Found an LAPTOP in the DUMPSTER!

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  1. Posts : 1,750
    Windows 10 HOME 64-BIT
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    Found an LAPTOP in the DUMPSTER!


    What a lucky find! Was searching for some boxes for my big move to another town, one was a bit heavy. Found inside a laptop.

    Packard-Bell EasyNote, Windows Vista 32 bit, Athlon 64X inside, 1,75 GHZ, 2 GB internal mem, 120 GB HDD....

    What to do, keep Vista on it (has code on the back, sticker on the bottom of lappie) orrrrrrr............ Linux?

    Filled to the brim with crapware like Google Toolbar/desktop, Norton 2007, ect ect ect....... Really OLD stuff from the dark VISTA ages.

    But what now? :)
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  2. Posts : 1,769
    Windows 10 Pro
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    RingTailCoon said:
    What a lucky find! Was searching for some boxes for my big move to another town, one was a bit heavy. Found inside a laptop.

    Packard-Bell EasyNote, Windows Vista 32 bit, Athlon 64X inside, 1,75 GHZ, 2 GB internal mem, 120 GB HDD....

    What to do, keep Vista on it (has code on the back, sticker on the bottom of lappie) orrrrrrr............ Linux?

    Filled to the brim with crapware like Google Toolbar/desktop, Norton 2007, ect ect ect....... Really OLD stuff from the dark VISTA ages.

    But what now? :)
    Did you also find an AC charger? If not, how do you plan to recharge the battery?
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  3. Posts : 2,271
    Linux:Debian, Kali-Linux... 2xWin8.1,1x7Pro, Retro:1x2003server.1xXPpro, 1xW2k,1x98SE,1x95,1x3.11
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    I say use it as it is with Vista.. Retro usage.
    Linux with less then 4GB ram is painful..
    I have a lot of Retro computers and i keep them with OS and software for its time and some old games that was popular at that time.. Retro is fun.
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  4. Posts : 1,750
    Windows 10 HOME 64-BIT
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    x509 said:
    Did you also find an AC charger? If not, how do you plan to recharge the battery?
    I have an universal charger and it also runs without the DEAD battery. Always handy to have one with interchangeable plugs! :)

    Tested and it runs without battery! Can always plop in more mem!
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  6. Posts : 352
    Windows 11 Home (x64) Version 23H2
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    Just remove all the junk off it & keep it as is ! That's what i am doing with an old one i gave $10 for a few weeks ago. it has Windows 7 on it ! My play thing from yrs. past !
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  7. Posts : 1,750
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    No. This one. Found an LAPTOP in the DUMPSTER!-358276.jpg Packard Bell Easynote ML61-B-003
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  8. Posts : 2,189
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v22H2
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    My son gave me an old laptop he bought for $1 at the auto junkyard. It was a Dell Inspiron 1420. The laptop wouldn't even power up so I salvaged parts from it. I removed the following parts:
    • 250GB WD Scorpio 2.5" HDD
    • 2 sticks of DDR2 RAM (1GB+2GB)

    The label on the bottom of the laptop showed the product key for Windows Vista Home Premium. I really didn't care about that since I never had any interest in Windows Vista.

    Of more interest what was on the hard drive. I mounted the hard drive in an external enclosure and scanned it for product keys. I extracted the product keys for:
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Microsoft Office Standard 2007

    I located the ISO files for these and did a test install for them. Both activated OK with the product keys found.

    Now if I could only find a old working laptop I would install the software on it.
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  9. Posts : 2,935
    Windows 10 Home x64
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    If it has got SATA connector, you can install an ssd and use it even with w10.
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  10. Posts : 328
    W10 22H2 19045.4291
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    x509 said:
    Did you also find an AC charger? If not, how do you plan to recharge the battery?
    you can buy any needed charger for just about any brand in the aftermarket. Most laptops anyway are needing 19VDC input
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