Stolen Mac. I have my MAC address...

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  1. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    Left my Mac somewhere. Somebody took it and whiped my info, so iCloud is not an option.

    I have my MAC address. How can I use this to locate it?

    I know who has it, so if I locate it I should be able to have the police cross-check and recover it, right?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Do you still have your receipt with the serial number?
    I don't know about the validity of the MAC address pertaining stolen computers, but as it is listed on the outside of the box and you have proof, that you purchased that Mac, the police should be helpful, especially if you know, who stole it.
     
  3. MrCheeto thread starter macrumors 68030

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    No, I bought it second-hand. I have no record of the serial. I did register it via iCloud, would there be any record on Apple's side?

    I'm mostly wanting to track it down somehow online so I can know exactly where it is.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You cannot track your computer with it's Mac address through TCP/IP.
     
  5. wywern209 macrumors 65832

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    do you rly want to know?
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    if u had lion on there, u can use find my mac.
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    Will probably not work, or would it?

     
  7. MrCheeto thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I know now who took it, but I need to find the quickest way to make a move and prove definitively that it's mine. He's a Mac guy, so he knew how to format and reinstall, which eliminates any iCloud settings.

    Would Apple have any record of WHICH Mac I registered with iCloud?
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    Very probably, but you have to contact them to find out and have luck, that Apple will actually help, as they have a history (I only read about it, no first hand experience) of not helping with stolen merchandise, even if you reported it to them via serial number and the stolen Mac would go in for repair, it would not get reported by Apple.

    But then again, just try it.

    And if you know, who stole it and you can't get it back officially, could you get it back "otherwise"?
     
  9. MrCheeto thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It wouldn't be the first time I've stolen my belongings back, but I'm mostly worried that he will sell it off very very quickly.
     
  10. simsaladimbamba

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    Then do so, maybe take a friend or two with you, you can count on. The official way may be too long. Have you contacted the police yet and asked for their help and seen, what kind of information they need from you in order to help you swiftly?
     
  11. MrCheeto thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I'm on it now. I have some pro bono attorneys I've known and I'm asking them what the quickest most sure way to proceed is. They're Occupy attorneys, they're not afraid to tell me to just TAKE it. Hah.
     
  12. codo macrumors 6502

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    Good luck fella!
     
  13. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    Walk into his house and ask him if he heard about the "Mac that got stolen", walk to his mac and unplug it and walk out of the house.
     
  14. MrCheeto thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Apple says there is NO information that determines which machine I had, even with iCloud data.

    However, I authorized that Mac to use my iTunes account. How does Apple track authorized machines? My iPhone was sync'd to that Mac. Would my iPhone have any unique identifiers stored as well??

    There must be SOMETHING that is unique to that computer that is stored somewhere. Time Machine Backups, iCloud, iTunes, my iPhone, downloaded apps, Lion...
     
  15. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    You stated you had the mac address, that shouldnt change.
     
  16. Hastings101 macrumors 68000

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    I think this was meant to be an awesome joke
     
  17. MrCheeto thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Sorry, I wish I was that clever.

    Somebody admitted to me that they witnessed somebody sell my laptop. They have some access to his phone, and I would assume that he would have communicated via email or text on said phone and even may be already logged into craigslist, where he sold my laptop.

    And now...we play my favorite game }8)
     
  18. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    One illegal act doesn't warrant another but to each their own. File a homeowner's claim and buy another, hopefully.
     
  19. MrCheeto thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Oh lawd, my ability to lie, act, and disguise my voice. This adventure could be likened to an episode of Columbo.

    Confidence and determination, high. Restraint, depleting ><
     
  20. kolax macrumors G3

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    I'm curious on the actual story. Who stole it (friend/colleague?) and how did he steal it?
     
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    They probably stole it because you had a depressingly done in 30 min motorcycle patch on it. In that case you deserved it
     
  23. macbook pro i5 macrumors 65816

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    When does the game end? I wanna know what happend:D
     
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    He clearly stated Mac ip address.
     

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