Laptop

If i get a computer (desktop or laptop), i would only use it for web surfing, music, and maybe photoshop elements. So i am wondering if i even need one, and if so, which one-laptop or desktop?

Posted by Caveman477 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


laptops

Im looking for old cheap laptop's or desktops to scavenge parts from, i don't want any of your data, um..special pictures or your hard drives if they are not wiped.I am hoping to post an instructable on how to overhaul laptops or desktops.

Posted by Steamdnt 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Laptop monitor

Is it possible to use a working monitor from a broken laptop as a display for a project?

Posted by bwallen 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Laptop Battery.....

My Laptop battery  for some reason is being all fluky. I plugged the laptop in, so it can not run off the battery, but it still did. So I plugged it in somewhere else, and the laptop was/is  still running off the battery. I turned it off now, but I don't know what's going on. Can someone help me?                     Also, the green light an the power cable is on, but the computer isn't registering it (The power I mean). I can't even turn the darn thing back on.

Posted by kenizl86 7 years ago


Netbook laptops

I have been thinking of getting a netbook laptop, (clearence price €290) but my cousin told me on facebook the cant read dvds or cds, have low ram speed and memory space and such, but he laptop is a full sised one thats worth a similar price, and she had no problems with he one, any advice?

Posted by Cyclone1764 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Laptop Screen

Hi From Scotland I am looking at a Toshiba Satellite A200 27U the screen is black I have plugged the laptop into a moniter and everthings loads up and works so is it the Lcd that needs replaced or is there anything else I should check any help would be welcome.                                  Alibole

Posted by alibole 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


metal laptop

Just finished "Idoru" by william gibson.The main character has a laptop with a cast aluminium case made from reclaimed soda canswirh semi precious stones as switches and buttons and reclaimed ivory keys. I suppuse its possible to do, but difficult... but wouldnt it be deadly? Anyone ever tried that?

Posted by maninamousesuit 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Laptop Screens

Hi I have several laptop screens and I would like to link them to a dvd player so that I can have a movie running on the dvd and watch it from the screens positioned in my mancave Is this possible? does the type of screen make a difference ie brand T.I.A. Neil

Posted by 69olds 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Laptop hack?

I have a averatec laptop that dosnt work any more, i have taken it apart and was wondering what can i do with it? i was thinking about a lcd picture frame or something like that. im new to instructables and would love to have some info on an idea to do with this thing.

Posted by wiccanman82 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Old Laptop

I have an older Laptop. its nothing special but it runs Windows XP. I was wondering what ideas were out there to use them. I've seen the picture frames and revive instructables....... but I was looking for something fresh. Any idea's?

Posted by chaoscampbell 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Laptop reverb

I have a laptop running vista and is a compact.it has a built in mic every time i try to record i get some very annoying reverb even with the speakers muted i one installed a virtual line in but then uninstalled it. can any one help. i included a small 3 to demonstrate what happens. i would recomend putting the volume down the piano is soft but the reverb is not

Posted by chrischavez 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years 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 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


laptop cooler

My laptop gets really hot after about 30 minutes of Internet browsing and after 1 hour of gaming (I don't know why maybe because of the modem????) so I really need a cooler. I have three 1 or 2 inch (let me know if a need exact) fans I could use and wood legos knex and rokenbok. I have a hp pavilion dv6409us laptop with a 17.5 inch screen. if you need a picture of the bottom of the laptop so I can show you the hot spots and the fan let me know.

Posted by djtomczak678 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


PS2 Laptop?

How can I turn a ps2 into a laptop? I would like to rearrange the components of the (fat) ps2 into a more squarish shape and be able to house like a 15" screen: a replacement laptop screen from ebay for example. Fully functional ps2 Built in screen Built in keyboard 2+ usb slots controller/mem card inputs on the sides and a single power supply to power the ps2 and the screen Any help would be great, thanks

Posted by evillordnikon 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Laptop Keyboard

After a spill necessitated replacing the keyboard on my Satellite A135, about 1/2 of the keys, mainly on the left side of the keyboard, don't work. I can't seem to press the plastic ribbon cable of the new one into the connector far enough for it to engage all the pins. I tried reattaching the old keyboard, but can't press that cable in far enough either. There seems to be white mineralization on some pins in the connector. It's a very thin space, and barely accessible. How can I safely clean it off so the cable fits properly and makes contact with all the pins?

