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Q: refurbished Dell or HP?

I'm considering buying this refurbished HP at an internet cafe that gets old computers wholesale from companies and re-loads the OS. There is also a Dell model. My main questions are:

Whether or not these PCs are defect prone or won't last long ?

Is it better to get a "good for it's time" used PC or a "lower end by today's standard " new PC

Does this sound like a good deal?


HP Dc5100 SFF

Pentium4 630 3.0 ghz socket 775
Intel i915GV chipset
2048 DDR RAM
250 G sata HD
Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet PCie
Intel 82915 G 128 video card
Directx V9.0
Windows XP pro.

30 day warranty on parts

Would specifically like know what anyone thinks about the ethernet card...thats not a wi-fi thing right? 'cause i don't want wi-fi.

Does the chipset have decent upgrade potential?
Is a 128 video card ok?

There is also this model :

Dell Optiplex 210L

Pentium 4
3.2 ram
250G drive
XP pro

I don't have anymore stats on that one but I'm mainly concerned with how stable or durable the system is compred to the HP. There are alot of variants of this model at the store. I've heard alot of mixed messages about wether Dell's are good or not but would just need to know how they are compared to the HP above.

A refurbished PC sounds like a cheaper way to replace my PC as money is an issue...I know the processor will be out of date. But am curious how quickly the hard drives go, as that seems to be the main reason my current PC is dying on me.

Also any thoughts on refurbushed PC's? If they are only four years old, they should still last a while right?
thanks for any help.. Ryan

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i have a dell 1721.

I paid for a new computer but i have reason to belive that they sent me a refubished one and called it new.
i have found files dating back to 06 and 05 when there computer was bought in 07. how do i prove that the computer was sent refurbished. and if its not refurbished why are there files dating back 2 years before i bought it. i even found windows NT on my computer. But my OS is vista



A:Dell refurbished

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I placed an order on dell outlet for a "new" xps 13 2-in-1 laptop.
It was listed as new so I was assuming it is new.
However, when I received my item it was not packed like what I would expect for new laptop. Therefore, I sent an email to CSR to tell me the condition of my laptop. I was told it was certified refurbished.
Can anyone tell me if this is right? There is price difference between a new and a refurbished one. And why would Dell outlet present it as a new one while it is actually not?

A:Dell Outlet Refurbished vs New

Is there a "refurbished" sticker on the bottom of the system?  If not, it is new - it may have been repackaged but was never used.
Everything sold through the outlet is "refurbished" as defined by the FTC (same goes for replacement parts used for warranty repairs).

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Anyone have experience with "refurbished" products from Dell? Particularly laptops? I have a friend that would like to get a laptop but has a pretty limited budget.

It seems like they have some good deals but I wonder about reliability.

A:Dell Refurbished Laptops

I find the refurb Dell to be a far superior buy than new. When you buy new you are often the first person to ever turn on the system, a refurb has been turned on and failed so it is sent back for extensive testing not done to a new system, after testing to make sure it works properly it is now sold at a good discount.

The refurb looks like new and has exactly the same warranty it just cost less. The only area where it is not a better deal is if you need some specific feature, you cannot order them built with extra parts beyond a few.

Dell gets so many refurbs that the best method for buying one is to know what you want ahead of time and what you are willing to pay for it, they have new systems come up for sale several times a day so if you have the time and know what you need it can be a very satisfactory system purchase.

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I have been looking at the Dell Refurbished systems and have a few questions:
Has anyone purchased one?
Did you have any trouble with it?
Does it come with a mouse and keyboard?
I assume it is not with a monitor?

Anything else I need to know?

Thanks everyone.

A:Anyone purchased a Dell Refurbished system??

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Has anyone ever heard of buying a refurbished PC from an Authorized Microsoft Refurbisher where out of the gate the Windows feature of Games doesn't work.  After contacting the Refurbisher was told that refurb OS at 64 bit does not contain Games and that they would send a 32 bit disc for me to do the install of the OS all over again?
I find this unbelievable.  The refurb license for software shouldn't be less of an OS than OEM or retail, should it???
Thanks much.

A:Refurbished Dell PC - win 7 64 bit- games don't work

Learn to believe. Old Windows OS games are 32 bit..

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Many thanks in advance for the help. I've been an idle reader for a long time, but just registered because I couldn't quite find help specific to my current issue.

