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 Post subject: Misleading Ebay Ad
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:21 pm 
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Is this a misleading ad or is it just me? I don't know exactly what you're getting for $68 dollars ..

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-ThinkPad ... 4485&rt=nc


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 Post Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:29 pm 
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It's in the drop down box below "tem condition:
Used

“Nice Clean Dual Core Laptop comes with hard drive preinstalled Win 7 ultimate & office 2013 and with ”
... Read more


You select one of four options. $68.99 is 1gb RAM and no HDD/SDD upto $178.49 for the SDD


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 Post subject: Re: Misleading Ebay Ad
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:48 pm 
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Thank you David, I think I'm gonna' buy this one from the same seller with the two hour battery selected in the menu, what do you think?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-ThinkPad ... 4188d2345d


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 Post Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:15 pm 
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Before buying I'd want to know the exact model number so I could look it up in the PSREF to verify the specs. By that I mean things like the screen resolution, type of WiFi card included, etc. I'd also want assurance that the BIOS and HDD are not locked with a password. Finally I'd like to see a picture showing the proper Windows COA (Certificate Of Authenticity = license) is attached. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:10 pm 
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John wrote:
Thank you David, I think I'm gonna' buy this one from the same seller with the two hour battery selected in the menu, what do you think?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-ThinkPad ... 4188d2345d


I concur with Scott, I once made a mistake and bought a T400 with a BIOS password, fortunately (eventually) I was sent the password.

There is a method of retrieving the password with a soldered chip, but it's not trivial


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 Post subject: Re: Misleading Ebay Ad
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:39 pm 
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Thanks Scott, I've seen other ads on there for a windows vista or 7 coa sticker with a stick of ram or any part from a laptop. They're selling these stickers for about $10 - $40 can you use these to put that os legally on a laptop that originally had XP? There's a guy at the flea market near me selling laptops for about $140 he told me he sold about sixty of them so there's money in old laptops ..


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 Post Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 11:19 pm 
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They're selling these stickers for about $10 - $40 can you use these to put that os legally on a laptop that originally had XP?

Not legally. Those stickers are considered non-transferrable according to Microsoft. They live and die with the system they are first attached to. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 3:07 pm 
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If a laptop doesn't have the coa sticker are you basically screwed? Or can you call microsoft and explain that your coa sticker is unreadable?


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 Post Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:08 pm 
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You would have to contact Microsoft to be sure, but I believe that once the key is unreadable I think it is useless (unless you wrote down the key in advance). That is why most laptop mfrs. moved the COA from the base of the system to the inside of the battery compartment. When mounted on the base the stickers would quickly become damaged. Scott.


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