Asked by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Laptop Flames

I got me a new laptop, and it looks pretty boring. So I drew flames on either side of the keypad on the empty spaces. However, it doesn't seem to be permanent. When I keep my palm or finger on it for a long time, the color fades away. Any help on how to get it to be permanent?

Posted by (s)Aint 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Laptop Surgery!!!

I want to write my first instructable but I need to do a little research first.  Here is my problem: The sound on my laptop has gone (HP DV2845se).   The audio card is on-board, so my only solution is a USB card and speakers.   This is a huge hassle, and really defeats the purpose of having a portable computer.  In a perfect world I could hide the USB inside the computer and solder the existing mic and speakers onto the card.  Here are the hurdles that I think I would have to jump to achieve this.  1) Find a way to attach the card to the USB port internally (no clue here) 2) hide the card with in the laptop (should be able to find some space, doesn't really need air circulation) 3) de-solder the current jacks on the USB card and solder the speaker wires and mic I'm sure there is going to be plenty more.  For instance I don't know how the speakers are powered.  The USB card only provides the sound part, not any power or amplification.  I don't know if the speakers in the computer will need that.  Any help here is appreciated!  Thanks

Posted by knightop 8 years ago


laptop battery? Answered

I have a dell laptop which does not seem to charge when I try to charge it with the power lead. At the bottom of my screen it says 'plugged in, not charging'. What can I do to make it to charge? The power supply always overheats and gets in my way.

Asked by knektek 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Laptop Suggestions?

Recently I graduated high school, and I am now about to be a Freshman in college.  I was wondering if the Instructables Community could be nice enough to suggest a good computer to an incoming Freshman. I will be majoring in Broadcast Telecommunications and Mass Media, with a minor in Computer Science so I am going to need something that can handle video editing and storage pretty well.  Also, I am an avid PC gamer, so something that can handle games like Team Fortress 2 and Borderlands (just to name a few) would be great.   This is what I've been looking at and unless I can get any better suggestions, this is what I will probably get http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/Lenovo-ThinkPad-T420-4178-Core-i5-2520M-2.5-GHz-14in-TFT/2328427.asp    Thanks for helping me out Instructables!

Asked by sjo232 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Dead laptop

My acer aspire 6920 laptop doesn't boot. I have tried the POWER RESET (as an option specified on the acer website), by removing the battery, unplugging, and holding the power button for 20-30 seconds. This had no effect.How it happened:I was playing a game called Warzone2100 on Ubuntu, and it FROZE, so i did a hard shutdown and then.....When I press the power button the following happens:>The Cinedash, and power button light come on . The Hard drive and Cd-rom, fan, and HDD start-up as well.>The hard drive light above the caps lock and num lock indicators flashes seven times consistently, with about a 3/4 of a second between each flash.>The system shuts off completely>(without anyone pressing the power button)The system turns back on and nothing happened.>The system requires a hard shut down.During this entire period NOTHING shows up on the screen, and the back light stays off.I think my BIOS is a PHOENIX and according to some research 7 BIOS beeps means its a bad processor. So I think my flashing light could be a Bios indicator.If my conclusion is true, do laptop processors cost ? and where would I be able to get one ?Are they easy to install ? are they interchangeable with desktop processors ?BTW My processor is an Intel Centrino T5750 Dual Core 2.0ghz.Thanks to anyone who helps me out !

Posted by littlechef37 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Broken Laptop...

I got a broken laptop, what can I make from it??

Posted by yblusky 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Laptop Stuff

Just wanted to know how difficult it will be to replace a laptop/net-book keyboard and touch-pad with a custom built one and also hoe hard it will be to build said custom laptop & keyboard?

