Sorry to waste folks time.
I took the base off to test fuses and what a surprise (not). Just sent the following in ebay messaging :
Hi. While testing fuses Ive inspected the underside of the motherboard. The area under the expansion card slots has extensive water AND burnout damage arising from short circuiting of components due to water damage while powered, meaning it did not simply occur in transit, there is no possible way this was a working board at time of sale. Additionally, the fly lead to the corner USB daughterboard has had a failed repair to where the wires were soldered onto it and attempted to be reinforced with silicone, I found them completely detached however alone that wouldnt have concerned me. I have taken pictures recording the damage. I know you advertised this for parts, however you specifically confirmed it worked in a number of communications, I bid on those assurances, Im going to have to ask for a full refund, plus additional return postage costs if you want the item sent back as I do not intend to be left out of pocket on this matter.
I hope you will comply and resolve this matter amicably as it would be a pity for me to have to open a dispute.
Please respond ASAP, Im now left without parts to complete an urgent repair to a laptop and I can only wait a very limited amount of time before taking further action.
Turns out hes not received cleared payment, and wont, because paypal seem to have selected him as one of their users theyre going to inflict their "no positive feedback, no clearing of payment from escrow" members.
I wonder why. Should hopefully make it easier to recover my payment, although I have utterly no confidence on where they side resolving disputes, in my experience its about as certain as flipping a coin.
Anyone got a mobo for a 7661-CH8 going cheap in the UK?
I thought I was lucky too as I "think" this was a Penryn capable model, seems it originated in Singapore, which is where I wish I was still living instead of having come back to the UK! Peole are generally more honest there
Turns out its less than a year out of its 3 year warranty too