Uses for old dell laptop

So my work throughout out this old dell lap top and I recovered it from the trash. It has no hard rives or ram and the screen is half disconnected from the body, but I want to take it apart and find something to do with it. Im mostly interested in the touch pad on it and because I'm into music I want to find a way to use it to control sound, perhaps by controlling the volume or pitch of a audio signal. Any ideas.

Posted by wickednick 6 years ago

Dell inspiron 1800 wont boot porperly

AHH this is like the 5th time my friend asked me too fix his WINDOWS computer... windows users just don't get it.... But anyways when the machine shows its startup screen, the loading bar fills and it goes to a gray screen asking for a password. he says he hasn't set a password. I am positive I cant blame this on windows though. I am not on dells side either though. Anybody got any ideas ?

Posted by littlechef37 10 years ago

Dell E173FPf

My Dell E173FPf is without life

Posted by jimi2112 5 years ago

Nice ! Dell lawsuit

From a blog By Michael Krigsman | June 30, 2010, 4:54am PDT "According to a recently unsealed lawsuit, Dell shipped approximately 12 million computers containing faulty components and then tried to hide the problems from buyers." More here:   Dell lawsuit: Pattern of deceit  

Posted by Goodhart 8 years ago

Dell indicator light? Don't throw it out!

I'm working on a project that will become an 'ible when it's done, and I need a little help from fellow sysadmins. If you come across a Dell-server indicator light, please don't throw it out! Send it to me instead! See, Dell servers all come with an indicator light on a cable (it's really just a blue LED connected to a 4 foot cable, and it ends with very thin barrel plug). The light is intended to be plugged into the server, then clipped to the side of the rack, so you can see if a server is off or on without looking at the back or front of it. Nobody ever uses the light as far as I can tell. Where I work, we generally throw them out. I've been collecting all the ones that I come across for awhile now, and have only gotten together 16. The project I have in mind needs at least 60. You can think of sending them to me as recycling :) Thanks --Kyle

Posted by Kyle_S 8 years ago

Mount a Dell ST2420L Flat-Panel Monitor on 2405FPW Base?

Hi Everybody.  I just bought a Dell ST2420L flat-panel monitor to replace my old 2405FPW.  It's a better monitor, but its base is terrible.  The old monitor's base could be raised and lowered by several inches, the screen could be rotated 90 degrees, and it tilted farther.  The new base isn't adjustable vertically, won't rotate, and tilts only a few degrees.  I was hoping I could mount the new monitor on the old base, but the mounting hardware is all different.  The attached pictures show (1) the 2405's base with mounting bracket removed, (2) the 2405's mounting bracket, which bolts onto the base, (3) the place on the back of the monitor into which the mounting bracket slots, and (4) how the ST2420L connects to its stand (I'd rather not take mine apart to photograph, but I'll do it if anybody who wants to help needs to see the hardware more clearly). I wonder if anybody has successfully adapted the base of a 2405FPW to mount an ST2420L or similar, recent monitor, or anything similar?  Or would be interested in taking on the project?  Thanks for any help or ideas. Regards, Jim Crutchfield Long Island City, NY

Posted by jdcrutch 6 years ago

MY Dell D520 Laptop keyboard is broken??

MY Dell D520 Laptop keyboard is broken yesterday, I must change new Dell D520 keyboard, just I go to “google” and find Dell D520 Laptop keyboard online store: about this D520 keyboard, can you tell me your best idea??

Posted by davidxi2008 9 years ago

Dell Inspiron (works...ish) for raspberry pi

Will trade a working black dell Inspiron for a working raspberry pi of any kind.the dell runs windows Xp but has no keyboard and is unhinged.Pictures by request.

