Category: Current Stock

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


I accidentally forgot to blog

Warning – this is going to be a long one, and I haven’t really had time to take pictures – I’ve just started a new job and this is my excuse. I’ve been behind for a few weeks due to other things going off at home too, so sorry! I will get some more videos uploaded soon. So, I’ll be brief on the updates. These have sold:

  • Fujitsu Pi2515 sold for £35, owed £20 + £2 for a charger, so £13 profit.
  • Acer 6530 – Sold for a £2 loss
  • The HP nc4400 sold for £30, £20 profit
  • Some of the RAM and drives from previous lots that was either faulty or untested sold for a total of £22 – both lots cost £50.
  • The BT phones from the southern boot were sold for £3, break even (but I did get a year’s use out of them!)
  • Toshiba C50D sold for £80, a profit of £35 (lid had to be replaced due to screw mount failure)
  • Nokia 3210 went for 50p
  • The Inspiron 6400, Toshiba A60, EiSystem 3086, the two ThinkPads and the Emachines M5118 went for £12 (100GB hard drive of the Dell was kept)
  • The Optiplex GX270 has packed up and been taken to the tip, sans HDD and DVD drive. The GX240 and 260s were given away.
  • A donor was purchased for the Inspiron 1525 at £9 – this donated a caddy, palmrest, keyboard, screen supports, hinges, DVD drive, hinge cover, screws and other electrical components. Now this needs a battery, HDD and caddy, lid and bezel.

So what does that leave me with? I still have the HP dm3, Inspiron 1525, Dell D430, HP 6510b (added bonus – the battery I bought that didn’t fit the 6930p fits this), HP G62, Acer 5535 and Dell D510.

I’ve started going to auctions – look out for a post on that soon!

And onto purchases! These aren’t really in any order. Also purchased was a large bag of chargers and cloverleaf cables for £10 – most of these are your standard 19v 3.42a that fit most laptops other than Acers, but I got a 20v 3.25a for the Pi 2515 prior to selling it and a 20v 2a netbook charger too. Two Dell chargers were also acquired for £2.

Pure Chronos CD Series 2 DAB radio

This is a smart little thing – black brushed aluminium, with DAB and FM radio, an aux port, a USB port for charging devices, and a CD player too. Got it with no power supply, tested it with one from a switch I had lying around and it works fine! Was going to stump up the £12.99 Pure wanted for a new power supply, and then I found a suitable one while going through a drawer!

For reference – a power supply from a version 1 BT Home Hub will fit these and work fine! The Pure takes a 9v 1.5a PSU like a lot of DAB radios I believe – The Home Hub PSU for the version 1 at least is 9v 2a and the right connector and polarity for the Pure. The Hub this PSU belonged to was a freebie and ditched long ago.

I’m tempted to get the remote for £12.99, but seeing as I’m leaving this in the kitchen at home, a remote isn’t really necessary.
Price Paid: £2!

Sony Vaio VGN-NS10L

Complete except for RAM and keyboard. Had a hard drive in it but only a 60GB – removed it. Powers on if pressure applied to the northbridge, otherwise nope. Would potentially be worth sourcing a new motherboard for. Currently sat in my “one day…” pile.

Sony Vaio VGN-C2S

Destroyed casing and smashed screen, but boots. Can’t test very well at the moment because due to the unique way in which Sony makes their laptops, you cannot change to the external display until after POST, and by default it will POST to the laptop LCD. Missing HDD, RAM and battery. A donor will be the best route to go down for this. Currently in bits in a bag for life. One with an intact chassis but still a cracked LCD is available for around £15.

Samsung X05

This was scrap. No RAM, no hard drive, no sign of life, no battery and a cracked screen. Chucked!
Price Paid for all three: £10

Packard Bell Dot SE

Working but with a damaged screen and slightly damaged casing. No hard drive (usually these take a 250GB, of which I have a couple in!), 1GB RAM, Atom N570. It’s a fetching shade of purple, too. Plastics will cost me £12, and if I can get a screen that should be around £10. Also will need to source a charger, as these take the smaller Acer-style plug. A similar model Acer Aspire One that looked like it’d been run over was bought for £3 but gave up only a keyboard and 1GB of RAM.
Price Paid: £8

Toshiba Satellite Pro U400

This works, but needs a new lid – sadly these are quite rare so a donor may be sourced for this. 2GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, has a webcam but no HDMI. Came with a charger too. Looked like it had took a shunt on one corner, hence the broken lid. The bezel will want replacing too, and potentially the hinges. If a donor is sourced with a good panel, this panel could go into the C2S.
Price Paid: £15

Asus X401A

This belonged to my housemate’s boyfriend. He had it new and had gone through two hard drives before giving up and replacing it with a better spec machine. I’ve put in the 500GB Momentus XT from the drive and RAM job lot. It’s a Celeron B830, with 4GB RAM and a 14″ screen. Sold via Gumtree after numerous offers of £80 which were ignored.
Price Paid: £25
Price Sold: £100
Profit: £65

Dell Inspiron 1545

I get through a lot of these! This one has a Pentium dual core T3400 running at 2.16GHz, 2GB of RAM and a matte red lid. The lid is good on this one after I cleaned it up (there was lots of sticker residue – a bit of Pledge did the trick!) and I’ve tightened the hinges. No hard drive, caddy or battery, but I stole the latter two from the 1525. Stuck in a 250GB drive, replaced a key for £2, and it’s currently up for £60.

