Help! Stolen Powerbook G4 15.2 / 1.67Ghz

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by demonimpnz, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2005
    Hey posting my stolen laptop info in case anyone here can offer suggestions for locating/tracking, etc.

    Recently stolen from parked car in Wellington, New Zealand.

    Police report number 050909/0781
    Bluetooth ID 0011246888F1
    Ethernet ID: 000D9361D24C
    Airport Extreme ID: 0011249643CE
    PowerBok G4 15.2"/1.67GHz - 128/512MB/80GB/SD/AP/AUS
    Family ID: ZOB6
    Model No: A1106
    serial No. W851605USQ7
    Serial Number: W851605USQ7
    EthernetID: 000D9361D24C
    AirPortID: 0011249643CE

    Stolen on 9-8-2005 in Wellington New Zealand

    Extra information: 128/512MB/80GB/SC/AP/AUS

    Crime report:
    Incident number :050909/0781
    City: Wellington
    Date: 9-9-2005

    Thanks everyone, hope someone can help!
  2. macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location
    Good luck, man.

    How about not leaving a PB in your car next time. I know it's quite safe in NZ, but you should still be careful.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds
    Damn I know how you are feeling! My beloved powerbook (see sig) was stolen 3 weeks ago when travelling by train from Berlin to Vienna. Had my bag secured below my feet... I thought. Fell asleep and one hour later - gone. The thieves didn't even know what was inside my bag. I had it insured and called insurance next day. At first they say they'll pay and I buy a new one since I need one for work (freelance graphic designer). Last week they call me and tell me I only get 1000 € instead of 2600 (the full price in Austria). Better than nothing but I'm so pissed, both at the insurance and at the thieves.

    Thought I'd tell you my story for you to know that you are not the only one to whom **** happens....

    Sorry for your loss. :(
  4. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    That really sucks. I hope it was insured.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2005
    speaking of insurances...

    Not related to this thread completely (still sorry to hear about the teft), but related to insurances...

    About a year ago when I was on train someone managed to give a little push to my iBook while he was walking on the train corridor. That didn't seem to do anything, but once I put my iBook to sleep and exited the train, the next time I opened it I noticed that instead of sleep it was turned off. Well, I tried to turn it on again, but got only missing startup disk icon.

    Back in home I booted from CD and everything seemed to be "fine" at HD, altough I had lost several files, but eventually I didn't managed to get it to boot again, even after formatting it again. So it was time to buy a new HD.

    Cost of getting new HD bought and installed was about 200 Euros, but when I called the insurance company they said that my insurance covered only losses over 180 Euro. I tried to argue to them that I had also lost important files, not just material costs, but they said that the insurance didn't cover the files! So I got 20 Euros out from them. There were several important client files, over 10 hours of work, plus some email. When getting insurance, read *very* carefully the contract terms!
  6. macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location
    I think your insurance should have covered the entire cost of the PB if the contract says they cover thefts. :confused: I would have argued until they gave me the 2600 EUROs, unless there's something you're not telling us. What was their reason for not giving you the full amount?

    I wouldn't give you insurance on "files" either. That would be ridiculous.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    I'd kill myself if I lost a 15" 1.67GHz Powerbook.
  8. Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    I read a story in one of our local papers that police said that thieves were using some sort of bluetooth scanner to detect notebooks in the boots (Americans read 'trunks') of cars parked at train stations. I don't know if the bluetooth module of the powerbooks is still on whilst the machine is asleep but maybe the thieves used one of those?

    I guess in the PC world it's only newer or more expensive notebooks that have bluetooth.
  9. Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    Don't be so melodramatic. Just insure it against theft and back-up regularly then if it gets stolen you can get a new one. No suicide required.
  10. macrumors 68020


    May 18, 2004

    in a lot of cases insurance will only pay you the "current value" of what you lost and not the original's usually spelled out in the policy but a lot of people dont even check to see what they're actually buying so they end up getting an unpleasant surprise
  11. macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2005
    The current value of his lost laptop would be far greater than 1000 euro though 2000 is about what he could get from amazon probably 2-3 hundred more.
  12. macrumors 68020


    May 18, 2004

    well....most insurance policies have deductibles of course an insurance company will have their own depreciation schedules for products which you can be sure is not going to be the same as what you might get if you sold it yourself.....there are a lot of factors, usually none of which are in favor of the consumer

    anyway, I was just pointing out that insurance policies generally don't provide coverage that means they're going to buy a brand new product to replace your old and used item if it gets stolen
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2005
    I feel sorry for you man. Now I am kind of a encouraged to set a Firmware password as well as Logging in. So if those bastards even steel it, it would be useless to them.

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