Posted by Legitsmitty 4 years ago

Dell INSPIRON 5100 Battery

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Posted by asdfmakewish 7 years ago

taking the stand off of a dell 1702fp monitor

Hello,I have an old dell 1702fp monitor.Anyone ever take off the built in stand. So it can be wall mounted?here are some shots of the monitor:,1425,sz=1&i;=8422,00.jpg;=1910&ID;=88518&P;=Fthanks on any help

Posted by gregdove 9 years ago


I am looking for a cheap motherboard that will fit a Dell Dimension E520 case (BTX). The socket is LGA 775. Can anyone suggest one that will fit. Secondhand fine

Posted by anon_private 5 years ago

Playstation 3 or Dell Inspiron Laptop ?

From the title you can all see i need some help.(don't worry it's not gils)I can't choose between the PS3 os the dell laptop.Basically its this deal with AOL that if you sign up to their broadbrand you get a free PS3 or laptop - your choice.(i know all the terms and conditions so you don't need to explain them to me)But the problem is i can't decide which free gift to take?To tell you the truth my heart is set out more to the PS3.But i do/ could use a..... ,need a laptop aswell!So please help me decide!*PS3* is only 40 gig and not bacword compatible. (check the carphone website/aol deal for details)I need to sign up before the 17th. preferblally friday.

Posted by Baron A 10 years ago

Help with laptop

Ok yesterday we had gotten a used laptop from a place. the person had put in a new battery in it the computer is a dell latitude d600 since we first plugged it in, the battery light has been flashing orange so we left it charge all night then i checked the power management area and it said the battery was still dead and from the looks of it the battery goes to this laptop, but its not the original one any ideas please help

Posted by ClemensY290 9 years ago

Wet Computer

I have a Dell Dimension 4600C, but it was ruined when my room was flooded (Thanks Joe the Plumber!). I know the power supply is fried (no power comes out, the circuit board looks white and wet), but I'm not sure if the motherboard is bad. Only the bottom 1/2 inch got wet, and it looks fine. Everything else in the computer works, but the computer was plugged in when it died. Is there a way to test the motherboard (without another computer or PSU)? Should I buy a PSU without knowing if the motherboard works? A new motherboard is too expensive, I might as well get a new computer, but the power supply is only $20. Henry

Posted by -henry- 9 years ago


I HATE my mouse. My old mouse, was a corded (w00t) serial mouse. I used it with my amazing 8 year old windows ME computer. I loved that hulking tower, it was beautiful in a slick, off white way (pics coming soon hopefully). Then, I got a new computer. It runs vista, and I used the mouse that came with it. Had a cord as well, but was USB- no serial ports on this sucker. It worked OK, until the scroll wheel broke. Then I stopped using it*. All the computer stores around only have the insane "ergonomic" mice with the 5 pound giant pink balls on the top (I have NO idea), so I couldn't get a new one. Luckily, I had an old travel mouse laying around. Wireless. Enter the world of computer He**. It eats 2 AAA's every 2 weeks, randomly stops working, jams up, skips around, and generally sucks. If I could, I would throw this pathetic excuse of an electronic human interaction device into my parts bin and mine it with a soldering iron until it dies, but its my only option. Please, what do I do?! Does anyone know a good (I'm not sure its serial actually, round plug, plugs into the the purple or green slot on old computers) converter to USB so I can use my old mouse? *Well, I, strictly hypothetically, may have cracked open the case and accidentally broken the click wheel sensor button. Purely hypothetical, of course.

Posted by Rotten194 9 years ago

Dell Digital Jukebox

Well, I was cleaning up my room the other day and found an old Dell Digital Jukebox lying around and was wondering what I should do with it. I was at first thinking about installing linux onto it, but then decided to ask if you guys had any better ideas on hacking the Dell, whether it be soft mod or hard mod.

Posted by Cailen 11 years ago

Does anyone know the pinout of this chip?

Hello fellow Arduino-ists I've got an old laser mouse (DELL M-UVDEL1) and I want to get my arduino uno or mega (I've got both) to read the data it sends out and print it to the serial monitor. First, can anyone tell me the pinout of the chip on the following picture:, bakside:, then I think I can work from there, unless anyone wants to help me even more by posting an example code, that would be great

Posted by mdanielsson1 5 years ago

Turn on Dell Latitude laptops without charger

Recently my uncle gave mi 2 laptops Dell Latitude wich he found in his job, but here comes the problem I don't have any charger for they and because of that I can't comprobate if they run. Can I use a Acer charger or a power suply of a desktop to satart the laptops? Any other idea?