HP Compaq 8510p

This is in really good condition! Has a T7100 Core 2 Duo at 1.8GHz, 1GB of RAM (will up this to 2), ATI graphics with a HDMI port, and again no hard drive! This one has the caddy though. I’m now out of HP chargers so I’ve ordered one (£9 as it’s a 19v as opposed to the more common 18.5v). The 120GB drive that was in the HP dm3 (which has been replaced with a 250 as it would have had) has gone in this.
Price Sold: £50
Price Paid for the pair: £40

Lenovo ThinkPad R500

Not bad condition. Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, 2GB RAM (DDR3 – would be upped to 4) and a 250GB hard drive, and came with a Lenovo charger. Sadly, this had a fan error. Replaced it with a new one at £10, and it worked, but not for long – when on any sort of mains power it shuts off and needs all power removing before it will work again. Shame really. When it does work, the touchpad also doesn’t work. I might try a DC jack, at £4 for one, but I’m going to try and cut my losses and sell as is.
Price paid: £25

Packard Bell Dot SE

Bought as a donor for the other one, needed a keyboard and a hard drive. Got some 320GB drives off a car boot for £10 for 2, so put one of these in. The keyboard worked but the retaining clip had come off the connector – now reattached and working perfectly. Sold quickly before I had chance to install an OS!
Price Paid: £16
Price Sold: £30
Profit of £9

Dell Optiplex 320

Bought from a friend. Celeron D 3.06GHz, 1GB RAM, 80GB hard drive, was on XP. Installed 7, sold on quickly for what I paid, broke even.
Price Paid AND Sold: £10 – Break even.

HP Mini 110

Bought as a screen donor for the Packard Bell, but works. Only needs a new screen (water damaged), battery and charger to be sold. Has original hard drive (160GB) with recovery, and 1GB of faulty RAM which was replaced.
Price Paid: £8

Sony Vaio PCG-21313M

Bought as a screen donor for the HP (yes, the one that was originally a donor for the Packard Bell). One is on eBay soon with a broken screen – we’ll see if it goes for good money, if so we’ll stick the screen and any good bits off this spares one (missing keyboard, screws, hard drive and generally not great cosmetically) in that and sell that. If it doesn’t, we rip the screen out and put it in the 110.
Price Paid: £9

Emachines D620

Bought from a box of random non-working machines, but had a charge and booted when I tried it! Hinge has snapped on one side so needs a hinge (£5) and a hinge cover (also £5). Working on an 80GB drive and 1GB RAM at the moment, might be upped to 2. I have chargers in and the battery is good, but it’s rough cosmetically.
Price Paid: £10

Acer Aspire 5738

This is supposed to be the fancypants 3D model – but the screen’s broke and so is most of the casing. Came with 2GB RAM, and does POST though. Will attempt to source a screen and some casing (I’ve nicked the top half casing from the 5535 as well as the battery but it still needs a keyboard, palmrest, USB board, base, base covers, and a hard drive caddy). Normally would’ve been chucked but given the price it’s worth trying to sort it!

Also bought at the same time was an old Centrino HP laptop, which was in a similar state – this gave up a bluetooth module, battery, wifi card, and 1GB of RAM before being chucked.
Price Paid: £1

Current Stock: Lots of stuff!

First things first, sorry for the lack of updates but I have various family members in hospital and have been running round like a prat, not to mention I need to go and move my stuff out of my old house! I will have a video up in the next few days about this lot (probably filmed in 3 chunks!). Anyway, enough of that. News!

  • The Toshiba L500 sold for £45, but the DC jack fell into the casing. Buyer was due to return it but then 3 days later listed it on Gumtree at a higher price! He won’t be getting a refund now! I made a profit of £30.
  • The scrap machines I had in sold for £25 in a job lot. This includes the Acer 5100, Acer Extensa 5235, the original 6930p, the Sony GRX316MP, the Dell D410, Inspiron 6000 and the Acer 7520. They didn’t owe me anything except for £5 on the 5235, so that makes it a profit of £20.
  • The better of the Dell D510s has now sold for £20, a profit of £13.50 (£5 for the charger, £1.50 to cover the spares from the donor further down in this post!), making a profit of £13.50 on the lot of 21 I got ages ago.
  • The C50D has had a drive and caddy fitted and now owes me £35.50, and is up for sale.
  • The good HP 6930p sold for £75. I paid £20, add in £5 to cover the charger and that’s a £50 profit.
  • The other V5535 sold too, for £50. It owed me £2 for a charger, and £5 of the price was petrol as I delivered it, so that’s £43 profit. That makes for a total profit of £177 on the £51 job lot of 7 I purchased. That’s with the 1525 still left to sell, if it ever lives again!

HP Pavilion dm3-1155ea


This has an AMD L335 1.6GHz dual core processor, HD 4330 graphics (switchable!), 4GB of RAM and came with a 120GB HDD. Reinstalled 7 and it runs fine except for a dodgy speaker. Plastics are rough so a new bottom case will be ordered (which will also include speakers) and a new set of hinges too as the ones on it have had it. A nice little system though! Came with the proper charger and a good battery too. Ideally wants a new palmrest and a new bezel as the old one’s cracked but at £18 for a bezel that isn’t happening!
Price Paid: £30 (high but I did get it delivered to me instead of going to fetch it, saving myself a bit of petrol!)

