InDesign CS3needs re-activation since I replaced iMac logicboard

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Aug 06, 2022 Aug 06, 2022

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OK...so I fried a couple of USB ports on my 2007 iMac so I replaced the logicboard.  USB ports work fine now but when I tried to use my ordinarily fine-working ID software I get the "Activation needed" message.

Will replacing the logicboard cause the ID software to think it's on a different computer and that it needs activation?  Adobe has been no help in getting the ID software re-activated.

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Community Expert , Aug 06, 2022 Aug 06, 2022

You are most likely out of luck. The CS3 activation servers have been de-commissioned for years. Therre was a period of time in which registeerd CS3 users could obtain a new serial number and a new installer that did not require activation, but all the information I've been able to find so far indicates that Adobe is no longer providing that option.

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You are most likely out of luck. The CS3 activation servers have been de-commissioned for years. Therre was a period of time in which registeerd CS3 users could obtain a new serial number and a new installer that did not require activation, but all the information I've been able to find so far indicates that Adobe is no longer providing that option.

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Hi @Fred16B7 , did you also replace the startup drive with the old CS3 installation?

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The repair service forgot to reset your computer to its original MAC address. They can do it, so older apps need not to be reactivated. Once I was in vacation in the US I has a guarantee problem and the board was replaced in an Apple Store. Then I could not start any activated Adobe App. I went back and after some minutes they did reset the Seial number and the MAC address and I could use all apps. 
With CS3 you are out of luck. It is dead as the old pharaohs. No way to get any reactivation again. 

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