Windows Legacy OS forum

General discussion

My laptop was stolen, just found it on the LAN in the dorm

by Jacky Boen / May 3, 2006 3:23 PM PDT

OK a laptop with the same name as mine just popped up on the LAN in my dorm but I'm unable to find out any identifying information (product key, service tag, MAC address)because the computer has a decent firewall up. I was wondering if anyone knew of any applications that might be able to access this sort of information without adminisrative privliges.

Help would be much appreciated as I want my laptop back.

the laptop was a 700m dell inspiron windows xp with an internal wireless card

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: My laptop was stolen, just found it on the LAN in the dorm
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: My laptop was stolen, just found it on the LAN in the dorm
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Your first steps
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 3, 2006 6:36 PM PDT

are to report this to the appropriate authorities.

If you suspect that someone else in your establishment has stolen the laptop then you must report it at once.

Ask them to speak to the Net Administrator to help track it down.


Collapse -
Call the campus police

They can get the school's IT people to tell them what room the system is in, and they can then conduct a search.

We can all understand your desire to get your laptop back, but if you continue what you're doing, you're only going to hurt your case. The potential thief could claim you hacked into the system and altered it to match yours.

I know campus cops are usually little more than glorified meter maids, but the best thing you can do is just alert them to this development and let them handle it.

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?