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finding stolen laptop and serial # help

by cachecreek / August 7, 2012 2:57 PM PDT

Pls excuse the lame question, but by diligent searching on the internet, I have learned things I didn't already know about tracking my stolen computer ... and am not willing to give up yet. Maybe someone in your community will give me information I haven't already pursued.

My ASUS laptop model K52F-A1 was stolen yesterday in N. California. I am searching sales sites such as Craigslist. Any other ideas here?

I've filed a police report and entered the computer on the stolen computer database. Any other ideas?

One specific problem is finding the serial number on the ASUS. My computer store found my date of purchase and model/make, but only knows part of the serial number, provided from their record of computers received from ASUS that month. The police want a complete serial number and ASUS isn't helpful. Any ideas on finding this?

Finally, I am using my dropbox software to watch and see if the IP address changes on this computer...that was an example of a tip I got on the internet.

Thanks for any help - and please don't scold me for leaving the laptop in my car - I already feel stupid about that.

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Next time, Prey.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 8, 2012 1:21 AM PDT

Next time install this ->

Sorry but I know of no way to get that information once it's gone.

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Did you register the laptop with Asus?
by orlbuckeye / August 10, 2012 12:40 AM PDT

Typically the serial number is used to identify your laptop. One good thing is if it's registered and it's reported stolen if anyone uses support the laptop might be able to be tracked. They also have free software that can track stolen laptops on the internet.

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I might have you laptop
by TiAraAbc / March 25, 2013 1:23 PM PDT

I found a laptop in NC and have been looking for the owners since! I hope you responsed so it can have a safe return!

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was it an hp pavilion
by mejoebrian / July 19, 2013 7:33 AM PDT

was it an hp pavilion

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I will scold about not registering with ASUS
by orlbuckeye / March 25, 2013 10:26 PM PDT

Thats why you should register ANY electronic device you purchase.When you register it its recorded by the vendor and it serves as an ID. Repair shops do also checks with vendors to verify the laptops serial numbers don't match stolen ones.

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