I've just bought a Dell Latitute 6430 refurbished off Amazon -- this one in particular. The "Benny Bookman" review is from me and repeats some of the info I'll be detailing here. If anything in that review is erroneous I'll update.

I feel like the issue is complicated, but it breaks down to two primary issues:

1. I'm not 100% sure that the Windows included on the machine is legit in terms of being for a refurb. I tried to google for details and have bought quite a few refurbs before. The issue here is that there is only one Product ID label on the machine and it's labeled Dell, not "Refurbished". I've never seen this before. But Windows activated on my second attempt without any call to Microsoft, so that was comforting. What's the likelihood that this will be a problem down the road? I've run the MGADT tool and included its results below, but don't know what I'm looking at there.

When I initially booted, I got the "choose your language ... this is permanent" choice with English/Spanish and a 3rd language (maybe French). It seemed legit. But it wouldn't activate at first. I emailed the seller and they asked me double check that I typed it right and then it worked. I'm 99% sure I typed it right the first time, but in the meantime I made some BIOS changes -- in particular t... Read more

A:Replacing HDD on Refurbished Dell Latitude

Welcome to the forum. When you cloned it did you clone all the drive as there will be more than one partition and did you boot from a cd as you cant clone while windows is running

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I placed an order on dell outlet for a "new" xps 13 2-in-1 laptop.
It was listed as new so I was assuming it is new.
However, when I received my item it was not packed like what I would expect for new laptop. Therefore, I sent an email to CSR to tell me the condition of my laptop. I was told it was certified refurbished.
Can anyone tell me if this is right? There is price difference between a new and a refurbished one. And why would Dell outlet present it as a new one while it is actually not?

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I bought a used Dell Desktop computer from Dell a few years back. As advertized, it did not come with any software/OS installed or OS disc and I was fine with that because I had a copy of Vista I previously purchased. However when I received it, it had a Windows 7 COA stuck to it. Fast forward to today, I would like to put Windows 7 on the computer. Trying to understand what, if any, rights I have to use the license key.

It's an unusual situation and I can't seem to find a straight answer. Don't know that I will, but thought to put it out there to see if anyone had any thoughts/ideas.


A:Refurbished Dell with Windows 7 COA but no software.

A Windows 7 COA gives you the activation key for exactly the copy of Windows 7 as specified on the sticker.

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I?m thinking about purchasing a Dell Optiplex because it?s so cheap and has 8gb ram to 16 gb ram depending on the model. I want to know if it?s good for gaming and is it worth it?

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I've been highly considering ordering a dell studio 14z from the outlet that dell has. I'm curious what YOUR experience and opinion is with the quality of their certified refurbished laptops?


A:What's YOUR opinion and experience with dell refurbished laptops?

I've only dealt with one, but it's worked perfectly for 3 years.
Their refurbished stuff has good warranty, and customer service is still good.

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I am dissapointed abut Dell's warranty service. I bought an xps1530, and have full warranty til August'09. Dell'had to change twice the motherboard and I noticed that the parts are refurbihed. If the first replacement lasted a few months, how long will the second? I'm not sure that the replacement of the originally motherboard of my new xps was wright, it seems that it was in better conditions than the one they used to replace that; this second motherboard was changed by another one that seems to be in similar conditions.
When I asked a supervisor to change this parts for new ones he told me that it was impossible, they use refurbished for replacements.
Dell should inform this to theirs buyers, it's not fair to buy a new notebook that has quality problems and  the seller (Dell') is thinking not in the best solution for the customer but in the best solution in terms of money only.

A:Dissapointed: Dell's warranty parts are refurbished

If you read the warranty statement, they DO tell you that they use refurbished parts - so too does every other computer vendor.  Read the terms of your washing machine or car warranty -- same deal there as well.  It's standard practice in just about every industry.

