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Anything worth salvaging from old laptop?

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#1 jhess56


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Posted 27 November 2016 - 11:50 AM

I just transferred all the hd data from an old laptop to a backup after the screen went dead on it...before I just throw the whole thing away I'm wondering if there is anything worth salvaging from the old computer...the hd is intact...maybe the ram or something else?


It's pretty old and low power so I'm not to worried about it....I'll chuck the power cord in a drawer somewhere in case it's ever needed as a backup but I doubt it'll ever fit anything new.



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#2 RolandJS


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Posted 27 November 2016 - 11:56 AM

Doubtful.  I suspect neither the old or newer laptop share the same exact motherboard.  If the newer laptop can take a 2nd internal HD, consider using the older HD as a Data hard-drive, or, convert it into a usb ext backup HD containing OS and data partition images.

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.


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Posted 27 November 2016 - 12:20 PM

You can try reseating the screen to motherboard cable but I highly doubt it would solve the screen problem. You may be able to sell the battery if in good condition and RAM on Ebay. I would also pull the CMOS battery and Wifi card. Edit: HP and compaq whitelist their Wifi cards so it may be something that would sell well if a person has a similar card that needs to be replaced.


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If you want to keep it then attach an external monitor and see if it shows a display. You may need to press a function key to enable the external monitor. Put a small linux distro like Puppy on the computer if the external monitor option is something you would consider. 


According to the User Guide Fn + F4 alternates between the laptop display and external monitor.

Edited by JohnC_21, 27 November 2016 - 12:25 PM.

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