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.
|Check the amount of RAM||As-Is laptops should not have more than 256 MB of RAM. Is there between 64 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|
|Run Memtest for 60 seconds||Options include memtest CD, booting to the network (and selecting memtest), or using an EBMulti floppy disk. If there are errors, swap the RAM|
|Affix BOTH As-Is Stickers||One sticker outlines the As-Is Policy, while the other requires that you fill in the relevant info about Processor Type/Speed and amount of RAM|
|Remove the Microsoft Sticker||It can usually be found on the back of the laptop.|
|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?|
|Send it to the Thrift Store||Don't know where to put it? Ask an instructor!|