coolbook registration bs

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by netddos, Aug 22, 2009.

  1. netddos macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2005
    i love coolbook because it lets me undervolt..

    what i hate about it is that they only let you register the thing twice!!!

    even if you buy the thing legitimately, the author has put a system where you can only activate the thing twice..

    i like to reinstall my osx once every 6 months..(i know osx is not like windows....whether that is good or not is not the point here so don't bother to lecture me on this) so that means i have to shell out 10 bucks every year? no way....

    does any registered coolbook users know how to save the registered setting so i can use it on newly installed osx?
  2. groove-agent macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2006
    I've never heard of this app.

    Should one really be messing with the voltage of the CPU though?
  3. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

    sascha h-k

    Apr 26, 2004
    vienna / austria
    the registration is always fixed to one individual machine, not the hdd ..

    so if you change the hdd in THIS mac, no problem.
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza

    It's your whole problem, so you'll be getting lectures.

    So get over the reinstall thing. :rolleyes:
  5. netddos thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2005
    I knew I'd get lecture on this. Ok fine...I upgrade my laptop at least once a year...what now? :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    On to more productive note...

    I don't quite get what you the registration is fixed to the machine not the I can reinstall as much as I want and activate it as long as I don't get a new machine? How does it recognize the machine then? MAC address? serial key? ????
  6. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2009

    Pointless maybe to you, but not everyone is you. :rolleyes:
  7. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2009

    Why not, overclockers do it, but we're trying to achieve the opposite.

    I use it and it makes my MBP run 10-15c cooler at full load at same speed (2.26Ghz) and slightly improves battery life.
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    When it does nothing except prop up an OCD, then it's pointless.
  9. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

    sascha h-k

    Apr 26, 2004
    vienna / austria
    i had a 2.93 mbp (2 weeks) and bought a 3.06ghz.
    here i had no problems to take the license to the new mac as i wrote the developer and he was so kind to change the registration ..

    before i had a 2.4ghz and had to buy a new license for the 2.93 ..

    p.s. it runs at the same speed, but is about 20% slower !
  10. netddos thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2005
    Why don't you stop thread-crapping and leave already...

    I already gave you another valid reason....why are you going to say changing to new laptop every year is also OCD? :rolleyes::rolleyes:


    Yea see that's the thing. He let you reset it ONCE...which is why I said you can activate it twice in my original post..

    I used to have coolbook registered on my Macbook Air like a year ago...obviously I don't have Air anymore so I'm going to have to shell out $10 to use it on's not the $10 that I don't want to's the whole principle of the thing...When I pay for my software...I should be able to use it indefinitely...not get "expired" after two activation!!..
  11. Lounge Deluxe macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2009
    Well that's the business model the developer choose for CoolBook. Either live with it or don't purchase a license. I'm not thrilled about it either but since there is no competing app that does the same, I'll accept it. I think $10 is rather cheap, the developer could easily ask $25 and we'd still have no other app to turn to.
  12. mklnz macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2007
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I'm having a similar situation with this registration model.

    I original bought Coolbook last year for my Macbook Air Rev.A. I change laptops a lot since I always sell my old model and get Apple's new models.
    I recently got a Rev.C SSD version, and was hoping to register Coolbook again.

    Much to my surprise it can't register, and when I emailed the developer he asked me whether I changed laptops.

    I kindly asked if it is possible to transfer the license, and the reply I received was short and blunt.

    "Yes, that's it.
    No, it is not possible to transfer the license.


    I personally think this licensing model absolutely is shocking. To some of you $10 USD might be not be much but for an University student $10 everytime you get a new Macbook can be a hit. I rather pay say, $30, one off and be able to use it forever.

    I mean, what about those who change laptops through warranty? You're telling me if my MBA breaks down and Apple replaces my MBA with a new unit, I have to pay $10 again?

    Licenses should be bound to you, as in the person. Doesn't make sense to bind it to a machine. Machines will get changed all the time. I don't see what the problem is having the ability to transfer licenses. If he is worried about piracy then simply void the old machine's license and apply it to the new machine.

    I'm not going to pay $10 for Coolbook again. If I do, I know I'll be spending much more than $10 in the future, I have no idea when Apple is going to release new MBA models. If they do, that would be another $10 down the drain.
  13. Kidman13 macrumors regular


    May 16, 2006
    Oh wow poor little university student who can afford to upgrade a Macbook Air with every revision and now owns one with 128GB SSD and a 16GB iPhone 3GS? Cry me a river....

