Macbook Pro without "Pro" marking.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mikeherdes, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. mikeherdes macrumors member

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    Hi, I just bought a MBPu 13.3" at a small computer store. I saved around $500 from the retail price. However, this macbook pro seems to be one of a kind.

    The bottom of the screen is not marked with "pro", yet the battery is not removable, and there is a firewire port. The system also lists the computer as a pro model.

    Im wondering if anyone has ever seen a macbook like this? Could the screen be from a unibody macbook?
     
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    Photos or it didn't happen. ;)

    That's quite a strange occurrence, but it can be that the bezel or display has been replaced with one from a MacBook.
     
  4. Techhie macrumors 65816

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    post the serial number and screenshot from sys profiler
     
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  6. mikeherdes thread starter macrumors member

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    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro5,5
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.26 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: MBP55.00AC.B03
    SMC Version (system): 1.47f2
    Serial Number (system): W891H7B66D
    Hardware UUID: CFCE8A7A-105C-5450-8FE5-A2E4B9348E10
    Sudden Motion Sensor:
    State: Enabled

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  7. Surely Guest

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    Holy giant picture....Please replace your tags with [B][img][/B] tags.


    I'd say that the screen and bezel was replaced with a MacBook screen and bezel.
     
  8. mikeherdes thread starter macrumors member

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    Is there anyway I can find out if the screen is a macbook or macbook pro screen? I know there is a different in image quality, but it'd hard to tell.
     
  9. RITZFit macrumors 65816

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    looks like the store might have just replaced some of the internals of an early AL macbook (before they started calling them 13" pros)
     
  10. Surely Guest

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    I think it's more likely that they replaced a broken MBP screen with a MB screen.
     
  11. Surely Guest

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    Google is your friend:

    http://www.eidac.de/?p=94
     
  12. AllieNeko macrumors 6502a

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    It's a MacBook Pro with a MacBook screen. The problem? The MacBook Pro screen is vastly superior. Well worth $500 more to be honest...
     
  13. Consultant macrumors G5

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    At least it doesn't have a dell screen. ;)
     
  14. mikem7522 macrumors member

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    It's a AL macbook, back when they were called macbooks. Literally nothing changed except for the fact that in a subsequent refresh to the unibody macbooks and macbook pros, they rebranded the 13" al macbook to be apart of the macbook pro family. Ive always chuckled at this since literally nothing changed (except for a bump in cpu speed from the 2.4ghz model to 2.53) It's ironic that you posted this because my sig touches on this point. I just find it annoying how a lot of people started calling them macbook pros just because apple said they were. The 15 and 17 inch macbook pros boast large screens, great speakers, better graphics cards, faster cpus, larger ram capacity, longer lasting batteries, etc which in my opinion is why they are worthy of the macbook "pro" name.

    But anyways enough of me ranting bottom line is you have a very capable mac that will last a really long time and to answer your question i guess it could be called a macbook pro since apple rebranded it. Although id feel pretty lucky if I were you as lot of people started referring to those models as "collectors edition macbooks" which is kinda cool
     
  15. Surely Guest

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    Seriously dude, read the first post before you respond. You don't seem to understand what is going on here.:rolleyes:
     
  16. jodr macrumors member

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    Probably just a careless repair job, but could also be a great screen switching scam that allows them to take a MB and a MBP, and sell them both as Pros. I would get the feds involved (except they don't answer my phone calls anymore).
     
  17. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    The aluminum MacBook does not have FireWire. The OP's computer does.
     
  18. Surely Guest

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    Not this.
     
  19. Hellishness macrumors 65816

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    what about the non-removable battery on the pro? my friend's AL MB bottom looks really crappy...not to mention like 2.5 hour battery life..
     
  20. xxplosive1984 macrumors regular

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    You've got to be kidding. Hell, for $599 I could get a refurb 24" ACD.
     
  21. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    The top screen part is NOT worth $500 especially if the internals are MBP. Check if the SD card slot and other "pro" features work properly. If it is just the screen that is not "pro", then a replacement part costs less than $200. I remember being offered to pay $300 to get my MacBook's logic board replaced. I think a logic board is worth more than the display assembly.
     
  22. ayeying macrumors 601

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    Actually, I had my uMB top replaced before and it was $599 for the entire top lid. Good thing I had AppleCare cause I would not be a happy camper for paying a $600 part.

    My MacBook Air's motherboard replacement was $899... so... Apple really marks up these prices.
     
  23. silverite macrumors newbie

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    Do you have applecare?

    You could probably go and see if they will replace it for you. You can say that you found that your macbook pro came with a rather large manufactured defect that you were not expecting :p
     
  24. elpmas macrumors 68000

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    Read first please. :/
    You just went on a rant...an off topic rant...
     
  25. kny3twalker macrumors 65816

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    http://www.appleserialnumberinfo.com/Desktop/index.php

    this site says your serial number is invalid
     

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