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Past Stories: Tales from a Car Dealer

This story comes from a few summers ago, just before I went to university. I know the guy who used to run a local dealership in my hometown, and he was having some computer trouble, so I was recommended to him to have a look. While I was sat waiting for the various anti-virus tools I was running to work their magic, he mentioned an old system he had lying around that he didn’t want. I went upstairs to take a look, and offered him £20.

Upon getting home I had a closer look. The tower was a fairly standard socket 939 Acer Aspire, but had been upgraded with an ATI X1950, which was promptly taken out and I may even still have somewhere. It also had been upgraded with 2 1GB sticks of Geil DDR RAM, which were promptly placed on eBay and replaced with some generic 512MB sticks. Replaced the missing drive blank on the front of the case with one I had spare, reinstalled XP, sold for I believe £30 (although this was a while ago so I have sort of forgotten!). The monitor was a 19″ Viewsonic with VGA and DVI, and there was also a keyboard and mouse. These were paired with a dual 867MHz PowerMac G4 that is in a story that’s still in my drafts I will write about soon.

A few months later, and after I’d replaced a failed hard drive in his garage’s main PC, I was offered a laptop he had lying around for free. Looked a bit tatty but was a decentish Sony Vaio. Upon further inspection, I discovered it was a Vaio VGN-AR61S, so 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 2 200GB hard drives in RAID, and a Blu-Ray drive… and Nvidia graphics. I’ve always been a bit nervous of Nvidia graphics in laptops ever since my old Acer 9300 died due to them. Took out one of the HDDs to take it down to 200GB (I was out of HDDs at the time!) and it was taken to a car boot and sold for £60 without spending any more on it (I charged and tested it with a universal charger).

As for the dealer? He disappeared. The garage still exists and operates, and have been known to fix my French heap of crap on a semi-regular basis.

Tales from the Car Boot: Christmas Booting

This takes place a couple of Christmases ago, when I went back home. One of the boots I attend when I’m back at home is an indoor boot that only runs in the colder months of the year.

The boot itself is primarily traders, although there are a few stands run by your average Joe. Stalls are spread across two (sometimes, when it’s warmer and busier, three) floors of what I can only assume is a dilapidated warehouse of some form. It isn’t uncommon to dodge buckets in the middle of the aisle, strategically placed to catch drips from the leaky roof. It’s a strange atmosphere but there are some bargains to be had here, so when I can (and usually when my outdoor boots are called off due to weather) I take a trip down.

One such Sunday morning after Christmas, I braved the treacherous conditions and drove down to this boot. All you need to know about the journey there is that I’d never driven in snow and ice before, and thank god my car has ABS or I’d have probably been hit by a bus en route. I encountered a stand full of phones, games consoles and laptop bits, the usual hallmarks of a trader.

Piled on a table were two stacks of about 5 laptops each. Naturally I had a rummage through, and three machines caught my eye: An MSI netbook with a detached hinge and hideous stickers on the lid, a Sony Vaio which had one of the most destroyed keyboards I’ve seen and I later learned, a cracked LCD, and a smart little Lenovo ThinkPad X60. I have a soft spot for these little ThinkPads, I once acquired an X31 missing its top half, so I duly bought one, and my mother used it for about 2 years or so before I sold it on. With some bartering, I got the Vaio for £10 and the MSI for £5. I left the ThinkPad for that week, as it was priced at £25 and was untested. My intention was to fix up the Vaio and steal the hard drive and RAM from the MSI for another machine I had in stock.

Back in the safety of home and armed with screwdrivers and coffee, I set to work seeing what could be done. The Vaio, despite being marked as untested, appeared to work other than its original faults, and it eventually booted into its XP installation with an external monitor hooked up. Not the quickest machine in the world, but a 1.66GHz Pentium dual core with 1GB RAM and a 100GB hard drive would still have netted me a good £50-70. Bonus points for the DVD-rewriter, webcam and battery that held a charge would have ensured the higher end of that estimate.

However, eBay revealed that the cost of a keyboard would be about £30-40, and the screen a similar amount. The MSI was a similar crapshoot, due to soldered RAM, but this gave up its 160GB hard drive for the other machine (an Acer Aspire 5920, see next paragraph!) and was then given to one of my contacts in my uni town alongside another machine, funnily enough, the same Acer!

While I remember, I’ll write about the 5920. This was bought from a uni town car boot for £10 missing its RAM and hard drive. 2GB was put in, alongside the 160GB drive, and was sold for £50 to a contact of mine. It then died, but this wasn’t picked up on until a long while after. As I’m not a total bastard, I refunded him £40 and let him keep the rest for spares.

