I have an old laptop that I was wondering if I can still use the screen without the base thanks
Posted by wangdoodle5 10 years ago
So i saw this story on 60 minutes a couple days back. One story was on having one laptop per child. so they tested it in a 3rd world country. It seemed like a great idea.and no need for electricity to charge the laptop they had hand cranks for it which also seemed like a great idea. So do you think having one laptop per child is a good idea
Posted by Easy Button 10 years ago
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
I have 2 broken laptops, one doesnt start and i think something got split on it so i think the motherboard is fried but i suspect the screen, HDD and Memory is ok. the other works fine, boots up but the keyboard and track pad are not working, the USBs work so i can plug in a USB keyboard and mouse and use it that way, or i can use synergy so i can use the keyboard and mouse off my main computer and effectively use it as an extension of my main machine. any ideas what i could do with them, other than pack them with explosives and video the results lol
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Posted by banbe 10 years ago
If you are on your laptop and it is not pluged in but you have wifi and it is pluged in, apart from not being able to use the internet, will it effect your laptop????
Posted by tuckz 6 years ago
Asus, a sponsor of Instructables, has put together WePC where they are asking for input on their next generation laptops. As part of their sponsorship, they've asked my opinion on various aspects of laptops. Most recently What do I do with my laptop?What do you do with your laptop? Think of things you do everyday, every week, every month, or once a year.
Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago
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 10 years ago
I was actually wondering if my laptop even needs a cooler/cooling fans at all? The max temp. that it goes to (I check with HWMonitor) is 49 - 51 degrees. I've heard new laptops going up to 80 degrees or more. So my laptop is still running 30 degress lower. Should i consider getting a laptop cooler at all? I read a review of the belkin laptop cooling stand and it seems very nice. But, I may not even need one at this temp. Or do I? Please shed some light, someone.
Posted by rseni 8 years ago
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 5 years ago
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 7 years ago
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 9 years ago
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 10 years ago
I have 2 broken laptops. The first one it turns on and turns off and the HDD seems to be dead. The second one is a toshiba laptop and the screen is broken. Now the HDD for that one I don't know what kind of connector it is. I want to use the hard drive for something else, if possible make it into an external. It's a toshiba it has a piece that comes off but you need it to connect it to the laptop; and when the connector comes off it doesn't have pins, but piece that sticks out. I'll post pictures if I get my camera working.
Posted by brgdragon 9 years ago
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
I was wondering if anyone had an idea of making something that could test a laptop charger? It could have all the different sized sockets for all the types of chargers there are and a display for showing the output voltage. We have hundreds of chargers laying around and didn't want to go through the process of testing them all with a multimeter. Any help will be appreciated :) Cheers LukeSC1993
Posted by LukeSC1993 5 years ago
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
I bought a second-hand, cheap laptop but it doesn't have a battery. It's an HP Compaq Presario V6000 series. I don't want to spend on getting a new battery right now. Is there a way I can make a cheap laptop battery out of Ni-Mh cells that I already have? Or, if I get a cheap China made battery in the near future, is there a way to charge that Li-ion battery using the Ni-Mh cells, when it goes low and there's no electricity? Please advise if something like this exists or if someone already made it. Regards, RS
Posted by rseni 8 years ago
Hi, I have a desk and I've put shelf on it that is 4 inches high from desk. On this shelf lie two 23 inch monitors. Below the shelf, tucked away, is my laptop (with the lid closed). The problem is that I need to be able to turn the laptop on without opening the lid. (The power button is right above the keyboard). My motherboard does not support Wake on LAN but it does support USB Wake. This is a bit useless to me, however, because it doesn't allow me to fully shut down the computer, but rather put in stand-by. So i wanted to know if there is a way to attach an external button (maybe a push switch) that can power the laptop? If so, can anybody help me out how to do it? I'd assume it would be in parallel to the regular switch. I have an Dell Inspiron 1521 (which I think is a fail to being with :P ) Thanks! AK
Posted by gpatton69 7 years ago
I have like 4 broken laptops laying around and i have been trying to decide what to do with them. I had this thought and looked up some information about it. In the battery is basically like 8 AA rechargeable batteries. Well these broken laptops in question no longer charge their batteries. I know i can crack open these batteries to get the AAs out. But is there anyway to charge them once they are out? I would be comfortable soldering if I have to. I am very new to these instructables, but I know my way around electronics to fix them. But this idea has me stumped. But this could also give me a crap load of rechargeable batteries for my sons toys. Thank you in advance for any information you could give me.
