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Looking to refurbish your laptop? Not sure how to start?
Well, you’re in the right place. Refurbishing a laptop can save you a lot of money, and knowing how to do it right is what separates the affordable from the wasteful processes.
In this article, we will cover a simple three-step process to laptop refurbishing.
How to Refurbish a Laptop Like a Pro
Keep reading to learn how to refurbish a laptop, the appropriate way.
If the laptop has been used a lot over its lifetime, the likelihood of it needing a proper cleaning is 100%. In order to do this, you will need a professional cleaning solution or your own (1 part rubbing alcohol and 9 parts water). You could also use a magic eraser or a microfiber cloth.
Either one will do, so don’t stress over the items. If you can get your hands on some compressed air, that’s even better.
Alright, so the first few steps are for the exterior of the laptop, then the screen.
- Ensure the laptop is fully turned off.
- Wet and wring your cloth with alcohol and water solution.
- Wipe over each surface of the laptop (excluding screen).
- Clean keys and touchpad heavily to remove all of the accumulated greases.
- Use compressed air to blow into keys to remove debris. Also, try blowing into the fans.
- Use white vinegar to clean your laptop screen, and allow it to dry fully.
Now we can move on to cleaning the interior.
- Turn over the laptop, unscrew plates.
- Use compressed air to blow dust out of all components. Use q-tip if you don’t have air.
- If you have access to the fans, clean off the dust by using compressed air.
- Replace cover, and secure the screws.
Make sure to not use any chemicals/liquids/solutions when cleaning the internals of your laptop. And that’s about it for this step, now let’s move to replacements.
Considering the age of your laptop, the battery might not last long enough or considerably less than it used to. Depending on the degradation, you can either leave it be or replace it with a new one.
Replacement is simple, but it does cost, so it’s something to consider carefully. If you do buy a battery, make sure you buy it from a reputable brand so that you avoid complicated side-effects.
To fulfill this process, you can type in the model of your laptop and append it with ‘battery’ at the end. Find the most promising results in your search engine. After buying it, most batteries unclip from the chassis below, so you just pop in the new one.
Another thing worth upgrading is the RAM. If you cleaned the interiors, you would have seen the RAM inside. To find appropriate RAM, you can perform the same appending search previously mentioned with your laptop model.
Or you could just take a look at the RAM you have, and the speed label that it has. You can select parts by make and model, and see if there are better options. The more RAM you add, the better. It’s the only true upgrade that you can make besides your drives, and it does make a difference.
Whatever you’re going to be doing with your newly refurbished laptop, you might want to upgrade or reinstall the OS. Not only will it help prevent any users from accessing your old data, but it will ensure that everything is running as smoothly as possible.
You can approach this in two ways. You can reinstall the original OS as the license will still be active. Or you can install a newer version of the same OS via an update or partitioning the drives.
If your laptop had Windows 7, it might not be a good idea to upgrade to Windows 10, considering the free upgrade is probably done. You could load up Ubuntu or Zorin Linux, but not all people are fond of that OS. The advantage is that they are both free, and they are really quick to install.
Regardless of the method you choose, reinstalling the OS will ensure that your laptop is running at its full capacity, which is important for someone who will be buying it.
The person buying the laptop might ask for a clean boot, meaning you should partition the drives and leave them empty, only with the system BIOS, so that they can install whatever OS they are planning on installing. This can be a confusing thing to do, especially if you never have, so it’s best to find a guide online or ask somebody who knows how to do it, like a computer tech specialist.
How to Refurbish A Laptop? Easily.
As you can see, to learn how to refurbish a laptop, you just need some patience. As for the cost, it can cost you as little as the money you spend on cleaning supplies, but you can even take it a step further.
By buying new equipment and replacing the old parts, you make this refurbished laptop and even more lucrative opportunity for someone who cannot purchase an expensive modern laptop.
And even then, if you’re just handing off this device to someone you know, why not make their day by providing them with that little extra oomph on the performance, so that they can enjoy it longer.
In any case, whatever you choose to do is going to be right for you. And that’s what matters right now.
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