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New Life for Old Laptop

Muttonsourdough

11 days ago

My old laptop is beginning to age out. It's a Lenovo ThinkPad T-510 with an i7-620M processor and DDR3-1066, I think. It may be DDR3-1333, but it's old. In limited use it's a competent web browser and word processor, but it's beginning to reach its age limit. I've used it for years and don't really like the feel of newer laptops, especially in the keyboards, and I've gotten kind of attached to it. That sentiment makes me more willing to try to breathe new life into it. And yes, I know that's definitely not the best use of the time and money. But I'm an old young man, and it's been a good friend to me, and I've already anthropomorphised it years ago.

So here's my question: Would it be possible to drop in either a replacement laptop motherboard/cpu/ram or a single board computer like a Pi? I know the fittings would be a concern, from moorings to outputs. And I know it wouldn't be the most cost-effective option, and it wouldn't provide the most powerful experience, but I've kind of always liked bringing a build to life. Thoughts?

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  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Most of the components on laptops are proprietary, so you can't upgrade them like a desktop.

Throwing in an SSD, maxing out the RAM, and maybe a good clean (both on the hardware and software level) should fix some issues

https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compatible-upgrade-for/Lenovo/thinkpad-t510-series

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/362776/how-to-copy-your-windows-installation-to-an-ssd/2 (guide to copying the OS over)

https://www.ccleaner.com/ (should help remove any accumulated junk)

https://www.howtogeek.com/194479/how-to-clean-the-dust-out-of-your-laptop/

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

Has ImperiousBattlestar what you can/should do is change for a SSD, and see if you have free ram slots to max the ram size. A SSD alone will give it a new life.

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