What can I do with an old laptop that won’t turn on anymore?

Ricardo Cao September 17, 2012

I have an old laptop just sitting at home and I have been wanting to get ideas for projects I can do with the spare parts that I have. Almost every single part still works: screen, ram, hard drive, fan, etc… The full laptop is not functional anymore as the motherboard is dead but most of the spare parts work.

I am looking for suggestions about projects that I could do with the spare parts. Preferably projects that are cheap!

Thank you.

  1. Abba Jee
    November 25, 2012 at 10:49 am

    either you can pay some money to repair it from market or sell its parts ( something is better than nothing )

  2. Jim Chambers
    October 7, 2012 at 1:54 am

    On many laptop motherboards there is a surface mount fuse labelled F1. Short across it with a fine piece of wire and the laptop may come back from the dead.

  3. Declan Lopez
    September 28, 2012 at 2:14 am

    you could make an external hard drive, you can easily find cheap enclosures online

  4. vasu gupta
    September 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

    reconstruct it or just sell it for a few bucks

  5. Dimal Chandrasiri
    September 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    a good advice: if you r interested in computers, just try to disassemble the Laptop. find a compatible main-board for a cheap price nd fix it. you'll get to know the hard ware. you'll exp disassembling. then finally, sell the working laptop nd make some money! win win. :D

  6. Alexis Akridge
    September 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm
  7. Angel Vinod
    September 19, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Well, what I'd do is to get a cheap motherboard, and assemble this laptop such that it looks like a helpful Item on my study desk, Seperate screen from the keyboard and it'll look cool.

  8. EL
    September 19, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Take it apart, and then try putting it back together!

  9. Vishwang Bhaskar
    September 19, 2012 at 4:36 am

    reuse and recycle the parts u can ...... liked the fish tank idea :)

  10. Brian
    September 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I had the same issue, I sold the parts on ebay.

  11. Bruce Thomas
    September 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Old laptops are good for putting in the bottom of fish tanks and letting the inhabitants have a go.

  12. Rajaa Chowdhury
    September 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

    You can actually build your own Tablet out of it. I did watch a video in youtube of a chinese person doing the same. Check this link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbfMHAdHtz0

  13. Bernardo Delapasion
    September 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

    You could always use the spare parts whenever your new laptop has a problem, if you have one and it's compatible Not much of an answer but hey at least you've got some ideas *_~

  14. Eserpess der
    September 18, 2012 at 1:32 am
  15. Dylan Brendan
    September 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm
  16. Abaquin Dharence
    September 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    the best thing you can do is to go to the nearest, repair shop on your place!

  17. Elrick Browne
    September 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    buy a hard drive enclosure and put the laptop hard drive in and make a external drive for backup! (sata or pata) according to you connection and the hard drive

  18. Erlis D.
    September 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I don't know how they can be used, since I don't know their size, type etc..
    For example, if you have a RAM = 1Gb, you can build a 'so, so' computer..
    If you have a RAM = 2Gb, then you can build a good computer! But it's not only the RAM that is important!
    So, in other words, if you give me the full specifications for your laptop parts, maybe I can give you a better suggestion..

  19. ro ot
    September 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I fix my old laptop with ubuntu on usb stick. that works fine. and easy to run

  20. mohit kumar
    September 17, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Use them in desktop!

  21. susendeep dutta
    September 17, 2012 at 7:41 am

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  22. Prathamesh Saygaonkar
    September 17, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Well,Thats a interesting case. You Can Always Reconstruct the laptop using various guides available online..Now a days motherboards are cheap too If You have a website you could always do away with an extra server. Also You Could Boost the speed of the computer you are using by parallely dividing the work of your computer. also you could sell the spare parts to a laptop repairing agency and make some extra bucks.. Also you could give it to a local school for teaching students computer science.

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