5 real Mac serial numbers for your Hackintosh

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I already showed you a few ways on how to get a working Macintosh serial number in order to fix your iCloud, iMessage and Mac App Store problems with your Hackintosh in my two previous posts (How to fix iMessage using Chameleon or Chimera and How to find a working serial number for your Hackintosh), now I will give you 5 real and tested Macintosh serial numbers.

Those serial numbers comes from real Macs and they are completely safe, and by safe I mean that Apple will recognize them correctly and iCloud and/or iMessage will work by 100%, but they will only work with Hackintoshes with similar hardware. Since those serials are from Haswells Macs you cannot use them on a PC with Core 2 Duo, Ivy Bridge or AMD CPUs, you must use them with Haswell Hackintoshes. Obviously you can try everything you want, but don’t tell me those serials doesn’t work, I already tried them and they’re fine.

1. iMac 21.5-inch, Late 2013
CPU: Intel Core i5 – 2,70 GHz
RAM: 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3
GPU: Intel Iris Pro 1024 MB
Serial number: C02L13ECF8J2 [Verification]

2. iMac 27-inch, Late 2013
CPU: Intel Core i5 – 3,50 GHz
RAM: 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4096 MB
Serial number: C02LC1T5FLHH [Verification]

3. MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch, Late 2013
CPU: Intel Core i5 – 2,40 GHz
RAM: 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3
GPU: Intel Iris Pro 1024 MB
Serial number: C02LJ41LFH00 [Verification]

4. MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, Late 2013
CPU: Intel Core i7 – 2,0 GHz
RAM: 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3
GPU: Intel Iris Pro 1024 MB
Serial number: C02LJ6QSFD56 [Verification]

5. MacPro, Late 2013
CPU: Intel Xenon E5 6-Core – 3,50 GHz
RAM: 16GB 1867 MHz DDR3
GPU: AMD FirePro D500 3072 MB
Serial number: F5KLV0H8F693 [Verification]

All you need to do is to select the proper serial number for your Hackintosh based on your hardware, for example if it’s a laptop choose one of the two MacBook Pros if it’s a desktop choose the iMac or the MacPro serial instead. The most important thing is that you choose the one with the more similarities with your system. Once you selected the right serial use Chameleon Wizard to apply it in your SMBios file, if you need help with Chameleon Wizard you can follow the guide at the bottom of this previous post.

How to update your Hackintosh to 10.9.2

Apple finally released OS X 10.9.2, the second major update to OS X Mavericks. When a new incremental update to OS X comes out, the question is still the same: How can I safely update my Hackintosh?

First, this is the official change log for 10.9.2:

  • Adds the ability to make and receive FaceTime audio calls
  • Adds call waiting support for FaceTime audio and video calls
  • Adds the ability to block incoming iMessages from individual senders
  • Improves the accuracy of unread counts in Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevented Mail from receiving new messages from certain providers
  • Improves AutoFill compatibility in Safari
  • Fixes an issue that may cause audio distortion on certain Macs
  • Improves reliability when connecting to a file server using SMB2
  • Fixes an issue that may cause VPN connections to disconnect
  • Improves VoiceOver navigation in Mail and Finder

If you want [or you’re really curious about 10.9.2] you can read the full change log here.

To safely install 10.9.2 on your Hackitonsh follow those steps:

  1. Repair permissions using Disk Utility [repair them twice just to be sure]
  2. Update OS X using the Mac App Store or by downloading the combo update here
  3. Once installation is completed re-install your audio drivers [only] using the latest version of MultiBeast, which you can find here
    [Note: If you’re having boot problems after the update try booting using the ” -x ” flag]
  4. Reboot
  5. Repair permissions again using Disk Utility
  6. Done.

Note: If you’re using MultiBeast 6.1.0 (or lower) do not install other drivers and/or any other thing beside audio drivers since 10.9.2 also updates graphical, storage and other drivers, replacing those drivers with MultiBeast can break your setup since the included drivers are for 10.9.1 and prior.

