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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: Boredom induced buys and Car Boot Results + Video!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toshiba Satellite C50D-A-138


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

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

Acer Extensa 5235


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

Price Paid: £10 (Yes, £10!)

HP Elitebook 6930p


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

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

Price Paid: £20

A couple of phones up next!

Nokia 7600 and 3210


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

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

Toshiba Satellite L500-11V


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

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

Price Paid: £10

Current Stock: 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!

Current Stock: The eBay Job Lot!

Firstly, quick updates, the Kindle sold today for £20, a little less than I could’ve got from CEX but it saves hassle so I’m not bothered. That £20, due to money made in the lot it came from, is pure profit, and means that on that lot, which contained 4 laptops (a Compaq CQ61, Samsung R510, Toshiba A200, Acer 5338), a camcorder, this Kindle and a TomTom, we’ve made a total of £98.70 profit and got a sat nav out of it too!

The eBay job lot has finally arrived yesterday! I’ve been working through each one and testing them to see if they take an OS and to see if any faults come up, in most cases by sticking in a spare 250GB HD and doing a test install of Windows 7.

Acer Aspire 9303WSMi

With work this can be the powerhouse it was new.
With work this can be the powerhouse it was new.

Tatty, but it does seem to work. Stock, this would’ve come equipped with an AMD TL-52 1.6GHz dual core, 1GB of RAM, an Nvidia Go 7300 graphics card and a 160GB hard drive. I’ve upped the RAM to 2GB, and put an 80GB hard drive in it, and I already have a charger in stock. I’ve loaded it up with Vista and it seems to be working fine, despite the Nvidia graphics of doom. It will want a screen (cheapest so far is around £30), as there’s a section of dead pixels, although this may not get replaced due to cost, and it will also want a palmrest (about £5) due to damage on the current one. There is also some crap on the keys which hasn’t come off, but I might leave this as is, or might get a cheap replacement for the keyboard (£8.99 new). Battery seems to hold some charge but not a lot!

Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-2JU

Looks smart and almost ready to go!
Looks smart and almost ready to go!

In fantastic condition! An i3-2350m processor, although the RAM’s a bit low at 2GB. I’ve bumped it up to 3GB for the time being with a view to getting another 2GB stick to bump it up to 4. Will want a hard drive caddy (£3, but it basically looks like a bit of foil!), and for now I’ve stuck a 250GB drive in. Ideally these should have a 320GB drive, so I’m trying to source one of that size or bigger. Seems to have a good battery too. Have loaded 7 onto it, and if I get a bigger drive I’ll just clone the install to the bigger drive! I have a charger for this that’s on its way in a job lot of chargers, so fingers crossed that the charger works!

Fujitsu-Siemens Esprimo D9510

Again, worn but good!
Again, worn but good!

Worn but working. Keyboard is a bit grimey and so is the palmrest, but replacements are difficult to come by, especially if I wanted to keep this model’s ThinkPad style pointer. Fitted with a Core 2 Duo P8400, and 2GB of DDR3 RAM, we’ve had some failures to boot. An error on start up indicated a dead CMOS battery, but replacement didn’t fix this. A BIOS update however, did, and also revived the dead battery (not tested it fully yet!) fixed a weird issue where keys needed to be pressed repeatedly to register and the touchpad had about a second delay! This should fix the start up issue that I had with it too. Test install went fine. Odds are I’ll bump this up to 3 or 4GB (depending on what I do with the Toshiba!) and once the other machines are tested, stick that spare 250GB in here.

Dell Inspiron 1525

I'm not going to lie to you, this is probably going to die.
I’m not going to lie to you, this is probably going to die.