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Hi there, I know nothing about computers but I have a big issue for the past two weeks now since I got the internet in , I have been on the phone to my internet provider over and over and to the computer supplier about this but still don't know what the cause is. I am using a second hand fully working dell pc with no issues other than my broadband speed to the house is supposed to be good and no faults on line they say, but speed to computer is hardly anything at all, 0.3 for the wifi and with the cable it is 9.0 which would be ok but picture quality when trying to downlaod movies /you tube is still unwatchable with or without the cable although much better with cable , Iv been told connection is fine and to the lap top it is but not to the pc . Nobody seems to be able to tell me whether this is because the pc is old (new monitor) or if there is a fault on the line that they are just not picking up. i'm ruuning out of ideas now, any help would be great. Thanks

A:very poor broadband speed to old DELL refurbished PC

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I have a dell laptop I got about a month ago. Everything had been working perfectly fine and it always turned on... But this morning I tried turning it on and all that happens are the LED lights (power button and under the touch pad) will light up for maybe 5 seconds and then they both fade out. It was working perfectly fine last night. Now a habit of mine is to not actually turn the computer off but just shut it and put it away, so this might have something to do with it... I assumed it just died and I needed to plug it in. I did some research and I took the back cover off and unplugged the battery so I could reset it. I drained the battery and then plugged it back into the motherboard. Still did the same thing. Then I unplugged the battery again and plugged the laptop directly into the wall cord, and it did the same thing. I'm kind of stumped. I don't know if it has something to do with the memory, the motherboard, or what.
Anyways, all help is very appreciated thank you so much!!!

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Recently purchased refurbished Dell610 XPpro OS to connect to the web using
wifi. I have another Dell with XP and a external modem with broadband and
a wifi hookup.
I'm sitting within 10 feet of the external modem and can't connect the wifi, I
spent many days trying and contacting site I purchased from.
I am able to start wifi by using fn & F2 keys, but it stops there.
My Wireless connection is Dell 1370 WLAN Mini-PCI Card. and the Device Manager
says its "not connected, Firewalled.
I am able to connect if I take the ethernet connection from the other Dell and
connect it to the laptop, but thats not what I bought it for. If I uninstall the
WLAN and reinstall and look for an updated driver the system tells me there
isn't one.
Don't know what I've missed telling you, let me know, is there any help for a
wifi connection to this laptop?

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I wanted to install Constant Guard (from Comcast) on my Dell Desktop (Service Tag: 38JSL21) that I refurbished myself, but it said that I didn't have enough RAM. I have 512MB RAM running Windows XP, and Constant Guard says I have 511MB and can't install it.

Is there a way for me to trick this software into thinking that I have enough, without physically upgrading my RAM? I pray!

Any insight is appreciated!

A:Personally Refurbished Dell can't install Constant Guard

here's the forum for cgsounds strange... like, some ram is in use, yes, but constant guard must really need that 1mb ram (it says 512 minimum.can you go with another security option?

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My new refurbished Dell Optiplex desktop came with the Windows 7 Professional 64 bit OS and it is working fine. I need suggestions of how to install an internet browser, since there isn't one in it and I can only download the programs I own from the internet. I could use either Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.

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My oldest teenage grandson is in need of a "cheap" laptop, so I bought him a refurbished Dell Latitude D630 from NEWEGG for $215.00 plus shipping.

It has a 14" display, an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 60 GB hard drive, a DVD/CDRW drive, and Windows XP Professional.

My decision to buy this laptop was based on Dell being more reliable than most other laptop brands - according to some members here.

Any input from the members here would be very much appreciated.


A:Solved: Need Input On Refurbished Dell Latitude D630

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My new refurbished Dell Optiplex desktop came with the Windows 7 Professional 64 bit OS and it is working fine. I need suggestions of how to install an internet browser, since there isn't one in it and I can only download the programs I own from the internet. I could use either Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.

A:Need a browser for my refurbished Windows 7 Prof 64 bit Dell desktop

Hello and welcome:

Internet Explorer (IE) comes "built-in" to Windows 7.
If your refurbished computer has been fully updated with Service Pack 1 and all the necessary critical and important patches, you should already have IE11 (the only supported version of IE for Win7).

Firefox can be downloaded here:
Mozilla Firefox Web Browser — Download Firefox in your language — Mozilla

Chrome can be downloaded here:
Chrome Web Browser

To check about your Windows 7 version, click the round Windows "start orb" in the lower left > type "msinfo32" without quotes into the search box > click the "msinfo32.exe" link that appears.
You can post a screen shot of the window that shows your Windows version.

To check your IE version, you can click the IE desktop shortcut icon (or the taskbar icon) to open the program. Then, click the little "gear" icon in the upper right corner, then click "About Internet Explorer". It will say what version IE you have.


