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Old 02-03-2012, 03:35 PM   #441
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:53 PM   #442
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my day did not end there...

more thrift scores:

- (not computer related) brand new in packaging XACTO knife- $0.75 (wanted one for my toolbox)
- oldschool IR (wireless) keyboard/mouse - $2.50:

the keyboard has the mouse built in. it is from around 1998. it uses PS/2 for they keyboard and serial for the mouse. it was in the original box but clearly used. the keyboard has a wide variety of hotkeys. I thought it would be a good for my media PC project (it has the proper ports).
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:03 PM   #443
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forgot to add- I also got a lite-on 19V netbook PSU for $1.50. I didn't need one at the moment, but for that price, it may good to have if I never needed to troubleshoot or test something... plus, it might be good tradebait.
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:39 AM   #444
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1 freebie laptop. It's a Hell Latitude D531. Turion 64 X2 TL-56 1.8GHz, 2GB DDR2, no HDD or cover, (you don't need one, though, since the screw holes for the HDD and the plastic insulation are all part of the case), and a dead battery. It was free because the customer said it had got wet, but it still fires up no problem. I disassembled it to check for damage, but all I could find was some on the case and PCMCIA slot (pictured). I can't find any evidence of any damage anywhere else, so it may never affect it.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:39 AM   #445
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better than what I currently have *jealous* :|
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:59 AM   #446
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Good fine c_hegge Care to send it over here for review?
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:46 PM   #447
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Nah, it's a bit old for that now, besides, who says I can't review laptops?

Btw, I also had an IdeaPad a bit like yours come my way for repairs. The customers kids had destroyed the USB ports. That took me over an hour to disassemble and reassemble. I had this one apart and back together in about 15 mins.

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Old 02-06-2012, 03:16 PM   #448
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Nah, it's a bit old for that now, besides, who says I can't review laptops?

Btw, I also had an IdeaPad a bit like yours come my way for repairs. The customers kids had destroyed the USB ports. That took me over an hour to disassemble and reassemble. I had this one apart and back together in about 15 mins.
yeah, latitudes D series and newer are pretty easy to work on... the d400 is a piece of cake, the d630 is a tad trickier... the d5xxs don't really follow the others in terms of specs but I am not surprised the ease of repair was kept.
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:12 PM   #449
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It's funny how some laptops come apart really easily while others seem downright evil.

You'd think they designed them to be hellishly difficult to disassemble on purpose.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:56 AM   #450
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:15 PM   #451
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Scored another cheap router.

it is a netgear WNDR3300:

-dualband wireless N
-8 internal antennas

I paid $5 for it.

I looked inside, saw capxons, in the future I will recap it (out of the values it needs).

DDWRT'd it... it so far works great (knock on wood)... right now the 5ghz radio is set to N/A and the 2.4ghz radio is set to G only. both use WPA2 personal for the security.

for $5 I think i got a steal.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:02 PM   #452
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-8 internal antennas
overkill much!?
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:12 PM   #453
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overkill much!?
no.

it drops connections and the 5ghz range was crap. me thinks it needs a recap.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:45 PM   #454
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With 802.11n I think it's quite common to have many antennas...
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:57 PM   #455
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weird.. then again, the only 802.11n capable "router" I've taken apart so far (to fix a busted DC jack) was an Apple Airport Extreme (the box one that looks like a mac mini), which "only" had 3 antennas
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:57 PM   #456
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another score for $25 (before $10 off + 15% off)

Canon Powershot A530 (5mp, 4x opt. zoom)

It had everything but the wrist strap... (box, cables, manuals, etc). It also included a 256mb sd card

I have a few 2gb SD cards that needed a use...

It works great...

I may gift it to my dad who despite being a camera expert at one point (still has an old olympus SLR), doesn't have his own digital camera... That, and I like my canon s200 too much...
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:50 PM   #457
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Picked up a very clean Dell Latitude D620 2.16 C2D 1GB Ram with battery and AC adapter (no HD or caddy) for free today just for installing a HD in a Desktop PC and reinstalling their software. Now to deside what to do with it.
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Picked up a very clean Dell Latitude D620 2.16 C2D 1GB Ram with battery and AC adapter (no HD or caddy) for free today just for installing a HD in a Desktop PC and reinstalling their software. Now to deside what to do with it.
find a caddy and hdd. there are too many caddy-less units on ebay to stand a chance at selling it as it is now for a good price.

not to mention they make great laptop... I have it's newer daughter, the d630, and I love it. built like tank with plenty of power.

then again, you got it for free, so if you don't mind lowballing, you could sell it.
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no.

it drops connections and the 5ghz range was crap. me thinks it needs a recap.
got the caps in today, after a recap it seems to run better.

the 5ghz range is still a bit sucky but much improved. so far no dropped connections.

this thing must have 8mb of flash or something... I just realized that It was running standard dd-wrt, not the "micro" version run by my previous 2mb router... this seems to be a pretty slick router... the only bummer is that AFAIK the lan on it is only 10/100... I'll have to look it up...

edit- the Netgear WNDR3300 will only do 10/100 ... but then again, it is a dual band dual radio 8mb router with plenty of antennas... for $5, not bad...

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That does sound a bit idiotic, having the WiFi faster than the Ethernet. I wouldn't have cost them much to add Gig Ethernet.
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