Dell Laptops.... where to find the serial number for it??

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  1. frazell

    frazell Notebook Deity

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    Service Tag = Serial Number

    I don't see why people are making this more complex than it needs to be. A serial number is simply a number (or other identifier) assigned by the manufacturer to uniquely identify an individual product. It doesn't have to be called specifically "serial number" it can have any name the manufacturer chooses to give it. In Dell's case that name is "Service Tag".
     
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    laptopquestions2007 Notebook Consultant

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    Service Tag != Serial Number

    Both are supplied by Dell, but the Service Tag is much more useful.....

    -LQ
     
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    Hmm! Don't pull me into this. I don't want to be responsible for anybody's distraction! ;)
     
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    onlycurious Notebook Consultant

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    LOL! Alright, I was distracted by my imagination... :)
     
  5. Khris

    Khris Yes I am better than you!

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    Actually you're wrong, and the only person making it more complex is you by providing misinformation.

    Dell has it's own numbers used for tracking and those are the Service Tag and Express Service Code. Neither of these is considered the SN however.

    The Serial Number usually starts with CN- and is 20 digits long. On my m1330 it's right on the bottom on it's own sticker, with a hardware revision number. Sometimes it's under the battery and you'll have to remove it to find it.

    You'll also notice that your battery should have it's own SN number as well that starts with CN-. :)
     
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    g_man700 Newbie

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    Does anyone know if there is a serial number inside Dell D620s?
     
  7. Khris

    Khris Yes I am better than you!

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    *EVERY* Dell machine will have a Serial number. They are either on the the bottom of the laptop, or under the battery. They usually start with CN-
     
  8. frazell

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    How is a number used to identify and track an individual machine any different than a serial number? That is the definition of a serial number!

    A good list of definitions can be found here: http://www.answers.com/Serial Number

    The number you are referring to under the battery and on various Dell parts is the Part Piece Identifier (PPID). That is a more detailed version of the service tag (or only identifier for some devices like batteries) that allows Dell to identify the supplier associated with the part.

    Which is more significant inside Dell? I couldn't tell you as I don't work for Dell, but I can tell you that by definition the Service Tag is a serial number.
     
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