Posted by kenyolo 6 years ago

Leds inside your laptop!

So.... i was justs surfing around the site and was astonished by the amount of LED ideas there are.... and then it hit me (no literarily, my brother hit me with his mac book pro) why is it that some laptops get to have their own COOL inner colors.... (aka macs and dell xps)... So heres the idea, how about a DIY about how to place leds inside your laptop., in empty visible spaces, (for example: fan slot, speaker area , under keyboard,.....) and how to make a proper circuit with resistances that can be leeched of battery or some USB... better if they could be controled !! <--- (HA!) I dont know..i just hope someone answers this within a week, or else im gonna have to entrepenour with my laptop!

Posted by rbolio 10 years ago

suggestions plz

Hi, my laptop lcd is broken .it is a 15.4 inch dell inspiron 1501,so my question is if i want to change the lcd i have to buy the same model of dell i.e 1501 or can i buy different inspiron version like e1505,9100 like that because i see some deals on other versions of dell .actually i see a very good deal($15) for inspiron 8500 ,so do you think it will fit.

Posted by vijaybhaskar 10 years ago

My "new" computer

This is my "new" computer. Its a Dell Dimension 2400 loaded with windows xp with service pack 3. I havent done much to it yet, and since i cant really overclock it... im just doing memory, graphics, sound, and looks. The rest of the upgrades i do will be software, programs, wallpapers, music, videos, screensavers, etc...  I hope you like. NOTE: I AM a noob. that is y it kinda sux. but... im kinda young. lol. PLEASE COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by sci4me 7 years ago

PDA screen for Raspberry Pi

Does anyone know if I could use a Dell Axim x51 screen as a monitor for my a Raspberry Pi and if so how? Thanks Denny

Posted by Leviset 11 months ago

Connect two computers through USB to use ports on other computer?

Can I connect my main computer, (Dell E310) to my work computer, (Dell GX1) to use the ports on teh GX1? My e310 doesnt have a serial or parallel port, and the GX1 has both. The GX1 is very slow, but has usb. My current setup prohibits me from simply transering my monitor and peripherals to the GX1. I have qemu, and VMware, if those are of any help... Help?... Tyeo

Posted by tyeo098 10 years ago

I need help/advise "Laptops: Apple or Dell?"

Hey everyone, i am looking into buying a laptop for the end of school and into college. I most likely will be going into design of some kind (CAD, CAM, Inventor, etc.) but I also love to make movies and am very interested in photography and photoshop. so the big question is: What laptop should i get? if you have a preference or just basic things to look out for. i would really appreciate some advise, thanks again. bumpus

Posted by bumpus 10 years ago

lcd pc monitor to lcd dvd monitor

I have been given a dell lcd screen and want to hook it up to my dvd player, can i do that? if so how?

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Posted by atomtop 7 years ago

My sweet computer

Ok, so i basically just set up my first pc. I actually built it from a dell dimension 4700. It now has a new motherboard which is much better. Heres the specs: Operating System: MS Windows XP Home 32-bit SP3 CPU: Intel Pentium 4 530 Prescott 90nm Technology Ram: 2.5GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 333MHz (5-5-5-15) Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5KPL-AM EPU (Socket 775) 25 °C Graphics: DELL E173FP @ 1024x768 Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family Hard Drvie: 78GB Seagate ST380013AS (SATA) 28 °C Optical Driver: CD_ROM Drive Audio: VIA High Definition Audio Power Supply: The crappy 400W dell one from the dimension 4700. I really need to upgrade the power supply, cooling, hard drive, and maybe ram. Cooling especially, because i can overclock and i really want to. If i do a 5% OC, i stay at about 60 °C when playing games or stress testing. A bit more is pretty normal. Thats kinda hot though... So, thats why i want to upgrade the cooling. And it would help to upgrade the power supply a ton. And im going to need to with all the stuff i want to add. Anyway, heres some pics:

Posted by sci4me 7 years ago


Can anyone help me to make a DVI-D to VGA converter? I know that DVI-D is digital only and VGA is analog but there must be a possibility to convert digital to analog. I have a dell 30" LCD which have DVI-D port and I want to connect this LCD to VGA source. Help me plz...

