Uses for Laptop with Busted Screen?

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Jun 12, 2011
  1. jamesaa
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    Member jamesaa The Prince of Insufficient Light

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    As per title, i have recently obtained a laptop (Samsung NP-R519-JA02UK) which has a smashed screen.

    Now i'm not going to waste time or money fixing the screen, but i cannot decide what to use the laptop for [​IMG]

    Specs are:

    Screen size - 15.6 in
    Processor - Intel Pentium Dual Core T4300 - 2.1
    RAM - 4 GB (note: i've already removed the ram for my two netbooks, it now has mismatched 1GB modules x2)
    Hard Drive - 250 GB
    Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
    Optical Drive - DVD Super Multi Dual Layer Writer
    Graphics - Intel GMA 4500M

    My main ideas are, headless fileserver (i could hook a large external drive to it), a torrent box, a physical extension to my current completely virtual lab network or a media streamer (only need upto 720p, BUT only has VGA out, which my TV does support) Another idea is take whatever parts I can (HDD, ODD, wifi card, RAM) and dispose of the rest.

    I have no problems with OS' and am thinking of sticking arch or ubuntu server on it, depending what i end up using it for.


    TL:DR
    Give me ideas on what i could use this for, no point letting it go to waste just because some muppet broke the screen.

    EDIT: typo
     
  2. pistone

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    you can always sell the parts on ebay [​IMG]
    also the server its a great idea
     
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    Why not use a cable for a moniter and connect it to the laptop as showing main screen?
     
  4. jamesaa
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    I have no need of another computer for general use, i have plenty of other options for that [​IMG] I'm basically trying to find a reasonable use for extra hardware.

    And i'll be doing that anyway (if only for a short time) so i can easily install whatever OS/software i decide to use. (I can then rdp/vnc/ssh in depending what i end up doing with it)



    And while typing this i've just thought of what i may end up doing, use it as an emulator machine, i have a wired 360 controller, i can hook it up to my tv and stick on a bunch of emulators and maybe some older pc games and play away!

    Also means i can upgrade my PS3, as emulators were the only thing keeping me on a custom firmware.
     
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    that doesn't seem like an awful computer fixing it wouldn't be a waste of money screens are only like $60
     

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