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What can i do with 2 old working laptops?

I have one compaq(wifi, dvd, 40gb HDD, 15 screen,win xp) laptop and one old Toshiba(win 98, 12, cd drive). Any ideas of waht i can make using them?

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mikeasaurus8 years ago
I neat idea that I have yet to see a prototype of is something that operates like a book, so instead of the laptop being on your lap you would hang onto it like a real book, obviously weight would be a factor, however a proof of concept would be pretty neat.

There are a host of problem associated with this like:
-What about a keyboard (touch screen)
-Weight (ummm 2 laptops.. yikes!)
-Power supply for 2 monitors

But encountering these problems is half the fun!
The laptop I am thinking of is right here
aceLED7 years ago
give one to me keep the other for yourself...ill pay for shipping...After that we add each other on msn, say go and we race  to see who can make the best rov using the to laptops ...
psymansays8 years ago
I would use one laptop as a control station, and attach the other one to some kind of mobile unit. I have built this type of system, and I'm working on documenting it on this site.
i saw somewhere where someone broke down their xbox 360 into the laptop and set it up to use the USB controllers, and the game played on the screen.

http://benheck.com/02-03-2008/xbox-360-elite-laptop

and a video:
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2017528/xbox_360_elite_laptop_mod/
daniel2008 (author)  poolgirlblue8 years ago
yeah, i have seen that :D...it's pretty cool, but i dont hav an xbox :P
ve2vfd8 years ago
If it has a good old serial port on it, install IRCAS Alarm and turn it into a home security alarm system (thats what I did with an old laptop).
randomhat8 years ago
The ultimate digital picture frame. You can probablly also get a wooden box or tray from the dollar store with a little adjusting, to cover the keyboard.
you could use one as a brain for a robot and the other as the remote control.
merrills8 years ago
Connect to your stereo (or amplified speakers and add Mediamonkey or iTunes to use one as a large keyboard-enabled ipod, allowing guests to select tracks from keywords..
merrills8 years ago
Connect to your stereo (or amplified speakers and add Mediamonkey or iTunes to use one as a large keyboard-enabled ipod, allowing guests to select tracks from keywords..
1.) Install Linux 2.) Get a midi keyboard and turn one into a drum machine and another into a synth 3.)learn csound 4.)web server 5.)Install emulators 6.)Get 3d glasses and make a "headless" computer
goodgnus8 years ago
You could "make" a tax deductible donation to an organization that will put them to good use. A little googling and you can probably find a used technology recycler in your area that is a non profit.