Posted by raza896 3 years ago

How can i charge a laptop battery without the laptop?

Hey! I have a project that requires a 11 v battery pack. I found that one of my laptops have just that and i want to be able to charge it without the laptop. How can i achieve this ? Here is a pinout of the connector

Posted by ddaemi 1 year ago

are there any desktop pc parts that are compatiable in a laptop

hello everyone i have a unused desktop pc and  want to know if there are any parts that i can put into my laptop from my desktop examples include ram ect. i have a inspiron 1545 and a dell desktop of a unknown model if anyone can help please let me know thank you fidgety2

Posted by fidgety2 6 years ago

I am so bummed out!

I am so bummed out! I just had to format my laptop memory because the file ntoskrnl.exe got corrupt! I lost so much data that I had! Including Photoshop 7. My laptop wouldn't boot up, so I asked Dell about it, so I had to format it!

Posted by Shadow Dragon 10 years ago

XP or Vista?

The Spaghedeity has smiled upon me! I'm finally going to get a new computer, a custom Dell.Should I get a Vista or XP? XP is reliable, cheaper and proven, but it's old-ishVista is NEW, cooler, and won't be outdated in a year or two, but its buggyI can't decide :p, any help? Well I wound up getting an Apple iMac 20"

Posted by KentsOkay 10 years ago

Unneeded printer

Hi. I have a printer (dell photo 964) that I don't need (since I don't have a power supplie for it) so I was thinking what can I do With it? can somebody tell me how and what I can do with it (something like: make a card reader out of it, small picture screen, etc.) I know that you can make a table lamp out of it's scanner. Thank You

Posted by redon12 10 years ago

Videos not interfacing properly when adding Instructable to collection

   OS: Windows 7, Dell desktop, Internet Explorer and Chrome (all most recent versions as of 1/27/16), I was looking at: Build a Lightsaber   by MrTinkerer (with attached image.  Note that this happens for any video in any Instructable I view).  To reproduce, simply click the add to collection button and scroll past the video.  The video also cuts into the header when scrolling normally. 

Posted by DebuffedHero 2 years ago

Need help with 12V solar power DC to DC converter

Hi all,I need help with a solar power I purchased from Ebay. I've been looking for a solution to this everywhere but I couldn't find anything and the ebay sellers support isn't that good.the solar charger is this:;=020&sspagename;=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&viewitem;=&item;=300109488427&rd;=1&rd;=1and also is a 12V solar panel. Does anyone know any device that can convert this 12v to 5v?I'm also confused about the Working voltage" "open voltage" this solar panel is 1. Voc: 19-21V2. Vop: 14.5V 3. Current: 0.7-0.8AI'm looking for ways to use this to charge my pocket pc which is Dell Axim and accepts 5V input. Is there anyway to use this device to charge dell axim? The plug from the solar charger is a basic fork which accepts different tips as seen on the page.. I'm looking to come up with a solution that'll let me change the voltage from 12v to 9v, 7v, 5v and on.

Posted by turgan 11 years ago

What to do with a bricked all-in-one pc?

I have a bricked Dell Studio 19 All-In-One PC, and wanted to know if I could use it for something. It was bricked by a failed BIOS update. There was a program from dell which came installed and updated any other of their software and drivers on the computer. Only after the failed update I found out that updating the BIOS is really unnecessary. The only fix I know for the motherboard is replacing it, and the only place I found out that refurbishes them are from a company in the US, and it's not cheap at all. (I used to live in the US, and moved to Brazil later) Well anyway, I wanted to know if I can use the computer for something else, like use the monitor for a different computer and use its bluetooth mouse and keyboard on a different computer too. I think the only thing really useful in it is the processor which is already old (Intel E7500 and a 320GB HDD). Thanks for the help!

