Anything worth salvaging in a 2006 MacBook 13" Core 2 Duo?
I've been looking at fixing this old Macbook, because I'm tired of having a machine I can't use. It needs a new battery, the case is cracked, and the optical drive doesn't work.
At first I made a list:
- Replace the optical drive with a SSD, but it's only got SATA 1, so I won't get the real benefits.
- Replace the case, but I can only get a plastic one that's going to crack again next week.
- Upgrade to bluetooth 4.0
- Install Chromium or Ubuntu, because Apple isn't offering security updates on Mountain Lion
- Replace the battery, but at this point, why?
I thought about selling it, but the best offer I've seen online is $10.
So how can I get something out of this machine? I really want to salvage something, and I want to learn how to build and maintain my computer, so working on a consequence-free Macbook is like free lessons for taking care of my 2010 MBA.
Should I build a home server? Should I turn it into a desktop? Are there some parts I can salvage and use to build something else? If it helps, I also have my wife's old iPad 2 I can salvage from.