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|width="25%" align="left"|Data Protection
 
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|width="68%" align="left"|Insure that Hard Drive has been removed, otherwise remove it and affix a HD removed sticker. Leave the caddy hardware, screws and adapter with the laptop if possible.
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|width="68%" align="left"|Check that the Hard Drive has been removed, otherwise remove it. Leave the caddy hardware, screws and adapter with the laptop if possible (masking tape works great for this).
 
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|width="25%" align="left"|Power Supply
 
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|width="68%" align="left"|Pull the appropriate power supply, connect and boot to Bios. If the power light comes on but it won't boot, swap out the Ram to make sure it has a good module in it. Does the Ram solve the problem? Ask instructor for direction.
 
|width="68%" align="left"|Pull the appropriate power supply, connect and boot to Bios. If the power light comes on but it won't boot, swap out the Ram to make sure it has a good module in it. Does the Ram solve the problem? Ask instructor for direction.
 
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| If the laptop boots to BIOS check the amount of RAM || As-Is laptops should not have more than 256 MB of RAMIs there between 128 and 256 MB of RAM in the machine?  Try to use smaller sticks of RAM if you can, e.g. 2 sticks of 128 MB if there are 2 slots, but don't go crazy swapping out the RAM
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| If the laptop boots to BIOS check the amount of RAM || In general, As-Is laptops should not have more than 256 MB of RAM (though sometimes if an otherwise higher-end laptop ends up being As-Is we will include more RAM - ask an instructor if you're not sure).  Try to use smaller sticks of RAM if you can, e.g. 2 sticks of 128 MB if there are 2 slots, but don't go crazy swapping out the RAM.
 
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| Run Memtest for 60 seconds || Options for running memtest are included on the memtest CD, the Ubuntu boot screen or booting to the network(and selecting memtest). If there are errors, swap the RAM.
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| Run Memtest for 60 seconds || Options for running memtest are included on the memtest CD or booting to the network(and selecting memtest). If there are errors, swap the RAM.
 
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| Affix an As-Is Sticker || This sticker outlines the As-Is Policy and includes a place to write Processor Speed and Type, and amount of RAM.
 
| Affix an As-Is Sticker || This sticker outlines the As-Is Policy and includes a place to write Processor Speed and Type, and amount of RAM.

Revision as of 15:45, 20 April 2010

The nature of As-Is laptops is that we spend very little time on them and they are sold very inexpensively to hobbyists and tinkerers. If you find yourself putting in lots of effort for an As-Is laptop, then it's probably time to just junk it. Ask your instructor.

STEPS NOTES AND DETAILED DESCRIPTION
Data Protection Check that the Hard Drive has been removed, otherwise remove it. Leave the caddy hardware, screws and adapter with the laptop if possible (masking tape works great for this).
Power Supply Pull the appropriate power supply, connect and boot to Bios. If the power light comes on but it won't boot, swap out the Ram to make sure it has a good module in it. Does the Ram solve the problem? Ask instructor for direction.
If the laptop boots to BIOS check the amount of RAM In general, As-Is laptops should not have more than 256 MB of RAM (though sometimes if an otherwise higher-end laptop ends up being As-Is we will include more RAM - ask an instructor if you're not sure). Try to use smaller sticks of RAM if you can, e.g. 2 sticks of 128 MB if there are 2 slots, but don't go crazy swapping out the RAM.
Run Memtest for 60 seconds Options for running memtest are included on the memtest CD or booting to the network(and selecting memtest). If there are errors, swap the RAM.
Affix an As-Is Sticker This sticker outlines the As-Is Policy and includes a place to write Processor Speed and Type, and amount of RAM.
Remove the Microsoft Sticker It can usually be found on the back of the laptop. It comes off easily with the help of a hair dryer to heat heat up the label releasing the adhesive.
Remove any Asset tags Get rid of anything that identified the former owner, whether an individual or a business.
Include the power supply Otherwise, how will the customer turn the laptop on? Use a rubber band to keep the power supply and laptop together.
Give the laptop to your instructor He/she will take it to the Thrift Store.