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Gateway MA7 ML6714

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April 5, 2012 2:48:09 AM

Hello again,
I have this old laptop; it suffered a hard drive failure and I received it to have some fun with taking apart and modding as a science experiment of sorts. I am new to the field and would like some advice on what exactly I can do to this laptop, relative costs, and a few good ideas to make it better. I know that it suffers a heating problem (caused the hard drive failure, I have disassembled the fan and cleaned it and applied some new thermal compound), but everything else functions normally

Also, any suggestions on a good deal for a new battery? The previous owner was ignorant, and the battery lasts about 5 minutes max.

Thanks a lot guys you are awesome,
J.T.

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April 5, 2012 3:02:07 AM

Not really much you can do. Replace the RAm, and maybe the CPU, but that's it. ALso, laptop batteries are a ripoff. $100 for a battery?! LOL. I don't know where, but maybe eBay/Amazon.
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April 5, 2012 3:05:51 AM

If you need a new battery, I would just scrap it and buy a new laptop. That thing is like 5 years old.
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April 5, 2012 3:12:00 AM

Well I would, but it runs fine off of a wall plugin and i want to have some fun messing with it. I can probably do more to my 5 year old laptop than my like 12 year old tower.
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April 5, 2012 3:15:00 AM

Run it 24/7 with BOINC.

BOINC is a program that receives work from servers and uses your computer to find the cure for cancer,AIDS, do physic calculations, solve unsolved math problems, etc.
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April 5, 2012 3:15:19 AM

Well yeah, compare technology from 2000 and 2007 and tell me you can't do more with 2007. :) 
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April 5, 2012 3:17:55 AM

exactly. I still want to mess with the old tower, but it is little more than a shell at this point :p  such a relic.
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