Posted: July 4
Apple finally makes OS-X Lion and Mountain Lion free to download
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Posted: July 5
@danj, a step in the right direction, don’t you think? Supporting the OS’s, and making it the most accessible price of $0, for old devices is great!
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It's a bit hollow as most of these systems today are no longer in use.
Apple should have done this a four~five years out and not make it so hard to even get the CD media (only offering image download at the end).
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Totally true–but maybe it'll encourage and make it easier for people practicing repair on much older devices. I know when I first started practicing repair I'd use much older things just on the off-chance that I destroyed it.
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@amber I still think it's better to give even a new fixer a challenge, like HP BIOS passwords - gives them more experience early on since they no longer have a backdoor like they did before 2019 they can use.
Plus you can snag BIOS locked nightmares cheap - got a 840 G5 (120Hz IPS Privacy screen; 40-pin, so different LCD I didn't have in stock/IR camera/i7 8th gen) for cheap due to a screen and unexpected BIOS lock (put it this way - was not happy that it was hidden). I'm breaking into it just because of the i7 CPU when my tools come :-). HP quoted me $850 so I have NOTHING to lose since it's a bum unit since I'd need to replace both parts if I can't do it.
The BIOS password is easy with the right tools and experience, but the screen is going to be an issue - but if I can clear the BIOS, that puts me in a perfect position I can sit on it while I wait for a good price on the cursed privacy screen (or a non privacy 120Hz assembly).
Show them what you can own if you accept some higher risk :-). Worst case I'm out the laptop (which is good for parts), and $17 for the programmer (reusable on other locked machines).
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