help me with my new mac book pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by newmacuser2011, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. newmacuser2011 macrumors newbie

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    Please don't laugh :(

    I finally decided to get a mac, but i went the way of ebay to get it. I got it last wek but the settings are in chinese (or some other oriental language - can't tell):eek:

    Of course I cannot explain to the person I bought it from what I am seeing, and after taking pictures of it, he is still unable to tell me how to change the language settings :(

    Is there anyway that someone can guide me through this? I am super excited to finally get my mac and now this. Please help - school begins next week.

    BTW - I am not sure if this is allowed - I hope I'm not breaking any rules - but I am in NY - is there any place that can be recommended to do this? Please help!!!
     
  2. BJB Productions macrumors 65816

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    Oh dear. Chinese reseller? Always look closely before you buy! ;)

    No worries, this can be fixed. I'm going to give it a shot here.

    1. Find the following icon on the dock:
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    2. Click it and it will open a window.

    3. Click the following button in that window:
    [​IMG]

    4. A window like this should appear. The top choice is going to be Chinese. You need to find, and click and drag English to the top of the list...
    [​IMG]

    5. Restart computer.


    Let me know if this works.
     
  3. newmacuser2011 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. I will try when I get home this evening. I surmised as much with looking for the setting icon, but when I look on the list, all the words show up in chinese, including my systems preference :(

    BTW - Is a Mac supposed to have Windows 7? Because that is what it came with. Can I just wipe this entire thing clean and start over? What would be the ramifications?:confused: It works well, no issues, practically new because everything that was installed you can see it was done last year, but I just don't want to surprises of having to deal with language issues such as this one.
     
  4. BJB Productions macrumors 65816

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    Oh wow...Yeah if you're ok with it, I would definitely wipe it clean. Technically (unless the seller gave you the Windows 7 disks) you are running an illegal copy of Windows....who knows what else might be lurking in the computer.

    For a complete reinstall, this link should help you. (You'll need to have the Mac OS X disks handy)

    http://www.wikihow.com/Reinstall-Mac-OS-X
     
  5. newmacuser2011 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    :mad:oh boy, no discks so illegal copy then i guess:mad:

    I have the mac discs so i will definitely wipe it clean. better safe than sorry - and definitely lesson learned. At least if something else pops up, I'm still cvered under the ebay warranty:rolleyes:

    Thank you so much again - will keep you posted:D
     
  6. BJB Productions macrumors 65816

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  7. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    Did you check the serial number prior to buying?
     
  8. rychencop macrumors 65816

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    Ebay warranty....lmao...good luck with that.
     
  9. engaged44 macrumors member

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    yeah bro check the serial number on apples website.
     
  10. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    Dont wipe the HD unless you have install discs!
     

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