System information/About this mac ... wrong info !

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by miffed, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. miffed macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2007
    Hi ,

    I bought a 17" Pre unibody MBP from ebay - Although it all worked fine, but it developed some serious hinge problems ! I got some quotes to get this repaired but these were simply not worth doing, ...Then I stumbled across another cosmetically perfect A1229 (same as mine) with a dead logic board going for less than the cost of the repair quotes, I had a quick look on iFixit, then decided to buy the perfect MBP and transplant my Logic board into it

    The only differences were 2.4Ghz vs 2.6Ghz , and the "Body donor" machine has a 1920 x 1200 Glossy display.

    All went fine , thing works lovely now and I am pleased with the outcome , but If I look in "About this mac" it identifies as a 15" Mid 2010 machine , and reports the screen as being 15" (correct res though)

    Not a huge problem - but a bit strange , I wonder if this could lead to any problems with updates etc in the future ?
  2. Takashi macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2009
    After you perform the surgery did you reinstall OSX?
  3. miffed thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2007
    Yes , I reinstalled Snow leopard , then upgraded to Lion. I also reset the PRAM too. I didn't notice if the problems were present under SL.
  4. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
  5. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Look under System Report instead (About This Mac | More Info | System Report...). Verify model identifier, process name and speed, and serial number.

    You can lookup using model identifier and serial number from EveryMac.
  6. miffed thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2007
    Thanks folks,

    It turns out the Serial is indeed that of a 15" 2010 MBP, ...and I can only think of one reason that anyone would do that :mad:

    Not sure how to proceed to be honest , the "stolen" machine (if it turns out to be stolen) has been unknowingly sold off in bits and all that remains is the Logic Board - the rest of the MBP is a different machine.

    bit of a mess really !
  7. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    You can't have a 17" MBP with a 15" MBP Logic Board inside. Physically, it wouldn't even come close to fitting. Most likely, the Logic Board was replaced at some point and the tech who did the replacement mistyped the serial number. Easy to do, although a brain-dead move (the tool used to set it makes you confirm the serial number is correct 4-5 times before it sets it). Nothing you can do about it now, unless you're willing to get a new Logic Board for that.


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