Knackered but works. I can’t find a bit of casing I’d want to keep yet! 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo T5550 and 2GB RAM, the service tag indicates that it should have had a 250GB HD from new. Seems to work fine with a test install. Will need a charger as well as a lid, bezel, possibly hinge, power button, DVD faceplate, and ideally a palmrest, keyboard and screen due to this superglue-like substance over the old ones! I also suspect another fault, as the battery won’t attempt to charge, but it’s struggling to recognise the working Dell charger I have. A BIOS update, which can sometimes fix this, didn’t. Could be my charger deciding to play up, could be the DC jack (£4 to replace, it’s on a separate PCB), could be the battery, could be the motherboard, who knows? And given the condition, who cares? I’ll be looking for a donor, ideally one with a dead motherboard, and this will get top half/palmrest/keyboard swap to this one!

2x Fujitsu-Siemens Esprimo V5535

The better of the two
The better of the two
This one's not as good but still works fine
This one’s not as good but still works fine

Both came with 2GB RAM and Core 2 Duo T5850s. One is mint with a working battery, the other could do with a bezel (£4) and a screen (I have in stock, this one has blobs of what looks like superglue on it!) and has a less good battery. I think what I plan to do is switch around the RAM (both have 2GB sticks at the moment. The worse condition one will probably have two 1GBs put in instead, and the other will either have 3 or 4GB of RAM), and then hard drives will be sourced. Will need chargers (about £10 each). Test installs on both came up fine.

Fujitsu Lifebook LH531

A little worn and needing a little love!
A little worn and needing a little love!

i5, 4GB RAM. No sign of life, and it looks a bit worn. Upon opening it up, someone has attempted to repair the DC jack instead of replacing it (which makes no sense, it is not a soldering job to replace in these!). £7 for a new DC jack, and if this works, a charger will be sourced (probably £10) and I’ll put in my last free HDD, a 640GB. If I can get hold of RAM, it might get an upgrade. If this doesn’t work, or reveals hidden faults, it won’t get a HDD put in it, the 640 would then go in the Toshiba (which would get the 4GB RAM stick, passing down its 2GB to make 4 in the D9510), and will be sold as is.

Oh, price paid for the lot? £51 posted! So we’ve got 6 working machines here, 4 of which only really need hard drives, caddies and chargers, and another one that will hopefully work!

More updates to come at the end of this weekend, as my car is now back from the garage (with my wallet being £250 lighter) so I shall be attending my Saturday and probably Sunday boots!

Tales from the Car Boot: It’s dad’s fault, I swear!

This Saturday, my father decided to visit, so we both went along to my Saturday boot this time, with some interesting purchases made. Sunday seemed to be a day of peripherals, with lots bought (including a nice dark wood and black leather nest of tables for £15, not pictured, but I liked them a lot!)


Toshiba Satellite Pro A120

It didn't like the Ubuntu USB you see attempting to boot in the background
It didn’t like the Ubuntu USB you see attempting to boot in the background

This looked a little rough but the screen seemed good, and it was at a price I could not refuse. An inspection when I got home revealed it was complete internally, with its T2250 processor and 512MB RAM. Boots, but the standard 80GB hard drive is dead, the keyboard is dead (a recurring theme with my purchases lately!) and there’s no backlight for the screen. Plan is to order an inverter, replace the hard drive and keyboard, and then restore back to its original XP (helpfully, a Toshiba recovery DVD was left in the optical drive!). Rough costs are £5 for an inverter, £11 for a keyboard, and another £8 for a charger.
Price Paid: £10

Packard Bell Argo-C

This is what we started with...
This is what we started with…

This was for spares, obviously, I mean, look at it! Most of the parts have been thrown away. Surviving the chop were the 80GB hard drive, 1GB RAM, single-core processor, mini-PCI wireless card, the DC jack (not a soldered one in these!) and the DVD-RW drive, as well as the keyboard. Everything else was chucked, and screws were kept. Hard drive is going in the A120, and we’ll put the RAM in there too.

...and this is what's left!
…and this is what’s left!

Price Paid: £1

Advent 9212

Bloody thing. I can't solder to save my life!
Bloody thing. I can’t solder to save my life!