PlayStation 3 40GB


This was faulty but had recently had a new laser fitted. Sold at that week’s car boot.
Price Paid: FREE
Price Sold: £5
Profit: £5

And the other day, a friend of mothers got in touch about some systems he was going to throw away. So I duly went and collected them!

Job Lot of systems


Excuse the fancy picture – I was in a rush to remove these from the back of the car (not mine – father’s) and accidentally forgot to switch the camera out of ‘Artistic’ mode…
OK, I’m going to bullet point this as there’s a bit to get through.

  • Sony Vaio PCG-F801A – AMD K6-2 533MHz processor, 512MB RAM (despite only officially supporting 256!), 6GB HDD, slow as anything (suspect HDD is dying – Took a 10GB out of the Dell Latitude so this might go in) and a noisy fan. Thrown away due to epic slowness and lack of space and charger.
  • Dell Latitude CPx – 500MHz Pentium 3 – scrapped due to loose DC jack. Top half saved.
  • IBM ThinkPad R31 – 1.2GHz Celeron, came with dead RAM, 20GB HDD, works OK.
  • IBM ThinkPad R30 x2 – 1GHz Pentium 3s, one with a cracked lid and running like crap, one with a damaged board. Thrown both away after salvaging HDDs.
  • IBM ThinkPad A30 – Chunky. 933MHz Pentium 3. Works OK except for lack of wifi, dead battery and the sound inexplicably doesn’t work.
  • Dell OptiPlex GX260 x2 – Think they’re 2.4GHz Pentium 4s with 20GB drives. Both seem to work OK.
  • Dell Optiplex GX240 – Works OK, slow and only takes PC133 though. 40GB drive though!
  • Dell Optiplex GX270 – Works much better. 768MB RAM, 2.8GHz Pentium 4, 40GB drive.
  • Gigabyte 775 motherboard – no RAM, has a CPU in it, the case it was in was binned as it was missing its side panels, but it had a Core 2 Duo sticker on it. Also an EZCool 500w PSU. Will be tested when I get the laptops and the Optiplexes sorted, might be a new second PC for me after the grief I’ve had with mine!
  • HP Laserjet printers – Two of these. I threw them, I don’t have room to keep them and they were parallel only. Got half a ream of paper out of one though!
  • 15″ non-brand LCD – Thick, heavy, scratched, chucked.

Plan is to sell the R31 (after switching in RAM from the Vaio and one of the R30 30GB drives, alongside a wireless card off one and the best battery out of the three) and A30 with chargers, which I happened to have in my charger box. The Optiplexes will need RAM adding as only the GX240 and GX270 came with any, and I might upgrade the 260 HDDs, as they’re only 20GB. I’ve kept the install of XP on the A30, as this was easier than reloading and had useful software already loaded on, but am reinstalling XP on the R31 and the Optiplexes.

Price Paid: Free!

HP nc4400


This was picked up as working but without a charger (aren’t they all!). On getting it home, it attempted to boot but crashed. Strangely it wouldn’t run an Ubuntu USB or Memtest, but the issue was traced to the 1.5GB RAM inside it, which I’ve swapped out for 2GB of known good RAM. All fixed now. Running XP with the original recovery partition, but if I could be bothered to install it it would run 7 quite well with it’s 2GHz dual core processor. Only has a 60GB hard drive but that’s not too bad for an XP box. I have a charger in stock, so I’ll get this listed for maybe £50 to £60 soon.
Price Paid: £5

A lot of RAM and hard drives

You should know what hard drives look like, so no pics! A total of 8 2.5″ SATA hard drives, a large amount of DDR3 laptop RAM amongst other sticks such as some FB-DIMMs, server RAM, and a few odd DDR2 sticks. 2 matching 2GB sticks have gone in the C50D. As for the drives, 3 were dead (all Seagate – read into that what you will! They were a 500GB and 320GB thin drive and a normal 160GB), but working ones included 2 250GBs (1 slim), 2 320GBs and a 500GB Seagate Momentus XT SSHD! Annoyingly I’d already bought a drive for the C50D (£18 off eBay), or the Momentus would go in it. The drives will be kept for machines that need them. One of the 250GBs will be going in the HP dm3 at some point.
Price Paid: £40

Dell Latitude D505

Bought purely as a parts donor for the D510s I have in. Added bonus of 2x1GB DDR sticks of RAM, although 1 is dead. POSTs, but due to not being as well specced as the 510s, has been used as a donor. It’s RAM will possibly go in my father’s ageing Fujitsu D1845, its DVD drive and 15″ screen went into one of the D510s. The keyboard does not fit the D510, sadly. The battery has also been rescued and appears to hold a charge. Despite appearing to have a working motherboard, this has been chucked, hence lack of photo.
Price Paid: £1.50

