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Samsung Series 7 NP700Z5B-S01UB Laptop 15.6" 900p i7 2.2GHz 8GB 1TB backlit keyboard DVDRW refurbished (grade 7) Cowboom - $360 + Tax Win 7 OS installed

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Last Edited by widgit December 18, 2012 at 04:24 AM
http://www.cowboom.com/product/1005031

coupon code celebrate10

being a refurbished, the OS is pre-installed

Grade 7

has hdmi, usb 3.0

this is HOT price

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#226
Quote from blackblaze View Post :
Question

If you have two of these and formatted the hard drives, could you get one system just right with all the drivers and updates that you wanted, create a restore disk based on the 1st laptop, and restore the second laptop with the 1st laptop image? Not sure if the windows license key on the second laptop plays any factor in doing this as well. TIA.

Yes. I just did it - updated all of the drivers, installed all the apps/serials, etc. on one laptop, made a clone of that hard drive it to an SSD, and popped the SSD into a different computer of the same model. It's working without issues, and Windows remained activated and didn't notice any hardware changes even though the chips/mobo are physically different.
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#227
Anyone else receive a dead one? I press the power button on the one I got, the power light goes blue for about 3 seconds and I hear the fans spin up, but then it turns off. Any thoughts on anything to try other than just returning it?
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#228
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Anyone else receive a dead one? I press the power button on the one I got, the power light goes blue for about 3 seconds and I hear the fans spin up, but then it turns off. Any thoughts on anything to try other than just returning it?
I've read this thread http://slickdeals.net/f/5699336-Samsung-Series-7-NP700Z5B-S01UB-Laptop-15-6-900p-i7-2-2GHz-8GB-1TB-backlit-keyboard-DVDRW-refurbished-grade-8-Cowboom-379-Tax-Win-7-OS-installed?v=1&page=4 (look for post 155 and start reading there) that it is an indication that your system may not have Windows 7 installed on Grade 6 refurbs. So, you're going to have to do the install yourself! After you've installed WinXP/7 and all it's updates. (I've read win8 doesnt work well with this laptop yet)

Go to the Samsung website http://www.samsung.com/us/support...0Z5B-S01UB (copy this "NP700Z5B-S01UB" into the search field if the link doesn't get you to the download page) and get

1 - Easy Software manager (Software) (ver.1.1.18.13)
2 - Easy Support Center (Software) (ver.1.2.2.6)

and download/install these 2 programs to get the drivers/software updates

This is a great forum if you need help troubleshooting! http://forum.notebookreview.com/s...ounge.html


Best of luck
Last edited by AznVenom December 24, 2012 at 06:35 PM
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#229
Quote from viraj071 View Post :
Thanks for the info. Yes by the card reader case I mean the dummy card reader case. Regarding the dummy card reader, can you tell me what is the size of that dummy card reader. I mean is it miniSD or what ? I thought that was some sort of adapter in which you put the card and use.

Regarding the touchpad, I too feel we cant do much to improve it drastically.
Update the drivers, and in Touchpad disable all the 1 click settings.

To texturize it... I'm going to apply a screen protector or something.
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#230
I got a grade 6. Other than a small dent on the cover. It looks new.

However I have a problem with the hard drive. In windows it showsthree drives. C, D, and F. C and D are normal. One is 345gb and the other is 565gb. F is unformatted. In the Samsung recovery solution it shows three drivers as well. C, D, and Z, which Z is the recovery drive which is 21gb. So I am not sure if the F drive in windows is the recovery drive. It is just weird that there is an unformatted drive showing in Windows.

Also I used a partition program to see what the F drive is in Windows. I got i/o errors when the program tried to access the hard drive. I selected ingore several times and the program finally showed the partitions which are C, D, and Z. Also it shows that there is a 8GB ssd.

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Update: I checked the F: in windows. The capacity is 7.46GB. So it looks like it is the ssd. Is it safe to format it? What is it used for?
Last edited by hanglinlll December 26, 2012 at 01:31 PM
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I was wondering if anyone recieved this without an operating system installed?
(note: i did not buy this computer at all, but did get in on another CB LT deal)

I actually looking for some guidance as well.

Because I am looking to buy another LT on CB and I see there are many that do not have OS installed.
I was wondering what steps (and hardware & ultimatly cost) would be needed to install a OS on such a LT.
I have 2 LT with WIN 7 HomePremium (HP) installed, but if I am not mistaken to load a OS, I still need a WIN 7 HP CD/DVD?
Lastly, I would say my knowledge is slightly above average in matters like this.

Any input would be appreciated.

thanks
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Quote from hanglinlll View Post :
I got a grade 6. Other than a small dent on the cover. It looks new.

However I have a problem with the hard drive. In windows it showsthree drives. C, D, and F. C and D are normal. One is 345gb and the other is 565gb. F is unformatted. In the Samsung recovery solution it shows three drivers as well. C, D, and Z, which Z is the recovery drive which is 21gb. So I am not sure if the F drive in windows is the recovery drive. It is just weird that there is an unformatted drive showing in Windows.

