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Old 19.03.2011, 12:29
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Old Laptop: What to do with it?

I have a HP Pavilion DV6000

It was a great laptop with a great sound system in and plenty of other things... But it was also build with many lemons...

Anyway, long story short, It doesn't work anymore. I am guessing (from a non geek point of view) that the motherboard and/or the hard drive are dead. In its last days, I did many of reboot and reinstalling and etc... And now it won't strat at all...

I passed close to pitch it down the balcony but I didn't want to annoyed my neighbours.

Now it is taking dust.

Is it worthed some money? Should I pay someone to take it away from me or do you think I could get something (beside a slap and a kick: It has Vista in it after all.....)?

If that thing has less value than my daughter's used diaper, is it somewhere I can drop it with a tear in the eye (for the good memory)?

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Old 19.03.2011, 12:34
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Anyway, long story short, It doesn't work anymore.

Is it worthed some money?
Nope.

Take it to any electronics retailer to be recycled (no charge).
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Old 19.03.2011, 12:51
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Re: Old Laptop: What to do with it?

I would take the HD out and demolish it before junking, but then I'm a paranoid hermit .
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Old 19.03.2011, 13:01
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Re: Old Laptop: What to do with it?

Or find some cousins or friends (computer geeks) who will know how to deal with it.

Had similar tstory back in SA i 2006. I used my old Dell Latitude who was hardly running on the rest of it steam. Sometimes it wouldn't read the drive at all sometimes it would work like a miracle but paintakingly I managed to complete my thesis on it. Eventually, it failed to read the drive and I gifted it to some young folks who found the place to fix it. And it was much older than yours.
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Old 19.03.2011, 13:08
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Re: Old Laptop: What to do with it?

offer it in the Free section... I am sure some young student has the time and inclination to fix it, and also the need for a free notebook.
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Re: Old Laptop: What to do with it?

We got a hard drive on Ricardo and turned our old non-working laptop into our son's computer. He watches movies on it and uses paint on it for ages (without the mess of actual paint) and it's a lot less than that drawing pad for the Wii that he wanted.
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Old 19.03.2011, 15:20
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I would take the HD out and demolish it before junking, but then I'm a paranoid hermit .
Excellent point, I as well always remove the hard drive from my old computers and smash the disks before bringing them to the recyclers. Personal information (such as online banking info, passwords, credit card numbers) can often be easily harvested from old dead computers.
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Old 19.03.2011, 16:54
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Re: Old Laptop: What to do with it?

The model came out around 2007 didn't it? So it is probably just the hard drive which can be replaced for around 50 CHF. Reinstall Windows and drivers and you are back running. I got four old laptops and three desktops that my place at work gave away. Easy to repair and upgrade and then pass on to other family members.
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Old 19.03.2011, 17:08
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Re: Old Laptop: What to do with it?

Are there any documents or pictures you want to save from it? If so, I think we live in the same Gemeinde. I could pick it up from you, attempt to recover the data and burn it to a DVD or something if you like. I'd could also tell you if it's salvagable. Send me a PM if you want.
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Old 19.03.2011, 17:16
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I remember a Panorama documentary (UK) about peoples' hard-drives being sold in Africa with all their personal and bank details on.It was really scary. So be careful if you have any such info and make sure the HD is destroyed if necessary.
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Old 19.03.2011, 17:18
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Good point.

I'd take of that as well, if you like. ( I.e. removing the data, destroying the drive, not selling it on to identity thieves! ).
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Old 19.03.2011, 18:50
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Are there any documents or pictures you want to save from it? If so, I think we live in the same Gemeinde. I could pick it up from you, attempt to recover the data and burn it to a DVD or something if you like. I'd could also tell you if it's salvagable. Send me a PM if you want.
This is nice! Thank you! I have nothing to save on it since I did it before the final crash.... I deleted every single passwords and informations, I got all my favorites, documents, everything. I am pretty sure I have nothing left that could be used against me . But maybe I forgot to look somewhere, which the idea to take the HD out is very clever.

I tried so often to reboot, reinstalled, yada yada... No success. I wish I could fix the whole thing, get the Vista out of there and put XP or put 7.... Maybe with a new motherboard? The problem is that my first MB was replaced after a crash. It was under the warranty back then... After that, my graphic card died, again got replace, etc...

