Category: Stock Updates

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

Results from yesterday’s car boot and updates

So I decided to stand a boot last Saturday, as it would be my last chance to do so before moving back home for the summer (I’m packing as I write this!), and the less I have to try and cram in my car to take home the better! Sales were as follows:

HP nx6125 – Cost £8 for the laptop, £5.60 for hard drive caddy/cover, £2 for charger/cloverleaf cable. Total £15.60 spent. Sold for £30, profit of £14.40 (this does not take into account the HP nx6110 and Elitebook 6930p that were purchased in the same lot)
Fujitsu V5535 – Cost £3 for the HDD caddy, £15 for the hard drive (250GB). Total £18 spent. Sold for £45, profit of £27. On the job lot of 7 laptops that this came from, we are now at a profit of £94, with the other V5535 and the D9510 to go (also the Inspiron 1525 but that’s going nowhere any time soon!)
TomTom Go LIVE 550 – Cost £4 for the sat nav. Sold for £5, profit of £1 (not taking into consideration the RAC sat nav in the same lot, and the windscreen mount and car charger I robbed off it for my sat nav.
Stone desktop PC – Cost £20 for the system, £5 for the 500GB hard drive (I swapped out the 250 it came with to put in the Dell 9150). Total £25 spent. Sold for £50, profit of £25.
Fujitsu PC case – I never got chance to write about this. Cost 50p. Sold for £3, £2.50 profit.

Total made is £133, profit of £69.90. This left us with the other V5535, D9510, Extensa 5220, and Advent 7211 that are working ready to go machines, as well as the Dell 9150.

Between then and now, the blue Dell 1545 has been made ready to go. How, you ask? Well, the 160GB hard drive from the red one wasn’t actually faulty when tested properly! So I’ve stuck this in it, nicking the HDD caddy from the 1525 I have in. I had a charger in stock too. The screen was sourced from another laptop, an Acer 5535, which I bought from one of my housemates for £20 as not booting with no hard drive. Works perfectly, which is surprising, as I know with some Dells you have to get a screen with a Dell P/N or the brightness doesn’t work as intended. The laptop still has a genuine Acer charger, 3GB of RAM, a new keyboard and other bits that it can give up, too!

Finally, a couple of small sales, I sold an old PC case I didn’t want for £10, and the Advent 7211 went for £25. This originally cost £3, sold for £10, was given back to me for free (well, taken out of a bin!), £3 for bezel, £5 for a base. The sum total of this is that it owed me £1, therefore £24 profit!

There’ll be no boots for the next couple of weeks, as I’ve got some busy weekends ahead and need to shift a bit of stock first! I do have some pre-written stories from the past that I will likely post every now and again. Once I get back into booting, I’m really thinking about starting to do vlogs on YouTube and sharing them here. Is this something people would be interested in? Let me know!

Results from today’s boot and why people should listen!

Well today was a bit dramatic, but first let’s get the figures out of the way. Today’s sales were:

  • The Vaio CR29 sold for £5. The lot of four it came in cost £15, but we still have the 2 Acer 5100s and the better condition D510 from that lot, the latter of which will soon be listed for sale for around £30.
  • The MSI U130 sold for £20. The pair this came in cost £15, so this is a £5 profit with the Dell 910 still left over (which may be faulty but has £20 of SSD in it in case I can’t get it working!)
  • And finally, here’s where the drama came in! The Samsung RV510 sold for £50 to someone who did not understand the words “not working” (I mean, surely the Acer 9300 in worse condition being sold for £20 more than he paid was a giveaway, but I digress). The gent in question returned an hour later and started shouting when I refused a refund on the grounds that it was sold as seen and I saw scratches on the HDD screws (I did not have a screwdriver to hand, but it did not feel like a hard drive was present when pressing on the HDD cover).
    After he caused enough of a scene, and was told he was definitely not getting his money back, the chap in question was not pleased and tried to threaten me. By this point a crowd had gathered, most of which had heard me honestly describe the laptop at the point of sale. He went off in a huff, and I left, having loaded the car while this chap ranted at me. This was quite late in the day and I was thinking about packing up at the time anyway, so no real loss, but still, learn to listen in future!

So from here, I still have a lot of systems that need shifting! And an issue with the A120 I sold means that’s coming back soon, will probably swap it for another machine I have in stock.

Stock Updates: 12 March

So let’s briefly go through what’s been happening with my current stock. One other brief update, picked up a freebie TiVo box with a 1TB HD the other day. Hopefully more updates on Sunday as although I can’t make Saturday this week due to work, I am going home for Saturday night so can attend three boots on Sunday morning!

