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Old 01-17-2007, 12:29 PM   #1
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Can I rebuild my laptop?

I'm a huge environmentalist. I hate to throw things out. I also have an old Dell computer (runs on windows NT). I would like to rebuild it so that it is on xp and use a wifi card so that my aupair and daughter can use it for the internet or simple wordprocessing.
Can someone help me figure out how to do this?
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Old 01-17-2007, 01:39 PM   #2
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How about some details on the current hardware? type/model, how much memory, etc...
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Old 01-17-2007, 05:05 PM   #3
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My guess is you have either a Inspiron 7000 or 7500. Upgrading the memory to the max should help you. As far as replacing the cpu I can't remember off the top of my head but I'll take a look. I have an old 7500 in my garage from a fire that I scavenged some parts.

For wireless you will have to add a pcmcia card.

Simple word processing you can download Open office 2.1 it's fullblown free office product. Open source windows friendly.
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Old 01-17-2007, 06:46 PM   #4
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oops sorry

It;s a Dell CPi laptop, runs on Windows NT, not sure of processor or speed. We're talking at least 6 years old. I can check other specs when I get home from work late tonight.

I figured I would need to use the pcmcia card for wifi, which I think if I remember correctly it has a slot for.

My main concern is what I would need to get to rebuild it. This is the first time I'm doing this, so I'm learning as I go. Any help is mucho appreciated!
thank you sooo much already.
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Old 01-17-2007, 08:02 PM   #5
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Just so you know a laptop is not the easiest type of system to work on especially the older ones like yours.

There is point of ROI ( return on your investment ) beyond which it makes more sense to invest in a $500 new system.

I will almost guarantee that the CPU is not upgradeable so all your left with is a small hard drive ( which maybe upgradeable) memory , plus a pcmcia slot for the WIFI card. No USB connection capability. No audio or Video features. If you leave NT on there no game playing.

As a learning experience for a child may become frustrating.

Go to your local Best Buy , CompUSA , Sams, Costco or check out Dell online Gateway etc they all have entry level systems which will perform better and long run be less expensive and less frustrating.

If you had more experience and not being the first project you tackle I would say go ahead but as it stands I would opt for a new entry level system.

They are faster better more reliable and can be upgraded you laptop has seen it better days.
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Old 01-17-2007, 09:00 PM   #6
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Old 01-17-2007, 11:36 PM   #7
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I agree with rjs735. Used to be you could save money with building your own, but for an entry level system you can do better with a new Dell etc. and you get a warranty. Plenty to choose from, however, I am not much of a Gateway fan. Memory for old PC's can actually be more expensive then present day memory since they don't make it anymore. Some PC100 memory for my old dell laptop cost me about $100 for one stick of 256mb for example.
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