Tag: compaq

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!


Tales from the Car Boot: Wednesday Emptied My Wallet

For the first time in ages today, I managed to make it to my Wednesday boot. It’s usually not too busy, but today was dead, with only three rows of stalls. It was so dead, in fact, that the organisers had decided not to bother charging! Extra bonus. So here’s the list of today’s purchases:

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Why oh why did I think this was a good idea?
Why oh why did I think this was a good idea?

This was a mistake. Although fully working, it was rough, and the glass was cracked. I foolishly trusted the guy and believed that it was unlocked and working. Upon arriving home and dropping a SIM card in, my worst fears are confirmed, it’s blocked. And my usual contacts for buying blocked phones (Android developers looking for cheap dev devices) aren’t interested. Well, shit. Attempting to sell for what I paid to cut my losses. On the bright side, I will be taking out the 4GB microSDHC card left in it.
Price Paid: £20

Next, we have lots of items that are all part of one lot.

Compaq Presario CQ61-223sa

Ignore my ugly mug in the reflection!
Ignore my ugly mug in the reflection!

This was one of the better condition machines from this lot. Needed a new keyboard, and ideally a palmrest due to an iffy left-click. Fan was noisy but they sometimes are on these. Complete with HDD and a genuine HP charger. Sold this afternoon to my usual contact for £30, sans the 320GB HDD. Not bad. As an aside, while writing this my contact sent me a picture of the gunk in the fan. No wonder it was loud!

Acer Aspire 5338

Aspire... to something better, maybe?
Aspire… to something better, maybe?

This, I originally thought would be broken, but surprisingly it works well. Same processor as the CQ61, a Celeron T3000, 4GB RAM and a 250GB hard drive. No webcam, which is a shame. This needs a new base due to a cracked back vent, and a new keyboard as this one writes garbled crap. Came with a dodgy 7 install, restoring it back to its original Vista. Had a charger in stock from a lot I bought ages ago, paid roughly £5 for that. Plan is to restore to Vista, remove some of the bloatware, update, replace the keyboard and vent, and sell on, hopefully for around the £100 mark.

Samsung R510

Clever laptop knows it's a Samsung, bless...
Clever laptop knows it’s a Samsung, bless…

This was bought as a screen donor, but it works! Some of the 4GB of RAM inside it is faulty, currently memtesting to find out how much, but the 320GB from the CQ61 will go in this as it didn’t come with a HDD. Again, keyboard needs replacing, and it’ll need a charger and battery as neither were included. I’ll also be sourcing a HDD caddy. Rough cost for the lot is £30. Will be fixed up once the Acer is gone, probably.

Toshiba Satellite A200-1BW

This is currently in bits in a Morrisons bag.
This is currently in bits in a Morrisons bag.

This again was bought as a screen donor, as I assumed the board would be dead due to it having Nvidia graphics. But no, the board works off an external monitor! Brief flash when turned on from the LCD, and the LCD works fine in the Samsung, so I’m thinking inverter here. Also needs a bottom casing due to missing screw threads and damage, a hard drive and caddy, a keyboard as some keys don’t seem to be working, and a new set of hinges as the old ones broke on removal. Probably won’t be repaired and will be used as a donor, but I’ll hang onto it for a couple of weeks and see if a donor machine comes up at the right money on eBay.

TomTom Go 750 Live

I call him Tom squared.
I call him Tom squared.

This might be a 740, there’s no proper model number on it! I don’t have anything other than the unit, the 8GB microSDHC card in it and a TomTom branded carry case, and windscreen mounts for these are at least £50! Looking out for a spares/repairs one so that I can pinch the mount, but in the meantime I might order a USB dock for it, so I can at least test it. For some stupid reason that even I can’t fathom, these don’t use a direct USB connection, but a proprietary connector. Will try and get this tested, as my current old bodged v1 One is dying.

Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G

Reading, with 3G!
Reading, with 3G!

This was a surprise, came in a nice smart blue case, and when home, found that not only was it working, but it was 3G too! This will be punted on straight away and after writing this post will be listed at around the £40 mark.

Panasonic SDR-H80 camcorder

Smile... you're on camera...
Smile… you’re on camera…

Bought with the rest based on condition and being marked as having a HDD, 60GB in fact. Once the Acer or Samsung are gone, I will acquire a charger and see if it works, then sell on. These still seem to be fetching around £50, so this could be a nice little earner.

Oh, the total cost for all these? £37.50! Considering I’ve already sold the CQ61 for £30, I think I made a good buy!

More on Sunday once I’ve done the weekend’s boots.