This was sold to me as working with a broken keyboard. The whole keyboard and touchpad were covered in a clear glue, which was peeled off on the drive back. Missing one key, and another is one from a different laptop. Further inspection reveals the 2GB of RAM and 160GB hard drive this should have aren’t present. Furthermore, the DC jack seemed iffy when tested. It later disintegrated, so needs a new one on.. If I can get it to power up, I might consider replacing the DC jack, but the main thing I want to do is test that the screen is working OK. Might be sold on for parts, not sure yet.
Price Paid: £5


Mystery package!

Guess what's inside without reading down!
Guess what’s inside without reading down!

All of the next few items were on a stand where the guy was clearing out all his old stock. He planned to unwrap this and put whatever it was on the stand, and I said, for a laugh, I’d have it as is for £1. Upon opening the package, it turned out to be…


This Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ drive! It appears to have been posted from Belgium to somewhere in Yorkshire, and hasn’t survived the journey. Non-responsive to commands according to SeaTools… but what’s this? Under warranty until February next year? Sending this back to Seagate this week and we’ll see what happens!

Huntkey 65w universal charger

Boxed and ready to go!
Boxed and ready to go!

Looks alright, but only does 18v to 20v, whereas my current universal charger does 15v to 24v, so will probably stick with that. Works fine, intention is to sell for around the £10 to £15 mark.

Call of Duty: Ghosts (PC)

Boxed and ready to play!
Boxed and ready to play!

I’ll be keeping this, provided the code hasn’t already been activated. I liked Modern Warfare 2, but didn’t really rate Black Ops 2, but for the price paid it’s worth a play I think!

Extremeory 8GB CompactFlash card

I'm quite happy with this.
I’m quite happy with this.

This works, and will be kept for my Sony A200, as I’m currently running 2 2GB cards.

Akasa USB 3 internal card reader

Would be great... if it worked.
Would be great… if it worked.

Boxed. Little disappointed as I hoped this would be one I could use on my motherboard’s internal USB3 header, but that’s not the case. Better still, the card reader portion doesn’t work. Stripped it down and basically got myself a USB3 extension lead, and chucked the rest.

Coolermaster NotePal U2 laptop cooler/riser

Arise, sir laptop...
Arise, sir laptop…

This was a little bent but has been bent back into shape. Good working order. Will attempt to sell on but it wouldn’t be so bad to keep. Quite a smart thing, black brushed aluminium, two 80mm fans, connects via USB with a passthrough connector.

Price paid for this lot: £6

I then went back and bought another lot off the same guy!

StarTech USB3 dual SATA enclosure

A nice paperweight.
A nice paperweight.

This is boxed and looks to have been used briefly as the locks on the doors are a little chewed up. Looks like a nice bit of kit though. Upon opening up, oh no, one of the SATA ports is broke, and the other won’t accept a HDD for some reason (tried it with a known working WD 160GB drive). Chucked. Kept the packaging foam to use to return the Seagate, and the power supply (12v 3a, and a fig-8 lead).

StarTech ExpressCard USB3 adapter

A worse paperweight.
A worse paperweight.

This is also boxed. Will be put in my old L300 if working… which it doesn’t appear to be. Nothing happens when I plug it in. Could be a laptop issue, the R510 I have in at the moment has an ExpressCard slot so will try and test in that.

HP/Compaq charger

I couldn't be bothered to open the box... it's a charger, they all look alike!
I couldn’t be bothered to open the box… it’s a charger, they all look alike!

This is a standard cheap 18.5v 3.5a charger that fits HP and Compaq laptops. I haven’t got one in at the moment, but into the box of spares it goes.

Generic windscreen mount for satnav/phone

This is a windscreen mount plate, comes with something to clip it to air vents and a suction pad for the dashboard too. No adapter plates but these can be got cheap (I got one for £1 for my old TomTom from Maplins once). Forgot to photograph this one!

Anker 2-port turbo car charger

This will replace the cheap one I've been using, probably.
This will replace the cheap one I’ve been using, probably.

This is a little USB car charger. Will test and possibly keep as I’m currently using a really cheap crap one for my TomTom (to be fair, it could be the cigarette lighter in my car that’s buggered!)

Price paid for the lot: £7

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.