Posted by wii maniac 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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  |  last reply 9 years ago


old laptop

I have scrapped a old lap top but saved the hdd is there any way i can connect this to my new laptop to get my work info off it is there a way of connecting by cables ie plug from the hdd down to a usb so i can plug into my lap top any help would be welcome many thanks kovako2007

Posted by kovako2007 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


laptop parts

Hi I'm parting out my old toshiba a135-s2276, have one that needs a fan or just want the 14" lcd screen for a project let's make a deal. I'm willing to let it go piece by piece or you can buy it all for $150 us. that said most everything works I can't confirm the viability of the CPU and the MOBO is fried. computer is already disassembled. will accept check or pay pal.

Posted by lucek 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Laptop wifi? Answered

Whenever I turn my dell vostro 1500 on, sometimes the wifi works and sometimes not. At the startup, the wifi light turns on. Even if it isn't connected to anything. I have checked the wifi capability switch on the side and the 'diagnose and repair' is useless. I am using windows vista. Thanks for any solutions.

Asked by knektek 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Duplicate laptop? Answered

I just had an idea- I have 2 pretty much identical macbooks (in terms of hardware):  Can I copy the complete contents of one of the Macbook's hard drives to the other Macbook's hard drive (by using a hard drive dock and another computer) and end up with 2 identical (for all intents and purposes) macbooks? Would this be illegal in any way? Thanks

Asked by .Unknown. 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


laptop queries?

I have had my gateway t-16 for about a month now, so no ive decided its time to start considering modifying it. i just recently got a new battery for it, only $47 off ebay. but ive got some issues with this laptop. well, not really issues but things i have a problem with. first off, the laptop has a phone line modem, im never going to need it, so im wondering, if i remove the modem card from inside the laptop will it continue to run properly? second, there is the Realtek wireless card, for barely average wireless connection distances, the card gets extremely hot, i dont have a thermometer, but i can easily say its hotter than 50 degrees, my cpu is at 41 degrees right now and the card is a lot hotter than it is (to the touch) third is the cpu itself, it can be a low enough temperature to turn off the fan, but thats quite rare, the fan is almost always running. ive been thinking about taking advantage off all the space in the cpu area and make a heatsink assembly that goes on top of the heatpipe, right above the cpu. the cpu is only at 40 degrees right now because im not doing anything, sometimes even low requirement games will shoot up the temperature to 70+ degrees, in just a few cases (less than 3) the laptop has shut itself off because the cpu reached its thermal limit, 95 degrees. i cant even watch the ben heck show without worrying about the temperature, and no form of cooling pad helps, cpu cover on or off. the cpu cover is also a problem, there is no direct intake for the cpu fan, the cover has no vent right there, just a spot where the plastic is a bit higher, otherwise the air for the cpu is drawn from the motherboard side, where the air is already warm from the chipset, im currently running the laptop with the cpu cover off. the ram gets warm, but its not out of any ordinary operating temperatures. last and certainly not least, is the apparent lack of bluetooth in my laptop, the case is even designed with a space for a bluetooth module, and there is a connector on the motherboard for a bluetooth module, and if i had one, i would put it in. what really bothered me is the fact that the gateway service staff had insisted that i was seeing things when i saw the bluetooth coneection, and that there was no way in the world that my laptop could have internal bluetooth. this ticked me off, because they designed the laptop and they dont even know whats inside it. i could definitely work around the heat problems if there were some really small blower fans, but im not sure if such a thing exists. also, why would my wireless internet turn off (and not turn on) when i plug in a usb flash drive?

Asked by zack247 7 years ago


old laptop screen

I have an old laptop that I was wondering if I can still use the screen without the base thanks

Posted by wangdoodle5 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


build me a laptop?

Can someone hold my hand and either build me a laptop or direct me to a "best" source?

Asked by muzzy man 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


WHICH IS THE BEST LAPTOP?

