My ancient Dell laptop is dead: I am told that it is the screen and that to replace it would cost too much. It has done about 10 years of very useful service.
So, is there anything in the laptop that is worth salvaging before I put it in a bin? For example, could I use the hard drive as an external drive for backups etc? I replaced the memory only a few months ago: would the memory chips be useful for anything else?
There is nothing personal on the hard drive just a few old documents and a Powerpoint presentation for a Christmas Carol concert and I have the original on me desktop. It does have a Dell-installed copy of XP (i.e. no dosk) and I am having some problems with my new laptop (Windows 7): is there any way to install XP from the old computer to my new one?
Or should I just bin it?
1) You could remove the HDD, put it in a caddy and use it for backup
2) You could experiment and replace the screen yourself. Even if you mess it up, option 1 would still be available
3) Use it as a doorstop
You could sell it for parts on e bay (having thoroughly wiped or removed the HD. My grand daughter, last year, sat on an opened lap top that she accidentally had under a duvet (don't ask!) and broke the screen and hinges. I managed to get an identical model sold for parts on e bay and got the screen and hinges sorted out far more cheaply than a new laptop.