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Laptop buying help

- Mon, 26 Feb 2018 21:10:27 EST Rf3PXqAk No.121662
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So both my old laptops are broke.One of them makes an extremely loud noise and the keyboard is fucked from spilling tea onto it years ago.
The other one has the screen hanging on by its threads and also makes a big loud nose and doesn't load up for more than 5 seconds.

>What I need it for.
>Browsing the web-I'm sick of only using my iPhone.
>Strewing films onto my tv and playing music when o don't want to use Spotify on my phone.
>secure dark market use so I'll probably want to use tails OS on it
>I would like to start playing about with music making programs for fun
>I'd like to relearn photoshop so I could make cool photos for a business I have planned.

Ive seen you can get some refurbished laptops for about £200

A quick look and these are two laptops that I think would work

Any suggestions ?

>should I strip my old laptops
I have an
Aspire 5742 and a HP compaq 6720

Could I just take the ram and what ever out of them and put them into a new or are the brand specific ?
EugeneGreengold.xml - Mon, 26 Feb 2018 22:34:00 EST Myq8gdSr No.121664 Reply
They are not brand specific. Ram is board specific. A new comp would likely have enough ram. The aspire? I think would have pretty modern ram. Type in the specs of each. compaq 6720 specs.

I think these could be likely fixed, as for the screen hanging screen, if it's not broken at the base it is aeasy enough to fix yourself. Just eabay the parts. As for loud noise, could be a fan rubbing against plastic.

Have a mini precesion screwdriver set. If you take a laptop appart pay attention, write down stuff, keep
screws together. Take your time. If you would choose to try to fix one or both of these. I have screwed up two laptops by not thinking, but, whatever.

For a computer that does not boot into windows, could be a bad hard drive, ram, a simple windows weinstall?

Download tails and burn a cd/dvd and boot it live. See if it will boot the comp that fails to load.
As well, you can install tails to a usb, I beleve in minutes from tails cd. Just see how to get to
boot menu to boot a live linux cd. As well boot windows to install.

Or buy new used laptop. Many compuetrs are salvagable to get back to like new. These are not that old
that at least the aspire dhould handle win10, but use 7 professional. Both should be 64bit. New keyboard from ebay, 5 $15 dollars? New screen frame ten dollars.
AugustusSommleshit.gz - Tue, 27 Feb 2018 05:00:29 EST Rf3PXqAk No.121665 Reply
ye know what i think ill do that first.HAven't tinkered with a laptop since i was about 16 and had desktop (about 12 years ago)
Guess ill learn a few things about laptops and save some money which I really need to do.Save me sort of wasting money as well as I do want to try and build a gaming
AugustusSommleshit.gz - Tue, 27 Feb 2018 05:07:10 EST Rf3PXqAk No.121666 Reply
forgot to ask what size screws are they normally ? Ive found these sets any one recommend a cheap brand.



JennyBeffingwill.tar - Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:38:28 EST RFtnJi/+ No.121667 Reply
Phillips head M4 and M3 screws mostly. It's never a bad idea to have a big kit on hand though.
NellBleblingteck.swf - Tue, 27 Feb 2018 21:29:11 EST ehUb12ii No.121668 Reply
For the love of god make sure you get something with a spare RAM expansion slot on the bottom if you're going with 4GB. Even web browsers use a ton of memory these days.

When it turns out not to be enough you want easy access to a back panel, not to take the whole motherboard out to replace the stick(s) on the other side.
BarnabySacklesatch.tar - Wed, 28 Feb 2018 06:59:54 EST fF6eQRLM No.121670 Reply
Yeah, this. 4GB is rough if you want to open a few tabs, forget streaming, music stuff and photoshop.