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I purchased the DELL refurbished PC/XP professional with SP3 the other day because I still love to use XP once awhile, although I have two other PCs with Win 7, respectively.

The problem is that I can NOT install Word 2000, ....
error message popping up in the middle of the screen.

Error: 1305
Verify that the file exists and that you can access it.

In my guess, there is NO MS word pre-loaded on this, refurbished DELL pc.
There is no platform to install MS Word 2000?
All of the PCs are already pre-installed MS 2010 or 2007 upon installation.

If that's causing the problem, how to make the installation proceed?

Thanks for any help in advance.

A:Unable to install, ... Word 2000 on Refurbished DELL/XP pro.

You didn't advise where you bought your refurbished Dell from, and you didn't advise what model name and model number it is.

I've bought 6 refurbished Dell desktops and laptops in the past year from www.newegg.com and www.overstock.com, and none of them came with a version of Microsoft Office pre-installed.


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I have recently purchased  a newly refurbished Dell Precision T5600 , when I switch it on it starts up but POST does not start? No beeps no info on screen nada! In fact my screen shows up as though its not connected with just a test signal its as though the graphic card was not connected but this is as I received it and was assured that it came from a dell re-supplier.... I did notice though that the memory inside was only 4GB when in fact it should have been 8GB, I checked to see if it was sitting all right or that the graphics card was connected properly everything seems to be fine.
I have notice that the hard drive a 500GB 2.5 is connected to a Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller (PERC) H310  which is something I have not seen/used before having used a dell precision 690 for the past 5 years. What I want to know is could this be what's stopping my system from starting up correctly?
What makes me mad is that it is under warranty until 2015 but as I have bought it from a re-supplier I have to wait a minimum of 14 days before they (Dell) will help me which is why I am here.
I hope someone can throw some light here as I am not up to scratch on this system yet but my feeble guess would be the PERC card.

System Info -

1) Dell PRECISION T5600
   - Intel Xeon 2.4 GHz
   -500GB HDD
   - 8000.00GB
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A:Newly refurbished Dell Precission T5600 (Starts up but POST does not start)

I'm not familiar with your system, but within some BIOS, you can set "Option ROM" to "enable" (and "Post Delay" to "enable").
The result of doing the above is that during the boot process, where you have RAID cards involved, the motherboard BIOS hands over control to the RAID BIOS card at some point in time. So, if you hit CTRL-R (or CTRL-I or whatever the key stroke is for your specific RAID card BIOS) during the boot process (you should see some appropriate text), the RAID card will display its configuration page where you can set up the RAID type, HDD used, etc,. All this happens before you even get into the operating system... 
If the raid card BIOS is faulty or the Option ROM is not enabled and or your HDD's are not correctly configured, there is nothing to boot an OS from. So the system may look like it just sits there waiting for something to happen. 
First thing to consider is can you access the motherboard BIOS?If not, then this is where you need to tart looking and as the unit is still under warranty, i would 1st speak to your reseller. If you can access the mobo BIOS, check that the above settings are enabled and then reboot into the RAID BIOS configuration utility.
Best if you read the user and maintenance manuals for your workstation and RAID card before you get too far into it. They are available for download from dell.

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dear all. the same problem I have faced. I have purchased 11 dell latitude laptops from Kabul Afghanistan, and tried to check the warranty in the dell support Warrant tab, but not received any information or received (no Information available). would you please just help me for only understand are these products original or refurbished.
my email: <Email id removed>

A:How to find out the this product is original or Refurbished. (in case no information available in dell Warrant site)

You'll need to ask the vendor from whom you purchased the system - only they'll know.

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I bought a refurbished HP SFF PC. The COA sticker says "Windows 7 Pro for refurbished PC's".
I haven't turned it on yet to see if it has a bunch of bloat ware from HP.
Can I download the Windows 7 Pro .iso and do a clean install using the COA sticker?

I bought the computer to mess around with, it won't have any important files on it and will be used by guests that come over, I don't want them touching my main PC.

A:refurbished PC COA

Most refurbs have minimal bloatware - but I've never actually seen one that hasn't been in use for a while.
They are supposed to be imaged from clean (i.e. no the maufacturer's) disks from the refurbisher, so unless your was one of the bigger outfits, it's likely to be bare-bones, with possibly an AV, and an Office Trial on it.

