Buying Used Macbook Pro...How To Disable Find my Mac

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by matty1551, Oct 6, 2014.

  1. matty1551 macrumors 6502

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    I'm possibly pulling the trigger on a used MBP from craigslist. My question is this, how can I check the status of find my mac before buying? The last thing I want is to purchase it only to be locked out by the seller or someone else.
     
  2. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Check that this has been done...

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT201065

    If the seller can't do this then likely he is missing a password, then the "someone else" you refer to might well be "the previous owner".

    Needless to say you should ideally witness this being done...if it has already been wiped and a clean install done then you won't know if the seller had the necessary password(s) or not...
     
  3. Trebuin macrumors 65816

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    There's a bit more on the macbook side. The drive could be encrypted, but that can be beat by replacing the drive and doing a fresh install. The only no-go factor as far as I know is the firmware being locked.
     
  4. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Ah true! I should have remembered as I have both...
     
  5. matty1551 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    We're meeting at a starbucks. So I should have time to sit down and check find my mac and also the firmware lock.

    How do you check the firmware lock status? Boot and hold command + r, right?

    EDIT: And yes, if either of these are enabled and he can not remove them in front of me, I won't be buying. Don't want stolen merchandise on my hands.
     
  6. Trebuin macrumors 65816

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    I don't remember, worth goggling. I think that is it, though.
     
  7. simonsi macrumors 601

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    There is a list of the blocked features here

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1352

    Try any of them (e.g. Booting into safe mode - Shift during startup), if it does then there is no firmware password set.
     
  8. matty1551 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Everything went well. Scored a 2011, Matte, 2.2, 15" for $640.

    Thanks for the advice yall.
     

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