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#1 2012-01-01 11:20:39

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Laptop fixing tips ? 1999 models and later ? Qualify for collectible ?

We have so far discovered many good value laptops that a fast 802.11/b wifi can make usable and very pleasant experience.

So, it make sense to offer some tips to fix up really low cost laptops.

First the cheapest used laptops often can be bought and shipped in the USA near $20 each. Source is ebay.

They could be good units or really bad, stripped down without all the easily removable parts. Those you want to buy if it still can boot to bios.

Have fun finding real good buys? The hunt is good enjoyable experience.

Any laptop model will bottom out at $20. then the value will go back up when more people collect them. Collectible depends on whether the laptops can still surf the internet at a reasonable speed.

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#2 2012-01-26 16:16:25

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Re: Laptop fixing tips ? 1999 models and later ? Qualify for collectible ?

First replace these cheap laptop cmos battery. Less than $10. But may happen to power up.

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#3 2012-01-26 16:18:45

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Re: Laptop fixing tips ? 1999 models and later ? Qualify for collectible ?

If no power up after cmos battery is replaced; check and replace drams if necessary. Low density or high density chips may be not working for your laptop. google specs needed.

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#4 2012-01-26 16:24:31

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Re: Laptop fixing tips ? 1999 models and later ? Qualify for collectible ?

Use a cdrom to run SliTaz 3.0 stable livecd if you have more than 320 mB of drams.

If less you may need W2k Dell restore cd or Compaq restore cd about $20 on ebay. Others you may have to get Microsoft original which is very expensive. Sometime you even have to buy a used laptop with the operating system install disk.

Most laptop has a limit on hdd size in the bios. Exceeding the size limit may not boot.

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#5 2012-01-26 16:26:20

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Re: Laptop fixing tips ? 1999 models and later ? Qualify for collectible ?

Then you buy an orinoco wifi/b pc-card. And download Agere v7.82 and Exop20000v3.5 if you have windows operating system.

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#6 2012-01-26 16:27:39

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Re: Laptop fixing tips ? 1999 models and later ? Qualify for collectible ?

The browser choice is Firefox or opera? Which may go back to W95 on older versions.

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#7 2012-01-26 16:29:33

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Re: Laptop fixing tips ? 1999 models and later ? Qualify for collectible ?

You are about done fixing you older laptop. Except running it surfing internet.

Qualifying as collectible is cleaning and polishing it shiny to look the best. Wear and tear increases its value illustrating its usefulness.  Now that we can surf with Firefox v1.5.0.12 and K-Meleon v1.5.4 in W95C, we can qualify laptops of 100 mhz MMX cpu, as good investment(collectible).

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#8 2012-01-28 11:36:02

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Re: Laptop fixing tips ? 1999 models and later ? Qualify for collectible ?

Many laptops can not use large hdd due to bios limitations. Google hdd specifications before you install new hdd for the one that previous owner stripped out?

Many can only take less than 20 gB, but often 4 gB is enough for windows and most midi Linux distros. For Linux tiny distros livecd is best without any hdd.

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#9 2012-01-29 00:17:38

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Re: Laptop fixing tips ? 1999 models and later ? Qualify for collectible ?

Large Lcd screen(14-15") makes powerDVD a great portable dvd player, cheap too. Battery lasts about an hour.

WiFi/b can download movies fast(550 kBps), and DVDRW can save them for replay.

WiFi/b can keep up with any video download for instant replay(realtime).

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#10 2012-02-03 20:23:39

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Re: Laptop fixing tips ? 1999 models and later ? Qualify for collectible ?

How to fix keyboards that  a few keys may not make contact because the aluminum base plate warped?

You can buy a replacement from ebay at about $15 shipped.

It maybe fixable by trial and error push the keys against the aluminum plate to bend it back to full contact on each key. This has to be done while the laptop is powered on. Use a ruler as a template for the warped aluminum base plate, before you bend.

Have fun to try and save $15.

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#11 2012-02-04 12:23:36

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Re: Laptop fixing tips ? 1999 models and later ? Qualify for collectible ?

Restore operating system? Need more than 128 mB of memory Prefer 256 mB. 512 mB is luxury for internet surfing.

Search ebay for restore cd that can install W2k or XP for your laptop brand, about $15. Some do not need keycode, some can use any keycode of W2k or XP from other laptops' sticker on the bottom. Restore cd do not need validation after install.

Have fun, operating system is your last fix. You need small hdd that laptop can use and cdrom to install operating system.

Or you can use SliTaz 3.0 stable as livecd and use no hdd at all, if you have 320 mB of memory.

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#12 2012-02-06 09:54:37

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Re: Laptop fixing tips ? 1999 models and later ? Qualify for collectible ?

Replace ccfl tubes only need removing screen bezel to expose the tubes, resolder the wires.

Replacing the inverter for the ccfl tubes have to remove the power panel.

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#13 2012-03-15 08:28:57

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Re: Laptop fixing tips ? 1999 models and later ? Qualify for collectible ?

Most laptops use screws to hold the big parts, such as lcd cover, keyboard, and palm rest cover.

Other parts maybe just snap on. Which can be pried open.

To fix problems, you replace the assemblies in question. which means, you buy parts laptops to fix your own laptops.

Older laptops with orinoco wifi pc-cards made them fast on the internet.

You can remove all your personal data from hdd by replacing your accounts with new handles. The new handles will write over the data of your personal accounts. Wipe off takes too long a time. You replace network accounts and outlook express accounts with XXXX to overwrite as data.

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#14 2012-06-13 18:17:33

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Re: Laptop fixing tips ? 1999 models and later ? Qualify for collectible ?

All usable laptops are fixed with highest speed wifi cards. 600kBps downloads.

The browser has to be speed dial*Firefox(+)new tab* oriented to see a number of webpage application and their data display.

Big data at a glance to speed up your answers to the data shown you each day. that might effect your life from that day on.

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#15 2013-09-29 08:14:19

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Re: Laptop fixing tips ? 1999 models and later ? Qualify for collectible ?

Bad memory can have hdd problems. Just change good memory back and hdd lost data can be good to boot your laptop.

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