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Let's help this little 13yr old girl I know?? Answered

This little girl didn't get a computer for christmas like she was supposed to! Anyway I have a perfectly good in working condition Toshiba L305d s5900 older laptop with Win. 7 on it that i'd like to give her. But it needs some minor help and I'd like to fix it up a little but I don't have alot of funds at the moment. (or I'd just just go and buy her a Wal-mart special myself because she is poor and wouldn't know the difference anyway) ,
Where is the best place online to go to buy replacement parts for an old Toshiba laptop like this i.e....a new touchpad, new keyboard, power supply and battery? If it is at all possible I'd like to get a pink keyboard and touchpad to girly it up some??? Please any and all help would be appreciated much. This is for real and I'm in a hurry. Thanks

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JamesRPatrick

8 years ago

Just buy a wireless mouse and keyboard.

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maddogfenby

8 years ago

I'll put my opinions of Toshiba to the side and be constructive.

First - how old is this item?

I know it's still listed on Wal*Mart (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Toshiba-Satellite-L305D-S5900-15-4-Inch/10379513) which doesn't mean much since they're not #1 on the newest of the best of the best... If it's more than a couple years old, you're not wanting to spend more than $100 on fixing it up or you'd be better off getting an el-cheapo-netbook for about $200 or a refurb (which is probably a lot faster and has more computing power than the POS... er, "old" item anyway)

Second, why are you needing to replace the keyboard AND the touchpad?

The keyboard is an easy fix - getting replacement keyboards are easy and relatively inexpensive. Replacing touchpads aren't as simple as you have to make sure that it'll a) fit, and b) be compatible plug.

Third, recoloring an item is rather easy if you have basic disassembly skills (i.e. can read disassembly guides: http://www.ehow.com/how_7338929_remove-toshiba-l305d_s5900-lcd.html - yeah I know it's for the LCD but it details the keyboard too), and have basic painting skills/creativity... just be sure you tape over anything you don't want to change color, and lightly sand whatever you're painting so that your new coat will last - oh and make sure it'll work well with plastic.

Power supplies and batteries are a toss up - if the power cable is good, keep it. If it's a two-part cable and the cable on the non "brick" side is bad - you can find a replacement at your local goodwill.

If you must replace the battery and or power cable (or any other part) I recommend ebay or craigslist (or your local computer store if they have older parts on hand).

I hope this helps you out - but like I said, I wouldn't spend too much on it, I wouldn't replace any part that still works, and I would recommend if you're going for a 'new toy' to either get a refurb or get a netbook.

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seandoguemaddogfenby

Answer 8 years ago

+1 Nail polish and a steady hand for decoration.

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ChrysN

8 years ago

I don't really know any places to get replacement parts but Craigslist is usually a good place to get used stuff .   Also there are some organizations that actually collect old computers, fix them up and give them to people/organizations that can't otherwise afford it, you can check if there is any in your area.

To make the laptop more "girly" you can try making your own laptop skin there are several Insructables that show you how to do it inexpensively, or you can add some stickers or maybe even paint it.