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68k Macintosh Serial Number Decoder v1.2

Where and when was your Mac born ?

Decode following facts about your 68K Mac from its serial number:

To use this decoder, simply type in your Mac's serial number in the decoder below. Click the decode button to decode your Mac´s serial number. Any asterisks can be left out, as they are not considered to be part of the serial number. The decoder supports Classic Mac´s from 1984 to 1999 like Macintosh, Mac SE´s, Mac II´s, Mac LC´s, PowerBook´s, Performa´s, Quadra´s and PowerMac´s serial numbers.

Please note: if what you think is the serial number starts with "BCG", you've found the FCC ID. You can not decode FCC ID numbers with this decoder. A classic Mac Serial number looks like this: C6310ROM0001AP (Macintosh Plus) - where to find the Serial Number ? If you have problems reading the number because the number 0 and the letter o look the same, read this Forum Topic solving this problem.

If you run across an unsupported model or an "undefined" value, please contact me with as much data as you know about the computer like: serial number, model, model number, CPU speed, where it was made (if known), when it was made (if known), etc. I try to add support in a future revision. A big thank-you goes out to everyone who submitted informations — you've helped to improve this decoder immensely! To check the decoded year see this timeline.





If you get an "undefined" value, please e-mail me the serial number string you put in, along with as much data as you know about the Mac. This includes the specific kind of Macintosh it is, approximately when it was made, etc.

Known Decoder Problem:

  • Working on a good means to differentiate between two-character and single-character factory codes for Fremont, CA. Right now, some serial numbers for Macs made in the early and mid 1990s starting with "Fd" (d is a digit) aren't properly recognised. If you have such a Mac please send me its serial number and include the specific kind of Macintosh it is, approximately when it was made, etc.
  • Some Macintosh Classic manufactured in Singapore have unusual serial numbers like: M*E14029GM1542LL/A*
    Please remove the beginning M* and the ending last characters LL/A* - this leaves the correct syntax for the serial decoder: E14029GM1542.

Yours,

Oliver

Where to find the Serial Number ?

  • Macintosh 128k: sticker below the lower-left corner of the screen
  • Macintosh Plus: sticker on the bottom of the case
  • Macintosh SE: sticker on the back site
  • Macintosh LC: sticker under the left front bezel
  • Macintosh Performa: sticker under the left front bezel
  • Macintosh Portable: sticker on the bottom of the case (right upper corner)

Reading your Mac´s serial number - the 0 and O problem...


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Version History:

Version 1.1 - Added following IDs:

"2D9" "KA1" "B01" "B03" "C40" "M0420 "L13" "L02" "M61" "DZ4" "D23" "C82" "1XS" "1M1" "1LZ" "D39" "3B1" "3BF" "CC5" "CC2" "VA1" "VA2" "CC7" "L0Y" "10Y" "20C" "G20" "41Y" "44H"

Version 1.2 - Added following IDs:

"1PT" "CF07" "KAT" "D04" "M0422" [Joey] "MO421" [Jim] "V23" [Peter] "B47" & "M3459" [Applefreak] "D10" "M5880" [Sungjin]
"SQ" country Ireland (PB 100) [Tjabring] "M1542" [Jim] "M3548 & 9CL" [Jim] "KH1" [Applefreak] "D22" [JC] "492" [Eric] "M5880X" [Dick] "M5404" [David] "K02" [William] "M5910X" [Dean] "K01" [Gary]




If you have extra info about this page, if you noticed errors, please help me to maintain this site. Send me the information you have, I will update the page as soon as possible. Thank you in advance.


 
 

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