Month: February 2016

A bloody long catch-up post

So, I kind of let uni get in the way. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been selling, though! Here’s what I’ve done in the absence I took from blogging. There is a post of things I’ve done this week, that will be up later on. Excuse the lack of pictures!

  • Inspiron 1525 – still alive, still awaiting a lid, bezel, battery and DVD drive bezel. Will get a donor eventually.
  • HP dm3 –  still alive, still awaiting hinges, bezel, speakers and potentially a base – DC jack appears to be slightly loose, I think it’s the DC jack itself at fault – Swapping to a less worn charger has helped. Thinking with this one that maybe I should just replace the speakers, hinges and DC jack and sod the plastics. Donors are really expensive!
  • Acer 5535 –  minus quite a few components – Probably only a donor at this stage, I just haven’t bothered to bin it yet.
  • Dell D510 – Chanced a job lot of spares keyboards but unfortunately unable to make a fully working board out of it – keeping an eye out for boards.
  • HP G62 (white) – still awaiting a working donor with shit casing.
  • Purple PB Dot SE – No progress, still awaiting bottom casing and screen. Battery has been nicked.
  • Emachines D620, number 1 – Still wants a hinge, cover and a HDD caddy – runs Windows 10 awfully.
  • Sony PCG-21313M – Wants a keyboard still.
  • Acer 5738 – Still wants a screen and a few other bits and bobs, mainly plastics.
  • HP 6510B – Still here. Still untouched. Likely to meet with sledgehammer at some point if it’s not sold by the time I have to move back home in June.


  • Dell D430 – Sold for £5. Think that was all profit.
  • Toshiba U400 – Sold for £55. £15 purchase price, £5 for a base, so £35 profit.
  • HP Mini 110 – Sold for £5. £3 loss but the board had gone in it, and I kept the 160GB HDD.
  • Lenovo R500 – Sold for £15. £10 loss but did keep the 250GB HDD as well as £20 worth of boxset left on the hard drive!
  • Red Dell 1545 – Sold for £50. £56 spent on that and the 8510p, bought both for £40, profit of £44 across both.
  • Vaio NS10L – Scrapped. Had the screen and battery off it.
  • Vaio C2M – still needing a screen and a new set of plastics. No longer seems to POST – Built it back up as best I can minus a hinge, currently listed for spares. Went as part of a job lot including two others for £10. No profit.

Purchased but sold:

  • Samsung NC10 – powered on… that was it. Bought for £5, sold for £5.
  • Samsung N148 Plus – powered but loose DC jack. Bought for £5, sold for £5.
  • Lenovo T61 – Powered but no backlight. Bought for £5, sold for £10 to the man who lent me a charger to test it. Turned out the board had gone. Later recovered the wireless card and HDD caddy from his bin!
  • Acer 5735 – Missing lots of bits, and had an unremovable startup password – the contact I allegedly had to short to clear this was not present! Got it for free, binned.
  • Emachines D620 number 2 – This was the one I sold a few months back to the guy who I got the Samsung R530 off of. It’s back in as good a condition as it was sold in, minus charger. Paid £30, sold for £35, £5 profit.
  • Dell Latitude 120L – Pentium M, 512MB RAM, 40GB drive, XP. Needed new keyboard and a charger (standard 19v, not Dell!). Old keyboard had like 3 keys left on it. Paid £2, sold £20, profit £10
  • Acer Aspire One D257 – Bought as a donor for the Dot SE, worked fine – Atom N570, 1GB RAM, 320GB drive with recovery partition – needed a keyboard (had one in from a £3 donor D257) and the PB’s battery, plus £2 of charger. Paid £5, sold £30, profit £20.
  • Toshiba Satellite L350-235 – Belonged to a friend, was given it. Needed a HDD cover (£2), a keyboard (£10 second hand) and a charger (£3). Pentium dual core 2GHz, 3GB RAM, 250 HD, Vista and a 17″ screen. Sold for £70, profit £55.
  • Additionally, a Packard Bell Easynote and a Fujitsu Amilo that had startup passwords that couldn’t be removed. These were £2 each, and met with a sledgehammer, as did the Vaio NS10L.

