Sunday, April 6, 2014

Best Buy Trade-In: WinXP Laptop for Chromebook

If you missed the deal announcement via CNET and other sites, Best Buy was to allegedly allow trade-ins of Windows XP computers, allowing you to put that trade-in value towards an Acer C720 Chromebook (2gigs RAM, 16gig drive). That's great opportunity and you won't be the only one switching a WinXP laptop for a Chromebook.
Read the Best Buy web site
I'd like to say it worked out for me, but when I walked in and put down a WinXP desktop (Dell Dimension 3000, one of a pair that I bought many years ago for my two kids), it was only good for recycling. Apparently, the deal only extends to Windows XP laptops, making me regret at least one act of generosity where I gave away an old gateway that was loaded with WinXP but reimaged with PCLinuxOS to a family friend. Ah, well.

1Valid 4/6/14–4/19/14. Valid in store only. Coupon redemption is good through 5/3/14. In store only when trading in a device. Get a minimum $25 Best Buy gift card guaranteed. Customer will also get a $75 discount coupon toward the purchase of a Windows computer, Apple computer or Chromebook. Excludes markdowns, clearance and open-box items. Not all products are eligible for trade-in. Not available in all locations and some stores may have additional limitations. Trade-in value may vary. Condition, documentation and accessories may affect value. Device must power on to be considered working. Water-damaged devices and devices with cracked screens are not considered working devices for purposes of this offer. Not compatible with other trade-in offers. Payment is by Best Buy gift card. You are responsible for removing any data from your product before providing the product for evaluation. You will be required to agree to the Terms & Conditions. The Best Buy Trade-In programs are intended for private, noncommercial use. No dealers. Limit of 3 trade-in transactions per person, per day. Best Buy reserves the right to refuse any trade-in or limit quantities for any reason. See a Customer Specialist for details.

Still, if you have an old Windows XP laptop laying around, you might check to see if it's on the approved list for trade-ins at Best Buy. You can verify this by going to this Best Buy TradeIn web site.

If you have an old WinXP laptop laying around, then I encourage you take advantage of the Best Buy offer and get....
Acer C720 Chromebook at $199 but after trade-in, $106-$109
Some more tips:

  1. Wipe your hard drive on your laptop before taking it in. The easiest way is to grab a USB flash drive, put Darik's Boot-n-Nuke ( on it, then select "autonuke" to wipe the data securely. If you don't have DBAN, just a regular Linux distro, you can use the
    dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/hda command in Terminal.
  2. Move your data to an external USB drive or put it into Google Drive account.
After you have your new Chromebook, you might find these tips handy:
  1. Need to keep track of your passwords? Consider using LastPass, a secure service.
  2. Follow these instructions (whichever works) to load UbuntuLinux on your Chromebook:
    1. Ubuntu+Minecraft
    2. How to install Ubuntu on Acer’s $199 C7 Chromebook

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