Tuesday, 5 June 2007

A lesson learnt.

No joke today, the ones I have are not clean enough!

I thought I'd share this with you.

My Irish friends(no slight on the Irish) son bought a laptop off E-Bay. It worked fine for a week and then, nothing. I got a call asking if OBE-WAN, my computer guru would have a look at it.

Here are the results:

1: The hard disk is bad and a replacement is about £50. It is not an original disk and appears to have been changed before...screws missing, bent pins etc.

2: The battery is shot...about£100.

3: If a new disk was installed there is no guarantee the rest will work. The charger plug is not aligned properly, so doesn't work. The CD drive is not fitted correctly. From this I assume someone with no idea has butchered it.

Bin it and buy a new one. The carry case it's in is worth more than the laptop!

Don't buy anything electrical without looking at it first.
Here endeth the lesson.


ChrisB said...

That's one very good reason I would never buy from e-bay!

headless chicken said...

Oh dear. K bought a USB turntable off ebay before leaving for the IOM. He's so excited about getting all our old vinyl onto disc. There will be a few choice words said to seller if all is not as it should be!!!!

john.g. said...

Chrisb, headless, exactly!!

PI said...

I didn't know there was so much in it!

john.g. said...


Karmyn R said...

I am always VERY careful when purchasing anything high-tech from Ebay - especially if its been used! bummer for your friend.

john.g. said...

Karmyn r. You need to be, there's some nasty people out there.

Sally Lomax said...

I agree. You can waste so much spening money on second hand electrical stuff.