Posted by jcaresheets 7 years ago
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
Hello everyone! I have recently gone from lurking on instructables to throwing some replies in and decided to take it a step further and start my own topic. My apologies if I post this in the wrong place or for any other faux pas. Getting to the point. I currently have a hp touchsmart tx2 which I might have dropped a time too many and is starting to make all kinds of sounds that you really don't expect from a healthy laptop. I think this would be an indication that it is only a matter of time before it craps out on me so I have started shopping around for a new laptop. The only question that remains is: What do I do with a dead laptop? I am thinking of re-purposing the swivelling touch screen and take the rest apart for part but I am curious to know what interesting ideas the people on the interwebs might have. So let me hear it, What would you do with a dead laptop? The more creative the better! (although some degree of feasibility is of course welcome).
Posted by FoolishSage 7 years ago
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
Hey, i reside in Fiji islands and my intention was to know whether international entries were legitimate. Cause i really want that laptop, i have been using my old compaq computer for a long time and this looks like a really good deal. I will write a really good instructable , but it's no use if i can't win it. So please do help me.
Posted by arylic 9 years ago
I think this is actually my first post here, although I've been following Instructables for a long time. Anyway, I thought someone here might be able to help me find the right parts. I have an Acer Aspire 7520 laptop. I think the fan might be going south--it makes a horrible noise when it first starts up, then after a while it calms down but it seems to turn on and off more frequently than it should. According to the computer itself (monitored with lm-sensors on Fedora) the temperatures of the various parts are within the normal range, so my guess is that the fan itself is malfunctioning. I'm a total novice but I think, based on previous experience, that I can take a shot at replacing the fan myself if I can figure out what part to buy and where to get it. My google-fu seems to be failing me, though, and the only place I see to buy it is some random company called shop1mall, which I don't really trust, or various places in the US. Acer customer service is useless--they will only book it in for a repair, not tell me the part number. Where can an ignorant person such as myself find a suitable replacement part? I'm fairly new to the UK so I don't know all the places to look here, but so far Misco, Maplin, and PC World don't seem to carry a suitable part, or at least, I don't know how to tell whether the fans they sell will work with this laptop. Geez, sorry for the rambling message. Any help is appreciated, though.
Posted by manderw 7 years ago
OK so yesterday i got this broken laptop from someone. I knew the problem was the ac jack ( it would charge if the the jack was proped up in just the right way) but only if I used a power supply that did not come with the computer. I have never soldered anything in my life but figured what the heck. I took the laptop apart and located the AC jack. Since I do not have the cash flow to buy a new AC jack I decided to experiment and just reflow the solder on each post of the jack. Well things went well.....I think. The problem is this. When I plug in the power supply the "charge" led comes on for just a second or two and shuts off right away. But there is further information about this power supply. It is putting out 3 volts less then the original power supply. Could this be the cause? The think the OEM power supply is dead because I have nver been able to get the computer to do anything with that one. Is there a way I can test this power supply without a volt meter or any other product to plug it into?