I went back the next week, after New Year’s, to see if I could get a machine with a donor screen for the Vaio, and to see what I could do about the price on the ThinkPad. Previously I had seen some 15.4″ HPs in the pile that could have donated screens, but before I could look for those I spotted a couple of new additions in the pile, so went straight for them. One was a Packard Bell, 15.4″, with a severely gouged lid and in need of a damn good clean, marked as untested. I took a punt on that, and negotiated down to £10 from £20 after giving the seller an endorsement while she was attempting to sell an Xbox to an unsure buyer. I then managed to get the ThinkPad down to £15.

Back home, and problem one: My universal charger doesn’t fit the ThinkPad, I can’t test it. Shit. This is the first laptop in the 4 years I’ve owned the charger that I couldn’t use it on. As a sidenote, that universal charger was the best £10 I ever spent. Yes, £10, bought it from Ebuyer, Xenta own brand one, never let me down until that moment! But wait, it fits the Packard Bell… for kicks, let’s turn it on shall we? Oh. It works perfectly and after a wipe down, aside from the lid is in pretty good condition. Sure, it’s a Vista laptop running 1GB of RAM, why manufacturers thought this would be acceptable I will never know, and it’s only an 80GB hard drive, but the condition and the hour-long battery life made it a good candidate to sell on.

Back at university, and oh look, in my spares box is a charger for the Packard Bell. Paid around £5 for the charger in a lot of them on a boot a few months prior. My usual contact, new custodian of the MSI and the previously mentioned Acer, agreed to swap the Vaio for a charger that would fit the ThinkPad, so this deal was done, and the ThinkPad turned out to be fully working as well! The slow 40GB drive with XP Pro was removed and replaced with a spare 60GB I had from a stripped machine, the RAM was upped from 1 to 2GB thanks to some cheap sticks of DDR2 at our local CEX store, and Windows was loaded on. The machine later sold for £60 to a grateful lady who collected.

The Packard Bell sold a few weeks later for £30 to a lowballing Gumtreer. I had it listed at £50, but given the condition of the lid and the low specs, £50 was a bit of a long shot anyway.

Total Profits made:
Vaio –  £10 = Breakeven (swapped for charger worth roughly £10)
ThinkPad – £15 + £4 for the RAM, £10 item swapped for charger, sold for £60 = £29 spend, £31 profit
MSI – £5 = £5 loss, given away after HDD removed.
Packard Bell – £10 + £5 for the charger, sold for £30 = £15 spend, £15 profit
Total spend across all four machines was £59, total made was £90, so an overall profit of £31. Not too shabby for four laptops another trader had pretty much discarded!

And as for the Acer, £10 purchase price, £5 for the HDD (effectively the price of the MSI), £5 for a hard drive caddy, £10 for a charger, sold for £50 = £30 spend, £20 profit. Let’s ignore the fact that it died shortly after selling and I ended up refunding £40!

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: 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

stone

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

firstD510

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

firstemachinesd620

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.

satelliteproa60

Sony PCG-GRX316MP

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.

sonypcggrx316mp

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.

hpnc6220

Emachines M5118

emachinesm5118

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

advent8109

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

dellinsp6000

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

acerextensa5220

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

delllatituded430

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

advent7211

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

satellitea60

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

compaq6510b

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

aceraspire7520

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

sonyvgncr29xn

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

secondd510

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

hpg62chassis

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

scraphpnc4000

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: Her Name is Vaio + Updates!

First things first, updates. The camcorder sold for £10 on Wednesday. £10 of pure profit, as the money has already been made on that lot! The AirPort Express went yesterday morning for £30, a massive £27 profit! I could have got slightly more by taking it to CEX, but that involved effort. The lid for the EasyNote arrived yesterday, and I discovered there’s a snapped hinge too. Great! Ordered a set of hinges for £4.90, arrived and fitted today. Bezel not a perfect fit due to missing clips but it’ll be fine. Scored a screen that fits the MSI U135 for £10.70 which also arrived and was fitted today. Sadly I can’t get the case to fit together much better than what it already is, and I haven’t had chance to glue the hinge clip on

The Fujitsu V2055, MSI U135, Samsung R510, Toshiba A120, EasyNote, and the 6400 have been prepped ready for sale, and the other machines have had the parts that I can use removed (with the exception of some DDR RAM and the RAM and hard drive from the Vaio NR38S, as I reckon I’ll get enough extra by leaving them in!). This is all in preparation for standing on Saturday. I’ve picked up some tarpaulin (£2, B&Q) and two folding tables (on offer at £8 each, Argos), and roped in a friend to help me out.

Finally, on Thursday I received a certified repaired 1TB Seagate HDD from returning the one found in the mystery parcel! This will be taken with me tomorrow, but I have had an offer of £20 for it as it stands, so I’m going to try for more. Also being taken to the boot is the Kindle, Comtrend powerline adapters, the BenQ projector (from the first post I ever made!), the 6G iPod nano, a few spares and cables I don’t want, two cushions, and a horrible vase. There’s not usually a signal at this boot, but if there is I assure you I will livetweet, so keep an eye out on @SorryNoRefunds just in case.