But beside all that crap, it is a great computer, nice screen, PXL, great programs, etc.... It was very nice to watch movies and listen music on that.

I bought that Laptop because I was working a lot with Photoshop, Illustrator and drawings in general for my work. Not anymore but Hubby could enjoy it.
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Old 19.03.2011, 19:08
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I tried so often to reboot, reinstalled, yada yada... No success. I wish I could fix the whole thing, get the Vista out of there and put XP or put 7.... Maybe with a new motherboard? The problem is that my first MB was replaced after a crash. It was under the warranty back then... After that, my graphic card died, again got replace, etc...
I had an HP dv9000z (I believe was the model) which had a problem with the batch of nVidia chips in the series. I guess the chips would run hot enough to re-melt the solder causing a mess. The solution was to not run intense applications...right.

After another break the local computer shop (in Berlin at the time) fixed it enough for access, and I backed up my HD one last time. I watched the guy at the shop format the laptop HD, and then I donated it for parts.

Depending on the hard drive you might get a housing for it and make it an external hard drive for back ups. Some shops will boot the old ones for you, and then copy the data to an external drive. Other IT minded EF'ers will be able to guide you better than I.

I will not buy HP again, however.
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I will not buy HP again, however.
Me either.... EVER!

I have now a Toshiba Netbook with webcam and american keyboard.

In Pink! (Hey, I am a chick! )

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What is very bad with the Netbooks is they don't come with the full Windows 7 but just a small version of it.... You have to buy it in extra. I didn't need it but was very very annoyed to not have my own destop baackground. I found a program that allowed me to put the background I want!

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For me a white Apple Mac - love it.
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Old 19.03.2011, 19:40
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Re: Old Laptop: What to do with it?

I've used various laptops over the years. The best value for money and most robust has been Acer. Build quality isn't brilliant, but they don't (in my experience) go wrong much, and spare parts are easy to find.
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Old 24.03.2011, 09:46
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Re: Old Laptop: What to do with it?

I had a HPDV6000 for 3 years. It was the bees knees at the time of purchase. Slowly but surely I found a way to destroy it. Taking it from the bedroom to the kitchen to the living room and I used to travel with it in my daypack with no padding etc. I've replaced the internal speaker and quick access buttons ribbon cable on it twice and the entire screen once with parts I found on UK ebay.

The moral of the story, and this is quite like your first car - which you love and cherish when you buy it but ends up burning a hole in your pocket a few years later because you've abused the crap out of it. Buy a laptop that fits your requirements; home/business use only, both, frequent travel, leave in one room home or transport from one room to the other home etc.

The more you pick up the laptop the more stress exerted on it especially if the lid is not closed, so if you are going to move it around a lot at home, make sure that the plastic body (more and more are metal these days) is strong enough to support the weight of the rest of the laptop when you lift it up by the side. What happened to my HP6000 was the stress from lifting it too many times caused the cables to deteriorate and the screen to give in.

The newer HP's are a lot more sturdier than the old DV series, I have an Envy and its solid with metal casing.
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I've used various laptops over the years. The best value for money and most robust has been Acer. Build quality isn't brilliant, but they don't (in my experience) go wrong much, and spare parts are easy to find.
I concur. I helped a friend buy an acer last night, 17" screen. It was kinda flimsy in the keyboard flex but great specs so he brought it none the less. Speaking to the sales assistant he said well its acer, cheaper than HP but just as good, which was my opinion as well. Good to hear you've had good service from Acer, which hopefully translates to me helping my friend choose one was also a good idea. I personally use HP, but that's another post (below)
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Old 24.03.2011, 13:30
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Re: Old Laptop: What to do with it?

I once read that some charity collects pcs for African schools, but cant remember the name( at least maybe someone can still use it)
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Old 24.03.2011, 13:42
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Re: Old Laptop: What to do with it?

In a similar situation, have an old Asus I bought back in 2005/2006 that is just sitting around gathering dust. Last time I checked it was working fine, just needs a new battery probably. If there's a charity I could donate it to, that would be great. Not too concerned about HDD data, it's been reformatted more than once since I was using it regularly.
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