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From the graveyard of old laptops can a new one rise?


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#1 shdawdaclda

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 01:54 PM

Please, withhold your laughing as this is a sincere post from a somewhat beginner. Im homebound and trying to learn some new skills while Im on my road to recovery. I have various laptops all running Windows XP. The brands are Dell, HP, Sony. Could I salvage parts from each to make a working laptop? Using this really as a learning experience. My biggest question at this point is how do i determine which parts are in working condition? Any tips with this project would be appreciated.



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Posted 20 July 2015 - 02:06 PM

Well I am not gong to laugh but knowing each one of those manufacturers use proprietary hardware I am going to say you will probably have a hard time getting this to work.  Let alone once you frankenstein something together that may or may not boot up you will have an even harder time trying to figure out what drivers to download.  In my opinion it simply isn't worth it.  But all the power to you !!



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Posted 20 July 2015 - 02:06 PM

More than likely no parts will interchange!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted 20 July 2015 - 02:16 PM

Please, withhold your laughing as this is a sincere post from a somewhat beginner. I'm home-bound and trying to learn some new skills while Im on my road to recovery. I have various laptops all running Windows XP. The brands are Dell, HP, Sony. Could I salvage parts from each to make a working laptop? Using this really as a learning experience. My biggest question at this point is how do i determine which parts are in working condition? Any tips with this project would be appreciated.

 

Shdaw,

 

Well, it depends a lot on what laptops you have laying around.

 

Most of the time, a lot of laptop parts are not interchangeable. 

 

The only parts that I can think of that *may* be interchangeable are the following:

 

  1. RAM modules
  2. Processor chips
  3. hard drives
  4. In some cases, WiFi cards.
  5. In some cases, but more rare, graphics (video) controller

 

In a nutshell, you need to do your research on all of the laptops that you have and look into compatibility of those first three that I mentioned in that list.

 

Since you are "home-bound", take your time and don't rush into things. 






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