Which Microsoft Surface do I have?

May 25, 2020 at 12:08:19
Specs: Microsoft Surface
Hello. I hope you can help please. I have a lodger who moved out about a year ago who has never come back to get her things (who owes me rent!). She left a Microsoft surface behind. I'm thinking I should sell it but I don't know how much it is worth. How do I tell which model Microsoft Surface it is? Nothing is written on it and it's password protected so I can't get into it.

How would I sell it? Do I take it to a computer shop and they will get past the password and wipe it clean for me?

Thanks for any help. Sarah.

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May 25, 2020 at 12:19:15

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May 26, 2020 at 00:27:09
After you do the reset you should be able to figure out what model it is:


You may need to check your local laws about abandoned property to make sure you can legally sell it. To see what it's worth you can check ebay and see what those models are selling for.

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May 26, 2020 at 02:14:58
Thank you very much. All your help is really useful. I'm guessing there isn't a way to tell which model it is before I reset it? As I might wait a bit longer before I reset it, but it would be interesting to know which model it is now.

It's got a red keyboard! There may not be that many microsoft surfaces with red keyboards.....maybe!

Its roughly 12 inches diagonally the screen

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May 26, 2020 at 04:11:01
I know nothing at all about the Surface, but I can't imagine
that the model number wouldn't be somewhere on the case.
If it has a battery compartment that can be opened, it might
be under the battery cover, maybe under the battery.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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May 26, 2020 at 04:32:28
The Microsoft Support page that DAVEINCAPS linked to
might not give the exact model. When I go to System
Information on my computer, under "System model" it
just says "HP Notebook". A couple of lines below that
is "System SKU", with a jumble of letters and numbers
that is the actual model number. For my computer, I
believe that two of the letters just indicate the color of
the case. They had some ridiculous number of possible
color choices.

If there is any chance that your former lodger failed to
return for her things because she was prevented from
doing so, I would think that the contents of the computer
might be important to the police to try to determine what
happened to her.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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May 27, 2020 at 13:16:12
Thank you for your concern but shes not missing. I spoke to her the other day. She says she will come and get her things but doesn't! Meanwhile owes me rent. I don't think I'm expected to store and keep her things forever and my email shows I've made lots of attempts to try and get it back to her so soon I'll probably think about selling her things.

Good news...I managed to find in tiny writing on it some details. It's 128GB and model number is 1645 and when I measure the screen it seems to be 12.3 inches. It has a red keyboard

I've tried to find the exact one online but not that much luck so far. Does anyone know if this is a really old machine or how much it's likely to be worth please?

Thank you for any help. Much appreciated.


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May 27, 2020 at 15:24:32
Doing a Google search for Surface 1645 specs it at a Surface 3 model.



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May 28, 2020 at 01:31:14
What you are proposing is illegal in many states and countries. It is called "theft by conversion". You'd be well advised to take legal advice before proceeding.

Otherwise, you may find yourself in court - but as the defendant rather than plaintiff. Let's hope you get a good price for the tablet.

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May 28, 2020 at 05:05:32
Ljack - I'm actually in the UK and i think a lodger who has abandoned their things actually has 2 weeks to collect them here.If you think it's illegal where you are to sell a lodgers abandoned things i'm interested to know what are you meant to do with them? I have boxes in my hallway that I can hardly get past. She received endless emails about coming to get her things and she doesn't show up. She also breached our contract and owes me rent. Are you saying that you think I would need to keep her things here in my corridor until I die of old age :) :)

Thank you everyone for your replies. Sarah

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May 28, 2020 at 07:12:50
In that case, I would be very careful if I were you: https://www.netlawman.co.uk/ia/sell...

As for what you should do, the procedure is outlined here: https://www.lodgerlandlord.co.uk/20... In any case, be prepared to recompense the owner with the true worth of the goods.

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May 28, 2020 at 07:36:00
I would be very careful about how you approach this situation.
Simply because you sent her emails may not be acceptable in a court of law.
She simply can say she did not receive them and you have no way of proving it.
Your sending an email does not equate to her receiving the email.

A better option would be to send her a "Return Receipt Requested" letter through the post office.
A return receipt letter means she has to sign a receipt when she received the letter, the receipt is then returned to you to show she has received your letter.

There may also be other steps you are required to follow such as keeping the property safe
for a specific period of time.

I would recommend that you seek legal advice before you do anything.
Do you have any type of legal aid office in your area?
Don't know if Great Britain has the same as the US.



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