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gathering thoughts about refurbishing a laptop from the 90's

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So I was having thoughts about this topic. I have an older laptop in my possession that looks like a Toshiba 510CDT. I wanted others opinions on making this PC practical (I.e. adding a modern motherboard, a decent SSD, trackpad, and cherry ML switches.

My main concerns are - finding an LCD panel, battery and power, and mounting a motherboard.
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You want to use old case to build a newer laptop, not really reasonable, as mounting points, battery specifications/charging, I/O locations, screen size, and component plugs, plus matching drivers will be difficult.
Parts usually cost more than buying a laptop outright.
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This is truth here. If it's from the 90s, then just ignore it. Processors from that date are so outdated that running an OS like Windows 98 was pretty much the limit for machines like that...let alone programs like Word or *gasp* the internet. tongue.gif (Not really, they did just fine, but you get the point.)
     
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On one hand, it would be a tremendous project. Similar to what someone already mentioned, the main problem is going to be component fitment. Remember laptop's in the 90's were 4:3 aspect ratio where today everything is 16:9 or 16:10. On the other hand, I can see where it would be neat to have the retro machine with new guts.

If that's something important to YOU I think you should try it. If not, I'd skip it.
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