macbook off eBay help!

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  1. RTiii320 macrumors 6502a

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    just bought a MacBook off eBay and I bought it from an eBay store, he says he can't get ahold of the previous owner but for the login password. It just stays at the log-in screen. Do I need to restore it from. Scratch and also will I need the install disks to do this
     
  2. *Sandy* macrumors 6502

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    you need the password.........also could be stolen or have lo jack on it???

    I would send it back and get a refund.....
     
  3. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Sounds stolen to be honest, I've heard of ebay users who steal a laptop, buy a power adapter the same day and sell it on ebay within a week, it's very difficult for the police to track.

    I would suggest sending it back to whoever you bought it off as it sounds very dodgy, contact paypal and explain the situation if the seller gets uncooperative.
     
  4. priller macrumors regular

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    If you've got the install DVD you can boot off it and change the password.
     
  5. kalex macrumors 65816

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    or u can boot into single user mode and change it.

    seller sounds dogdy though
     
  6. RTiii320 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    if i use the install disc will it delete any applications... (mainly worried about macWORD)
     
  7. kalex macrumors 65816

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    depends what option u choose. if u choose archive and install it will keep old stuff
     
  8. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    You don't need to erase anything to change the password- you just need to boot the installer disk by holding down C when you boot. When you get to the first screen, select Reset Password from the menus.

    The whole deal still sounds bogus- if the guy didn't know the password how would he be able to test the machine before selling it- assuming he gave some kind of assurance that it was working that is. If he said as-is, then that is exactly what you got! ;)
     
  9. donga macrumors 6502a

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    are we all unknowingly helping someone do something illegal? :eek:
     
  10. dtklamf macrumors regular

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    does resetting the vram ect work on intels?

    and don't be so assuming there are plenty of legit reasons for this situation.
     
  11. *Sandy* macrumors 6502

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    Anyone missing a macbook???? PS most of us password it to protect it, no one would leave stuff on it and sell it.
     
  12. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    Resetting the password is actually on the guides of the Apple support site.

    Can you provide a link to us the macbook that you bought? Is he a reputable seller? Or a complete n00b?
     
  13. RTiii320 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    900 powerseller on eBay, he had 3 different macbooks when I won mine on eBay, however after i turned the computer off and restarted it, it automatically logs in. The actual problem now is that i can't change the name on the macbook to mine its still under the old users name. OR trying to receive updates i cannot because i do not have her password. The computer works fine however i cannot log in to any admin options!
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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    So you reinstall the computer!

    And you're not suppose to be using the programs from the previous owner unless you have the license AND discs.

    As with this stolen thing—some companies buy used computers, test them and that's it; they don't deal with reinstallation; they just buy, test, and resell.
     
  15. RTiii320 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yeah your no help, thanks to those who COULD actually help. Got it working in my name using the single-user mode method..
     
  16. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    Fussy bloke you are. :p

    How about creating another user account?
     

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