I want to purchase a laptop for my daughter. 15 inch screen, win xp, fairly fast. What is your opinion of Dell?

Asked by tmckinneyebony 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Laptop power cord?

How do I find out which part of my power cord is bad?

Asked by jillsmith37 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Old laptop Project

I have an old laptop I've recently taken apart and i was wondering... How can i convert the HDD to a portable storage device? and How can i convert the LCD screen to a monitor or a normal TV?

Posted by Haiomaster343 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How to "clean" a laptop? Answered

My kids used my laptop, and after that some crumbs most be stuck under the keys because a couple of them are really hard to press. How can I clean it? The canned air doesn't work and I am thinking on dissassemble it and clean it inside. Any suggestions?

Asked by alexc922 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Laptop fan dead

The Fan died in my old XP laptop. I would like to glue another fan on the bottom directly under the bad fan and power it by USB. Has anyone done this?

Posted by auto13142828 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Toshiba laptop screen?

Hi From Scotland Hope someone can help I am not a complete novice I do some repairs to family members desktops but never tried a laptop, so the its a Toshiba Satellite A200-27U the screen is black I have tried on a mionter and everthing  works fine so is it the Lcd or something else I could look any help would be welcome . Alibole

Asked by alibole 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Solar power for a laptop

Hello everyone I have an idea to build a solar power suppl for a laptop using a 12"x12" solar cell. M question is this, if I solder the leads from a power inverter to the solar cell, it should be able to power or charge a laptop correct? Is there something else I would have to do?

Posted by DaMadProfessor 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Laptop Privacy Hood

Any ideas for a simple but sturdy hood to shield the sunlight from a laptop screen?This one looks perfect.But these look more simple to make from cardboard.Requirements are that the hood would fit securely, not damage the laptop case or screen and fold flat in the laptop bag for storage and transport.

Posted by unklstuart 9 years ago


Use for old laptop?

Hello. I have an old toshiba satellite, that has a blown video card, and since the video card is on the motherboard, i can't replace it.  What can i use this for?

Asked by thewizard42 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I won a laptop!

I entered a Sony video contest and now I've won a Vaio laptop. It'll be a little while before it arrives, but when it does it will be the first laptop I've ever owned. I have one for work, but pretty much all of my machines have been PC boxes that I've built myself.I guess this means that I'll finally see what Windows Vista is, or isn't, about.contest page

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Literal Laptop Lock

I want to put a security lock on my laptop...but I mean a literal lock. As in I have to put in a number on a digital combination lock to even open the laptop. Are there any locks like that that I could attach to my comp?

Posted by manga-ka 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Laptop hinge broken !

My laptop's (lenovo c100) both hinges (metallic) are broken one by one. i am using it by placing something behind the display. Any alternative?

Asked by gopalkalna 9 years ago


A revolution in laptop mice?

A company called Simtrix has had a go at restyling computer mice to make them more laptop and tablet friendly.The Slider curls around the thumb, with buttons handy for the forefinger, and uses the laptop's keyboard as the mouse mat.The Triped is similar, but aimed at tablet users - instead of a flat base, it has three points that can work together as a base for the mouse, or individually as styli with different functions.They look good, but do you reckon they will catch on?Video of mice in use (BBC)

Posted by Kiteman 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Laptop Cooling Pad