So far as I know, the COA Key is valid in exactly the same way as a 'normal' one - and can be reinstalled as many time as you like on the same hardware, using either the refurbisher's recovery media or retail media.

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Which brands are better?

A:Refurbished PC's

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4600 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3316 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) Q35 Express Chipset Family, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 148 GB (128 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0PU052
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated
I just got this refurbished PC Dell Optiplex 755

Just wondered if someone could check it out make sure it ok never bought a refurb before


A:Refurbished PC

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Considering that laptops have a life span of about five years, according to some websites. Is it worth it then to buy a laptop that was manufactured about three to five years ago, and is refurbished, but has a i5 processor. Or, get a newer laptop but a much less powerful processor, less RAM, etc

I do want it to last a couple years. So perhaps there's the answer. If you just need it for a short term, then get the refurbished one. If you want it for a more long term, get the new one.

A:Refurbished or new?

I worked for 7 years at HP Financial Services (refurbished Servers/Workstations/Desktops/Notebooks).
The parts that are prone to wear on -i5..-Notebooks:

KB (user damage if cannot be identified at the time of testing e.g. Liquid Damage), otherwise worn keys (but usually then the KB is replaced at the Testing Center)
Optical Drive (if defective and not replaced)

Get a refurbished one, but check it.
After all, even brand new one can fail on you..

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not sure if this is the best place for the question, but i saw peripherals in the description of the forums.

so my question, is there a guide or something giving me the heads up about refurbished items? like are they trust worth or something along those lines. or may i ask you guys about what you think of it? is it a good idea to buy refurbished? this is pertaining to a camera.



I guess it depends how much you trust the retailer and what guarantee comes with it.

Personally, I buy refurbished very often. Most products are not tested when made. A sample size is chosen that assures a high percentage of working products, say 99% or more, but it is unusual that every single product coming down the assembly line is tested.

So, some bad ones get through. The company assumes a level of acceptable failure. But refurbished items have been tested and repaired, so they are far more likely to be working than even the new ones. And if they give you a guarantee, even if only 30 days, any major fault will surely appear in that time.

I have always had good luck with the refurbished items at Tigerdirect.com, but I would be hesitant to buy any from a retailer that I had never done business with before. Guarantess are only good if backed up with action.

(Keep in mind, also, that some items labelled as "refurbished" may actually be brand new, either as returns or that have minor cosmetic imperfections. I got an electronic encyclopedia at 10% retail price because it had a barely visible discoloration of the case. That is usually explained on the sale site if they do this sort of thing.)

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I have come across software that is marked "Intended for distribution with refurbished PC". What is this, a OEM style software for old PC's? I am trying to help a person with limited income fix up their old PC. Needs new hard drive and pretty sure the motherboard will need to be replaced. I assume that could be called a "refurbished" PC. Any thoughts. Thanks.

A:Win 7 OS for refurbished PC

When I have bought refurbished HP computers (OFF business lease) from NewEgg & TigerDirect, they come with a DVD marked that way. Then there is a new sticker COA-Key Code on the computer marked refurbished.

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I have a question to ask for my Brother. Both of use dont no much about computers. I have did alot of research on laptops. One site says ( new ) only, but thats all thay sell is ( New ) . One site says only buy ( refurbished ). So i really dont no. I do no refurbished seems cheaper in price $$$$. I like cheaper, we all do. Thanks Chuck

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What exactly is refurbished computer?
Is it good?Is it bad to buy one?


As I understand it, something was bad with it (hdd, RAM, Mobo, etc), the pc was sent back, they fix it and have to sell it as used now. It could be as good as a new one, perhaps better but warranty will be shorten by a lot.

I'm sure others will have a better answer though.

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Hey I just bought a new laptop and did the (win + R) command and it brought the Run window where I type msinfo32 and it brought me to the system layout about the laptop so on the system SKU number which was T0*****R#ABA does that "R" indicate that the laptop is Refurbished?

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Lately my PC has been running slower than usual, loading into windows takes 3-minutes which is really frustrating. So I'm looking to Wipe my PC and Reinstall windows altogether. Windows itself is ?67 but I've saw a refurbished version which is around ?35 which is a huge difference for me. So i'm wondering what is the difference when purchasing refurbed version and will i run into unusual problems.

