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Refurbishing old laptop for dad

I bought my mom and dad a new laptop and I'm giving the current laptop, an old HP 4530s from 2012 to my dad for his room. It needs some work though

It needs a new battery so I was thinking of getting this battery for him,

https://www.amazon.com/DTK-Battery-R...tronics&sr=1-3

I don't want to spend a bunch on a battery and this one has good reviews. I don't know anything about buying a battery though. I'd like to keep that under $40 unless there is an actual reason to pay more. If the battery lasts a year then I'll be happy. I would also like a spare charger too since my dad is disabled and it's hard for him to carry a charger up and down the stairs.

The keyboard's letter decals have worn off and I need to replace the A and S key decals. How would I do that?

I was also thinking of upgrading the RAM but I don't know what real performance benefit it would have. He just uses it for Internet and writing/spreadsheets. It has 4 GB of 1333 RAM in 1 slot, so it's only running in single channel mode.

I already replaced the old HDD with an SSD so I'm good there.

Any advice is welcome. Thanks all!

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For a laptop, I have found it to be far easier to replace the keyboard than a few keycaps. Most, if not all replacement parts needed to refurbish a laptop I bought rather inexpensively through Amazon.

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For a laptop, I have found it to be far easier to replace the keyboard than a few keycaps. Most, if not all replacement parts needed to refurbish a laptop I bought rather inexpensively through Amazon.

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Yeah Amazon has a pretty good selection of laptop/notebook parts. I revamped my old ROG last year and I was able to find a battery, KB/touchpad, and a wireless card there...everything I needed other than fans, which I found on ebay.

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For a laptop, I have found it to be far easier to replace the keyboard than a few keycaps. Most, if not all replacement parts needed to refurbish a laptop I bought rather inexpensively through Amazon.

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Sorry I wasn't specific. The keys actually work great. But the decals of the letters wore off. I only need the decals, the little stickers.

And do you guys think I should upgrade the RAM? Should I buy another 4 GB of 1333 to pair or do I have to get a whole new 2x4 of 1333?

Is it ok to use 2 different brand DIMMs in a single laptop?

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Quote: Originally Posted by Thready View Post
Sorry I wasn't specific. The keys actually work great. But the decals of the letters wore off. I only need the decals, the little stickers.

And do you guys think I should upgrade the RAM? Should I buy another 4 GB of 1333 to pair or do I have to get a whole new 2x4 of 1333?

Is it ok to use 2 different brand DIMMs in a single laptop?

Depends on the prices, DDR3 SODIMMs are usually cheap so both should be rather inexpensive.

Mixing RAM sometimes has compatibility issues so I'd go for a replacement 2x4 kit unless you're pinching pennies. Losing dual channel if all your dad does is browse the internet and use Office apps isn't gonna be noticeable though.

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Depends on the prices, DDR3 SODIMMs are usually cheap so both should be rather inexpensive.

Mixing RAM sometimes has compatibility issues so I'd go for a replacement 2x4 kit unless you're pinching pennies. Losing dual channel if all your dad does is browse the internet and use Office apps isn't gonna be noticeable though.
Thanks for answering in both forums. I'm just going to buy a whole new kit.

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Depends on the prices, DDR3 SODIMMs are usually cheap so both should be rather inexpensive.



Mixing RAM sometimes has compatibility issues so I'd go for a replacement 2x4 kit unless you're pinching pennies. Losing dual channel if all your dad does is browse the internet and use Office apps isn't gonna be noticeable though.
Absolutely, when upgrading ram I always match pairs.

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Thanks for answering in both forums. I'm just going to buy a whole new kit.

I would go for high frequency RAM. If budget allows in your case I would even go for 8GB x2 and at least 2666 Mhz if compatible. But you have to check. I can reccomend Corsair Vengeance or G.Skill Ripjaws SO-DIMM's.
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I would go for high frequency RAM. If budget allows in your case I would even go for 8GB x2 and at least 2666 Mhz if compatible. But you have to check. I can reccomend Corsair Vengeance or G.Skill Ripjaws SO-DIMM's.
I believe OP is working on a budget to refurb a laptop for light use... Hifreq ram may not be best option, however a larger SSD would be more beneficial than faster ram imo

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