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Hey guys,

I work with desktops, period. I know enough about laptops to know they're not desktops and have different interfaces for much of the hardware. My friend spilled water on her laptop awhile back and took it to someone who said the motherboard is fried from the water damage (makes sense). I don't know for sure, but am willing to bet that other parts are still working.

So in your opinion, what parts can be salvaged from this machine and sold separately for money? I was thinking maybe the RAM, HDD, and wireless card. Anything else? Is the screen worth anything? Also, where's the best place to sell these parts? OCN, eBay? Anyway to easily test these devices before selling to make sure they work? I guess the RAM and HDD could be hooked up to another working laptop... Also, we need to clear the HDD before selling, so that would almost certainly need to be hooked up to a new machine and wiped clean.

Thanks for the input.
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Hard Drive, battery and RAM, maybe the mini-pci wireless card if there is one. If you are really trying to get all you can out of it then you could try to take the screen off and sell it on eBay or a laptop-part specific forum. Mostly just the HDD, RAM and battery will be easily removed and sold.
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Value would be depending on the make, model and how old the laptop is ,it might be worth more complete minus the harddrive , instead of parting it out. Ebay would probably get you the highest price for it. You could also try selling it on notebookforums.com or notebookreview.com
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Hard Drive, battery and RAM, maybe the mini-pci wireless card if there is one. If you are really trying to get all you can out of it then you could try to take the screen off and sell it on eBay or a laptop-part specific forum. Mostly just the HDD, RAM and battery will be easily removed and sold.
Ah yes, the battery, forgot about that.

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Value would be depending on the make, model and how old the laptop is ,it might be worth more complete minus the harddrive , instead of parting it out. Ebay would probably get you the highest price for it. You could also try selling it on notebookforums.com or notebookreview.com
The problem is the motherboard is fried from the water spillage. I doubt anyone would want to buy the complete system with a fried board, unless they wanted to scrap it for the parts that are still valuable, so why not just scrap it myself was my thinking.

Another idea, is it easy to replace the motherboard and get her a working laptop again?
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Your best bet might be to look for a laptop motherboard w/base on eBay. I fixed a friend's laptop after she spilled something on it. I payed about $100 for the base which included the main case and motherboard only. So I just swaped her CPU, Ram, battery and screen for a fully working laptop!
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Your best bet might be to look for a laptop motherboard w/base on eBay. I fixed a friend's laptop after she spilled something on it. I payed about $100 for the base which included the main case and motherboard only. So I just swaped her CPU, Ram, battery and screen for a fully working laptop!
That would definitely be your best bet if you can find something like what he described. You won't get much for parting out the few pieces you could sell from the current laptop.
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If it is a total loss, you can salvage the screen and try this mod:

http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...-case-mod.html
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