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    Lets say that you didn't know somebody who claimed insurance on their laptop, telling the company that it was stolen when it's really still at the person you don't knows house, lets say that that persons been using it, connecting to the interweb after committing insurance fraud and has gotten away with it for the better part of a year. Now lets say that that person wishes to sell their laptop, and might be wandering the following.



    If they were to sell the laptop to somebody, and that somebody was to take it to a shop to be fixed up or whatever, could the shop find out that the laptop was stolen?



    If memory serves, they track them through a number in the BIOS? Or something along those lines

    of course the insurance company couldn't care less if they've not bothered investigating thus far, but still

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    /hardware world

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    sell it in the yeller

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanB
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    or perhaps software?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Mulder
    Quote Originally Posted by DanB
    /hardware world
    or perhaps software?
    Why?

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    GepperRankins's Avatar we want your oil!
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    it's only hypothetical?

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    Would it be worth hypotheticaly not only formatting the hard disk, but also fdisking it to remove all partions and data, then re-formatting.

    Oh and possibly say flashing the BIOS, tho' I don't know if that would change the ID number, if such exists.

    Anyhow, what would the chances of it being broken, taken for repair and the repairer checking the BIOS against some sort of list of stolen machines. Especially if it were sold to someone who tends to fix their own and doesn't go to repair shops.

    Hypothetically speaking of course.

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    EBay = Anonymous, perhaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanB
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Mulder

    or perhaps software?
    Why?
    if it's tracked through the bios, then bios is software?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Mulder
    Quote Originally Posted by DanB

    Why?
    if it's tracked through the bios, then bios is software?
    firmware world

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