HELP!! Mac book Pro Locked:(

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mattytothemax, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. mattytothemax macrumors newbie

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    Hi Guys

    My friend recently bought a second hand Macbook Pro 2011 from a pawnshop at a great price but it seems to be locked.


    I'm pretty certain it's been locked via iCloud.
    We've taken it back to the store but they can't help, they offered to give us our cash back but for the price, my friend really wants to keep it.

    Is there anything we can do to reset it?

    I've tried to reload snow leopard but I can't get into the Disk Utility.

    Can I force the reload somehow?

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Gav Mack, Oct 19, 2013
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  3. mattytothemax thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ah, Thanks dude. Sorry, Didn't notice:)

    I'll check out that thread now.
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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  5. a-m-k macrumors 6502a

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    If I were you, just to check to see if it has been, indeed, stolen, take it to the police and have them run the serial number. Though, it's possible that somehow, that has been removed.
     
  6. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    FWIW, on newer Macs the password is protected in a special chip, and the solution in the thread above (swapping RAM modules) won't work.
     
  7. SavMBP15 macrumors 6502

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    I would tell your "friend" that they bought stolen property.

    Who would even buy a computer from a pawn shop without testing it to make sure it worked (unless they have a return policy)?
     
  8. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    exactly,

    sounds super fishy , cheap laptop , locked with the password....untested and sounds like it was bought very quickly.
     
  9. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    That's why I enabled firmware password protection, Undecover anti-theft and Guest account, so I can force a new "owner" to play with the Macbook while he's being monitored.
     
  10. tonie macrumors 6502

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    Do pawn shops really sell macbook pro that's locked? Don't they have to test everything before they let customer pawn?
     
  11. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Do this.
     
  12. MeUnix macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, this thread doesn't sound fishy. Have fun, and if you really did get it from a pawn shop return it for your money back.
     
  13. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I doubt pawn shops would even know how to test a computer. It wouldn't surprise me to find a pawn shop selling something stolen. Even the most legit pawn shops can be fooled, especially with technology items. The cops routinely check in at pawn shops to look for stolen items. A pawn shop that frequently sells stolen stuff is going to go out of business.
     
  14. ano0oj macrumors 6502

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  15. racer1441 macrumors 68000

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    Please help me use this stolen computer I have from a 'friend'. Right.......
     

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