How would I know if my MacbookPro is real?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by raymondhmt, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. raymondhmt macrumors newbie

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    This is my first time getting into a MAC system. I'm planning to buy a secondhand Macbook Pro 2010 model. While browsing the net I found out that you can change the System information a Mac. My question is "How would I know If I'm buying the real specs of a Macbook Pro, that is stated at the About this Mac?" Give me a head start before I get my self into trouble. Thank you and have blessed day.:D
     
  2. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    Serial number..
     
  3. blackbinary macrumors member

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    If i recall, the "About this mac" can be faked, but not the system profiler.

    The profiler is found in Applications -> Utilities -> System Profiler.
     
  4. raymondhmt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    after looking to the serial number, were will I base the serial number? online?
     
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  6. randomrazr macrumors 65816

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    ive never seen a "fake" macbook pro before...least the unibody ones LOL
     
  7. fat jez macrumors 68000

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    It's not so much fake hardware, as people misrepresenting the actual hardware the machine contains.
     
  8. ipodlover77 macrumors 65816

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    the system profiler can also be changed.
     
  9. LarryC macrumors 6502

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    Question: "How would I know if my MacbookPro is real?"

    Answer: Can you touch it?
     
  10. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816

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    Toss it down the stairs. If it lands with a satisfying "thunk" it was a mac, if it "thwaps" it was fake.

    :D
     
  11. hcho3 macrumors 68030

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    Smack it with a hammer and see if it can survive the hit.
     
  12. Vivian125 macrumors member

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    It actually depends on the situation, If it's fake MacBook it could be running Windows, not OS for various things:
    1. If it's just overheating, Your MacBook might be Core2Duo or the Fan is just dirty.
    2. If it's running slow, it could be HDD Problem where Most HDD from 2008 to 2010 hangs a lot. SSD is power efficiency.
    3. Most 2007-2010 they are Core2Duo unlike i3, i5 and i7 they use less power. Core2Duo in 2017 is still bearable when browsing the internet, but sometimes Gaming and Editing can be a problem.

    My advice is i wouldn't buy a MacBook older than 2011...

    If your MacBook is Fake It should be running WINDOWS XP 7/8/10 not APPLE OS Snow leopard, or whatsoever version..
    If your Macbook is slow you can always upgrade it's RAM and Hard Disk Drive to Solid State Drive for faster startup and boot up.
     
  13. baypharm macrumors 65816

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    If you are THAT concerned about buying a Mac knockoff - then I would suggest you save your money and buy a new one directly from the mfg.
     
  14. Audit13 macrumors 6502a

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    I would think that making a Macbook replica would be really expensive, especially getting the magsafe charger to work.
     
  15. caramelpolice macrumors regular

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    How Can MacBook Pros Be Real If Our Eyes Aren't Real
     
  16. MacInTO macrumors 6502a

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    Canada, eh!
  17. WhiteWhaleHolyGrail macrumors 6502a

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    Perhaps read the OP's question people - he is asking how he can confirm that the system profile is reporting true stats, not whether the machine is authentic.
     
  18. Floris macrumors 68020

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    You could run a benchmark on it and if the numbers aren't even close to what they are claiming, either something is wrong and there's a reason to not buy it, or they fudged the details.
     
  19. Populus, Jul 2, 2017
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    Check the serial number on Chipmunk: Klantenservice. You're welcome.

    EDIT: oh ****, this thread is from 2011! Holy ****!
     
  20. Floris, Jul 2, 2017
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    I just noticed that too: Vivian125's vault :)
     
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  22. jerryk macrumors 68020

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    You guys are responding to a thread from 2011. I bet they OP got the issue resolved by now.
     

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