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    Default Determining age of a laptop?

    Is there a way to determine the age of a laptop that we are considering to buy? Let's say after a clean reformat too. I don't think there's any mention in the BIOS.

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    Default Re: Determining age of a laptop?

    There might be some sticker on the bottom.

    Also, hard drives tend to have a manufacturing date on them, which may give some indication.

    And recovery software might be able to recover some files, even after a reformat.

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    If you go to the setup BIOS you might find the date of manufacture if the MB is proprietory such as HP

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    Default Re: Determining age of a laptop?

    Also you might try to find it from a serial number. I know Dell keeps up with their service tags. I can go to Dell.com and search my serial number and it will tell me the day it was bought and everything. I'm not sure if other manufacturers do that though.

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    Thanks for the responses everyone, especially Phil. There was a date on the hdd, just had to unscrew the latch. Although there could have been a possible margin of error due to inventory holdings but it's good enough.

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    Most BIOSs have dates on them, you just have to look it up. If not, they have BIOS codes, which u can then find onlnie. Or with Dell, look up the service tag. It tells you date or manufacture, origin or manufactur, and every single part that was used to put that laptop together. I LOVE how Dell does that.

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    Default Re: Determining age of a laptop?

    You could look up the model name and see when it was released.
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    The problem with the BIOS date is it may be an upgrade or bugfix BIOS. This eMachines has had 4 or 5 of them (and the @#E$E% VIA chipset still don't work 'right')...
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    Default Re: Determining age of a laptop?

    Quote Originally Posted by markhedder View Post
    Thanks for the responses everyone, especially Phil. There was a date on the hdd, just had to unscrew the latch. Although there could have been a possible margin of error due to inventory holdings but it's good enough.
    Cmon, what was the date? We are all curious now!

 

 

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