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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

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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.

Mark

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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.

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