Lot of chargers – This arrived. Some useful ones including 2 Dell chargers that I can use for the Dells I have in, and two Toshiba chargers. 30 useful chargers (binned 12 crap ones) for £17 all in!

Fujitsu LH531 – New DC jack hasn’t done the trick, no sign of life. Have taken the RAM and wireless card out of this and built it back up. Will sell it with a charger I acquired for £2 on the boots.

Toshiba C660 – Has taken the RAM from the Fujitsu, and the 640GB HD that was going in the Fujitsu. A suitable charger was found in the lot, and a HDD caddy has been ordered (£3). Will be ready to go as soon as the caddy is fitted.

Fujitsu D9510 – This will take the 250GB HD that was in the C660, and the 2GB of RAM spare from it to make 4. Will get an install of 7, and I already have a charger for it in stock. Also need to order a HDD caddy (£10!)

Acer 9300 – Good working order, Vista installed and updated ready to go, needs a palmrest (£5). The keyboard won’t be replaced as it isn’t so bad, and some of the dead pixels in the screen turned out to be loose crap.. after opening the screen and cleaning it up this is 90% gone. I have a charger in stock (that cost me £10).

Dell D510s – the 15″ one has had an install of XP, the 14″ one still needs this doing.

Emachines D620s – One good one has been made out of the two, 2GB RAM, and the 80GB drive from the Advent 7211.

Toshiba A60s – Top half of the Pro has gone onto the Satellite, 40GB hard drive, 768MB RAM, will get an XP install and will need a charger sourcing. Pro motherboard may be sold at a car boot.

HP nc6220 – has been parted out and the useless bits thrown. Kept the screen, battery, keyboard and wireless card and also raided it for screws.

Emachines M5118 – nothing done yet. May get an upgraded HD soon, awaiting hinge covers and a new power button cover to be ordered (£3 and £2 respectively)

Advent 8109 – Will probably be parted out. HDD probably going in the 7211, stained screen in one of the Acer 5100s.

Dell Inspiron 6000 – Currently installing XP on it. Will need a keyboard instead of replacement keys, sadly.

Acer Extensa 5220 – Not a GPU fault! Replaced the RAM with 2 512 sticks in order to sell for spares and it’s not played up since! May get some different 1GB sticks instead if I can be bothered. Will want a charger and ideally a palmrest. Have restored it back to Vista and updated it.

Dell D430 – Displays to internal screen perfectly. Just needs battery, bottom cover and 1.8″ HDD. Will look out for MP3 players that contain these HDDs.

Advent 7211 – Will get a spare screen fitted, a bezel ordered (£3) and maybe the base replaced (£5). Will also get a new key at £1.50. Gave its HDD to the D620, so will probably get the 8109’s HDD unless I source new ones.

HP 6510b – Tidied up, screwed it back together a bit more, discovered it has Bluetooth. It charges a battery if one is inserted, so will take a stab and get a power button assembly soon, then order bits from there. Screen slightly damaged so may pay to get a donor instead.

Acer 5100s – Not loose DC jacks after all, I was just using a slightly too small tip on my universal charger! However, one won’t recognise HDDs still and the other now has a IRQ conflict error on POST, which according to my Googling means the board’s on its way out. Will put the 8109 screen in it as this isn’t the best, no point wasting good screens on condemned laptops!

HP nc4000 – still being binned.

HP G62 – one is on my watch list. It will probably be car booted if the watch list item doesn’t go for the right money.

Fujitsu V5535s – One will get the other 250GB hard drive unless something more deserving comes along. Will need chargers, HDD caddies and one needs a bezel.

Dell 1525 – will be a donor for one with a dead board probably.

Dell 6400 – still awaiting a donor, if one doesn’t show up soon it may lose its 100GB hard drive!

Packard Bell R1004 – still for sale, no interest even at break even price sadly.

Toshiba A120 – still for sale, no interest at £40 so far.

LG W2230S – New tips came, so this is ready to go. A friend should be buying it for £15.

Grundig TV – got the right PSU for it for £1 on Wednesday’s boot! Good working order and will be kept to leave at home while I’m at uni (as I’m damned if I’m leaving my 22″ Samsung at home instead, and the 15″ Bush one currently left at home has a dying Freeview tuner and HDMI input, and has to be controlled with a spare Sky+HD remote!).

Asus desktop PC – No takers at £30 so far. Will drop to £20 if necessary for space reasons.

Stone desktop PC – No takers at £50 so far. Will drop further if necessary.