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Old Feb 5, 2013, 02:40 PM   #1
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I got Conned. Please help with About This Mac.

I recently got mugged and lost my macbook air.

Bought a 2nd hand 13-inch macbook air from a friend's friend's friend. Everything was fine.

"About This Mac" shows 1.8GHz Intel Core i7 with 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 Ram and 256 GB SSD.

After purchase, and after I online. About This Mac show 11-inch, Mid 2011.



I am very sure the info here is incorrect because this is a 13-inch. The serial Number is also false. even the processor turns out to be inaccurate. I have opened up the macbook air myself and I am sure of it.

I don't really mind all that now. But I want to correct the info on About This Mac. I've clean format the mac using external thumb drive, but all the info is still inaccurate. can anyone teach me how to correct it?

I know how to change the About This Mac by editing AboutThisMac.strings but this is not what i want to achieve as it is not real. Can anyone help me to reset the Info back to its REAL Info?

Please and thanks in advance.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 02:44 PM   #2
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I recently got mugged and lost my macbook air.

Bought a 2nd hand 13-inch macbook air from a friend's friend's friend. Everything was fine.

"About This Mac" shows 1.8GHz Intel Core i7 with 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 Ram and 256 GB SSD.

After purchase, and after I online. About This Mac show 11-inch, Mid 2011.

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I am very sure the info here is incorrect because this is a 13-inch. The serial Number is also false. even the processor turns out to be inaccurate. I have opened up the macbook air myself and I am sure of it.

I don't really mind all that now. But I want to correct the info on About This Mac. I've clean format the mac using external thumb drive, but all the info is still inaccurate. can anyone teach me how to correct it?

I know how to change the About This Mac by editing AboutThisMac.strings but this is not what i want to achieve as it is not real. Can anyone help me to reset the Info back to its REAL Info?

Please and thanks in advance.
If the spec is OK, it may have just had the wrong serial number put in during a repair. It can happen.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 02:56 PM   #3
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If the spec is OK, it may have just had the wrong serial number put in during a repair. It can happen.
The spec is not right. This macbook air is actually a 1.7GHz i5. not 1.8ghz i7. I did consider the serial number scenario as you suspected but I am not sure if that will effect the information on the following information
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 02:46 PM   #4
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Hold apple-R at boot and restore the system. You never know what bad stuff can be lurking inside.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 02:50 PM   #5
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Hold apple-R at boot and restore the system. You never know what bad stuff can be lurking inside.
I've already formatted the Mac twice using my own thumb drive Mountain Lion. Is this different? or the same?
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 02:51 PM   #6
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I've already formatted the Mac twice using my own thumb drive Mountain Lion. Is this different? or the same?
Well, is it an 11 inch or 13 inch computer?

What do you see in System Report?
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 02:54 PM   #7
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Pull out a ruler and measure the darn thing.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 03:02 PM   #8
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Actual Spec: 13inch, 1.7GHz i5, 4GB Ram, 256GB SSD.

System profiler shows: 11inch, 1.8GHz i7, 4GB Ram, 256GB SSD. system profiler also shows wrong serial number.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 02:57 PM   #9
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Well, is it an 11 inch or 13 inch computer?

What do you see in System Report?
Its a 13inch.

System report says 11 inch.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 03:00 PM   #10
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Its a 13inch.

System report says 11 inch.
If you did indeed reinstall the OS via thumbdrive and the system profiler says 11 In. then you have an 11 In. MBA.

Have you tried to measure it like I suggested ?
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 01:02 PM   #11
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Reset USED MacBook Air

My brother gave me his Macbook air which he longer needs. Under the Favorites it still shows his name next to home (house symbol). In addition, under devices his name is also shown. I need to know how to change these settings so that these settings are changed to my name.
Do i need to do factory set up? will i loose my data? How to do all of this? any help will be appreciated by anyone. Thanks.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 01:08 PM   #12
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My brother gave me his Macbook air which he longer needs. Under the Favorites it still shows his name next to home (house symbol). In addition, under devices his name is also shown. I need to know how to change these settings so that these settings are changed to my name.
Do i need to do factory set up? will i loose my data? How to do all of this? any help will be appreciated by anyone. Thanks.
It's always a good idea to reformat and reinstall the OS on a used computer before using it.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 11:24 AM   #13
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"My brother gave me his Macbook air which he longer needs. Under the Favorites it still shows his name next to home (house symbol). In addition, under devices his name is also shown. I need to know how to change these settings so that these settings are changed to my name."

What I would do:

1. Create a NEW account with YOUR name and give yourself administrative priveleges.

2. Log out of your brother's account, log into your new account.

3. Delete your brother's account.

This will retain and OS and apps already installed, while deleting his account/personal files and data, and give you a "clean and fresh" account to use for yourself...
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