This is the refurbed version - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Windows-Professional-Refurbisch...

A:Windows 7 refurbished

You don't have install media or a factory recovery partition?

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Do you have refurbished Dell PCs or laptops available for sale through your main website? I am in the market for a second PC for the home and have been very happy with the Dell computer I have had in the past and the one I am currently operating. However, this second computer will be just for the children for homework and internet research purposes, so I would rather avoid paying out for a brand new system when a professionally refurbished one would do just fine. Is this a service you offer? And if so, how can I access it. if not, what would you suggest instead?
Many thanks in advance.

A:Refurbished options?

Dell Outlet is where the refirbished models are.

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How do I know if my HP Pavilion Notebook core i5, 12gb RAM, 1TB HDD is refurbished? 

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Hi! I've been looking at laptops for my brother to use when he goes to Ireland. I think he wants it just to watch movies on the plane. He's not computer savvy---he didn't know a laptop is actually a computer. He just wanted to know if he could watch movies on it. I found a site that sells refurbished laptops. Are they worth the money to take a chance that they'll last for a few years? The one's I've perused either say Grade A Refurbished or Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher. Any and all responses will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

A:Refurbished Laptop

Hi, I have used Microdream for some time now not just for pc's but other computer accessories.
The Win 7 that I am using now came from them a year and a half ago and so far, I have had no problems with it.
They are based in Devon, England.


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I am looking at buying a refurbished desktop computer, main use will be surfing the net some word and excel
I looked at buying a new computer but cannot justify it
I am looking for advise if refurbished is good or bad idea

A:refurbished desktop

I'm currently posting from a refurbished lenovo M82 small form factor, I5 with Win7 Pro that I bought recently from Newegg for $130 on sale.
However, I'm booting up a Linux distro instead, even though the Win7 it came with is a fresh install that works perfectly.

Buy from a reputable source.

I'm satisfied.

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Hi quickly.... what do most people think about buying a refurbished monitor, I have a cpu with no monitor, and don't have the funds to purchase new... I have found a 17" IBM/DELL for $59.00 Canadian. I'm wondering if I should buy this...?

Any comments?


A:Refurbished Monitors?

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Hello all

I am in the market for refurbished desktop, I am looking for something in the $ 100-120 range, i am looking for specification recommendations I know i will not get much for that price, my last system only 2 GIG RAM so this is important i get more RAM, also I am looking for Windows 10

I am looking on Amazon currently

Thank you


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Opinions please. I have the chance to purchase a refurbished Dell OptiPlex computer. It has: Intel P4, 2.4 GHz, 2 GB DDR RAM, 160HD 7200 RPM, Pioneer 18xDVD +R DVD RW dual layer, ATi Radeon 9550 AGP 256 MB DDR w/VGA, DVI, TV out. It comes with an 18" Dell Ultra Sharp flat panel LCD monitor, Harmon Kardon speakers, Windows XP PRO w/SP2, Windows Office XP PRO. 5 PCI slots, 8USB ports (2 frt and 4 rear), 2 serial ports, 1 parallel printer port, key board and mouse. Seller claims it is upgradeable to Windows Vista. All for $720.00. Question, I am an average user not into business computing just small time gaming and home style browsing. Is this a buy or is it a better choice to purchase a new Dell home PC and probably pay more. Thanks in advance.

A:Refurbished Computer

Do NOT buy that computer. Its not that great of a computer expecially an optiplex with a P4 2.4. the 18" monitor is nice as well. But you can get a new dell with a 19" flat screen for like 699 and it comes with a warranty.

If you are looking to play some games, do not use Windows Vista. I have experienced this myself and it sucks for gaming. There are barely any updates and drivers for it yet. I reinstalled my XP for the time being. And for like 50$ you can get an OK video card off of www.newegg.com that will be better than that 9550 whichs sucks anyways.

With this Dell right here, it would beat the crap out of that used computer you were looking at.

It comes with;
19" Flatscreen Monitor
Pentium D Processor (Dual Core @ 2.8Ghz Which is basically 2.8 x 2 = 5.6Ghz)
1GB Dual Channel Ram DDR2 667Mhz
250GB SATA HDD (7200 RPM)
48X CD-RW/ DVD Combo Drive
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3000
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
Windows Vista Premium

Yes this computer only comes with 1GB of ram, but that is enough if you dont plan on doing any serious gaming. ANd As for Vista, call them up and tell them you want XP and not Vista, but if you really want Vista go for it.