Purchases that are still here:

Advent Romas x3

A 1000, a 2000 and a 3000. One needs a power button, two need keyboards (I do have one in), two need batteries, all need screens, hard drives and RAM. Two definitely post, the 3000 didn’t. The CPU from the 3000 has gone in the 2000, which will be done up first, and then maybe the 1000 will too. The 3000 will act as a donor.
Price Paid: £20 for all three.

Acer Travelmate 4050 x2

Both Pentium M models, both 512MB RAM, both 40GB hard drives. CMOS batteries flat, and missing 2 keys on one, 4 on the other. One seems to be temperamental to boot so was scrapped, sold the screen for £2. One went in the same job lot as the Vaio.
Price Paid: £4 for both

Cybermaxx/Medion MIM2060

Celeron M 1.4GHz, 256MB RAM, takes an IDE drive (missing, as is the caddy). POSTs. Has rather nice white glossy case and features such as a DVI port. Loose DC jack sadly so being sold for spares. Went in the same job lot as the Vaio.
Price Paid: £5

Toshiba Equium A100-337

T2250 processor, 1GB RAM (I’ve upped this to 2 from spares and stealing from the PCG-21313M), 60GB drive, and original Vista install. Good nick other than the scratched lid, and battery only lasts around half an hour. This takes a 15v charger which I happened to have in stock. This had the screen from the Vaio NS10L as the original panel had vertical lines out.
Price Paid: £5

Acer Aspire One AOA 110/150

Scavenged from a bin!!! Two here. Both Atom N270 powered, one has an 8GB SSD and 1.5GB RAM, and is now running Ubuntu, the other has a 120GB HDD, 1GB RAM and a 7 installation. Only one slightly naff battery between the pair. Both missing the backspace key, and both are blue. Sold these for £20 for the pair, all profit.

In addition, I got some cables, two good condition laptop bags, various bits from an Acer 5315, a damaged bottom half of a Samsung N130, a Samsung R530 palmrest, and a couple of other small odds and sods. Not bad for free!

Later on I went back to the same guy and bought these. Total purchase price was £30 + the Equium A100 (so for the sake of argument, let’s say £35 all in)

  • HP Pavilion dv5 – Worked, 1GB RAM, possibly dead battery, mint casing, but allegedly overheated – sold to a friend who was going to fix/mod it to cool it down. Said friend has upgraded it to 4GB RAM and it’s apparently running quite well! Sold for £20.
  • Toshiba L300 x2 – One is missing a key and an optical drive, the other was missing nothing. Both have scratched lids. One has a Core 2 Duo T5800, 3GB RAM, 160GB hard drive and Windows 7. The other is an AMD-based system, and annoyingly needs an IDE optical drive, for reasons I am yet to understand, as well as a replacement key and a RAM cover. Intel system sold for £50, the AMD system is still here.
  • Evosys D-525 – I cannot find anything about this online, so I’m going to do a separate post detailing everything I can find out about it! Unfortunately due to lack of spares availability and this needing parts it’ll be sold dirt cheap for spares or scrapped!
  • Compaq V5000 – Powered for about a minute then died, every time, without fail. Scrapped, HD, RAM, wireless card and screen kept.

