I saw an article recently which showed things to do with a old laptop (that is still able to turn on). Ive got an old T-50 Thinkpad which was 4 years old ( a good age for a laptop) and eventually succumb to a over worked motherboard (with what i do to tech its no wonder). Here’s 5 ideas for things to do with a laptop which doesn’t even power on anymore.
1. A cutting board
The T-50 that I’m using has a very strong case (IBM’s used to be very good as far as durability goes) and makes the perfect cutting pad. Currently (in my spare time) I’m working on a 1.5 meter high Paper craft Castle which has all been cut on top of the T-50 and 700+ pieces are being stored in the T-50′s laptop bag.
2. Salvage parts for eBay
Its surprising how often i see this stuff listed, little things like even the keys from the keyboard are often very sought after by people who only have a small thing wrong with a laptop and don’t want to pay big bucks for a new one or expensive new components. If i didn’t drop Tahini in the keyboard a few years ago id probably look at doing just that. Everything from removable CD drive, RAM memory sticks and even parts from the plastic case can be listed.
3. Imagination play
Remove the battery and you’ve got endless hours of fun for a child’s imagination. Remember to make sure there’s no way for them to get hurt on any external parts first and make sure they know not to touch the working laptops afterwards. If you are feeling like an Adventure remove the LCD screen and load some paper in so they can draw their own screen.
4. Recycle/ Donate
With so many households now with multiple computers most local councils offer different options and methods for disposing of old tech. Websites such as http://www.computerbank.org.au is but one of many community groups trying to recycle and salvage what they can to rebuild basic computers as a form of “Tech Charity”. Just remember you cant just put old computers into the landfill bin and be sure to check on your local council website for options.
5. Objet D’art
From bookends to a display piece you can let your creative imagination run wild in creating an intriguing conversation piece. Even something as simple as converting the screen in a printed fake “blue screen of death” error message the possibilities are endless (you could even use it as a calendar).
Got a use that we didn’t cover? Send us your pictures or leave comments below to give us some ideas on how you have used your non working laptop.