View Full Version : How to recover a stolen computer

04-08-2008, 07:47 AM
Hi guys,

So to cut to the chase, my bag was stolen the other day with a good friend's Macbook Pro inside (double whammy). I'm currently living in Beijing/China and the police are quite useless so I've turned to the net to try and find alternative ways of locating the laptop.

So from what I've learnt, the computer doesn't have any lojacks or programs designed for tracing, it does have a version of Log Me In (which version I do not know, plus I don't know exactly how that program works) and we have the computer's SERIAL number but not its MAC address.

So what are some ways to be able to track this computer down?

Is there any way to find out the MAC address through the serial number?

Any info would be greatly appreciated as we are all desperately trying to get this computer back.

04-08-2008, 12:21 PM
What you can do, I guess, via LogMeIn, theoretically, is if you use LogMeIn and see that the computer is idle for a while, install LoJack on it remotely....don't know about MAC addresses though....

04-08-2008, 07:54 PM
I would say you are screwed on this one

04-10-2008, 10:53 AM
You can call apple and report the machine stolen. If they take it in anywhere the service people will know its stolen. I think you will need the serial number from the computer - if you have apple care they can probably help you further.

04-12-2008, 09:08 AM
This is a bit late to solve your problem but it might come in handy in the future for you or anyone in the forum wondering about this : How to recover lost or stolen Apple products (http://www.macsimumnews.com/index.php/archive/how_to_recover_lost_or_stolen_apple_products_video/).

04-13-2008, 11:48 AM
put an add in the local equivalent ebay/craigslist
attend a local open market
have a plan in place when you find the computer.

this too is a little late but:
apple should put finger print id on their devices, i have one on my pda and it is functional.