Acer Aspire 6530

This model comes with an AMD Turion X2 RM-70 processor, and should have a Blu-Ray drive and around a 250GB hard drive. The latter two are not present, and the system does not power on. It powers briefly then shuts down after a few seconds. I have a spare working RM-70 but the pins have been damaged in storage, so once I’ve summoned up the motivation to straighten these out I’ll try replacing the CPU. Other than that, plastic round the DC jack is buggered (but the DC jack isn’t) and the HDD connector is missing. Assuming I can get it going again, a DVD drive is £10 (I can go for Blu-Ray at £20), £4 for a HDD connector, £7 to replace the plastic round the DC jack, ignore the cracked bezel, £4 for a caddy, bosh in a spare drive and potentially up the RAM from the 2GB it came with. Assuming I can’t get it going again? Sold as spares. Keyboard is shared with several Acer models, the RAM can be nicked, and the screen is an odd size but looks intact so can be kept too assuming I can’t find a buyer for the complete thing. Sorry for the lack of picture, but I forgot.
Price Paid: £8

Another lot of RAM

This was picked up for the Optiplexes. About 30 sticks overall, mostly DDR or DDR2 512MB sticks (some of which are ECC). Some 1GB sticks (which if working will go in the GX270). It’s RAM, you know what it looks like, so no pics!


A 4th gen iPod touch, 8GB, with a cracked glass and slightly bent frame. Backlight non-0perative, nor is the touch. Closer inspection shows a possible damaged cable. May order a screen. This is recognised in iTunes, but due to lack of touch and a previous owner’s passcode there’s not a lot I can do at this moment with it. Might order a screen if I can confirm the connectors aren’t damaged. Other iPod is a 4th gen 20GB classic which was sold as working, but had a dead hard drive. Luckily, I have a spare 30GB from an old Philips GoGear I got from a boot ages ago, at one of these stalls where you have a box of random broken phones, MP3 players, cameras, sat navs, that sort of thing – I assume it wasn’t tested due to the proprietary connector Philips use. All I did was rip the drive out. Popped the new drive in, jobs a good one! I’m actually listening to it now as I write this. £12 for a new screen for the touch, and I’m not sure how much the classic is worth now I’ve had to put a non-standard HDD in it, so we’ll have to see. Also forgot to photograph these!

Price Paid (inc RAM and two iPods): £17

Other random small purchases included a HP battery that didn’t fit the 6930p for £2, 3 10.2″ LED screens for £5 (one of which is cracked and one of which appears to be brand new), and some other scrap laptops that I shall be detailing in a post after I return from my uni town next week!

Current Stock: Boredom induced buys and Car Boot Results + Video!

First things first, I did a video blog! This was recorded before Thursday’s boot and before I diagnosed the problem with the first item in today’s post, the C50D. Have a watch, share, comment, whatever! This particular video will cover things I bought in the rest of this post!

I also did a boot on Thursday. It intermittently rained and I had a cold, but some sales were made!

  • The Dell Inspiron 1545 and the Acer Extensa 5220 sold for £60. The Dell owed me £45, and the Acer owed me £10, so this is a profit of £5. Nothing big, but they’re out of the way now!
  • The Dell Dimension 9150 sold for £20. This owed me £3 (after I gave away the custom tower it came with and sold the other for £10 – plus a DVD drive I was given with them for £2), so £17 profit
  • A 1st gen iPod touch that was faulty and was part exchanged with me for the Dell 5150 was sold for £3.
  • The remains of the Dell Mini 910 went for £3. Total of £7 made across this and the MSI U130 I purchased at the same time (£5 from the MSI, £3 from the Dell – £1 on a screen cable I tried to fix it with). I still have the 16GB SSD to sell on eBay at some point, too.
  • The RAC sat nav sold for 50p. Overall on the two sat navs, I made £1.50 and got £50 worth of windscreen mount and £20 of car charger for my own sat nav.
  • The Nokia 7600 at the bottom of this post went for £1.
  • A horrid Airwalk wallet I had lying around for £1.50.

Total made was £89, of which when you take out the pitch fees, £22 profit overall. I’ve had better days, but I’ve freed up cash to sort out other machines with (and because all my towers are now gone, I’ve freed up space too!).

I also sold the Fujitsu D9510 for £70 the day after the boot! Cost of laptop is covered, £15 for the hard drive, £10 for the caddy, and I can’t remember how much the charger cost so let’s say £5, so total cost £30, total profit £40. Total profit on that lot of laptops it came in is now £134, with the V5535 and if it ever lives again, the Inspiron 1525 left to sell. Good ready to go machines wise, I’m left with some of the below purchases and the V5535.

I’ve only been home for a week, and yet have still managed to buy 4 laptops!

Toshiba Satellite C50D-A-138


Advertised as untested with no hard drive. Chucked a spare 80GB drive in to test it, reseated the RAM and off it went! Keyboard wants a good clean, and I managed to sort an issue where the laptop wouldn’t boot with a battery in it – the issue was corrosion on the battery terminals – once cleaned up, seems to work fine!

AMD E1-2100 processor in this, useless things they are! 2GB RAM, may get upgraded to 4 at some point, and I’ll need a 500GB drive for it. Will also need to purchase a charger, though for the time being I can use my own C850’s charger.

Acer Extensa 5235


Less good. Cracked LCD, missing several keys (I do have a spare keyboard from the Acer 5536 that will fit this) and the battery. Only 1GB of RAM too, and a 2.2GHz Celeron 900, but doesn’t power up. However, this was advertised without a hard drive, opened it up and ta da! 160GB drive inside. The remains will be thrown.