You can mess around with that Dell setup and customize it a little to even make it cheaper or a little bit more to have some nice components.

VGA card - I would be willing to bet that is does not have PCIe x 16. More than likely it has an AGP slot and a PCI x1 slot. Go with an AGP sl... Read more

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Hello All,

I am the proud owner of a refurbished Toshiba laptop, which looks really nice not a mark on it, I hope the inside is good too.

This is the first Win 8 machine I've had, previously win 7 which I love and still own 5 machines with it on. Now it being a refurbish, the documents and instructions did not come so I'm a bit blind to it all and it is very different to win 7. So I start it up and there's this screen saying something to me I don't understand System preparation tool 3.14, what the? Can someone please explain what it is and what it does and do I need it and will it keep bothering me forever?

Also when turning the machine on with the button windows boots and I get a blue screen with an admin telling me my account has been disabled, ah that's no good I can't access the machine, so bit worried I hit restart and all is good it comes to the desk top, Does anyone know what this means? I don't want to login, I just want to up a run, no passwords no mucking about. Can someone help with that also?

Thanks for listening and thanks for helping out

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Thanks I had a look around and after reading a post by Kari I got it sorted I hope, so after giving Microsoft all my info and setting up an account I'm up and away. It's a pity you have to do all that just to have and use computer.


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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7500 @ 2.93GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3995 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G41 Express Chipset (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1)
Hard Drives: C: 148 GB (99 GB Free); E: 7 GB (7 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 01TKCC
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

I replaced VISTA but Windows 10 is still slow in spite of some tweaking.

What else can I do?


A:Refurbished PC is Slow

You only have 3 to 4 Gb of RAM and you have less than 100 Gb of disc space.
Provide us with your computer brand and serial or service tag number.

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Unfortunately with effort from techs here, my PC did overheat and was rendered dead so I ordered a refurbished HP 8200 elite. Installed all of windows 7's 200 or so updates (took all day!) but I'm now getting a few BSOD's. Checked the memory the memory is fine, have not checked the solid state drive. Hoping I didn't get burned on a refurbished machine.
A log form bluescreenview in .txt. format is attached below

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I have a question for the experts:
Yesterday, my computer was cleaned of viruses by Verizon premium tech support. At the time, the person who did it said my computer was old, slow and needed to be replaced with a newer model. He suggested I spend $700 to a thousand dollars for a new system. I am disabled and on a fixed income and I cannot afford that kind of expense. My computer is important to me, but all I do is play games and watch videos or tv shows so I don't think I need a lot of fancy bells and whistles, 2 processors or 3 gigabytes of memory or other things he was telling me to get and I can't afford them anyway.
So my question is, is there anywhere I can get a refurbished (preferably manufacturer) computer tower which is more up to date than my current Dell GX260, but has Windows 7 for less than $400 (preferably less than $300)? I only paid $115 for my current tower from Dell and although it has problems from time to time, It works just fine for my needs. But the Computer guy kind of scared me and has me thinking my old computer is going to crumble into ashes at any moment, so any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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I am looking to get another copy of Windows 7 (Full version) - There is a "disclaimer" on the ones that I have seen lately that states that it is "Intended for distribution with a refurbished PC". What I would like to know is if this version is the same as a full retail version from Microsoft, or is it limited in some way ?? - Perhaps like the OEM version that can only be installed on one machine (not moved to another replacement system)

Thanks for any help

A:Solved: Win 7 for use w/Refurbished PC

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I'm going to but a wireless keyboard. Its the Logitech K810. They're selling one certified refurbished for $50 on Amazon, one used on ebay for $55, and one new for $75. My question is, would you guys buy certified refurbished or used for a keyboard? Would you trust that?

A:Would You Buy a Refurbished or Used Keyboard?

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our IT man was told he must get refurbished ink for all printers to save money, I have an HP Photosmart D7260. I recall reading that refurb ink for these printers can do damage to the printer, is this so? is there evidence for this reported by users NOT HP?

A:using refurbished ink for photosmart

Just make sure the ink refurb place will replace any printer damaged by exploded cartridges.

Yes, they leak and explode.

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