Turn Your Broken Laptop Into a Desktop

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Introduction: Turn Your Broken Laptop Into a Desktop

I had my old Acer Aspire 5054wxmi since late 2007, and it was working fine for 3 years until it developed a faulty heatsink fan, and the system's temprature went up to 77 degrees c(not f). I then found out that I could no longer use it as my everyday PC.

So while I was looking around on ebay, an idea struck me. "Why not turn it into a desktop! You have the keyboard and mouse ready, right?", I thought.  

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    rdy2kll

    My Laptop isn't broken but i usually only use battery to move it around without hibernating or shutting down. i always use lan to connect to the internet, so your laptop would be fine if it's was mine.

    I have this exact same laptop, i will be doing this because it cannot last more than 10 minutes on battery and the wireless is pretty fried. thanks for the idea, i will post a picture soon because i will have this weekend to do it!

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    Great. I guess you know where to get the materials from. y/n? [y]

    If you want, you can follow part of huskermainia's tut on yt
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAXI96WU8Tw

    Anyways, does yours have vista or xp? lol
    (I'm not sure if u heard it already, but i got mine in late 2007, that's why mine had Vista, yo)
    Plus, my original battery lasts like 1hour,
    n for the wifi, try looking under the ram door or the keyboard, or yt search "acer 5580 dissassembly", I know its obviously for the higher end 5580, but the case is pretty much the same.
    BTW, hope 2 see it!

    Great. I guess you know where to get the materials from. y/n? [y]

    If you want, you can follow part of huskermainia's tut on yt
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAXI96WU8Tw

    Anyways, does yours have vista or xp? lol
    (I'm not sure if u heard it already, but i got mine in late 2007, that's why mine had Vista, yo)
    Plus, my original battery lasts like 1hour,
    n for the wifi, try looking under the ram door or the keyboard, or yt search "acer 5580 dissassembly", I know its obviously for the higher end 5580, but the case is pretty much the same.
    BTW, hope 2 see it!

    i did this when i punched my laptop in the face for freezing lol took the screen off and whoolah a desktop computer with battery backup ibm t40--

    Dude you've done nothing! You don't need a broken laptop to make a desktop. If you have a good laptop(mine is i5 cpu, 4gb DDR3, 1GB GDDR3,320GB HDD) you can flip off the laptop display, and you can connect to a HDTV or a bigger monitor. If your processor it's fast and you have enough RAM and grafic space and power, you can extend your laptop desktop using a pc monitor. This is not a rocket science! Peace from Romania

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    That's was when it only had 767 mb ram, Windows reports that as 1gb and now it has 2.5gb ram. Now i have an old desktop(2002) in it's place. I'm typing this reply on that. The specs:
    some brand "U8668 pro" mobo
    P4 @ 2ghz
    256 mb ram(need to upgrade)
    Both CD-RW and CD drives, plus floppy
    Tp-link wifi dongle
    win xp home(hope i can 1 day win 7 on it)

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    I don't get what you did besides plug it into a monitor, keyboard and mouse. What did I miss?

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    well... the fact that it fries my knees when I use it, the crap lapt cooler and the fact that it cannot reboot. I've to click shut down, wait for it to cool down, and then poke at the power switch...

    It looks like you simply took out the battery and are now using the laptop with an external mouse, keyboard, and monitor. What does that have to do with the faulty heatsink fan? This looks like you're using the same functions as a laptop docking station...minus the actual docking station.

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    Well i miss older lapt's that have docks that stick out(And the undock option in the windows shutdown screen). The newer ones look like rubbish to me...