Price Paid: £10 (Yes, £10!)

HP Elitebook 6930p


This has been bought so that I can make one good one out of two. Keyboard had to be repaired – one was missing two keys and had some faulty keys, one works but needed one key and was bent from where someone appeared to have punched it! One good one has been made. Battery’s dead, and I haven’t got a spare, but at least it’s present.

Came with 2GB RAM (I’ve upped this to 4) and a dead 160GB HDD, alongside a Core 2 Duo P8600 at 2.4GHz. This has the added bonus of ATI HD 3450 graphics. I’ve stuck the Extensa’s 160GB drive in this and have loaded 7 on. I am considering retrofitting a webcam and a Bluetooth module, but I can’t be bothered fitting a WWAN card. I have a genuine HP charger in stock, too!

Price Paid: £20

A couple of phones up next!

Nokia 7600 and 3210


These were a spur of the moment buy alongside a 19v 4.74a charger (suitable for Toshiba, Advent, Medion, etc) and a 20v 3.25a charger (which is being paired with the Pi 2515 when I remember to order a lid!). The 3210 has a battery that doesn’t charge, the 7600 has no battery. The 7600 also had a slightly damaged fascia. The 7600 went for £1, so the rest only owes me £2 now.
Price Paid: £3 (inc two chargers)

Next, Bank Holiday Monday’s only buy! You might have seen this on the Twitter feed!

Toshiba Satellite L500-11V


Excuse the picture (and the amount of rubbish that can be seen in the passenger side of my car!) but as I write this I feel like crap and can’t be bothered to get out of bed to take a picture, so I stole this one shamelessly from the Twitter feed!

This was from a house clearance stall and looked rough as anything. The plastics are damaged, and the DC jack was pushed in (this is not a soldered jack so this is less of an issue than it appears to be). Reseated the DC jack, and ta da, it works! Cracked LCD though. I noticed when removing it that it was the same model as the faulty one out of the blue 1545. Some Frankenstein shit happened, and I had a working panel out of the two (swapped the glass from the good one with the crap backlight onto the broken one with the good backlight). I replaced the missing keycap with one off of a ruined keyboard from an L350. Cleaned it up a bit, restored it back to factory (the 250GB hard drive and 3GB of RAM were still inside, with the original recovery partition for Vista, alongside the 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo processor), and it’s ready to go! Should fetch £50 to £60, more if it wasn’t in such appalling condition.

Price Paid: £10

Current Stock: A pair of Dells

This post has been sat in draft form for the past couple of weeks, and I’m running around like a madman as of late, so no pictures, sorry! During those weeks, the Sunday boots fetched us these:

  • Belkin 2-port KVM with cables (missing PSU) – 60p, and I think I have a suitable PSU in.
  • Dell PA-10 charger with mains lead – £3
  • USB stick – £1 – turns out it’s 256MB 😦
  • And completely unrelated, an old Safeway basket, £1

From there, let’s look at these towers! All three were acquired from a friend. The Dells are of a similar vintage and both sport card readers, twin optical drives (one ROM and one writer each) and good condition cases.

Dell Dimension 5150

A 2.8GHz Pentium D, 1GB RAM, the DVD drives don’t appear to work all that well, but it has an ATI X600 graphics card, and an X-Fi XtremeMusic sound card. 160GB SATA drive I have spare has been fitted and 7 installed. I’ve had some interest at £25, so hopefully this will sell today.

Dell Dimension 9150

This one’s a little better, a 3GHz Pentium D, 2GB RAM and an Nvidia 7900GS! I think the plan will be to put a 250GB drive I have in in this (out of my workshop rig, will clone the drive to a spare 500GB I have in). Should be worth around £30 to £35 once done.

Custom-built PC

This is less good. This has an old Socket A AMD Sempron 2600+ running at 1.83GHz, and 512MB RAM. I’ve thrown in a spare 80GB IDE drive from a system I sold ages ago, and if I can find a working 512MB stick of DDR in my stash, will up the RAM to 1GB. The case is smart and has extras like a card reader, but has a great dent in the top. Price wise, expecting to get about £15 for it with a fresh install of XP and the upped RAM, but it will likely sit and wait until after the assessment period is over.

There will be some more posts soon enough!

Current Stock: Swap Shop and Home Boots!

First, updates. The Fujitsu LH531 left us for £25 on Sunday, and on Tuesday the Toshiba C660 sold for £120. Counting costs of the parts for the Toshiba (£15 hard drive, £3 caddy, £5 charger) and Fujitsu (£21 on 2 DC jacks, £3 on charger), and the original £51 purchase price of the lot of 7, we have a total spend of £98 and total made of £145. That means a profit of £47, with the 1525, three Fujitsus and the Acer 9300 left over!

And last Friday night, the Toshiba A120 left us, with no money changing hands. But what I got in return was better!