I'm using a laptop-sized, vented, inverted vegetable tray to keep the laptop cool. It's quite effective even without any fans in this scorching heat. I added a CPU fan underneath ( 12 V, 0.42 A), and ran it off a USB cable from the laptop. The air is quite nice, but one thing I'm a bit worried is, when I touch the top of the laptop, it slightly vibrates constantly due to the fan underneath. Is that dangerous for the laptop? I'm planning to add another fan beneath the hard disk. The one I have now, is under the laptop's CPU fan. Another thing I would like to know is that, is it okay to run two fans of 042 A each, from two USB ports? Each USB port can supply 0.5 A max current. Running one fan off each port should be okay? But, today, the temperature was quite high in the afternoon, nearly 50 degrees! I'm thinking of buyin a readymade laptop cooler.  One of these three cheap ones at ebay India: http://cgi.ebay.in/Folding-Chill-Pad-Stand-Laptop-Cooler-Cooling-2-Fan-/250631119144?cmd=ViewItem&pt;=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash;=item3a5ac76128 http://cgi.ebay.in/Chill-Pad-Stand-Laptop-Cooler-3-Fans-USB-Fan-LED-Light-/250629679857?cmd=ViewItem&pt;=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash;=item3a5ab16af1#shId http://cgi.ebay.in/New-Super-Mini-2-Fan-Foldable-Laptop-Cooling-Cooler-Pad-/280504780978?cmd=ViewItem&pt;=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash;=item414f6348b2 Please advise / comment. Regards, RS 

Posted by rseni 8 years ago


Laptop Cooling Question

I'm using a laptop-sized, vented, inverted vegetable tray to keep the laptop cool. It's quite effective even without any fans in this scorching heat. I added a CPU fan underneath ( 12 V, 0.42 A), and ran it off a USB cable from the laptop. The air is quite nice, but one thing I'm a bit worried is, when I touch the top of the laptop, it slightly vibrates constantly due to the fan underneath. Is that dangerous for the laptop? I'm planning to add another fan beneath the hard disk. The one I have now, is under the laptop's CPU fan. Another thing I would like to know is that, is it okay to run two fans of 042 A each, from two USB ports? Each USB port can supply 0.5 A max current. Running one fan off each port should be okay? But, today, the temperature was quite high in the afternoon, nearly 50 degrees! I'm thinking of buyin a readymade laptop cooler. One of these three cheap ones at ebay India: http://cgi.ebay.in/Folding-Chill-Pad-Stand-Laptop-Cooler-Cooling-2-Fan-/250631119144?cmd=ViewItem&pt;=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash;=item3a5ac76128 http://cgi.ebay.in/Chill-Pad-Stand-Laptop-Cooler-3-Fans-USB-Fan-LED-Light-/250629679857?cmd=ViewItem&pt;=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash;=item3a5ab16af1#shId http://cgi.ebay.in/New-Super-Mini-2-Fan-Foldable-Laptop-Cooling-Cooler-Pad-/280504780978?cmd=ViewItem&pt;=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash;=item414f6348b2 Please advise / comment. Regards, RS  

Asked by rseni 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Laptop Keyboard Connection

Does anybody know how a laptop keyboard connects to the laptop? I'm having some trouble finding out. Also, more importantly, is there a way to convert this connection to USB or PS/2? I'm thinking about an awesome keyboard mod... so any help is greatly appreciated.

Posted by bomberman3 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Laptop water cooler? Answered

Hello I have a laptop that gets hot while gaming and i don't have the money for a desktop right now. Basically my idea is to lay down 4 fans then i lay down a mesh sheet then a coil of copper pipe then a another mesh sheet then my laptop  The coils would go to a tub of slightly chilled water and be pumped though How well would this work, Is it possible? Portability is not an issue as i would have this mounted to a piece of wood by my desk Thanks, Kaden

Asked by FarmerKJS 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


my new laptop

My uncle dave gave me his old laptop, its a toshiba satellite pentium 4 2ghz 256mb ram and the works, nothing wrong with it it has windows XP which is great, 2 usb ports, its fast and he gave me a wireless G wifi adapter with it, im using it right now, good thing we got WiFi at our house

Posted by Yerboogieman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


my old laptop

I got my old laptop to work, windows 98, and it works perfectly now...this is hard, i know, i've tried, but, does anyone know where to get an anti virus that actually removes the virus? or something that rebuilds the registry?

Posted by Yerboogieman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


transparent laptop case

I want to build a laptop from scratch with a clear acrylic transparent case, I'm having an extremely hard time finding a case, and i know they are out there somewhere. Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you,  Spaz

Posted by spazmeer 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago