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Old laptop, what can I do with it?

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Hi guys. I was gifted an Toshiba A55, because it had issues with the mouse. I tested it, and it skips all way over. It's an HW issue, and I tried an Ubuntu Live CD, and it does the same thing. The issue relates to USB ports, because I tried an external USB mouse, and it blinks a lot, and Windows say "USB device malfunction". I think it's related to voltage on the USB ports, so I'm trying tomorrow with an externally-powered USB hub. I've already dissasembled laptop and replaced thermal paste on CPU.

Specs:

Celeron M 1.5 GHz
768 MB DDR-333 RAM
Intel 855 chipset
100MW Atheros 5005G Wireless Mini-Pci Card.

Thing is, if I get the USB ports to work, what can I do with it??. It has VGA output and S-Video output too, so I'm thinking installing Windows 7, and using Media Center for watching movies on a server in the house(WHS). Or I can use some lightweight linux distro for HTPC duty, but, is it powerful enough?(IGP doesnt have ANY shaders).
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I'd put it in the crapper and play poker while doing 'business'.
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250 GB 840 EVO Noctua NH-D14 Windows 10 Logitech K350 
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if its going to be use for a HTPC install XBMC Media Center instead of windows
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WD1tb +WD500gb +WD200gb not like I need one edge linux LG 22" w2240 +optiquest q71 
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I use my 4yr old hp dv9000 for downloading, also external storage(for backup/transfer) (100gb hard drive). I also use it to recharge my ipod, and gps. I need to rig up some cooling though its been getting hot the last few months. Oh also good for remote access if i want to get a document, when i am not home. I assume it only uses as much power as the wall wart smell freshener things.

it got retired to that duty since:
-cpu cooler died(replaced)(1 month out of warranty)
-2nd harddrive died
-usb ports no longer recognize themselves.
-wireless no longer works
-whenever UAC pops up screen goes black for 5 seconds.(apparently does not happen if i am remote logged in with logmein)
-battery lasts 10-30 min.

^^after that experience i decided to only get cheap laptops, like my netbook!
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Originally Posted by tucsondude View Post
^^after that experience i decided to only get cheap laptops, like my netbook!
What the hell has that thing been through?
My 4 year old gateway is still the primary laptop of the house and works without problems aside from the DVD drive burning coasters all the time.
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AMD Phenom II B57 @ X4 3.9 Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5 Sapphire Radeon 290 8 GB G.Skill 2133 
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250 GB 840 EVO Noctua NH-D14 Windows 10 Logitech K350 
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Plantronics Gamecom 788 
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250 GB 840 EVO Noctua NH-D14 Windows 10 Logitech K350 
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Plantronics Gamecom 788 
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post #6 of 6
Can it blend?\\

On topic: Put a very on-demanding low-footprint ubuntu and use it for general online surfing
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