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Old 11-15-2013, 08:29 PM   #11
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Thanks, everyone. I will pass this info on to my BIL since I have no idea what you're talking about. I don't think he got anything with the laptop. All I know is it has Windows 7.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:42 AM   #12
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You never know. I've bought used computers off eBay. Some have come with the original boxes and all the disks. Others have been completely stripped of everything, including disk drives and memory.

Even in safe mode you will get prompted for a password. There would be no point in having computers password protected it it were that easy for hackers to break in.

This is what I'm thinking, too. Either the seller forgot about it being password protected, or the seller is selling stolen goods. Flea market merchants are impossible to track down unless they are caught on the spot.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:57 AM   #13
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I had a client who bought four or five laptops at auctions. None of them worked.
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:03 AM   #14
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I had a client who bought four or five laptops at auctions. None of them worked.

I think you have to realize you are taking a chance when you make these purchases. But there are many people who upgrade to a better laptop and just want to get rid of the old one. Most would format the hard drive or remove it I would think.
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:36 PM   #15
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I think you have to realize you are taking a chance when you make these purchases. But there are many people who upgrade to a better laptop and just want to get rid of the old one. Most would format the hard drive or remove it I would think.
I think I would have given up trying to buy an untested laptop at auctions after two.
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:46 PM   #16
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I think I would have given up trying to buy an untested laptop at auctions after two.
Yeah. That's the definition of someone who has more money than they know what to do with.
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Old 11-16-2013, 04:43 PM   #17
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a password protected computer at a flea market - odds are 99:1 - stolen.
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Old 11-16-2013, 05:09 PM   #18
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a password protected computer at a flea market - odds are 99:1 - stolen.
My thoughts also. Since they didn't know how to get past the password, they sold it as quickly as they could. What good is a stolen laptop if you can't use it.
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Anytime Spike hears of someone who is getting rid of their computer, he will take it off their hands and rebuild a whole new computer for some kid or college student who needs one. No charge. It is just his hobby. He also does it with printers.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:43 PM   #20
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Thanks, everyone. I will pass this info on to my BIL since I have no idea what you're talking about. I don't think he got anything with the laptop. All I know is it has Windows 7.
That makes it a fairly new computer. Not brand new, but fairly new. win_7.
I second formating the hard drive or replacing it.

Get all the information from the laptop itself. Find what you can on the internet as far as utility and resource CD's or files.
You could go to the manufactures web site and get the drivers you will most likely need to replace.

He can get this this going with some time invested and patience. Good luck.
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