Samsung RV510


First off, it’s dead. Absolutely no sign of life. Will potentially be worth sourcing a motherboard for, as it’s in mint condition! Came with 2 chargers, one Samsung one generic, and was complete with its 640GB hard drive, 4GB of RAM and good 15.6″ screen. If I can get a board, I will. If I can’t, I’ll have the hard drive, RAM and at least one of the chargers (probably the genuine one!) and sell as spares. Obviously, it was a swap, so no price paid, but the Toshiba owed me £25, so let’s take that as the price paid!

Last weekend, as it was Mother’s Day, I thought I ought to go home, and as I’d missed out on Saturday’s boots due to work, I decided to go all out this morning and try a new boot! I did my usual two, then the new boot, then the indoor boot where I know a seller.

The first boot gave us these two:

MSI U130


4 keys missing as you can see, and it’s also missing its hinge covers, and there’s also a gouged lid. Hinge looked like it had gone when I first saw it, but I tightened the screws up and its fine now! Works, has its original recovery partition, so it’s been restored to factory. Will try and move it on without sourcing charger, keys and covers first. It’s an Atom N450, 1GB RAM, and a 160GB hard drive, and also has Bluetooth.

Dell Inspiron Mini 910 (no picture, by the time I remembered it was in bits!)

Boots to a white screen, which is also flickering. Screen cable is slightly damaged at the LCD end which may explain it, but if I fiddle with the connector at the board end, it shows the display briefly, so at 99p for a screen cable I’ll give it a go and see if I can fix it. If it wants a screen or motherboard instead, it will be parted out.

Works fine on an external monitor, but the battery’s dead. Bit of a flaw on a netbook, that! This is missing one key, and the lid is also badly gouged. I damaged the palmrest when the bag it was in split between my car and the house, and a new one is about £3, which if I get the screen going, I will replace.  Specs wise, it’s got an Atom N270, 1GB RAM, and has a 16GB SSD (worth £20 on eBay if I decide to part it out!), as well as built in Bluetooth and 3G!

Price Paid: £15 for the pair

Also acquired at the first boot was a 19v 3.42a charger for £3, which fits the Acer Extensa 5220 and the Emachines D620 quite nicely, so the D620 is now listed for sale at £60! The second boot gave us nothing, but the new boot gave us some hard drives! Specifically, two 2.5″ SATA drives, a 120GB and 320GB, for £5 each! Both drives work, and will be put to use almost immediately. The 320GB is being held onto, and the 120GB is going in the worse condition V5535, with the two 250GB drives spare going in the D9510 and the better V5535.

The final boot, and my usual seller came up trumps as usual, so these machines were picked up. Bit gutted about the phone, but it was bought untested, and when you consider that the items were marked up at £20, £10 and £3 respectively, and £20 was paid, it’s not too bad!

Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pi 2515


This was sold as needing a charger. It also needs a lid, as this one is cracked and on its way out. Other than that it does work though, and runs a 1.5GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM and a 160GB hard drive. Lids are about £10 for a new part, and I’ll have to transfer the FSC logo onto the new lid, and chargers are about £6 (although seeing as I need the same charger for the V5535s, I’ll try and source a lot of these).

EiSystem 3086

This is prior to the screen being replaced.
This is prior to the screen being replaced.

Underneath, this is identical to the Advent 8109 I already have in, and was bought as a donor for it. However, this works fine and is in better condition other than the cracked LCD, which can be swapped with the good screen currently residing in one of the Acer 5100s. The keyboard is faulty, but I found a spare in my stash, albeit missing keys. I’ve managed to get all the keys I need across the other 2 keyboards from the faulty one.

When swapping the CMOS battery from the 8109 over, I accidentally damaged the connector, so I’ve replaced the board in this with the 8109’s board and swapped over good parts, so instead of one mediocre condition system and one in alright condition, we have one in excellent condition, and one that will be scrapped due to needing too many parts to be viable.

This has the added bonus of me being able to be lazy and utilise the recovery partition on the 3086’s hard drive, as well as reuse the 1GB RAM and 60GB hard drive from the 8109 elsewhere (at the moment, in the Advent 7211 which had its 80GB drive stolen for the Emachines D620). The 3086 will retain its 512MB RAM.

Nokia 6111


Bought as my uncle needed a phone. White screen when turned on. Further inspection reveals that other than the screen, it works and can receive and make calls. Nothing I can really do with it, so it’s been binned. Shame really, as it would have been an alright phone.

Price Paid: £20

I’m standing at my usual Saturday boot today, and am at home on Sunday but due to time constraints, I can only visit two of my usual boots on the Sunday morning. However, there is a small one on the way to uni from home, it’s free entry and not very good usually, but as I have to drive within 300 yards of the entrance, it’s worth a quick stop on the off-chance something good is there!

The plan is to have three ‘groups’ of machines. We’ll have the good machines that mostly have chargers and all bar one works which will have high individual prices (so the four Fujitsus (D9510 – £80, V5535s – £60 and £50 respectively, Pi2515 – £50), the good D510 – £25 – 30, the Emachines D620 – £50, the RV510 – £50 as although it’s dead it is complete with HDD, RAM, charger and is in good condition, the Acer 9300 – £70, the MSI U130 – £30 and the two desktops (£50 and £30), and seeing as its bezel arrived when I was writing this post, the Advent 7211 will be taken for around £30 to £40 too!), then we’ll have a group of cheap machines at around £15 each that mostly work and have had fresh installs of XP (so the Esystem 3086, Emachines M5118, the other D510, the Toshiba A60, and the Packard Bell R1004 that I still have – the Inspiron 6000 has donated its screen to a friend, its keyboard and wireless card to the other D510 so won’t be included in this).

