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Freebie Adventures: A Summary of Stuff, Part 1

Freebie Adventures: A Summary of Stuff, Part 1

I’ve had so much off of Freecycle, Freegle, similar sites and things I’ve been given by family and friends over the years, so I’ve decided to write a post about some of the better things I’ve had for free. One thing I will say is if people do choose to use these sites, give back a bit as well, don’t just take! Sure, I may have had a lot of things but I have given away things that are no longer of any use to me on these sites as well, such as furniture and other bits and bobs. Most of the ones written about here were before I could drive, so dad’s taxi was put to good use to fetch some of these!

This may become a series, as I have had so much from these sites and if I wrote about everything at once you’d all be here forever!

  • Dell E171FP – One of the first things I had from Freecycle. Almost a 30 mile round trip, but this was around 2009, so still sort of worth doing for this. Was in great condition, and was initially used as a HTPC screen in my room hooked up to another Freecycle machine (more on this one in another post). When I got my workshop (aka an 8×6 re-purposed shed, which I will write about one day!), it was relegated to there. After 18 months, a leak in my workshop roof damaged this, so none of the buttons worked any more. Kept using it for a couple of months after that until one day it just stopped working. Was promptly thrown away, but I had my use out of it.
  • Two cages of stuff – This was late 2011. A friend of my mothers had an electrical business that he was winding down, and offered some leftover items to me. Off we went in father’s car (rather irritatingly, he’d just gotten rid of his estate!), not knowing how much there would be to collect. Two metal cages full of stuff greeted us, a good mix of systems, parts, cables and about 6 CRT monitors. We ended up filling the car and having to go back another day! Most of the monitors were disposed of, I believe I stuck one or two on Freecycle. Highlights included a Compaq D530, later sold for £60 to a friend’s parents to replace their much older desktop, a 3Com 24-port switch, which got workshop use until the same leak that killed the Dell’s buttons killed it, and a boat load of cables, including a box full of Ethernet cables that I still haven’t managed to use up to this day! I’ve had a phone call just the other week to say that the guy has some more stuff if I want it. Not entirely sure what age it will be but will likely go and look.
  • Dell Inspiron 1545 – This was in late 2012. It was a lot further away than I’d usually travel, being a 40 mile round trip, and the listing only said Dell Inspiron with no hard drive, but that weekend I had to travel past that address for a university open day, so we took a slight detour to collect the machine. And it was well worth it! 3GB RAM, admittedly no hard drive but the caddy was included, a 2GHz Pentium dual core, and other than a damaged bezel (which seeing as I replaced it twice before selling it, I think is a common problem!), was in decent condition. Stuck in a spare 250GB drive, and kept it for myself for a while, ended up replacing the keyboard and the wireless card, before selling to a friend in early 2014 for £100. As far as I’m aware, it isn’t in use any more, but said friend does still own it.
  • Tiny P4 desktop PC – This was in about 2011. Freecycle lot, which my father was sent to collect. It would have been well specced when new, had a 3GHz Pentium 4 (which may or may not have had HT, I forget), 1GB RAM, 2 200GB Seagate SATA drives, 2 DVD rewriters, some Coolermaster Musketeer gauges in front, and a card reader too. Was used as a workshop rig for a bit, until the board stopped recognising hard drives any more. Various parts of it were reused in the end, the last to go was its case, which housed a system I sold in late 2014. Somewhere at home, I still have the Musketeer, I need to solder one of the cables after I accidentally cut them undoing some cable ties.
  • Another large lot of things – This was in early 2011. Man that was a good year, now I look back at things! Someone nearby was giving away a large lot of things, so father was borrowed along with his estate, and we went to pick things up. It was a relatively poor lot, and had I known what was in it, I’d probably not have bothered. I managed to get some cables and peripherals out of it, and a couple of computer cases, but most of the machines included were too old and non-functional. Lots of things such as dead subwoofers and other dead components in this lot. One working machine was a HP Pavilion 7906, with a massive 800MHz Celeron.. Got sold for around £15 to £20 when I added a hard drive.

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!

Tales from the Car Boot: Inspirons and Updates

First things first, the Dell Dimension 5150 has left us. Sold for £10 plus an iPod touch (which doesn’t work and will be scrapped), which means I need to make another £5 on the 9150 and the other desktop PC I got with them. Honestly, I need the space so this isn’t too bad. At some point I’ll sort out a hard drive for the 9150 (Current plan is to clone the 250GB currently in my second PC to another HDD, and put the 250 in the 9150), install an OS and get it gone.

Assignments are over, and aside from a couple of exams this brings an end to my second year of university. This means I’ll have a lot more time to dedicate to buying, selling, and blogging! A large amount of parts have been purchased to complete machines, so I’ll list what’s been bought below.

