If you have an old laptop in your corner, that is almost getting unbearable to use because it now feels slow. The first thing that would always come to mind would be to discard it. However, there are a few things that you can still do with that old guy, and here are a few of those things that would still make it fun to use.
What do I do with an old laptop?
Instead of throwing it in the trash, you can install a not-too-heavy OS on it. I’ve once used Linux Mint on an old Dell laptop way before Windows 10 came out. One thing for sure was that as soon as I had Linux Mint installed which didn’t take too much time, including downloading it and putting it on a USB stick, then installing. It felt brand new.
Are old laptops worth anything?
Yes. as long as it works. Of course, it also depends on what you need it for. For graphic designers doing a lot of GPU-intensive work, it might not be worth it. It can be invaluable for students who use it for general tasks. Back then I just started my blog for the very first time and I knew what I needed to enjoy using it was additional RAM which I couldn’t afford at the moment but since it worked perfectly with my Linux Mint and I needed it for was writing, it was exactly what I needed at that point.
Can a laptop last 10 years?
Absolutely, but you need to be take great care of it like any other gadget or electronic. By taking care, you need to do a health test every once in a while, defragment the disk, and watch out for any programs that might be too heavy for your PC.
If you can afford it, I would totally recommend taking it to the repair shop for a checkup once every three to six months, but its you follow the guidelines I stated above, you should be fine.
What to do with an unusable old laptop?
First, understand what’s wrong with it. Is the battery dead? Does the screen work? Is the keyboard good? Take it to a PC repair shop and evaluate what exactly went wrong with it and how much it will cost to fix as well as how much you can get by selling it as scrap.
Don’t just leave it on the shelf. You might find out that just a thing or two need to be fixed, or in the worst case, you will be able to make some small cash by selling it as scrap.
The important thing here is to take action and review it as soon as possible. If it turns out to be very expensive to fix, then at least you know you can turn that waste into a few bucks.