MBP Serial Number

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  1. Twe Foju macrumors 6502

    Twe Foju

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    i know that each Apple product got a serial number, but i lost my MBP box which are supposed to have the serial number of my MBP

    the problem is, now as far as i remember, you can check your MBP's Serial Number in System Profiler > Hardware > then the serial number

    but mine is like

    Serial Number: System Serial#

    isn't it supposed to be the serial number instead of "System Serial#" ?
     
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    If you have had a logic board replaced then it no longer appears and sometimes it is not there for other reasons too.

    The serial number will (IIRC) be printed on a sticker in your battery compartment so you can read it from their.
     
  3. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    You can get it from two places:

    1. Apple Menu -> About This Mac. Click on the the text for the Version number and it will change to the Build number. Click on the build number and it will show you the system serial number.

    2. Inside the battery compartment.
     
  4. Twe Foju thread starter macrumors 6502

    Twe Foju

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    hmm, yeah i had my MBP's Logic Board changed like 1 week ago due to some RAM slot problem, i got the serial on my Batt Compartment , thanks for the info!

    just out of the curiosity, what do you mean by the next text? you mean the hardware overview tab right?
     
  5. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    If you click the highlighted text it will change to the build number of the os and then to your serial number, however when you have had the logic board replaced I think it is empty as it refers to the same string.
     

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  6. Twe Foju thread starter macrumors 6502

    Twe Foju

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    oh, i just know you could do that, lol, well anyways

    yeah, the serial is empty as it only says "Serial Number System Sal#"

    but anyway, thanks for the time =)
     
  7. e12a macrumors 68000

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    take it back to the service center. They should be able to fix the problem.


    noob mistake.
     
  8. schalliol macrumors regular

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    Old thread, newly found issue. My well out of warranty MBP had its logic board replaced two years ago and they must have forgotten to set the serial number, since I have the same issue. Since it's been so long and is out of warranty, does anyone know how to encode the serial? I can get the number from the computer's physical markings, but I thought in the event it's stolen that it would be useful to have the serial encoded. Thanks!
     
  9. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    The Apple Stores or Authorized Service Centers have a tool called the Blank Board Serializer, which they can use to set the serial number, regardless of how long it's been. Just take it in to one and ask them to set it for you. Hopefully they won't charge you, but if they do, it shouldn't be much.

    jW
     

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