serial numbers - How to decipher

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by siam, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. siam macrumors regular

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    I am hoping to buy an iMac at some time in the future,
    ive seen here on some posts the mention of the serial numbers
    and how if you know how to read them they can give you
    Information on your Mac, I know the info must be here some where
    but still can't find it , so can some one please point me in the right direction
    so when I do get my Mac, I will be able to decipher the serial number..?

    Thanks ... Siam
     
  2. Kirk macrumors regular

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    The first 5 characters of your mac's serial no tells you the place it was made (1 and 2), Year (3) and week (4 and 5).

    Your number will probably look something like this: W8743xxxxxxx

    W8: Shanghai China
    7: 2007
    43: week 43
     
  3. Cromulent macrumors 603

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  4. Kirk macrumors regular

    Kirk

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    F: Fremont, California
    CK: Cork, Ireland
    SG or E: Singapore
    UV: Taiwan
    QT: Taiwan (Quanta Factory)
    W8: Shanghai China
    PT: Korea
     
  5. siam thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Kirk

    are there any more country codes.. other than ..

    F: Fremont, California
    CK: Cork, Ireland
    SG or E: Singapore
    UV: Taiwan
    QT: Taiwan (Quanta Factory)
    W8: Shanghai China
    PT: Korea

    ..... ?



    Siam....
     
  6. dotcomlarry macrumors regular

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    Nice... However, none of those country codes do me any good. My serial number is prefixed with a G :)
     
  7. lshaner macrumors regular

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    Mine, too... What Country Code is "G" ??

    Mine is a Mac Mini. Unlike all the other Mac's that I CTO'd, this one did not ship direct from overseas...it shipped from Cupertino. Yeah, I suppose it could have come on a pallet and then be split and shipped. But does Apple actually manufacture any systems in Cupertino?
     

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