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So, I had an oldish laptop that I got from someone for free. It was suffering from some overheating problems (which were fixed with a quick dose of MX-4) and the battery also didn't hold charge.

I pulled it apart in an attempt to fix up the overheating, but whilst re-assembling it, I broke the power button.

I took it out of the case, propped the screen up to my window, and used it to bridge the wi-fi over to my desktop. It sat there for several months.

So, this is what I ended up doing with it:

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The ingredients:
Lots of hot glue
2x bottle cap
1x piece of misc plastic
An old Samsung monitor stand

Total cost: $3
    
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post #2 of 11
Ha nice! Could use some cleaning up, but definitely an interesting way to handle the situation.
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post #3 of 11
This is probably the most creative thing I've seen done with a laptop :O
Props to you.
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post #4 of 11
damn, because of you, I'm doing this to my old HP laptop biggrin.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tiharo View Post

damn, because of you, I'm doing this to my old HP laptop biggrin.gif

Looks like I found something to do with my old HP laptop too. biggrin.gif I took it apart for fun, without much planning, so it's sitting in a pile of parts. It worked (minus the second dead hard drive in a short while, which I forgot to back up. madsmiley.png ) last time I turned it on, but it's probably only good for basic, basic usage.
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Interesting thinking.gif
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post #7 of 11
SWEET! I bet it runs a lot cooler now! haha

I "rescued" a laptop out of the trash at my work. It looked familiar and when I pulled it out, it was an almost exact duplicate of my personal laptop, an HP dv9640us. It was stripped of just about everything that can be removed except for the battery. I used my spare 120GB hdd (that model comes with 2) and I purchased a 60GB SSD for boot. I scavenged a WiFi card and bought a refurbished power brick for $22. So for the price of a SSD, a power-pack and (2) caddy's for the hdd's, I have a spare laptop biggrin.gif

I should mention that the reason it was pitched was because it had no video. I was going to try baking it but a co-worker said "just heat it with the heat gun" That was a lot easier than baking so I gave it a go, directed the heat gun over the gpu for about 2 min. devil.gif and BINGO! thumb.gif I had a working laptop. Unlike other "rejects" at my work, this lappy was in as-good condition as my own, personal model..... which is to say that it was very, very clean.

Cheers to you for your creativity cheers.gif

Also..... Rep to you for the effort! One more thing, I know what you mean when you said that the power button broke during the "operation" My lappy has like 40 screws holding it together and I had 4 left over! biggrin.gif I was surprised that I didn't break something too.
Edited by hollywood406 - 11/9/12 at 8:17am
post #8 of 11
That looks awesome! Clean it up and it will look even better!!!!
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by hollywood406 View Post

SWEET! I bet it runs a lot cooler now! haha
I "rescued" a laptop out of the trash at my work. It looked familiar and when I pulled it out, it was an almost exact duplicate of my personal laptop, an HP dv9640us. It was stripped of just about everything that can be removed except for the battery. I used my spare 120GB hdd (that model comes with 2) and I purchased a 60GB SSD for boot. I scavenged a WiFi card and bought a refurbished power brick for $22. So for the price of a SSD, a power-pack and (2) caddy's for the hdd's, I have a spare laptop biggrin.gif
I should mention that the reason it was pitched was because it had no video. I was going to try baking it but a co-worker said "just heat it with the heat gun" That was a lot easier than baking so I gave it a go, directed the heat gun over the gpu for about 2 min. devil.gif and BINGO! thumb.gif I had a working laptop. Unlike other "rejects" at my work, this lappy was in as-good condition as my own, personal model..... which is to say that it was very, very clean.
Cheers to you for your creativity cheers.gif
Also..... Rep to you for the effort! One more thing, I know what you mean when you said that the power button broke during the "operation" My lappy has like 40 screws holding it together and I had 4 left over! biggrin.gif I was surprised that I didn't break something too.

the thing is you have to replace the thermal pad with copper shim so it doesn't break again.
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post #10 of 11
very creative.. cool stuff
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