Apple can't find the serial number

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by VeritasNL, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. VeritasNL macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2013

    Bought a Macbook Pro from a student. Checked the serial number to make sure it wasn't stolen or anything.

    Now the screen is broken, but my serial number can't be found via, which means the Service Center can't do anything.

    The serial can be found via

    Why can't my serial number be found?
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Look at the bottom of your MacBook Pro:

  3. VeritasNL thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2013
    Thank you for the reply.

    However, you might not understand my problem. I can find the serial number on the MacBook, but not the apple support page..
  4. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Did you mistype it? S or 5 / O or 0 / I or 1 / etc.
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    If the bottom panel has been changed out due to damage, perhaps the serial number printed on it is not the computer's serial number.

    Have you tried About this mac -> More info as well? Perhaps the serial number is different there...

    I know you said the screen is broken, but through an external screen it should work.
  6. VeritasNL thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2013
    The serial number on the 'more info' tab is the same as on the box and the mac itself
  7. ramram55 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2012
    Call apple or set up an appointment with genius bar with apple retail store and see what they can suggest, I know it is disturbing without knowing the status of your device.
  8. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    It also won't be in the support links if it was not registered. Bought at a reseller, initially set up offline so that it didn't register itself is the usual scenario.

    Should be able to go here and add it:

    Problem will be that you have nothing to show original purchase date unless you got the receipt when it was bought. While this will add it to your profile, it may or may not attach a date, and Apple has the right to request the receipt.

    Now that said, the very first link in this thread isn't a serial number lookup. That's model #.
  9. VeritasNL thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2013
    Thanks for the help. However, I've tried to register the serial number via your link several times without success. I don't receive the confirmation mail either...

  10. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    If it won't let you register there, it's because it's registered to someone else's ID and they never released it, or it's blacklisted by Apple. Sorry.

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