Other purchases include:

Toshiba Satellite P850-31L

This isn’t going anywhere, this was purchased off a friend for the purpose of replacing my main C850 – and that it does very well! Had some hinge damage, so replaced the top casing with one found on eBay for £15, and spent £2 on some Loctite to stick some parts back together! Also replaced the keyboard for £15. Running like a champ with an i7-3630QM, 8GB RAM, a 2GB Nvidia GT640M GPU, and a Sandisk 240GB SSD I got during Black Friday.
Price Paid: £90

Toshiba Satellite C660D-10F

A bit of a dog. Keyboard trim loose, missing battery, hard drive and RAM, and has some deep gouges on the screen. Powers to startup password – was able to remove this by shorting a contact on the motherboard. One dead RAM slot, too. Only a single core AMD, so not worth a load! Sold it for a loss just to get it out of my way really.
Price Paid: £15
Price Sold: £10
£5 loss 😦

Dell P2212H

This was a bargain. Bought at one of my usual uni boots, I intended to sell this to a friend who is after a tri-monitor setup for his girlfriend (said friend has caused everyone in our friendship group to want tri-monitor setups after his rather amazing one with 3 U2412HMs!), but after getting it home I couldn’t resist mocking up a tri-monitor setup on my desk. It hasn’t moved since! Definitely being kept. Has the adjustable stand, although is sadly VGA/DVI only, however have bought a miniDP-HDMI adapter for one of my other two monitors and have this hooked up via DVI, with a VGA cable to stick the laptop on it.
Price Paid: £7

HP G62-a28sa (blue)

This was a good deal. Bought with missing parts as a screen donor, works perfectly fine. Needs a battery, charger and base covers, already added 3GB RAM and a spare 320GB hard drive, runs Windows 7 beautifully. Couple of marks but will clean up very nice.
Price Paid: £5

Advent Monza S200 (red)

This was less good condition. Damaged hinges (aren’t they all!), and two massive holes melted in the lid. This has unfortunately damaged the screen, and there’s no RAM, battery or HDD. When these are added it works fine, but there are light patches in the LCD from the melted holes. May donate a screen to one of the Romas, assuming I can get one of the same model to make one good out of two with. Motherboard to be sold on as working. Plastics are expensive so this is likely not worth sourcing a donor for, but this is not out of the question.
Price Paid: £5

HP tc4400

Can’t remember what I paid, annoyingly! Think I spent £10. Comes with a pen but it’s damaged. Needed some RAM and a keyboard (£6 second hand), also needs a charger (standard HP big barrel). Dual core, with an old digitizer touch screen. Runs 7 quite well on either 1.5 or 2GB of RAM, I forget which. Will be listed soon!
Price Paid: £10?

Dell Latitude D610

A shit buy. Intermittent power fault, but otherwise complete. I’ll be looking out for another D610 with missing bits (surprisingly common) to make one good one out of.
Price Paid: £5

Dell Latitude D430 x2

Not too bad. Both had their 1.8″ drives intact (one 80GB, one 120GB), which is why I bought them. One is a Core 2 Duo 1.2GHz, one is a Core 2 Solo 1.06GHz, both had 2GB RAM, one had some marks on the screen, one had the additional 3G card and the built in fingerprint reader and there was only one included media base (which gives these extra ports like DVI and COM ports, and an optical drive, in this case DVD-ROM), so I’ve specced the dual core model up appropriately. The dual core model sold for £50, of which £35 was profit (counting the full purchase price) and the other one owes me another £5, and will be listed shortly.

Price Paid: £10
One Sold at £50
Profit (so far!): £35

Dell Inspiron 1545 (pink)

The usual lid and hinge damage to this, which has unfortunately damaged cable to the inverter. Has a good 15.6″ LCD panel. Came with 4GB RAM and a Celeron dual core. This will hopefully get a new lid, bezel and cable (I have a bezel in, but it’s a webcam one – not that I have an issue with adding a webcam – it might actually be cheaper than buying a bezel!). At the moment it has a 160GB drive in it, but Windows reckons this is failing, so I’ll try and source another drive to put in it. Also needs a caddy, and you have to buy both parts instead of just the cover on these, I’ve discovered. Might look for a donor as this can then provide bits such as a battery and DVD drive to the 1525, and a spare 15.6″ screen would also be nice.
Price Paid: £15