Posted by jcaresheets 7 years ago
Hey everyone, I recently just had the idea of making the ultimate man laptop case, and once i get some $$$, it will be put into affect. Its body will be made out of a harbor frieght tools case (metal), gonna cut out the front and reinforce with wood, then goes on (2) 6v solar cells. Behind on the inside there will be foam surrounding the DC Volt reader, and if i can manage, two cheap portable speakers that i have that run off a USB cable/aux. They can easily be converted though. Im going to cut out a slot for my SSD to be placed as well as some headphones if theres room. On the bottom part, im going to send those wires to the power controller for the /solar/ and the /battery/ which will be a 12v Gel RC Car battery (long ones that are fairly big). After that comes the DC-AC inverter which will be disected to save space and the plugs will be movable. SPDT switch comes next to switch from 12v to the 5v USB hub thats gonna be installed. Foam will encase everything, then im throwing some .25 aluminum sheeting on top for a nice finished look. This whole project should run me about $350 or so. I realize this case might be heavy, but I think once most of the parts have been sheded of there cases then I think it might be a little lighter. Going to overheat and/or short circuit something? I plan on making a channel for each seperate item in the foam, and throwing 2 USB fans on them. Any help would be greatley appricated with this project :)
Posted by Darkshot 8 years ago
I just found out that I won a scholarship that writes me a check for $1,500. I already have college fees paid for through National Merit, so this is considered my laptop fund. I'm holding off for a few months to actually buy something (not much need right now, so I might as well wait for prices to drop a bit longer), but I want to get the Instructables Community's input on what to get. Here's what I want: -Highly portable laptop to carry to classes. I have a desktop for a real workhorse; the laptop only needs to be capable of basics. Anything past the basics is a bonus. -Screen no larger than 13", but no smaller than 8". 1366x768 or greater would be nice. Portability! I If I really need a big screen, I can plug in another monitor. -A touchscreen would be lovely, but not a requirement. -Built-in webcam would be nice. -Possibly a convertible tablet, but I'm not sold on that wee little hinge. A fold-flat drawing surface would be excellent, though. -I love a keyboard light, especially backlit. -Windows or Linux. NOT A MAC. I appreciate Apple's aesthetics, but I don't like the big brick walls they build around everything. Windows isn't really a bonus, just something I'd be okay with. -Not much more than $1000. Until I'm substantially wealthier than I am now, I don't see a reason to spend inordinate amounts of money on something that will be obsolete in a few years anyway. -I rather like the Eee PC T91, if it had a 10" screen, a HDD or a higher-capacity SSD, and assurance that the little swivel-hinge won't splinter the first time it's pulled open too far. I also rather like the Quanta NL2, despite it's Fisher-Price appearance, at least if Intel actually will sell one. So, after doing my own research, I've decided that I want a 10" screen with HD. The future Asus Eee PC 1018P fits the bill perfectly except for this...Atom N475 processor, crazy thin, 10-hour battery, aluminum body, USB 3.0, and the ability to put a multitouch digitizer in. It doesn't, however, have the HD display of the Eee PC 1005PR. In short, I want a 1018P with the display from a 1005PR. Any suggestions, or rumors of future Asus releases? Okay, so I ended up getting a 1016P. A week before Intel announced the dual-core Atom N550 and just under two weeks before HP announced a revised Mini 5103 with that N550. I'm consoling myself with the knowledge that no matter what computer I had chosen, it will be obsolete by the time about the time I have a job and can buy a new one.
Posted by CameronSS 8 years ago
Hey everyone, Im new to this forum, but I visit the site a lot. I just got a Toshiba laptop for free, Not sure what model but it has a huge screen. From what I've been told, the motherboard is broken, but the screen works. Ive tried pressing the power button and nothing happens, but there are those little.. shortcut keys to start internet etc. When I press one, it starts up, but the screen doesnt show anything. Im pretty sure something is just wrong with the wiring, but I have no clue how to fix this. Is there any way to fix it from what you would know? Or is there anything fun I can do to it with the screen or something? I have not touched it in a year now and its collecting dust, so right now, im open to any ideas =]
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Posted by hplaptopbattery 8 years ago
Asus, a sponsor of Instructables, has put together WePC where they are asking for input on their next generation laptops. As part of their sponsorship, they've asked my opinion on various aspects of laptops. Most recently What Makes a Laptop Attractive?What makes a laptop attractive to you? Head over to see my answer and leave your thoughts.
Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago
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 8 years ago