Finally there’ll be the not so good systems( so the two Acer 5100s – £10 each, the Acer 7520 – £15, HP 6510b – £10, the two Sony Vaios – £20 and £5, the Inspiron 6400 – £15 but if I take it the hard drive is being removed (I might take the 6000 for £5 – hard drive if I can be bothered!), maybe the Inspiron 1525 for £15, the D430 – £10 and anything else I have around) which will be spares machines. Also being taken along is a 1TB HDD, some adapters and a couple of horrid cushions!

Being left behind is potentially the 6400 and 6000, as I could get donors for these but I’m not sure I’ll bother (particularly in the case of the 6000), the Mini 910 (as I want to either get this going or part it out), and the Extensa 5220, as this needs a new bottom case as the mount for the DC jack has broken. I’ll also order a new palmrest for this. I might leave behind the 1525 and the RV510, but this I’m not sure of yet.

Any machines that don’t sell will have any small parts they want doing done and be done up for proper sale (for instance, the keys on the U130 or the 9300’s damaged palmrest).

Should be an update tonight with the takings from today’s boot, so wish me luck!

Current Stock: WAY too many laptops + Desktop and TV!

So Sunday morning’s car boot brought us a TV.

Grundig 19″ LCD TV with DVD

Interesting fact, the DVD I tested it with was found in a machine I bought!
Interesting fact, the DVD I tested it with was found in a machine I bought!

Screen is scratched to buggery, and no power supply (wants a 12v 5.83a one). Tested it with a 12v 5a and it worked fine, has a remote, the DVD player works, I haven’t tested any inputs or the Freeview tuner yet, but the seller told me it needed a Freeview box as it didn’t have it… WRONG! It does. Not sure whether it actually works, mind… I have a 15″ Bush TV at home that has the same UI and inputs (so probably similar internals), and the Freeview on that has lines over the screen, and the HDMI is overly green, so if this works and I get a PSU for it in the
Price Paid: £2

And another tower I forgot to post about that was bought on Saturday from a friend

Stone desktop PC


Specs are a Pentium dual core E5700 at 3GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HD. I added a spare DVD drive and installed 7. Hoping to list this today. Sorry for being brief but it didn’t need anything doing to it!
Price Paid: £20

And on Sunday afternoon, I had a message from a local trader about some machines he wanted rid of. Went over to have a look and managed to secure a lot of 9 for £45. As I left I was told of some that had been thrown out, so scavenging I went and picked up 5 more for free! Later on he’d found some more, so I went and picked up another 4 for £15, and then three more at £10, making a total of £70 for a grand total of 21 laptops! Also thrown in were 6 512MB of DDR2 RAM, which may come in useful for some worse machines I have in stock!

Without further ado, let’s go through the list. Sorry for the brief descriptions, as I haven’t had much time to test all these, and for shrinking the photos but if I hadn’t this would be the longest post in history! We’ll start with the £45 lot of 9.

Dell Latitude D510


Comes with a 14″ screen, a Pentium M at 1.73GHz, 1GB RAM, 40GB hard drive and a DVD-ROM drive. Wireless card appears not to be present (or not recognised in the BIOS) and keyboard is missing. Boots into an XP install. Lid is also scuffed from removing old security markings.

Emachines D620


Was missing DVD drive, hard drive, and had a cracked LCD. Turned on as soon as power was applied but wouldn’t at any other time. Battery seemed to work OK. Processor would be an Athlon 64 single core, and it came with 2GB RAM.

Toshiba Satellite Pro A60

Boots fine, good condition with no hard drive, 768MB RAM, Celeron D processor, DVD-ROM drive, 14″ screen. Not wireless, sadly.



1.6GHz mobile Pentium 4 processor, came with 768MB RAM and no hard drive. Great condition, but absolutely no sign of life whatsoever. Probably be scrapped, I’ve already had the RAM off it.


HP Compaq nc6220

Goodish condition, missing a cover from the base, came with 512MB RAM and a Pentium M. Turns on but does nothing. Good screen though.


Emachines M5118


A 2.5GHz Celeron, 1.25GB RAM, and yet, a 20GB hard drive! Wants a CMOS battery and is missing 2 hinge covers but otherwise good, booted into a crap-filled 7 installation just fine. Might knock the RAM down to 1GB, put a bigger HDD in (probably around 40GB) and load XP back on it again.

Advent 8109


Celeron M 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 60GB hard drive, missing 2 keys and has a broken left click but booted into an XP install fine. Overall very tatty, and has a stained screen, which I will possibly take apart and clean up.

Dell Inspiron 6000


A 1.73GHz Pentium M, 30GB hard drive and 1GB RAM, as well as WiFi and Bluetooth. Boots fine, just wants an OS reloading. Missing 2 keys, a battery and DVD drive. Sadly the keyboard from the 6400 I already have in won’t fit.

Acer Extensa 5220


1.73GHz Celeron, 80GB hard drive, 2GB RAM (might keep this or knock it down to 1, not sure yet), screen’s scratched and it is covered in stickers, but booted to a 7 install fine. Restored it back to Vista, and as it hit the desktop, BOOM, graphics corrupted. Will probably be parted out.

