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I just got my new (to me) MacBook Pro 15". Sorry to retire the old 2000 Pismo, but it was impossible to watch video on it and this machine was a steal. It came with Adobe CS5, QuarkXpress, and MS Office 08 (plus a bunch of other stuff) preinstalled. Reseller was an online Mac shop and they left all the software that was on there when it was traded in.

My question is, does anyone know where the software serial number files are located? I don't expect to have trouble, but in case something happens I want to be able to backup and reinstall the software. It would cost me about $2500 to re-license it all.
 

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You'll have to just Google the keys.

e.g.: "Office for Mac 2008 key"

That should give you a bunch of different choices.
 

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Keys are usually just printed on the original install disc itself or the disc case. Otherwise you're probably SOL (and will need a keygen). You might try to search the computer for a file... maybe they saved them as a .txt? I've never done that, but there's a chance I guess.

Spotlight = Cmd + space, or click the magnifying glass in the top right.
 

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Some software displays the keys with the program under about.
Actually that's true. Photoshop CS3 doesn't seem to display this but my copy of Office 2004 does.
 

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Keys are usually just printed on the original install disc itself or the disc case.
Yeah, aware of that. But the install disks were not part of the deal. Reseller didn't have them. I have older versions of most of the software installed on my old Pismo. Those versions were purchased new by me and I have the serials, but I'm not sure if the serials will work for these recent versions.

I never registered them, but I suppose if I did I could get Adobe customer service to help me out.

I have an extra hard drive. I guess I could just partition that and put a duplicate of everything on this new drive on there. That may cover me in the event of a major crash.
 

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Think I may have it: Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection/AMT/application.xml

There is a 24 digit key in the file after a "key=SerialNumber" tag.
 

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Do check the "About 'program'" sometimes they are listed there.

Welcome to the mac world.

This was posted from my 17" MBP, my wifes 13" MBP is next to me and the iMac G5 is down stairs. :)
 

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Do check the "About 'program'" sometimes they are listed there.

Welcome to the mac world.

This was posted from my 17" MBP, my wifes 13" MBP is next to me and the iMac G5 is down stairs. :)
Not new to Macs, just used to the older ones. I've been using them since the MacPlaymate days. :) We've got 5 Pismo PowerBooks in the house (best laptop ever BTW). But I have them maxed out at 1Mb RAM and 750Mb G4 processors which just doesn't cut it these days.
 

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I know what you mean. The iMac g5 is having a hard time these days.
 

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I'm still rocking a 1.5Ghz PowerBook G4. Aside from it's astounding ability to heat titanium to a liquid state, it's the best laptop ever^2.
 

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Melted titanium, I know what you mean. This laptop is WAY hotter than my Pismo. I can't work with it directly on my lap it's so damn hot (which seems odd for a laptop). iStat widget shows some serious high temps (CPU 140º), but when I looked it up, that's within normal operating range.
 

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Talk to me next time you right click*
lol, this is really stupid. Even though its a joke.

I don't really get aggravated over people bashing macs for the most part, but this ticks me off the most.

Its not all that fucking hard to hold one button down while clicking. jezz.

/rank.

To look for the keys, sometimes you have to dig deep within the programs files. Sometimes you can look up online where they are hidden as well.
 

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Talk to me next time you right click*
Talk to me next time you expand or contract a window, view all windows, rotate windows or scroll by using your fingers on a touch pad.*
 

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Talk to me next time you right click*
Or you could just buy a non-Apple mouse.

I have a lovely Logitech cordless laser mouse with many buttons and a scroll wheel that works great. Use it LOTS more than my Wacom tablet.
 

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Turbocon, did you get the Core i5 or i7? (ETA: Never mind, those are new and I forgot you picked yours up used.) I picked up a MBP 15" i7 back in May and I much prefer it to my old-but-still-quick Quad Core G5. Damn nice piece of hardware.
 

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I used to say that too.

My MBP can tell if I am using 2 fingers or not and that was way before any other laptops could. Two finger for right click, and two finger scrolling FTW.

The wife's brand new MBP has a ridiculously nice touch pad. I love that thing. Multitouch up to 4 fingers and so smooth.
 

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Melted titanium, I know what you mean. This laptop is WAY hotter than my Pismo. I can't work with it directly on my lap it's so damn hot (which seems odd for a laptop). iStat widget shows some serious high temps (CPU 140º), but when I looked it up, that's within normal operating range.
Download SMC Fan Control and you can set at what temps the fans come on at and how fast… really helps keep things cool and works much better than the Mac default settings. You can set up different settings depending on what needs you have… I noticed flash makes my MacBook Pro run pretty hot (up to 75C) even with fans going full boar!

Let us know how ya go!

sab
 

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I also just picked up a new-to-me MacBook Pro after the motherboard in my HP Entertainment Edition laptop blew. Similar deal with the pre-installed programs, but I need to upgrade my CS3 to CS5. So far not too bad, they had put in a 2x bigger hard drive and upgraded the RAM to boot. And you can't really beat $700 (cheaper than it would've cost to replace the HP). I'm just not a fan of the OS itself (snow leopard), so I have Windows 7 all set to go in Bootcamp in case of emergency. Enjoy the new 'Book!
 
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