Bought a used Macbook Pro, how do I clear?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by B.King, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. B.King macrumors member

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    I just bought a mac book pro

    2.4GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo
    1GB 667 MHz Ram

    It was used and I am trying to restore it to factory but I do not have a start up disk. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should/can do? Also I am a new :apple: Mac User :apple: So any information to help me figure this out would be awesome. I appreciate it!
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Buy a retail copy of Leopard and boot from it. Tell it to "Erase and Install".
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Or call Apple and they will send you new Restore DVDs.
     
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    whos sells computers without the restore DVDs or without erasing their files… geez some people :rolleyes: its probablt stolen.
     
  5. e12a macrumors 68000

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    since when did the 2.4s come with only 1GB RAM? :confused:
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Looks like someone got seriously gipped.

    What's the capacity of the HDD?
     
  7. B.King thread starter macrumors member

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    Do you by chance know what the price is?
     
  8. B.King thread starter macrumors member

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    Actually is a 2.16... after reading this had me worried that I ran into a bad deal. I am not so knowledgeable with this Macbook stuff.... Yet....
     
  9. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Around the £80 - £90 mark if in UK or around $130 if in US
     
  10. B.King thread starter macrumors member

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    Where do I find the info on the HDD capacity?:confused:
     
  11. SpookyLars macrumors 6502

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    Select HDD icon on Desktop and press Command + I. HDD capacity will be shown in window (panel General).
     
  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You could also go here:
    :apple:-->About This Mac-->More Info…-->Serial ATA

    and it should show up like this:
    [​IMG]
     
  13. B.King thread starter macrumors member

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    Its only HD 111G
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Depends on how much you paid for this computer, it looks like a solid computer; so just get the Restore DVDs and you'll be set.

    You could should probably upgrade the RAM to 2GB or more.
     
  15. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    If it's a 17", it's only expandable to 2 GB of RAM anyway.. if it's a 15", it's likely expandable to 4, but only 3 will be addressed.

    1GB is really enough, I'd guess, for what you're going to do (though maybe you do heavy Photoshop, if so, obviously you know you'll want more).

    It kind of does sound stolen, though.
     
  16. B.King thread starter macrumors member

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    I ended up crashing it I think... see post Lost Passowrd on Macbook Pro, Can I get past?

    Its stuck on a blue screen every time I turn it on it goes to select a language and then after that goes to a blue screen and sometimes the cursor wil show up and then will turn into a circling rainbow and seems to like flash the screen and loop.

    I bought it for 600. Pretty sure it is stolen :( cuz I been trying to get the disc from the guy and the password and he says he got it from someone else. Now he wont answer my calls.

    I am just going to go buy leopard and start from fresh. It is a 15 inch. any idea on how much it would cost to upgrade the RAM? Would I have to reinstall the OS?
     
  17. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    Sounds like you have the same one as me. You can get RAM from HERE pretty cheap. If you buy a 2Gb stick you'll max it out. Give the PRAM a zap and see if that clears up anything. Start it up holding Command>Option>P>R all at the same time until you hear the startup chime a 2nd time, then release. Oh Command = the Apple key.
     
  18. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Where'd you buy it? With PayPal or something I hope?

    Also does it have warranty?
     
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    That is definitely a stolen computer. Did you buy it on Craigslist?
     
  21. Beric macrumors 68020

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    Wow. Stolen for sure.

    You may be out $600, but I would try to find the original owner.

    Couldn't you reset the admin password, look in the data on the machine, and find out where the original owner might live?
     
  22. B.King thread starter macrumors member

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    Got it off craigslist. Some kid that goes to ASU. Only got the Macbook and Charger. It has some pretty big dings where the hand guard is at. It was 600.00
     
  23. B.King thread starter macrumors member

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    If I can get past the blue screen. But right now it goes to set language and then I chose it and it goes to a blue screen and seems to loop. (kinda flashes)
     
  24. ghostguts macrumors regular

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    Probably stole it from some other student.
     
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