Also I'm not sure what type of hard drives those have, but you might want to check. Some laptops have a flash-type HDD that is slow as fuck data-transfer wise compared to a mechanical hard drive or SSD.
NicholasNundledale.asc - Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:08:48 EST dm2GBjDz No.121672 Reply
What actual bit do you use for the M4 m3.Google only showing me the actual screws.
RebeccaHoddlehadge.ani - Wed, 28 Feb 2018 18:56:54 EST mLsbpqlD No.121673 Reply
Those are screw sizes. The bits can be anything, but probably Phillips #0 or #00 unless it's a Macbook or Japanese.
NellSittingnock.html - Wed, 28 Feb 2018 21:44:21 EST ylMcB87i No.121674 Reply
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Yeh I knew that was the actual screw.Just found pic related only £6 will do for now
GeorgeFanhood.hex - Thu, 01 Mar 2018 03:57:08 EST Rm5U/Vri No.121675 Reply
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Yea, not sure what that looks like. These pictured are basic, the tops allow to hold thumb and forefinger while the middle allows the other thumb and forefinger to have a pretty good grip to turn screws without having to twist
ones wrist after it is loosened. Just a simple twist twist twist to quickly loosen tighten screws.

Basically one size of these Philips would work with any of your laptop screws.
As well inside. Some differ in size and are more pointy or wider, so some will work a little easier. A solid small Phillips for tougher to loosen screws, to twist ones wrist while putting some weight down on the screw to keep from stripping it, then can use the precision screwdriver to finish. You will find some screws that are tough to loosen, some may have some sort of blue/green glue from the factory to keep them tightly in place.

You can magnetize the screwdriver by rubbing above the screwdriver point to pull the screws up like a
scrapyard crane. Hoping not to drop it inside the case and lose it. tweezers are handy. The stiff but
flexible plastic card is handy for taking the screen apart, the case. Other things.

As far as wired connections goes, they usually clip in, like ram, it is easy to break the plastic, as well
pulling up on wires can make what could have been an easy to an oh *&%J* in a single moment. No pulling on wires if it can be avoided. fine needle nose pliers and be helpful. Hemostats, can get them at fly fishing shops or wherever
can give you some precision grip on some plastic parts.
Anyway, rambling post, look on youtube or google, you will find your models and how to work on these.
HamiltonGammlelock.prn - Sun, 04 Mar 2018 06:59:33 EST 5zcmiFty No.121683 Reply
3 gigs is fine for most. I open lots of stuff with 2 gigs and have rarely seen any issues. Streaming is fine. usually computers with manufacturers software, helper applications are what seems to drive performance down. But a clean install and more ram always helps. Along with watching what you install as extras to software.
ShittingBapperlock.xsl - Mon, 05 Mar 2018 12:18:01 EST 7GS8PPpE No.121684 Reply
Other than browsers sprawling out into crazy amounts of memory, you can also have my situation where some goddamn network driver is allocating buffers on the non-paged memory pool, and then never giving them back.

4GB is mainly only gonna give you problems if you do anything beyond basic use though. Browser plus World of Warcraft is gonna max it out eventually.
And because multi-threaded browsers split up the memory usage across multiple processes, and windows is going to kill the biggest offender, that means nuking your World of Warcraft or big Photoshop images, sometimes without adequate warning.
SidneyDellershit.reg - Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:47:24 EST yRj4aAk1 No.121687 Reply

Why hasn't anyone torn this guy apart yet??

>Spilled tea on laptop
>uses iPhone
>uses Spotify, probably pays for sub
>references "dark market" as if he/she thinks their on the inside, cutting edge of the underground, has probably only heard of Tor/Tails and never used either
>wants to relearn PS, wants to play with synthesizers
>wants refurbished shit
>owns HP product
>has no idea how internal components mesh
>clearly a fag

What happened to you, 420chan?
HamiltonBimblewack.dun - Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:40:37 EST 8UMzqt6I No.121688 Reply
I think you're confusing us with someone else. Also I bought a refurbished HP Elitebook. Good purchase.
GrahamGerrycocke.sea - Sat, 10 Mar 2018 13:07:31 EST 0rPM4vKf No.121689 Reply
/tech/ has always been driveby support tickets for users who barely know what's going on. I like this place, but I get the feeling you'd might like lain/arisuchan better. They have the sort of vibe you're describing.
PhyllisNickleville.com - Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:43:56 EST MBIV0V9j No.121704 Reply
A lot of us grow out of that phase. Not everyone in 420chan is a jerk ass.

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