    Personally I think that if you can't accept his business model, then don't buy his product. As simple as that...

    EDIT: His fine print says "The price for the license is $10 USD (+25% VAT in the EU) for one unique computer."
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Poor university students arguments aside, it seems to me that at least the point of the unfairness of replacing the software if you have to do a warranty repair or replacement is pretty unreasonable to me... none of the other software I've ever owned required me to buy it again if my computer failed and was replaced... nor do any of the hardware accessories I buy for my computer refuse to work once I've replaced it.

    And having a computer fail is different from deciding you need to upgrade to a newer, fancier computer... you have choice over neither when nor where your computer fails. It just fails for reasons beyond your control.

    I'm not saying the seller of this app hides this fact or that the app is unreasonably priced (on the contrary, the price is extremely reasonable)... and the app certainly fills a big void particularly in the needs of MBA users, but still...
  15. chriszzz macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2008
    It makes plenty of sense. Computers have hardware IDs that can be used to keep track of the machines the software is used on. Humans do not.

    Most software is limited to a number of hardware units. Get used to it.

    Also, Kidman13 is right. Its you own fault you're a "poor university student" when you buy new computers every year. Use some of that education to figure out a way to scrape up $10 a year.
  16. kgeier82 macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    This is actually a really crummy thing to post OP. As a consumer, it is your job to take your money elsewhere if you dont like how a business operates. So what if there isnt an alternative to us? I personally DONT like the activation model Coolbook/Magnus run, so I simply havent paid, and dont use the product, period. I purchased it once, and was done shortly after I hit my activation limit.

    But to post on here and complain about it? Come on.

    Take your money, and go some where else, it's easy. No where else to go? Pay for it again, or shut up.

    Just my 2 cents. Its not like the coolbook folks hid this activation scheme from you. And 10$ is not that much every year, poor college kid or not.

  17. Jaap macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2008
    negev has chosen not to receive private messages or may not be allowed to receive private messages. Therefore you may not send your message to him/her.

    No email either.
  18. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    Too complicated!
  19. mklnz macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2007
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Thanks for that negev. I'll try it out. Not too happy on their activation process either.
  20. negev macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2010
    Hey guys,

    As it turns out, I and several other posters on this thread were completely wrong about the Coolbook license. Magnus, the developer of coolbook, has been in touch and pointed out that I misinterpreted the text of the manual that states that you can only reset the license once. This doesn't mean that you have to pay to reactivate it on the same machine. As you can imagine, Magnus was rightly very upset about this.

    Admittedly the wording in the manual is slightly confusing, and coupled with the forum threads I found here with people seemingly upset about the same thing, led me to believe that my interpretation of it was correct, but with hindsight I really should have contacted Magnus about this in the first place, so Magnus once again I am very sorry.

    If you like Coolbook please buy a license, it's a really useful program and $10 is nothing for what it does, really. Magnus could easily sell it for a lot more than $10. We were wrong about the license, so everyone who uses it should be fair to him and purchase a license if they haven't already.

  21. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    Were you threatened with a lawsuit or something? lol.
  22. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    Since when is VAT in the EU 25%? UK is 17.5%, and VAT in the EU as a whole varies between 15 and 25%, with the clustering being around the 20% mark.
  23. emiljan macrumors 6502


    Jan 25, 2010
    Wow 25% tax. Jeez i thought 10% tax here in the states was bad.
  24. shadygrove macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2010
    If i had to pay an additional 25% tax on software, you could be I would never buy software again. From reading these boards, technology seems to be a lot cheaper in the US which I find extremely interesting.
  25. Jazwire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
    Let me get this straight, you upgrade your laptop alot , great I update frequently myself, so your comfortable spending thousands every year to do that. But you are going off on a tirade about spending $10 for a app, I mean if this was Adobe Suite I could maybe see the argument?

    Fact is this is how this guy combats piracy, its not some big company. Its 10 bucks deal with it.

    On top of that being a little out of whack, I am sure you are completely uninstalling Coolbook each time you sell the old one right? Publicly you will say yes, but really?? Thats what I thought.

    Side note: Im questioning if the program really works, I have it myself and honestly haven't noticed much of a temp drop, maybe i'm not being aggressive enough with the settings, but thats a complete other subject.

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