  • Acer Extensa 5220 – New palmrest and base plastics
  • Acer Aspire 9300 – New palmrest
  • Dell Mini 910 – Screen cable, which didn’t fix it. I’ve removed the RAM and the 16GB mini PCI-E SSD from it, will sell the SSD. May also nick the 3G card off it.
  • Fujitsu D9510 – HDD caddy
  • Fujitsu V5535 – HDD caddies
  • Advent 7211 – base plastics
  • HP Compaq nx6125 – base covers and HDD caddy (stole the screen from the nx6110)

Still left over to buy are donors for the Inspiron 1525, 6510b, 6930p, the blue 1545 mentioned below, and a lid for the Fujitsu Pi2515 (which again will likely wait until I have a charger). Other donors that may be purchased include one for the Inspiron 6000, 6400 and the Latitude D510s. Another couple of items that may be looked for are chargers for the Emachines M5118, Advent 8109 and Toshiba A60.

As things stand,  the Acer 9300 sold for £30 (total spent £10, £20 profit, on the job lot of 7 it came from we’re now at £67 profit with the 3 Fujitsus and the Inspiron 1525 left to sell), the two V5535s are almost ready for sale, although they both need chargers as the one I bought doesn’t work, the 7211, D9510 and nx6125 are going up for sale as soon as they’ve finished doing updates, and as soon as the palmrest arrives for the Extensa, that will be going too (the base is already here. Some other machines I no longer need (Dell D410, Sony PCG-GRX316MP, Acer 5100s, Acer 7520, HP G62, and what’s left of the Mini 910) are up for sale as spares machines. Everything else will either be done up or sold as is, as I’m preparing to clear out as much as I can prior to moving back home later this month!

So, a week or two ago, it was assignment week and it was a nice day, so I decided to take a break and head to my usual Wednesday boot (possibly in an attempt at procrastination) and picked up these!

Dell Inspiron 1545

A smart little machine, with its glossy blue lid, a Core 2 Duo T5800 2GHz, 3GB RAM (now 2GB), no hard drive, a cracked bezel and no charger with it. Screen lights up for a couple of seconds then goes off. Another inverter doesn’t fix the issue, so likely a screen fault. I don’t have any spare ones in (this takes 15.6″ LCD not LED), but I may have a way of getting one.
Price Paid: £20

Office Home and Student 2007

I pick these up all the time when I can. People think they’re not worth a lot, but I’ve had £50 and £60 on eBay for them in the past. This is currently listed, anything it achieves I’ll be happy with. I’ll be listing it as soon as I get chance to pop into town and get some envelopes from the pound shop.
Price Paid: £3

And then on the Saturday, I got this.

Dell Inspiron 1545

I paid too much really but it was OK! Pentium dual core, 2GHz, 3GB RAM, a dead 160GB hard drive (I will attempt to revive it though), no charger. The glossy red lid was cracked too. Upped to 4GB RAM out of the other 1545. New lid (in the right red, but matte not glossy), a non-camera bezel (this one has a camera so the bezel will go on the other one) and a set of hinges, £5 new due to a pricing error on eBay! I tried the inverter from this in the other one, no dice, so the other one wants a screen. Oh well, 320GB comes out of that, and into this alongside the extended battery (a less good regular but genuine Dell battery goes into the other one!), which gets the new lid and the existing bezel. Total spend of £5 for the charger, £5 for the lid, £5 for the HDD, equalling £55. Sold the other day through Gumtree.
Price Paid: £40
Price Sold: £100
Profit: £45

Tales from the Car Boot: A Foursome from Home

First, updates! The Asus barebones PC has sold, for a combination of £20 cash and £20 gift voucher for a certain chain of restaurants, which is valid (I’ve checked!), so that means a £30 profit (technically, £10, but I’d go to this restaurant anyway). Another sale was the Packard Bell EasyNote R1004, which sadly since being in storage has suffered from almost complete failure of the DC jack. A friend purchased it for £10 for a video for a project in which it was attacked with a hammer. Surviving the attack were the hard drive and RAM, which were returned to me. Overall, a loss on that laptop and the lot it came from, as I haven’t done anything with the Inspiron 6400 yet, but you win some, you lose some.

The Compaq 6510b was dug out of storage for its battery for one of today’s items, and I noticed that it did happen to have a power button, just one that was recessed! So, I tested it, and it works! The screen, although gouged a bit, is good, and it booted to an Ubuntu USB and worked pretty well to say it’s a 1.83GHz Celeron! Will likely do this up, and I have some spare Core 2 Duos, which if it takes, I will fit. Other than that, it will need a battery, some covers for the base, an optical drive, keyboard and hinge covers, as well as a good clean up. It is probably going to work out cheaper to acquire a donor.

