People buy gadgets with a lot of excitement. Use them. Years pass by..and before you know it they’re old. Laptops being no exception. Once the age of the laptop starts to express itself in its performance as compared to other newer laptops, the owners are faced with a dilemma. ‘should I upgrade it?’ or ‘should I sell it?’. Well, the former of the two options works most of the times with the owner usually upgrading the performance of the laptop by either upgrading the RAM, or putting in a larger hard drive, or perhaps changing into a larger capacity battery. Or if the laptop supports it, changing various internal components like the graphics card, optical drives, etc.
No matter how many times or what the user upgrades, the laptop will become old and the same old question- to sell or not to sell is going to pop up again. Looking at the prices the user will get to sell the laptop will be disheartening at the least, as values of older machines are worth scraps.
Instead of selling it for a worthless price that probably cant get you a decent meal in a good classy restaurant, the user can salvage parts out of his laptop, use them in other places or just sell them separately at a comparatively higher price. Well, atleast that’s what I did with my really old Compaq Presario when I knew I just could’nt go on upgrading it anymore-
|An external Hard Drive Case|
1) RAM – I had upgraded my previous laptop with a 4gb RAM module. My new dell, fortunately for me had a single module of 2 gb RAM, therefore one slot for the RAM was free. I took the RAM from my Presario and transferred it to the Dell, hence, getting a combined 6 gb of RAM in my Dell.
2) Hard Drive – I had upgraded my Compaq to a 500 gb Seagate Barracuda. For it, I went browsing at ebay and bought an external 2.5” hard drive casing. ( here ) – hence, getting an external 500 gb hard drive, which i use now to store movies.
3) Battery : I put a 9 cell Presario compatible battery which easily gave me a 5 hr battery backup. I sold it at a good price.
4) Power Adapter : Laptop users are continuously facing problems regarding their power adapter as these adapters can succumb to fluctuations in electricity, over heating, etc. Finding a buyer for my Power Adapter was not difficult.
Once your deals are completed from the above mentioned points, just go to a local hardware store, put aside your emotional attachments with the machine, and dump it – all while playing your part in the re-cycling process. The motherboards used in computers have silicon chips, which to be honest, are quite expensive. Laptop manufacturers are always on the lookout for silicon circuits so that they can be recycled, therefore reducing production costs and reducing the drilling into the earths crust for more silicon.
There you have it..Hope you can make something more productive out of the machine you would otherwise sell off for a few measly bucks!