Broken laptop- What to do with it?

VPrime

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I will be getting a laptop soon that is broken (screen is cracked from what I am told)
And now I am thinking on what I should do with it..

Lately I have been wanting an NAS, or some sort of media server but I can't decide.
I looked into FreeNAS, and it seems like a decent way to go, but at the same time I can load up a linux distro and do all that + more. There is also Windows Home Server, that looks really appealing but does not seem that 'fun' to set up;). A file/media server would be great, especially one that would stream media to a PS3.

Any one have any good ideas on what I can do with this?:D
 

MrCheeto

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Well it VERY likely uses a standard screen that you can pick up anywhere so..why not put out $60-$90 and get you a new lappy? :D
 

VPrime

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Well it VERY likely uses a standard screen that you can pick up anywhere so..why not put out $60-$90 and get you a new lappy? :D
I was thinking of this.. But really I don't need an extra laptop (macbook is fine for me) and if I were going to crack it open I would do something far more interesting like make a new carputer for my current winterbeater :D

"from what I am told" ?

Is this laptop hot?


Anyway, people will buy it: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=830622
Nope not hot, it is from a relative that is not computer literate who told my parents (who have zero computer experience.. like, beyond stone age) they they broke their computer.. This conversation was in a foreign language (persian) than "translated" to me in a worse dialect of persian (I can not speak as good as my parents)
So details are lost in translation :eek:

That being said, I don't really want to sell it... I want to use it for some thing. They only got the computer 2 years ago so the battery is still fine, so this just screams server to me.. But I don't need web server (though having my own web server again would be nice... but not a need)
 

MrCheeto

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Cool, I'm sure you'll plug it into an external monitor and get it up and running fine, after all I can think back to about 20 "dead" computers my friends have come to me for only to find it was a setting that was configured :p
 

iBlue

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So you don't need it, don't really want to fix it but you want to use it for something and don't want to sell it on? http://upc.*************/uploads/smilies/wtf.gif

I don't know what you're after here but I think you should caress it and tell it you love it in spite of its brokeness.
 

VPrime

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So you don't need it, don't really want to fix it but you want to use it for something and don't want to sell it on? http://upc.*************/uploads/smilies/wtf.gif

I don't know what you're after here but I think you should caress it and tell it you love it in spite of its brokeness.
Hah, I guess your right I should be a little more clear here.

I am pretty sure I want to use it as a NAS or media server for PS3(or both..as really if it can serve media why cant it serve files?).. I am mainly asking if there are any specific linux distros, windows software or what ever else to make this as useful as possible.

But, at the same time I am asking if there is any thing I haven't thought of or something that a forum user here could suggest a use for.
 

dmmcintyre3

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Hackintosh with Mac OS X Server? That's what I'm planning on doing with an old dell desktop later on. (after Christmas) It will be in vmware on top of windows home server though.
 

Wotan31

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Prop it up out in a field and put a handful of 9mm rounds through it. 7.62mm is also good. Give you a warm and satisfying feeling, while at the same time re-using a waste product that would otherwise be thrown away. :D
 

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