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INNOVATIVE WAYS TO REUSE AN OLD LAPTOP

As per as the generation is changing the new things are evolving from the old things. Everything old is a new again like for example the ‘cassette tapes’. They are at the stage of coming back into the new tech trends. We can repurpose any gadgets if we know it’s all specifications and use. One can get surprised about the reuse of it without spending any extra money for it.

We need to check few things for reusing the laptop like assess its condition. The boot is possible or not with it. If it has a cracked screen or missing/broken/keyboard keys, it might be the time to recycle it. One can replace a hard-drive but it will cost something. If the hardware is good then one can have a lot of options.

The most obvious one will reformat the hard-drive and reinstall the window again. Before it, one should make sure that the data is backed up and saved properly. If the machine is running in the old window version then it may not be good from a security point of view.

If one don’t want to use windows then one can switch to Linux. When you install Linux, it overwrites (optionally, but preferably) your existing OS, warts and all. In its place is a fast-booting, virus-resistant, Windows-like environment capable of just about anything. It can run browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Opera; games, like Civilization V and Minecraft; mail clients, like Thunderbird; and Photoshop-level image editors, like GIMP. In case you’re unfamiliar with it, Linux is an open-source operating system that can run thousands of programs — including, notably, office suites like LibreOffice and OpenOffice.ispy-monitoring

If your old laptop has a reasonably spacious hard drive inside, consider dedicating it to a single, awesome purpose: network-attached storage, or NAS.

It’s not a new concept; the idea is basically to connect a big drive to your home network, then make the contents of that drive accessible to all your devices: PCs, phones, tablets and the like. Even better, you can access the drive not just at home, but anywhere you’re connected. Instead of dumping all your photos to the cloud, you can dump them to your NAS.

Instead of storing movies on your phone, you can stream them from your NAS. It’s designed for sharing files both locally and online, and it offers media-streaming features as well. It runs off a bootable CD or flash drive, from which it sets up an IP address for your PC.

There’s nothing quite so satisfying as stripping down a laptop to its bare parts, then turning one of those parts into something cool in this case a digital photo frame. After all, that big, high-resolution screen should be put to good use. Take apart the laptop, put the screen into a frame, mount the guts of the PC behind the frame, now running a photo frame software.

These particular projects are great for laptops that might have a few broken parts—like the keyboard, touchpad, or CD drive—since they aren’t really necessary for the final product.

If you need it for more regular use, it might be worth investing in a cheap router or extender, but for those rare occasions, you can just break out the old laptop and save the money. If you have a spot in your house that doesn’t get Wi-Fi, you can turn any old computer into a wireless hotspot. 17xpetmlfpdstjpg

Sometimes, there’s not much else you can do but take it apart and save what you can. At the very least, you should be able to get a hard drive out of it, which you can turn into an external drive.  Chances are the RAM won’t be useful to you, though occasionally you can find an external enclosure for the DVD drive.

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Lastly and somewhat obviously if you have no need for that old machine, don’t throw it away. If it’s in good working order you can sell it or trade it in, but if it’s broken you can usually still get some cash by selling as is or for parts. You never know what someone else might need for their DIY projects or laptop repairs.

There’s no shortage of ways to repurpose an old PC, whether you’re just trying to make it work or turning it into something else entirely, like a good home server.

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