So, onto Wednesday’s purchase! Also purchased but not seen were 2 laptop chargers for £3. They don’t fit the laptops I intended to put them with. I also got a Guinness bar runner for £1, but that’s going to a friend.

Sony Vaio VGN-S48GP

If it was newer I'd keep it!
If it was newer I’d keep it!

This appears to be an Asia/Australia only model, as parts are hard to come by and those are the countries listed in the help section! 2GHz Pentium M, 1GB RAM, 60GB hard drive, a battery that holds charge, and it’s a rather smart 13.3″ laptop too! Has a DVD drive and Bluetooth as well. Missing the F7 key, which I’ve tried to get hold of but can’t. The key itself works and the rubber nipple (oo-er!) is still there, so I’m not too worried. Came with an original Sony charger and a Vaio-branded carry case. Has been prepped for sale (restored to factory XP, fully updated, installed Chrome and AVG)
Price Paid: £20

Hopefully I’ll get a signal tomorrow so keep an eye on the Twitter! Failing that there’ll be a full update on here tomorrow night.

Tales from the Car Boot: Pebbles, Projectors and Photography

This week, it appears my purchases have been sponsored by the letter P. Managed to get all of these on my usual Sunday boot. Nothing worth buying on the Saturday (an iPhone 4 caught my eye but the seller wanted too much considering the SIM lock, cracked glass, lack of accessories, and it only being a 4), but due to my timetable changing for the second semester, I can attend my Wednesday boot again starting this week, so that should be good. Anyway, onto this week’s booting bargains:

Pebble Smartwatch

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I’ve always liked the Pebble watch, and two of my friends recently purchased them in a Black Friday sale, and I was impressed by how useful they actually were. I’d always assumed that they’d be a bit crap due to the lack of touch screen, but they’re really not at all. Mine is now set up to link to my phone normally for phone notifications, and then at the weekend when I’m off for a run, I can link to my iPod and get fitness tracking information and control my music. I was very surprised to see one of these available on the boots, and even more surprised when the price mentioned was £50. With some bartering, I managed to get the guy down to £35. I had bought this to resell, but after a bit of a play on Sunday afternoon have decided to keep it as a little treat to myself, because why the fuck not? Also, it’s orange. The future’s bright, and all that.
Price Paid: £35

BenQ PB6200 Projector
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This is an interesting one. This was purchased from a seller in a hall of ‘permanent’ traders, primarily dealing in furniture and antiques. It’s a place I frequent after walking around the Sunday boot, and there isn’t much in the way of stock turnover in these sorts of places. As such, I’ve seen this projector sit in the same spot for getting on for 3 months, and despite the relatively reasonable price tag of £40 that was on it, I always walked away, thinking it would never be tested and working and that I had much better things to spend my money on. This week, I plucked up the courage to ask about it, and spotted that it was actually plugged in and that it worked. After a bit more bartering (recurring theme alert!), I went home with it.

It’s a fairly standard and by now, slightly outdated model, with composite, VGA and S-Video inputs, and there’s a few scratches on it, but it is capable of outputting 720p via VGA and a resolution up to 1280×1024, and does give a reasonably clear picture. However, the fans are a little on the loud side and judging by the air coming out of them, it gets bloody hot! Allegedly the lamp has only done 26 hours, but given that this counter can be reset relatively easily I am doubtful of this. Still, a good purchase and one that will see some use for movie and gaming nights in my house. Probably be sold in the summer, as next year’s accommodation should come with a big-screen TV rendering this potentially useless to me. Should make my money back and more besides with relative ease.
Price Paid: £25

Sony A-mount 50mm lens
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I’ll say this from the off, this one won’t be sold. I always keep an eye out for Sony or Minolta lenses (Some Minolta lenses utilise the same Sony A-mount system so are compatible with the Alpha DSLRs) for my Sony A200, and this caught my eye. Boxed, with all the packaging, looks like it’s hardly been used and there’s no marks on the glass too. Upon asking how much it cost, I nearly dropped the thing in the rush to get my wallet. I could have tried to haggle, but even without prior knowledge of the value of these lenses I knew that the price was ludicrously cheap, working or not! Went home, dug out my A200, mounted it to it, and Robert’s your mother’s brother, it worked fine, AF and all! A quick search seems to suggest these are worth around £70 used, and can be got new from Amazon for £91 at the time of writing. I now need a bigger camera bag!
Price Paid: £4 (Yes, you heard correctly!)

More tales soon, the story of the £60 iPhone 5 will be up sometime this week, hope you guys enjoy this!