Note 2: If you use the Chameleon bootloader be sure MultiBeast won’t install Chimera or your Hackintosh setup will 100% break since some boot flags are different.

Note 3: You will also need to check if TRIM is still enabled as this OS X update will disable it, if you need help with TRIM follow this guide.

How to find a working serial number for your Hackintosh

Serial_numberIf you have problems with iCloud and iMessage and you already tried my post but nothing has changed maybe the problem can be your current serial number. In fact to enable iCloud and iMessage a Mac [Real or Hackintosh] needs to connect to the official Apple servers which will obviously check what type of computer it is and that is done using the unique serial number. If the serial is valid all services will be enabled, if not the access will be denied and that’s were all problems starts.

If you installed OS X using MultiBeast your Hackintosh already have a serial number since it will generate one for you during the installation of the Chimera bootloader using an algorithm, and at 70% it will be correctly recognized by Apple servers but those serial numbers are fake and not completely “safe”, in fact if you try to check warranty on selfsolve.apple.com using one of those serials it will 100% end like this:

Chimera_serial_number

So, how can we solve this issue and find a real serial number?

There are a few ways you can try but the first thing I suggest you is the easiest, easy as a Google search, do you think I am crazy? How can you find a real Mac serial on Google? Well it turns out there are a tons of website and single users who have posted they’re Mac serial number online and you can find them using Google Image Search like in this case:

iMac_Serial

You can easily read the serial which is: C02JT1EGDNMP and since its a real serial number Apple will recognize it too off course as you can see here:

iMac_serial_number_confirmed

cool, uh? All you need to do is search for your model number, for example “iMac 14,2” or “iMac Late 2012”, and look for serial numbers in the pictures.

Another thing you can try is to go to an Apple Store, an Apple Premium Reseller or any other places where they sell Macs, use a Mac [which can be used freely by customers] and go to the “About this Mac” menu and copy his serial.

The last thing you can try is to generate it by yourself using Chameleon Wizard by going to the SMBIOS tab and generate it there. You can find Chameleon Wizard latest version here. Just select the correct device model according to your hardware and click on “Random”, remember to check the serial on the Apple warranty web page and keep generating until you find the working one.

You can’t use a serial number of a different model even if it’s recognized by Apple, for example an iMac serial number on a Mac Pro Hackintosh, it won’t work.

How to fix iMessage using Chameleon or Chimera

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In this guide I will show you how to fix iMessage on your Hackintosh with Chimera or Chameleon in a few [easy] steps. This guide will also work if you already have problems with iCloud and/or the Mac App Store and will fix them too.

  1. Download and extract this .zip package
  2. Copy the “FileNVRAM.dylib” file into the “modules” folder in your /Extra folder
    [If you can’t find the Extra folder in the root of your disk drive open the Finder, press Command+Shift+G, type “/Extra” and then click Go]
    Extra_folder
  3. Repair your permissions with Disk Utility
  4. Reboot

The FileNVRAM.dylib will create a new .plist file inside your Extra folder which will trick the Apple’s NVRAM check triggered when you try yo connect to iCloud, the Mac App Store and iMessage.

If this solution doesn’t work you can try:

  1. Changing your AppleID password to a new password you never used before
  2. Adding a working credit card number to you AppleID account
  3. Giving your Hackintosh a different serial number.

This, with the “modules” folder we just added, will work 90% of the times, if not you can try those additional steps:

Note: In the next steps we’re going to change your Hackintosh current bootloader to the newest version of the Chameleon bootloader which integrates a few patches for iMessage. If you’re already using Chameleon it should be straight-forward but if you’re using Chimera make sure that you check the correct boot flags in your org.chameleon.Boot.plist, especially if you’re using a NVidia or ATI GPU.

  1. Move Chameleon Wizard to your application folder
  2. Open Chameleon Wizard and select Update and then check “Update more bootloader files”
  3. Click Install
  4. Reboot

Chameleon_Wizard-18Done!