Also I used a partition program to see what the F drive is in Windows. I got i/o errors when the program tried to access the hard drive. I selected ingore several times and the program finally showed the partitions which are C, D, and Z. Also it shows that there is a 8GB ssd.

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Update: I checked the F: in windows. The capacity is 7.46GB. So it looks like it is the ssd. Is it safe to format it? What is it used for?
It is possible that the previous owner partioned the very large hard drive when they first bought the lap top.
Then, when there is a factory restore, it will keep the partion the same.

Regarding deleting, formating etc:

My advice is not to do that unless you are 99% sure of what u are formatting.
You can use diskmanagement to see the logical drives and their status.
It is also possible that the partion (once it was creasted) was never formatted and so u may see that it is not usable. The disk management software will format it so that u can use it.

There is a u tube video on how to partion the hard drive in W7HP that is quite useful and from where I got the information I posted above.

If you have tried all this then,, as a last resort, it would not hurt to restore the computer back to factory settings (since it is pretty new and u probably do not have much data stored on in yet)
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#233
Quote from desi_babu_2010 View Post :
It is possible that the previous owner partioned the very large hard drive when they first bought the lap top.
Then, when there is a factory restore, it will keep the partion the same.

Regarding deleting, formating etc:

My advice is not to do that unless you are 99% sure of what u are formatting.
You can use diskmanagement to see the logical drives and their status.
It is also possible that the partion (once it was creasted) was never formatted and so u may see that it is not usable. The disk management software will format it so that u can use it.

There is a u tube video on how to partion the hard drive in W7HP that is quite useful and from where I got the information I posted above.

If you have tried all this then,, as a last resort, it would not hurt to restore the computer back to factory settings (since it is pretty new and u probably do not have much data stored on in yet)
I figured out what the partition is. It is SSD. And it is used for express cache. Once I set up express cache, the partition is not shown in 'My Computer'.

Totally satisfied with the computer now. It is really a steal at this price ($390 - $60 refund = $330). Thanks OP. Repped Smilie
Last edited by hanglinlll December 27, 2012 at 06:41 PM
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#234
Anyone have a factory restore disc? Looking to buy a copy off someone. My recovery software does NOT have an initial factory backup to use. It looks like the people at BB used an image pulled off an np700 usb backup device, so no factory restore for me. Crap like NortonA/V and trial MS Office show up as installed, but the files are missing, and impossible to remove/uninstall. I'm sure some more critical files are gone as well.

Anyone else missing their factory restore image? I wanted to avoid a clean install for this laptop.
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#235
Quote from hanglinlll View Post :
I got a grade 6. Other than a small dent on the cover. It looks new.

However I have a problem with the hard drive. In windows it showsthree drives. C, D, and F. C and D are normal. One is 345gb and the other is 565gb. F is unformatted. In the Samsung recovery solution it shows three drivers as well. C, D, and Z, which Z is the recovery drive which is 21gb. So I am not sure if the F drive in windows is the recovery drive. It is just weird that there is an unformatted drive showing in Windows.

Also I used a partition program to see what the F drive is in Windows. I got i/o errors when the program tried to access the hard drive. I selected ingore several times and the program finally showed the partitions which are C, D, and Z. Also it shows that there is a 8GB ssd.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Update: I checked the F: in windows. The capacity is 7.46GB. So it looks like it is the ssd. Is it safe to format it? What is it used for?
I have the same thing, how did you fix it?
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#236
what exactly is the warranty on these things?
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#237
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I have the same thing, how did you fix it?
I set up the expresscache.
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#238
wish i was able to snag one! these things are two expensive elsewhere... maybe they will go on sale again
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#239
I don't know about you guys but the HD on this was one of the slowest 5400 RPM drive I've ever used. You could really tell how sluggish it was while updating windows files. Mine had a slight dent on the case and was able to flip it on CL for $500. Wonderful for the rest of specs but the HD seems like a pos and is definitely holding it back.
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#240
Quote from Nausicaa View Post :
Could you please let me know what Samsung Software is on there? I can't seem to get mine working properly!

Wifi turns off sometimes (it didn't before I reformatted), and my switchable graphics are gone even though I installed both drivers.

What is your estimated battery life? I'm using Battery Saver so the highest it can go to is 80%, but I get only 3hrs out of that...
It looks like you and I are having the same problem. I can only get about 3.5 hours out of mine now that I've installed Windows 8, and that's with minimum brightness, no backlight, and just doing web browsing. My CPU usage hovers around 5-10%, so that doesn't look like it's the problem. I contacted a CSR rep about it, who suggested I download my drivers through SW Update, since apparently the Windows 8 drivers for the laptop aren't available on the Samsung site itself. But still no luck. I'm pretty much out of ideas at this point - did you ever happen to solve the battery life issue?
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