"about this mac" hacked?

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  1. rondobloodcanno macrumors newbie

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    Hello, i bought an upgraded macbook pro off of ebay. it was brand new and unregistered. Now that I am running heavier programs it seems like my computer may be slower than it should be.

    2.53ghz and 8gb 1067 hmz ddr3
    running after effects (utilizing both cpu and 7.5 ghz ram)

    Is there any way to verify that "about this mac" is true and unmodified?

    any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    How do you know how fast your computer "should be" running?
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    Click the "More Info" button on the About this Mac window. And yes, it is possible to change the stuff in the About the Mac window. (It's easy)
     
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    It isn't modified, it simply reports what the hardware tells it is there.
     
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    You can modify it. I have doneso with my hackintosh

    OP: You could reference your model # to what the specs should be
     
  6. The General macrumors 601

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    7.5 ghz ram?

    What does System Profiler show you?
     
  7. rondobloodcanno thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your quick responses!

    system profiler reports the same information. can this be hacked as well? or is it detecting the actual settings?
     
  8. Intell macrumors P6

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    System Profiler is showing the correct things.
     
  9. lickitysplit macrumors regular

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    what is your model number? search the model number on apples site and it will tell you exactly what hardware it should have in it
     
  10. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    it is most likely not hacked ... the heavier programs are making you think ... it must be hacked.

    similar to when a battery shows at full charge 97% ... some think ... whoa my battery must be defective
     
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  12. cili0 macrumors member

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    most of the information in "about this mac" can be modified with a patched AppleSMBIOS.kext.
     
  13. token=token macrumors newbie

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    can u hit us w/ some links ? Im running hackymac and would love to adjust some parameters.
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Everything can be modified. The best way to verify is install OS X to an external drive and run that and see what System Profiler says.

    Also how fast are you expecting it to be? I know my Mac Pro is more than 8x faster than my MacBook Pro all the time, even though the clock is the same and it only have 4x as many cores.
     
  15. cili0 macrumors member

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    i mentioned this method even if it is one of the oldest because it doesn't require the chameleon bootloader, and so it can be performend easily even on an real mac.

    If you have an hack i suggest you to use chameleon 2 as a bootloader and to write your own /Extra/smbios.plist with all the parameters you want (just google around to find some examples). The advantage is that you keep untouched AppleSMBIOS.kext

    cheers!
     
  16. JodyK macrumors 6502a

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    I have the 2.66 i7 with 8GB of ram and when I open my 160gb iPhoto library it goes to a crawl. This is because of the hard drive is not up to the specs of the MBP. My guess is you may have a stock 5400rpm drive. I have an aftermarket 7200 and I'm still not getting the speed I would expect.

    I am thinking of going with a SSD and maybe running 2 drives (my 7200 in the super drive slot). Hope this make you feel better about your purchase!
     
  17. rondobloodcanno thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for all your helpful responses!

    the serial number trick would work, but this mac has been bought new, supposedly upgraded, and sold unregistered on Ebay. The serial number search would only show me what he bought before he "upgraded it".

    What i am really looking for is a way to detect what is actually in my mac.

    can anyone verify that system profiler is reliable?
     
  18. cili0 macrumors member

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    install osx on a usb pen drive and boot from there, or alternatively i think that you can use system profiler directly from the Snow Leopard Install DVD.
     
  19. goMac macrumors 603

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    Most likely the 7200 rpm hard drive (or 5400 rpm, god forbid) is slowing you down. I have a 3.06 ghz Macbook Pro, and After Effects doesn't exactly fly on it either. Probably need an SSD.
     
  20. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    The only "upgrades" that could be done are RAM and HDD. If you really want to verify that, just take off the back, look at the HDD and RAM. Search the HDD model number, and the RAM should say capacity on it, if not search that too. CPU cannot be changed, so no need to worry about that.
     
  21. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816

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    try cpu-x; it is a mac version of cpu-z, a program that will tell you all about your CPU and RAM specs.
     
  22. cili0 macrumors member

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    thanks to the great netkas ;)
     

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