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    Making Use of Old Broken Laptops

    I have several broken laptops lying around and I've been a bit too lazy to revive the hard drives to pull out the contents on each, but I'm thinking now is the time. My question is what are the best ways to make use of these spare parts that are left with these broken laptops? Can I make a sort of Frankenstein CPU out of them or should I just give them away to our local laptop repairman so he has free spare parts?

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    Depends on whether you are the techie type. If you are, take them apart by all means. If not, give it to someone else who can make better use of it.

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    I have an old laptop that's still working and fine to use, but it's... well, old. hehe. I use it to experiment with, for example loading different flavors of Linux on. I've been thinking of making it a server for our home network recently too.

    Broken laptops, assuming they're old like you say, aren't worth keeping. I agree with Victor in that case.

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    Re: Making Use of Old Broken Laptops

    I have a broken laptop too (tho I was told it is not worth fixing by the computer place) and so far I have kept it. I tell myself that I am going to try to get it working, but then remind myself that the computer repair place said it is not worth fixing. It is fairly new and lost all power right after my warranty was up - not happy there! Now I am running on my old laptop.

    If I had several laptops, I probably would mess around with them to get them working together. I used to work with testing electronic circuits so the troubleshooter/technician in me wants to tinker with them. But on the other hand, I worked on high powered power supplies and never on the inside of computers and there is a difference. I am one of those determined to fix things kind of person.

    If you do decide to work on them, make sure to buy a grounding strap or else you will fry the components in the computer - electronic parts (especially chips) are very sensitive to static electricity!

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    Re: Making Use of Old Broken Laptops

    I have gone through a number of laptops (6 to be exact) - same thing, computer place says it is more practical to just get a new one instead. That's one of the reasons I have decided that a desktop should always be available in case the laptop crashes or something like that. It may be helpful if you just sold them for parts (which is what I did to mine)...instead of just storing them somewhere and it gathering dust, why not try to get what you can for it anyway?

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    Re: Making Use of Old Broken Laptops

    Generally, broken laptops are good for spare parts only. You can get hard drive from one, and RAM from another.

    If you know how to assemble computer parts, you wouldn't find it difficult to build your own system by making use of parts from different laptops. On the other hand, If you have never looked inside your CPU, then you better sell these, or give them to someone who can put them into good use.

    Personally, I would play with them, and make good use of video tutorials posted on Youtube. Believe me, you will find many tutorials out there for computer assembly, and that's what you need to get started.

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    Re: Making Use of Old Broken Laptops

    I think you can try to sell computer parts!
    You can earn some money, I for example have a computer, which I am using to write this post, and is a bit old, damaged keypad, etc., so when you buy a new try to sell this piece!

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    Re: Making Use of Old Broken Laptops

    I have an old laptop. It's still working, but there's no sound. I haven't decided what to do with it. I used to play around with desktops, but never opened up a laptop. If it wasn't working, I would donate it to the Goodwill. Many computer geeks go there to buy broken laptops to source for parts.

    I use computer geeks as a term of endearment because I count myself as one.

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    Re: Making Use of Old Broken Laptops

    There's a market for broken laptops. I noticed this when I was searching for a laptop on Ebay, and lot's of users we're selling broken laptops. They were getting bids too, so maybe you should list some of your broken laptops for auction on Ebay.

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    Re: Making Use of Old Broken Laptops

    I have sold a few of my old laptops on ebay for spares and repairs! You get a healthy amount of return for them usually as people want them to harvest the keyboards, screens, mouse pads and other internal components. People will buy anything on ebay!

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    Re: Making Use of Old Broken Laptops

    Thanks for the suggestions you guys! I am now battling with myself between creating a Frankenstein laptop combination of all 3 broken ones that I have, and just selling all 3 of them on eBay. I actually didn't know that people bought even broken laptops on eBay so thanks for that. Still welcoming any other suggestions or tips on this as I am really wanting to do something more with this other than selling them or giving them away, but I'm open to it if no other options are left. Thanks again guys!

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    Re: Making Use of Old Broken Laptops

    Quote Originally Posted by DrRipley View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions you guys! I am now battling with myself between creating a Frankenstein laptop combination of all 3 broken ones that I have, and just selling all 3 of them on eBay. I actually didn't know that people bought even broken laptops on eBay so thanks for that. Still welcoming any other suggestions or tips on this as I am really wanting to do something more with this other than selling them or giving them away, but I'm open to it if no other options are left. Thanks again guys!
    If you have a desktop, you can try playing with the hard drives. Get some adapters so that you can connect the hard drives to your desktop. Then you can learn how to make raid arrays. Just for learning.

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    Re: Making Use of Old Broken Laptops

    You can buy a little tower that you can plug a laptop hard drive into, allowing you to build your own cluster of external hard drives too. Just another thought.

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    Re: Making Use of Old Broken Laptops

    Quote Originally Posted by fermlour View Post
    I think you can try to sell computer parts!
    You can earn some money, I for example have a computer, which I am using to write this post, and is a bit old, damaged keypad, etc., so when you buy a new try to sell this piece!
    Yes that's what I did with my old laptop too. At least you can recover some cash...

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    Re: Making Use of Old Broken Laptops

    I have never had a computer I would refer to as an old broken laptop. Every computer in my house is used. I have an old dell with no battery, a broken hard-drive (i recovered and replaced), I now use it as a media center and use it attached to my TV with XBMC to stream movies and what not. I have another "old" computer which has a cracked screen, I replaced the screen, formatted the machine and sold it. If you plan on selling it, please make sure you securely wipe the drive, as it is very easy to pull data from a formatted drive.

 

 
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