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My daughter recently purchased a Sony Vaio K35 from a young man that was less than honest.
Now, she is stuck with it.

Question, what to do with it. It works, sort of.
It has 3.06ghz cpu, 2g ram, 80g hd, 15" LCD with Windows XP Pro.

When she first got it we thought the battery was the problem and bought a new one.
The battery was not the problem. A repair shop told us it was the power board.
We bought one. That was not the problem either.

What is wrong with it. Oh boy, how to explain.
It will not run without AC power. Then, after a while it tells you the battery is about dead and you need to plug in the AC adapter even though it already is. Soon after that it dies.

Any ideas on what to do with this thing?
It has to be worth someting even for parts.
The screen looks great, no dead pixels.
An 80g hd has to be worth something.
Not to mention a 3.06 cpu.
Trade for something else?
We're thinking about putting it on ebay to see what it's worth.

Comments, suggestions welcomed.
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Well with a laptop you can generally get something out of it even for parts on e-bay. You may also want to see if there is a local place that will make you an offer on it... even if you use that as an idea of how much its worth....
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Don't sell the laptop yet. I also had a laptop that I thought was dead and even a specialist look at it and didn't know what it was. Then finally a friend of mine suggested I use a tech support site he knew and try my like there. They have live chat support so I was talking to a guy and he knew from my explanations exactly what was the problem. I believe that most specialist today working on desktop pc and not Laptop and you really have to find one the specialize on laptops...

Here is the page for your daughter laptop from the tech support who helped me - Sony VAIO PCG-K35 Support

Good luck, I am sure you will find a solution there.

You have a great laptop try fixing it!!!

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