Back story:Im a 19 year old living with my single disabled mom about to start school, Im very mechanically inclined and am more of a hardware guy than I am a software guy. In essence I have more sense than I do cents and do have a side job where I get paid 70 bucks under the table for 2 hours worth of work. Last week I invested some of my money into a Gateway laptop model: mx6436 With the problem of "Not turning on, or getting power" for $40.25 + $15.00 Shipping so $55.25 Total in the hold so far. I recived the laptop today in pretty much the condition described not beat up all the keys are there but it does look like someone has had the back covers off before.I Opened it up to make sure Everything was there 80 gig Harddrive,512mb of ram,Nic, and of course the processor (AMD Sempron? 3300+ Processor 2.0 GHz ). I put the covers on and reseated the battery plugged it in and of course ..Nothing, Ok so maybe this isn't going to be the stupid easy fix, I then Tried another power cord (with the same voltage and adapter) With the same outcome. There is still some testing to do but I am 90% sure it is simply the adapter inside the laptop of going bad which is a Pain in the ass but a cheap fix if you know how to solder. Now this isn't a definite price nor profit but with the plug it should bring my Total up to 58.75 and im looking to flip it either back on ebay or craigslist for 100-150 Even with is being an older windows Xp era laptop I see worse go for the same price everyday on Craigslist. So heres the points of this money making Idea 1.)Set a price that you want to spend with parts in mind Mine here was 60-65 Dollars 2.)Only buy from sellers who describe the item well and have a higher feedback record I usually don't go under 95% but I will check them if they are lower to see if its the buyers or seller that doesn't understand how things should work. 3.) Only buy Things in your comfort range In this instance I bought this laptop pretty much Thinking I was going to have to desolder and resolder the plug back on. 4.) Don't give up If you fail to come out ahead on the first try learn from it, If you can't make your money back from selling it cancel the auction and part it out The screens go any where from 25-130 bucks. 5.)Don't just use ebay, You can find ones on craigslist, Yardsales, Family members Im just using this one to get a little start up maybe get 2 laptops next time or a better one that I can fix refurbish and resell. 6.)Research, I found out the exact specs to the laptop that the buyer didn't have listed.I asked him if everything was included harddrive and all he said that "to his knowledge" which sometimes can mean "No, But I don't want to come out and say it because then you won't buy it and if I say yes that would make me a liar and you want your money back" But I took the gamble and lucked out this time If anyone is really interested in this I may make a blog following my flipping and computer repair tips i've learned along the way.I have never worked at a computer repair shop and don't plan on ever working at a big chain of them (Really shitty work ethics and don't even do things right such as geeksquad The weather man is right more than they are) However I am going to school for it because its what I enjoy doing and im hoping that this ebay plan works out and helps give me some pocket money while I get threw this little rough spot in my life.