numbers? are A1278 and MD101LL/A. Is there a certain version of OSX you'd recommend for this machine? How are the specs? I saw that there's 2 - 2GB RAM sticks in there. Can I / would I want to take those out and put in more RAM?
And the power supply - are their 3rd party / aftermarket power supplies that work and are reliable? Or is the magnet power connector patented and only apple makes them?