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So I bought this big box of junk laptops

Computers and TechnologyPublished June 16, 2017 at 6:33 am No Comments

So I bought this big cardboard box full of junk laptops…

I paid $50.00 for it and I really believe the guy thinks he ripped me off.

At first glance all the hard drives and memory had been stripped out of them.

Some of them even had the CD/DVD drives missing and a few had broken screens.

Most of them had  no batteries.

But I got to looking through these and found a few memory sticks.

I also found a few batteries and matched them up to different laptops.

I started plugging them in to see if the fans powered on.

Some would, many wouldn’t.

So I sort the ones that appear promising from those that are probably true junk.

This gives me 3 stacks of laptops… promising, parts, and junk.

The junk is what is left inside of the large cardboard box in the picture above.

With a copy of HIREN’S BOOT CD…

I started matching RAM, batteries, and power supplies, and then testing them to boot.


What do you know… Some of these boot up and run Mini XP and Linux…

So a order a lot of hard drives off from Ebay for $30.00

I already had CD/DVD drives and managed to boot a few into Linux from a USB drive…

Paying attention?

At this point I have $80.00 sank into a box of junk… lol… 🙂

Oh yeah… The guy threw in a 12 yr old tower with Windows Vista installed.

Of course the system was passworded off, and he probably didn’t know how to hack it.

So here’s how things go…

I hack the password on the old Vista tower and recover the OS to factory…

Allow Vista to update via Windows Automatic Updates.

Install Firefox.

Install the 2017 security patch…

and play around with the Vista tower for a few days until the hard drives arrive.

My box of hard drives arrive and the first laptop I grab is an ASUS.

The BIOS is locked on the ASUS and I have to figure out how to crack the password.

Pretty simple since somebody has posted 10 years worth of default passwords online…

The password is a hashed string depending upon the date.

Even an old list will work.

Just so long as the month, day, and last number of the year match… you got a password.

So I install windows 7 and everything is going smoothly…


“This version of windows can not be automatically activated online.”

So I call Microsoft and give them the A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H strings

that were generated by windows using my license/key number.

The automated system then directs me to enter some numbers and letters in

each of the spaces (and the system goes really fast) and Windows is activated.

I end end up doing the same with a TOSHIBA laptop…

New hard drive, install windows 7, call Microsoft to activate, and it works.

Next up was an old DELL that had a Windows XP license on it… but I wanted Windows 7.

Oddly enough, the DELL activated automatically using the KEY on my DVD.

Next was another DELL with some advanced form of XP on it…

I have never seen such a streamlined version of Windows XP in my life.

I put it aside and will only clean unnecessary files off from it.

It’s a fine little machine to be a 12 yr old laptop.

So I ended up with 4 laptops and 1 tower out of the deal.

I figure each one is worth at least $25.00 each.

(this is before I start on the last laptop that shows promise)

So I spent $50.00 + $30.00 = $80.00 … Eighty dollars…

and I ended up with what I value as $125.00 worth of computers.

So I didn’t do too bad this time around.

Plus I have extra parts for other projects.

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