As-Is Checklist

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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.

Data Protection Insure that Hard Drive has been removed, otherwise remove it and affix a HD removed sticker.
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.
Check the amount of RAM As-Is laptops should not have more than 256 MB of RAM. Is 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
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.
Affix an As-Is and a Keeper Sticker 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. And comes off easily with the help of a hair dryer.
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!