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Programmatically collect Dell Warranty Info

Posted on 2008-06-15
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I'm trying to develop a script that will return a Dell system's warranty information by scraping this site:

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/my_systems_info/details?c=us&l=en&s=gen

If the site would use GET and I could attach the service tag to the URL, I'd be golden. Unfortunately, Dell uses javascript form to submit the service tag before a page with the relevant details comes up that the script can scrape. I've been banging my head against this for a while.

Anyone know of any way to programmatically fill out and submit a javascript form?

 
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Use this code. Make your service tag a link to the file below with the code passed as ?code=
<?php
 
$code = $_GET['code'];
 
echo "<html>";
echo "<body ";
 
// validate code
if ( $code != "" )
{
	echo "onload=\"document.getElementById('submitForm').submit()\"";
}
echo ">";
echo "<form id=\"submitForm\" name=\"frmServiceTagSelect\" method=\"post\" ";
echo "action=\"http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/my_systems_info/details?c=us&l=en&s=gen\">";
echo "<input type=\"hidden\" name=\"logout\" value=\"\">";
echo "Service Tag: ";
echo "<input name=\"ServiceTag\" type=\"text\" id=\"ServiceTag\" maxlength=\"7\" size=\"30\" value=\"".$code."\"/>";
echo "<input type=\"submit\">";
echo "</form>";
echo "</body>";
echo "</html>";
?>

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Perfect. Just what I needed. Thanks.
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