Next we have the bin finds!

Dell Latitude D430


1.2GHz Core 2 Duo, 1GB RAM, missing HDD and battery, boots but only on an external display. Potentially motherboard fault, so may not survive!

Advent 7211


Previously sold this to the same trader for around £10 to £15 as I recall! 2GHz Celeron, 80GB hard drive, 2GB RAM, works fine, boots into a 7 install, missing a screen, bezel, battery and 1 key. It had a screen and bezel when I sold it, I seem to recall. I found a battery in stock that fits it, £3 for a bezel, I have spare screens and a key is £1.50. The base is cracked but workable, so I might spend the £5 for a new one. I have pinched the hard drive out of this for something so it will need another one putting in, potentially from the Advent 8109.

Toshiba Satellite A60


Turns on with RAM added, but no display on laptop screen. Missing ODD, HDD (but has the caddy!) and has a cracked screen but a good battery. 2 loose keys that won’t stay attached may need replacing, or alternatively replace the keyboard. Might make one good out of the two A60s. While writing this I realised the nc6220 has the same size screen, so this might save it!

HP Compaq 6510B


Missing keyboard, power button panel (rather irritatingly!), base covers, battery, HDD (and caddy) and RAM. Marked up as a Celeron. The HDD caddy and battery from the nc6220 will fit this, so first step is to see if I can get a power button to test it.

Acer Aspire 7520


Powers briefly, as no CPU. Missing heatsink screws, a few keys and the ODD too. 17″ screen looks good, and it had 1GB RAM in it. Has Nvidia graphics so might not be worth fixing. I have been informed that the screen and board are dead, so this will probably be sold on as is.

Onto the second lot! This lot cost £15 overall.

Sony Vaio VGN-CR29XN


Powers on briefly. No RAM, HDD, bottom cover, and battery. Core 2 Duo T7250 fitted. Has a good looking screen in it. A different CPU didn’t fix it.

Acer Aspire 5100 (x2) (no pictures due to me being a dozy prat!)

Two of these, no screens, hard drives or ODDs. Both had 1GB RAM and an AMD Turion X2 1.6GHz processor. Both boot up. One has a buggered lid. Each board has its own unique faults, one won’t recognise hard drives and the other has a slightly loose DC jack, which makes contact roughly 60% of the time. I’ve put a screen in the one with the loose DC jack and as one of the batteries holds charge, I will probably sell it but for a reduced price due to fault.

Dell Latitude D510


Another one! Better condition, the 15″ model, again, Pentium M 1.73GHz, 40GB hard drive, DVD-ROM, but this one has only 512MB RAM, has its wireless card and has a good battery. Booted, but I had garbled graphics on the first boot, so probably a donor for the other one. However, it has been absolutely fine since that time, so maybe not!

And finally, the last three. This lot cost me £10.

HP G62


Missing screen, keyboard and other components. Case is in good condition. Powers, but nothing else. Will keep an eye out for one with cracked hinges maybe.

Emachines D620 (no pic as it looks the same as the other one!)

Another one! Good motherboard, good screen, bad lid, no RAM. What I did was put the lid off the other one onto this one, switched the keyboard due to a fault, and made up a good one with 2GB RAM and I stole the 80GB drive from the Advent 7211. Currently troubleshooting a really annoying issue where if I secure the hard drive with screws as I’m meant to, it won’t recognise the hard drive, but if the cover is left off and the caddy not screwed in, it works perfectly!

HP nc4000


Crap. Although it does boot, the hinge is broken and it’s missing the USB ports. I’d be looking at £5 for new hinges, £3 for new hinge covers and £15 for a new motherboard, as well as £3 for the power button I accidentally broke. This on a laptop that I could maybe sell for £30? I’d be looking at £5 profit tops, and the parts in it are more useful for other machines. I have taken out the 40GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, and the wireless card, and I might hang onto the screen, but the rest will be binned.

The plan with these is to get as many running as possible, and anything that we can’t sort will go to the car boot. Which laptops get sorted first depends on the chargers I get in this lot I’m waiting for, which was despatched yesterday, but I already have a charger that fits the Emachines D620, so this will likely be the first to go.

From there, the ones likely to be done up and sold include the Advent 7211, at least one of the D510s (if not both), one of the Acer 5100s, the Inspiron 6000, at least one of the A60s (potentially but unlikely both) and the M5118

Condemned are the Vaios (although the CR29 might be kept for spares), the Acer 7520, the nc4000, the other D620, the nc6220 (stripped for spares probably), and if this GPU fault occurs again, the Extensa 5220.

Hanging in the balance depending on the right parts coming along or being fixable are the Dell D430, though that’s reliant on getting a display on the LCD and sourcing a 1.8″ HDD, the 6510B if it works, the Advent 8109 (it needs a lot of plastics and it’s not that great a machine, and it could donate some parts to other systems) and finally the 6510B, which is highly dependent on it actually working.

Of course there is a possibility of other machines I already have in getting the benefit of these machines. If the Extensa’s buggered, its hard drive might go into the worse of the two V5535s, dependent on charger availability.

More news when the chargers arrive or I start getting these machines going!