Check a used MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rit, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. rit macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2012
    Hey experts out there I am planning to buy a used MacBook Pro the latest in the market as a windows user I am changing my self to towards Mac ...
    So I wanted to know what all should I check in a used MacBook pro thats everything working and all original is there or not
    Please help I am new to all this Thanks...All advise appreciated
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I would check out the Apple store, and search for Refurbs. These are as new machines, and carry the same warranty and support as all Apple products. You can check the serial number of any secondhand Mac on the Apple web site.
  3. rit thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2012
    Thanks for the advice but I have already planned to buy it from a nearby friend..
    I wanted to know how do I check it all original and all working ?
    And can u please post the link you talking about
    Thanks so much :)
  4. thebritishguy macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2011
    You could post the relevant system info here and ask if everything seems correct

    You get this info by clicking the Apple Icon at the top left of the desktop and selecting "About this Mac"

    Post the info around Model Identifier (e.g MacbookPro8,1), memory and Hard Disks (Serial-ATA)

    This will highlight any parts that have been changed and you will know what model you are actually buying, you could even ask the board what value they place on it

    As for "Testing it", as its from a friend why not ask if you can try it for a day, then run a load of programs simultaneously to ensure it does not crash or do strange things, also run somethings like XBench and Memtest (search on the forum for info on these) to see if they trigger any errors.


  5. rit thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2012
    oh thanks man tell one thing what s the new Macbook Pro identifer no. ?
  6. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    when you say nearby friend are you using the term Friend losely?

    i trust the people i call friend
  7. thebritishguy macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2011
    When you look at "About this mac" click "More info" then "System report"

    you can get the identifier there as well as the other info

    It will look something like this
    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro8,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core i5
    Processor Speed: 2.3 GHz
    Number of Processors: 1
    Total Number of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
    L3 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 16 GB

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