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I have been givin and old, kinda broken, laptop. The screen is dead but the computer itself is still functional. It currently has no hdd. Its got a 1.86ghz celeron and 1gb ddr2 memory.

What would be the best use of this? It feels like a waste to just throw it away.
 
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Use it as a secondary machine. Bolt it to the back of a monitor and make a diy aio. Give it to me. :D
 
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That is certainly a good idea. I would have to find a monitor... hmm.
I wonder if I could do a router with it? Edit: I don't think a router would work because I need a few lan ports, not just one.

Use it as a secondary machine. Bolt it to the back of a monitor and make a diy aio. Give it to me. :D
I don't think its worth the shipping cost you would have to pay.
 
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I do not think it is worth the hassle...
Let it go to that special place that old pc's go to:)
 
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I do not think it is worth the hassle...
Let it go to that special place that old pc's go to:)
but but but......

Seems like the easy way out and probably the best course of action. It does not have enough resources to run a server of some kind, or the lan ports for a router, or really much to at all to be useful.
 

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I feel by the time you invest any money into the rig, it will not be worth the effort. Just my two cents.
 
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If I did anything I would not invest any money in it. I would just use spare stuff that come into my hands the same way this laptop has.
 

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make an torrent-mame-video player-fax-calling center server. thats what i have done with my old computer.
 
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You could add a HDD to it and install ubuntu server onto it. Then set up a samba share and throw it in a closet for a headless file server.
 

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It would be ok for a file server or some type of downloading host but nothing else. Some people make arcade machines out of them :)
 
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If I did anything I would not invest any money in it. I would just use spare stuff that come into my hands the same way this laptop has.
This comment here and Hammeron's advice are the best comments on this thread James. Not really worth tossing any real money into it. Even if 'upgraded', you're dealing with a slow machine. Toss it in the parts pile and visit it later would be my call.

I'll add...an LCD for it would cost about as much as it's worth. Memory and CPU upgrades are limited by the onboard video...might as put your money towards a new one.

I have old computer parts tossed at me all the time, I have boxes full of them, but I resist the urge to do something with them...it's gets expensive and in the end I have something that is good for nostalgia's sake, but not as good as I'm used to so I get bored quickly.

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Keep the RAM, throw the rest away. Someday, an Idiot will need 1GB DDR2 RAM and be willing to pay big money for it.
 

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mount it somewhere in the kitchen etc. :)
 

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Keep the RAM, throw the rest away. Someday, an Idiot will need 1GB DDR2 RAM and be willing to pay big money for it.
This is one of the stupidest post I've seen in a while. :wtf:

If the monitor had worked you could've turned it into a digital photo frame. Or you can see if you can find a touch monitor and turn it into a sort of home control unit, or a really big tablet. Or just a web server.
 

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Rather than just throw it away, put in a small HDD and attach it to a monitor (even if a CRT one) and donate it to charity or to someone who needs a pc but can't afford one.
 

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That is certainly a good idea. I would have to find a monitor... hmm.
I wonder if I could do a router with it? Edit: I don't think a router would work because I need a few lan ports, not just one.


I don't think its worth the shipping cost you would have to pay.
You can use the onboard LAN port it already has, and use a USB NIC to add a second lan port. I would use the onboard LAN port as modem in, and then use a small ethernet cable to connect the LAN out (usb nic) to a switch and go from there.
 

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USB gig nic would work as HAT said. Would def make a decent low power router.
 
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Could be a media server if you hook it up to a stereo. Just RDP in to it and launch Pandora.
 

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Yeah this is good suggestions here with your old laptop but i just want to say you that you should replace your old laptop with any new laptop by exchanging the old one and i think this is the best opinion for you ....

Give us a call
 
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Yeah this is good suggestions here with your old laptop but i just want to say you that you should replace your old laptop with any new laptop by exchanging the old one and i think this is the best opinion for you ....
If you actually read the thread it is a spare old laptop.
 

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Yes i know it is a spare old laptop dude but you can replace it with a new laptop and i think this is not a issue to replace becuase this is a spare laptop means not in use...
 
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Yes i know it is a spare old laptop dude but you can replace it with a new laptop and i think this is not a issue to replace becuase this is a spare laptop means not in use...
The point of this thread was not to replace. I have my main laptop with a i3 2330. It was to find a creative use so I did not have to throw it out.