Reformat macbook. 4 digit passcode lock

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iamJaymes, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. iamJaymes macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    My mum bought a macbook pro from gumtree and when you turn it on it requires a 4 digit passcode and obviously, my mother doesn't know it as she's just bought it.

    So I was wondering how to reformat the hard drive from scratch? I have OS X discs with my macbook that I think I can use but I'm not sure if whatever program this 4 digit pass code is calling for will complicate matters at all?

    Any help?
     
  2. jmjoh122 macrumors member

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    put the cd in the dvd drive and see what happens. There should be a screen that pops up and should walk you though how to put a clean os in it.

    if that doesn't work. try the normal 1234, 0000,1111, etc. Normally someone won't sell there laptop with there information in it.
     
  3. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Insert The DVD

    In the drive, and reboot the machine whilst holding down CMD+OPTION keys. You should then be able to perform a clean install.
     
  4. treichert macrumors 6502

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    SOunds like a stolen MacBook that got remote locked through Find my mac.
     
  5. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    quoted for emphasis.
     
  6. iamJaymes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    0.o Well what am I meant to do with that? =s
     
  7. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816

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    yup. sounds like the person who sold it to your mother probably stole it, or in any case didn't have it legitimately... she should try and get her money back, or get the police involved if it is in fact stolen... you should be able to check that with the Serial #, if it's been reported.
     
  8. Gen macrumors 6502a

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    Did you steal it?
     
  9. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    Well, it means that the previous owner of the MBP has locked it. This could either mean that it was stolen from someone and sold to your mother, or that the vendor messed something up...
     
  10. nicklad macrumors 6502

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    Contact the police to notify them that you think you may have accidentally purchased stolen property...
     
  11. mfuchs88 macrumors 6502

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    this!
     

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