The Dell D510s were dug out of storage too, and I discovered that what I thought was faulty graphics on one was actually a faulty screen. Now, I’m after a keyboard, a 15″ screen, and a 14″ lid, and then I’ll be able to get both of them gone as good working machines instead of just one!

I went home for Easter, so I attended my usual Saturday afternoon and Sunday boots (well, two of them, I had a cold, please take pity on me). Nothing much on Saturday’s sodden excuse for a car boot field (a CD wallet to replace mine that went walkies for 50p, and a Coca-Cola napkin holder for £1 to appease the parentals), and to add insult, most of the cars got stuck in the sludgefest car park when trying to leave, mine included! Here’s Sunday’s buys though (excuse the lack of pictures!):

Dell Latitude D410
Not in too bad a condition. Stickers indicate it’s a Pentium M, and it has 1.25GB of DDR2 RAM and a 40GB IDE drive. The hinges are a bit floppy but other than that it seems to be in OK condition. Powers briefly but that’s it. Battery seems to work though.
Price Paid: £1

Next, a set of HP laptops.

HP EliteBook 6930p
Screen looks to be damaged, and it’s claiming a RAM fault despite trying known good sticks. Missing hard drive and battery.  Also missing 2 keys and has a faulty lid latch, but has cleaned up OK. 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo with a fingerprint reader. Will be sold on for spares.

HP Compaq nx6125
Missing a few bits, hard drive, cover and battery (I fitted the 6510b battery to this). Works well, 2GHz AMD Turion single core, came with 512MB RAM (which I’ve doubled with a spare stick of 512 I had in). One issue, the screen resembles a Paul Smith design, stripes everywhere, so that will want replacing, which seeing as it’s a 1400×1050 hi-res model as opposed to the usual 1024×768 ones, is a pain. With an 80GB IDE drive I had spare fitted, it runs 7 quite well. Will want a screen and the HDD caddy/cover. Once the nx6110 is gone, this will be focused on.

HP Compaq nx6110
Complete, it’s a 1.5GHz Celeron M, with 512MB RAM (256 of which was faulty and has been replaced) and a 40GB hard drive that inexplicably has Windows 98 installed instead of the usual XP! A reinstall should do the trick on this one as other than the OS it seems to be working fine, and I happen to have a charger in stock (I might even have a couple!), so the fact that this only needs a CMOS battery (£4-5), means it’s going to be done up as soon as and sold. In an ideal world I’d like around £40 for it, but for a quick sale I’ll take anything north of £20.
Price Paid: £8

Other items purchased include a Fujitsu 20v 3.25a charger for £2.50, which will go with the better of the two V5535s, two LiteOn 19v 3.42a chargers (Acer fitment) for 50p a pop, a pair of Microsoft USB keyboards (a Wired Keyboard 600 and a Comfort Curve 2000) for £1 a pop, and a bunch of sat navs:

TomTom Go 550 LIVE
Same as my 750 LIVE that I got the other month. No sign of life whatsoever, but it came with the windscreen mount and car charger (worth £50 and £20 respectively), so I shall steal these for mine and sell on the 550 for spares.

RAC Sat Nav
This has no windscreen mount or car charger, but works. Will be wiped and put on the boots probably, might get £5 – £15 for it. While writing this post I realised that I have a mount for it, so I might bother finding a charger.
Price Paid: £4

Should be more news soon, but it’s currently assignment hand-in period, so all efforts are going to that, so don’t expect many posts this month, but I’ll see what I can do!

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!

Tales from the Car Boot: Adventures Down South

This week’s been a busy one, so here’s a post on some of my previous escapades! Sorry for the lack of pictures, and there’ll be an update on some towers I’ve bought soon!

One weekend last summer, it was decided that the family would go on a trip away to my uncle’s, which can only be described as being ‘in the south’. Being a sad, and mildly addicted to booting, I went online and had a look to see if there were any decent boots going off near his place, and come Sunday morning I was off on a short journey to a nearby boot.

I’d been warned that they may not be as good as the more Northern boots I was used to, but that didn’t put me off. First row, what do I spot in that box, why it appears to be a widescreen Dell monitor. Sorry, did you say £5? Sold! A few rows later, I spot some landline phones, decent BT ones with an answer machine. £3? Sold! Further down that row, Superdry-style record bag, £1.50? Aye, go on. Last stand before I walk back to the car, is that a wall mountable LED sign, as you’d see in a shop window, with the words Rock N Roll on it? That’ll earn me brownie points with the 50’s obsessed parents. £3.50? Sold!

As for making money, the monitor, which later I discovered was a Dell E2020, a fairly basic VGA-only 1600×900 monitor, went for £35 back home. The sign was given to my parents, as apparently, I have to be nice to them sometimes. The bag has been kept, and the phones, a twin set of BT Studio Plus 5400s, are currently in use at my uni house, and should sell for about £10-15 if I don’t need them in next year’s house

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!