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How much life is left in this laptop?

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I recently got a laptop for free but it looks like it's been used so much that it might not have much life left in it. It was used daily as a work laptop. The keys have been pressed so many times, the letters are wearing off...the screen is really dull on maximum brightness, etc. As of now, it runs fine but I'm wondering if it has enough life left in it to become a Linux file server? The main thing i worry about is the capacitors dying on the motherboard or something...any advice?

I replaced the RAM in it, cause it only had 512. If it helps, it's a Dell Latitude D510 with a Celeron M in it. Thanks
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post #2 of 13
How much did you pay for it? If it's running fine for now, there's no reason not to go ahead and set it up as a Linux server. Just keep your data backed up.
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I don't see why not. It was free. lol
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Haha yeah I know...just curious what other people think cause I hate when things die on me!
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post #5 of 13
Oops, didn't see that it was free. Yeah just go ahead and use it.
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Okay. I might replace the hard drive...cause 40GB isn't much for a file server and it's the original one
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post #7 of 13
I wouldn't use a laptop as a server. Sell it, buy a better desktop with the money, and use that as your server.

EDIT: Also, I sure as heck wouldn't rely upon a laptop hard drive for a file server. They're slow and fragile. One bump at the wrong time and you could lose everything. Not to mention you'll pay a good deal more for the same amount of hard drive space you could have on a desktop server.
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I wouldn't use a laptop as a server. Sell it, buy a better desktop with the money, and use that as your server.

EDIT: Also, I sure as heck wouldn't rely upon a laptop hard drive for a file server. They're slow and fragile. One bump at the wrong time and you could lose everything. Not to mention you'll pay a good deal more for the same amount of hard drive space you could have on a desktop server.
That's a good point...I just wanted to use it cause it's power efficient and I got it for free lol
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post #9 of 13
if you leave it on a desk, especially closed and hooked to an external monitor, there shouldn't be a problem. and if you put a new hdd in it, even better.
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post #10 of 13
I had a similar HP old laptop similar to this. 40GB HDD, 512ram, Celeron proc. There were times were I used it as a server daily and even left it for weeks turned on. Still running brilliantly.

If you dont abuse it, I guess it will be fine.
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