i was bored so i thought i would make a thread about my laptop. i got it for free in june last year in a small pile of old laptops. it worked but the keyboard was missing keys, it had no hdd, and the power button thing was cracked in half. i got a new keyboard and power button cover on ebay and my dad got the hdd from the guy who had it before me. i formatted the hdd and put windows xp on it. it worked fine for a while but it started to have small but annoying problems. some of them are: i would have to smack the keyboard to make it turn on, the wifi switch broke off, and some other ones. the cpu base was cracked and once it stopped working but i fixed it by forcing the cpu lock switch more than it was supposed to go. but a while later it broke and didnt recognize the cpu anymore. i saved up 70 bucks and bought a refurbished motherboard on ebay. this one had the nvidia gpu. (the first one had intel graphics) the problem with this one was that the nvidia gpu failed a lot. most of the time it takes about a year to fail but since i played cod and overclocked it (it was also underclocked when not gaming) it only lasted a few months. i was able to fix it with a lighter though. i did this every few weeks when artifacts started showing. but one time after i tried this fix the screen was black and it never turned on again. also, while trying to fix it i accidentally cracked the bottom of my 2ghz core 2 duo. that was like 4-5 months ago. a few weeks ago i went to a computer store and they had a d630 that someone spilled red wine on. i got it for 20 bucks. most of the parts were gone except for the ones with wine on. i took it apart and i could only find 2 spots with wine on them so i cleaned it with rubbing alcohol and put it back together. it worked for 5 minutes but then it was just dead. i couldnt get ANY response out of it. also, before after the second motherboard broke i somehow broke off the corner of the base, so i cleaned all of the other parts on that laptop i got. so, i had a keyboard with all the keys, a cdrw/dvd drive, a 512 mb stick of RAM, a screen, a base, and a palmrest/touchpad. yesterday i ordered a new motherboard on ebay for 70 dollars and this one has the intel gpu so hopefully this one will last for more that a few months. also, when i get it i will probably use some of the parts from that $20 laptop (like the keyboard and the screen) because theyre in better condition. also, it had a 1.8 ghz core 2 duo which ill probably use. i dont really care that its slightly slower since the 2ghz one was underclocked to 1.2 ghz to save battery.