Posted by nickfaraujo 3 years ago

Laptop Repair (bypassing charging circuit)

My used laptop's (Dell Inspiron 1000, model pp08s) charging circuit (DC power board) got toasty as the plug frayed(looks like I should've looked at his kludge sooner- lasted 3 mo's- good solder job, but hadn't shrink wrapped it for added strain relief!)I'm pondering making a trickle charger, fed into the battery's bay assembly, with a connector as it exits the shell, to keep the darn thing portable...Ni-MH 9.6 V, 4500mAH, capacity o' 43WH, type p5413Looks like it has 5 recessed contacts upon the battery....(If anyone sees an actual tech repair manual for this wee beastie, could ya toss it to Thanks kindly!)Finding actual part #s (hoping it's just a DC power daughterboard!) is harder than it used to be, since I don't have my Dell contacts from when I did laptops about a dozen yrs ago {chuckle} While I'm at it current contact info'd be nice, too.. =)Thanks kindly!Brian

Posted by TeslaPlasma 9 years ago

wireless camera

I have a (PC- LCD  flat computer monitor, it is a Dell 17"  that only has a VGA connector,  and I have a First Alert Wireless Security Camera(s) two. Model: A-560. My question is, What accessories do I need to connect the wireless receiver to the monitor so I can monitor what is going on through the cameras. Thanking you for simple instructions on how to do this. And what to buy. you can E-Mail me at: Again, Thanks

Posted by eljero 5 years ago

Best Laptop? Your Vote!

POLLSo as the title says.....What do you reckon is the "Best laptop" ?You can post the exact model of which you think is the best. Also do this :Best laptop in:Budget : ( answer)High spec : (answer)And what do you guys think is the best laptop brand?( can only choose from options listed ! )- Dell- Apple (macbook)- Sony VAIO- HP- Acer- Toshiba- Vadim- IBM- Gateway- Asus

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Posted by global01 10 years ago

USB Keyboard with touchpad from old laptop

Hi. I think you got the idea from the title. I have an old Dell Lattitude D531 laptop which has a bad graphics board. I'd like to know if there is a way to create an autonomous keyboard with touchpad from the old laptop and connect to my new laptop which I use on a stand. While you're at it, why not create a computer monitor from the LCD screen in the old laptop too? Thanks, Paulo

Posted by psargaco 5 years ago

Looking to reuse old laptop built in speakers

I recently removed the speakers from my old Dell Inspiron 1400. I'm looking for tips on how to make them into a pair of DIY speakers. Do I just connect them to a minijack and it'll work? There are four colored wires coming out from the pair of speakers (red, black, blue and white) and I read about speakers right and left being red and black but I'm unsure about the white and blue. Appreciate any feedback on this =D

Posted by GrowingT 10 months ago

Convert old LCD monitor to digital photo frame

I have a Dell 15" LCD monitor I'm not using anymore. I'm thinking maybe I could make a nice wall mountable picture frame. I have a Digital Decor Photo Viewer with HD component YPbPr & standard composite video outputs. The LCD only has VGA. Is this doable? I'd like to make a nice wood housing to put the screen in and to conceal the photo viewer, like an all-in-one unit. Is there a way to get the video from viewer to LCD that won't break the bank? Thanks.

