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« on: July 27, 2007 02:53:27 PM »

A friend gave me an old laptop to craft something out of. I think the battery is fried, it wont turn on, and I dont have any cords for it. I already have a handful of computers (Because I am a super nerd) and have no need for a third laptop, esspecially an older one like this, lol!

Anyone seen any cool ideas for a laptop like this? I was thinking of making a thin carrying case, but I also don't know how to safely take it apart and stuff, so if anyone has any info on that, either, would be cool.

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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2007 03:03:16 PM »

I would totally take it apart and use all the little bits and pieces for lots and lots of crafts. I see earrings, mixed media art, little functional items. It's a treasure trove, really.

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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2007 03:15:05 PM »

I don't really know anything about computers, but I've heard that if you take apart a computer or TV you can't take apart the part with a screen because theres a weird light or something that's dangerous.  I really have no idea what I'm talking about, though, so just be careful
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2007 03:17:34 PM »

aww, that is the same laptop i had when i first went to college in 2001.

before you take it apart, you might be able to salvage the screen for something. i've seen stuff on readymade to set up the monitor as a standalone mp3 player and stuff (to see the playlist). although if you think the battery is fried that might affect that. who knows.

here is the link to the mp3 player thing:

you may have to sign up for access, i'm not sure.

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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2007 03:23:48 PM »

just a idea  not to crafty  but .. if you have  to many  computers now  you  might wanna  pass it on to someone that doesn't .. or  a child that  can use it for school .. a cord doesn't cost more then  10 to 50  on ebay .. a family that can't  aford to buy a puter for the young  children  would love it .. shrugs just a thought
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2007 04:16:59 PM »

take apart the key board and make cute cute earings and necklaces with the keys.
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2007 05:09:26 PM »

I really don't think it's wise to take this thing apart.  It really is full of some toxic things.  Probably would be better to do some research first.  We aren't even allowed to put them in the landfill here.
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2007 05:34:31 PM »

My hubby works with computers, and really the only thing you can hurt yourself on is the battery.  Either the chemicals in it or the electricity.  Just because it doesn't turn on, doesn't mean it's not charged up.  You would be ok to take the keys off, and once you take the battery out you should be fine to pull the boards out.  He says you should dispose of the battery at the dump (you have to call to find out which one).
The screen is just an lcd, and the only thing you cut hurt yourself on is the actual screen (if you break it, you could cut yourself).
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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2007 08:03:03 PM »

awesome, thank you guys so very much for the help! Yaaay, playing with potentially dangerous things!

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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2007 09:18:17 AM »

It would be so cool if you could take the guts out and make the case into a purse of some sort. The circut boards and stuff can be cut with dremels and made into earrings.
You can also use the keys for jewelry by poking holes into them.
As for the rest have fun and experiment. Smiley
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