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    Default I bought a second hand STOLEN laptop , VISA chargeback ...

    I bought this laptop in a spanish shop, it was the laptop used in the shop by the owner , an acer travelmate .

    When my friend was going to put windows XP on it instead of the Vista, he found out it was stolen.


    What I need to show as proof to VISA to get a chargeback ?

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    Default Re: I bought a second hand STOLEN laptop , VISA chargeback ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Laptopaddict View Post
    When my friend was going to put windows XP on it instead of the Vista, he found out it was stolen.
    How did your friend determine that it was stolen?

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    Default Re: I bought a second hand STOLEN laptop , VISA chargeback ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Laptopaddict View Post
    When my friend was going to put windows XP on it instead of the Vista, he found out it was stolen.
    This I'd like to know as well. I thought you could only determine that a laptop is stolen by matching the laptop's serial key or similar (hardware only).

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    Default Re: I bought a second hand STOLEN laptop , VISA chargeback ...

    Sounds interesting. Could it be that the Windows license is actually the illegal part? I do not believe there is any service offered by MS to notify users of stolen hardware, only illegal MS software. If it is in fact a software issue, it is a simple problem to correct.

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    illegal software m8
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    Default Re: I bought a second hand STOLEN laptop , VISA chargeback ...

    when you buy a second hand laptop, do you buy the hardware only with the licence being transferred with it or the hardware and the license are part of the price. Because in the case that you bought the hardware then I would think the fact that the license of XP is invalid would become irrelevant... But I'm not a legal expert so take it for what it's worth.

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    Default Re: I bought a second hand STOLEN laptop , VISA chargeback ...

    Quote Originally Posted by swarmer View Post
    How did your friend determine that it was stolen?

    Well, since the Vista on it didn't had any service packs updates , he tried to do that and that's how he found out.

    He said he installed some piece of software that looks automatically for a serial number that isn't compromised and did the updates.

    Can you really find out by the serial number of an Acer laptop, if the laptop is stolen ?

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    Default Re: I bought a second hand STOLEN laptop , VISA chargeback ...

    Should be on the underside of the laptop on a panel, as are most. My old acer has an Acer program that would also view system information (w/ the serial number). I have not heard of Acer implementing a serial number update utility, but it may be a 3rd party piece of security software. There are a couple different one's out there that may require it to authenticate before connecting to the internet/logging in/etc.

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    Default Re: I bought a second hand STOLEN laptop , VISA chargeback ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Laptopaddict View Post
    He said he installed some piece of software that looks automatically for a serial number that isn't compromised and did the updates.
    was this piece of software called a "keygen"?

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    Default Re: I bought a second hand STOLEN laptop , VISA chargeback ...

    keygen generates a serial, doesn't look for it.


    i feel like he's talking about windows genuine advantage tool....
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