Posted by cybrshrk 9 years ago

HP monitor going to sleep

So I am trying to help my grandparents fix there computer, they have a dell pc ( don’t know what exactly ) and a hp 22cwa monitor. The monitor will stay on in tell I plug the hdmi in then it says no signal then goes to sleep mode, I have tried new mouse and keyboard on the computer, as well as using another cord on this monitor and pc but neither work. I did take the monitor to my pc and used the same cords and it instantly worked with both cords just fine. Before today this monitor has been working for almost 6 months with no problem and now is randomly doing thos

Posted by alexberger1033 5 months ago

Laptop Power

Hi all. I have a really old dell laptop(given to me) that is missing a power supply. It requires 20v and 3.5 amps to run. I want to make a digital picture frame out of it. I wont be using the battery or cd player and maybe not even the hard drive(not yet decided). Any idea's on what to use as a power source? I don't need to charge a battery just need power. Could I use an old pcu? I know that I could combine the two 12v lines to get 24 ish volts but won't that fry the old thing? I don't want to buy a replacement power adapter cause it is so old and may not work anyway(plus I wont lie I'm cheap lol). Any suggestions?

Posted by jmiller634 5 years ago

information being deleted from unpublished instuctable

I am working on a new instructable and I'm almost near the end, each of the steps has a lot of information on it, some that I put up a few moths ago, and all the text from random steps is being deleted. I allowed two people to collaborate on it and Iv'e never had this problem before, I also edited it on two different computers at the same time earlier today which is the same time I noticed this. When I was on he other computer editing an entire step was gone, I assumed it was just the computer because it was DELL and when I got home it was back but other steps were deleted. 

Posted by Jimmy Proton 7 years ago

Top Digital Picture Frame Instructables

Digital picture frames can make a great gift for anyone, and here on Instructables we have a whole range of DIY digital picture frame projects. Check out this list of some of our favorite digital picture frames that you can create for a fraction of the cost of buying something similar at a store. Cheap 'n Easy Digital Picture Frame The name says it all: joedog86's original frame can be made by anyone and is not too expensive. &nbsp; DIgital Picture Frame Number Two The follow-up to the Cheap 'n Easy frame shows a different way to make another simple and economical picture frame. Glass-Mounted Digital Picture Frame For the geek that loves to see circuitry, this digital picture frame places the screen between two sheets of Plexiglas so that you can see some of the internal workings of your frame. Hanging Laptop Digital Painting Matte and frame a laptop screen to turn it into a classy photo frame. Yet Another Digital Picture Frame Another approach to making a digital picture frame results in a high-quality final product. Dell Laptop Digital Photo Frame Instead of tossing out your old Dell laptop, turn it into an aesthetically pleasing and highly functional digital picture frame. 3D Digital Picture Viewer A twist on the classic digital photo frame: building JayDub's DigiStereopticon to view digital photos in 3D. If you want to look at more options, you can check out a previous compilation, the Digital Picture Frame How-To Building Guide or the Instructables group for digital picture frames.There's always room for more. Keep the digital photo frame Instructables coming!

Posted by joshf 10 years ago

I overclocked my CPU to 2GHz! Sweet!

Wow, I can't believe my Eyes!I finally managed to overclock my Dell's 1.5Ghz Processor to 2.0GHz!I am Now running a stress test with the Fans at default speeds, Temperature is leveling at 62 Celsius(or 143 Fahrenheit) Which is Pretty good for a Stock cooler and being a laptop, What i did is Place a tiny pin jumping Pin 14-15, As seen here.The guy Overclocked his to 1.7 from 1.3, I got Mine to Overclock to 2.0 From 1.5, Which is a pretty good 500MHz Overclock.Well I am Happy with the Results, I just oiled the fan so putting it in high speed won't cause too much noise.Here are some screenies ;)~ReCreate

Posted by ReCreate 9 years ago

Digital crossover..?

Well people, since no one want's to help me 'Build' a hardware crossover, perhaps someone on here might know of how I could use one of my spare laptops and feed my input signal to my amp into the mic port and equalize it/cut off the high freq's and send it back out the headphone jack. Surely there's some kind of program that would give me control over the output signal like giving it a sharp cutoff at 60hz or something like that. I'm tired of trying to figure out what to do with these laptops laying around, so that's why I'm asking would it be possible to turn my dell (2ghz 512mb of ram, simple audio card) into a digital crossover with even a visual output would be nice. Anyone have any suggestions on how to do this?!?? Thanks!

Posted by Punkguyta 10 years ago