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Old 11-29-2011, 07:11 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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It depends on the 270. That model had defective capacitors on the motherboard which Dell offered to replace even if the warranty expired, but that offer ran out ~5 years ago. Has the MB been replaced? Of the dozens and dozens of those I worked on, ~1/2 of them needed replacement power supplies. Has the power supply been replaced? Then there's the ease of use issue. A lot of software these days is shipped on a DVD. The Stripped down standard 270 had a CD-ROM. Ours mostly had CDRW/DVD drives that could read a DVD. Does yours? Standard RAM was 256 MB. It has 4 slots and maxes out at 4 GB. How much do you have? Most of ours run at 3.0 GHz, so my experience is with those. Bare bones standard was a 40 GB hard drive. Most were shipped with 80 GB Does your hard drive have enough room? Does it have a video card? Most of ours had one with 64 MB of video memory and a DVI port, so it is still fairly decent. I've installed Windows 7 on one with 4 GB of memory and a DVD drive. It runs OK for basic computing use.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:38 PM
 
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After my last laptop was stolen on public transit, I realized that due to the nature of my work -- which is computer-dependent -- I really need a back-up. Pre-owned makes the most financial sense, but I'm not savvy in this particular area of purchase.

Are there any general tips that you can suggest? Should I purchase locally, in person? Would online be cheaper? What should I ask about the computer? Are there general things to look for? Is it possible to get a computer with a guarantee that's more than 30 days? I guess what's of most concern is that I only use Apple computers. I've been seeing a lot of high-end used laptops on the market that are only a couple of years old, and this sends up red flags.

BTW, I'm looking at a Powerbook G4. Sentimental reasons.
ALL of my computers (9) have been Apple refurbs bought directly from Apple with full Apple 1 year warranty.

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