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Old 01-21-2018, 11:14 PM
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I have an old Lenovo laptop. It is a T420. It has a Core I5 2.5Ghz, 8 GB ram, with a 320 HDD and Windows 7 64 bit. I use it as one of my main computers for cnc CAD / CAM software.

I lost the power cord so I get online to buy another, and while I'm at it I might as well get a battery because that is shot too; but I just can't help but think - am I putting money into something I shouldn't? I have thought about cloning the HDD with a SSD, but just havent done it yet. Mainly I am just asking about the longevity of the machine itself. I'd always heard they were very good, durable machines.

Also, how do I know if I can access Windows recovery if I don't have the install CD? It has been kind of screwy on startup for a few years, and in the past I would always just reformat and reinstall Windows. I have never done it without a operating system CD and I'm not sure if it is possible.
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I could never compute there.
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That's five generations old not worth putting money into.
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Old 01-22-2018, 01:18 AM
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Nope. Laptops are cheap.
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I'm still using an Acer that's older than that. Just put a new keyboard, new cooling fan, and swapped to a SSD.

In my experience laptops are a crap shoot, in terms of quality. I had a very expensive high end gaming laptop that barely lasted through the warranty. Then I have this super old, well used Acer that still runs as good as the day I bought it.

I say if it has run this long, and it still meets your needs, you might as well fix it up a bit.
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Old 01-22-2018, 06:10 AM
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I would say buy a Windows 10 DVD from Wal-Mart (may have to order), a new battery on fleaBay, and a cheap SSD on Newegg.

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Re-Purpose that cutting edge technological laptop into a......

I dunno, say a....

DOORSTOP ?
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Good rules/steps for laptops:
1. If it is 4+ years old, do not invest
2. If it is 2-4 years old, only invest in batteries and/or power supplies
3. Otherwise buy new and invest in a $199 4 year warranty from Square Trade

These are three simple rules can save you a bunch of time & money.

Around Christmas we bought a new HP laptop for $619. Just unbelievable deals if you can catch them. At these price points for new technology, you can't repair your old crap:
- 15.7" LCD WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
- 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7
- 1TB SATA Hard Drive
- 12GB DDR4 Memory
- Win 10
- Intel HD Graphics 620
- Backlit keyboard


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I would probably just find a good deal on a newer, more capable machine.
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I vote to keep keep old machine. It meets your needs. I would invest in the power cord and battery and screw the ssd. I don't like the USA, throw it away economy.

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I'm still floored with 8 gigs of ram and CAD.
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Probably not worth it. However one possibility for it is, if you've ever had any interest in open source/Linux OS's you may want to use it to experiment with different flavors of Linux. There are plenty of Linux operating systems (distributions) that work fast on older hardware. I still have an old Windows 98 machine that I run two different operating systems on, Damn Small Linux & crunchbang (#!). I set up a laptop a little older than yours, to run Ubuntu Linux for my dad, he used it for a few years until the hardware finally failed recently.
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Originally Posted by LayZ View Post
I'm still floored with 8 gigs of ram and CAD.
I thought that was pretty good

On the other hand, I have heard a lot of good about Windows 10. If it is anything like 8 or 8.1, I will never go near it. A lot of the older CAD CAM stuff I use is Windows 7 compatible anyway. Not sure if it would work on 10.

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I'd keep it. That's a decent laptop. Sure you could buy something newer and faster, but if that one works for you then nurse it along.

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Also, how do I know if I can access Windows recovery if I don't have the install CD? It has been kind of screwy on startup for a few years, and in the past I would always just reformat and reinstall Windows. I have never done it without a operating system CD and I'm not sure if it is possible.
If you have a valid license, you can download an image from Microsoft and just burn another install disk.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...nload/windows7

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3. Otherwise buy new and invest in a $199 4 year warranty from Square Trade
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Or buy from Costco, if you have a membership. If not, get a membership ($60), get their Visa card, order laptop through their website. Costco doubles the manufacturer warranty to two years, and using the Visa card doubles that to four years. And you don't have to ship it off for warranty claims, you can return it to any Costco warehouse, even if you bought it online.

Best deal going for the extended warranty and ease of returns.
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Originally Posted by WallyWest View Post
Or buy from Costco, if you have a membership. If not, get a membership ($60), get their Visa card, order laptop through their website. Costco doubles the manufacturer warranty to two years, and using the Visa card doubles that to four years. And you don't have to ship it off for warranty claims, you can return it to any Costco warehouse, even if you bought it online.

Best deal going for the extended warranty and ease of returns.
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Thsoe specs aren't terrible. My mother has a Lenovo laptop of similar specs that was getting pretty tired. For under $200 I got her a Samsung Evo 850 SSD at 500GB and cloned it over and it made it a whole new machine.

If the machine is working well enough, an SSD will make a world of difference, I'd wager it is the single component that provides that biggest upgrade.

And heck, if you decide in two years to trash the laptop, haul the SSD out and stick it in something new, they are guaranteed for 5 years.

I say it should be well worth the cost of a battery and cord.
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Originally Posted by Yamoto View Post
Thsoe specs aren't terrible. My mother has a Lenovo laptop of similar specs that was getting pretty tired. For under $200 I got her a Samsung Evo 850 SSD at 500GB and cloned it over and it made it a whole new machine.

If the machine is working well enough, an SSD will make a world of difference, I'd wager it is the single component that provides that biggest upgrade.

And heck, if you decide in two years to trash the laptop, haul the SSD out and stick it in something new, they are guaranteed for 5 years.

I say it should be well worth the cost of a battery and cord.


The one thing I will add as a suggestion is instead of cloning the old hard drive install a brand-spanking new installation of the Windows system. After a while the old install is boogered up with old outdated programs and a fucked-up registry. There is a reason new computers always seem faster.
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Originally Posted by Yamoto View Post
If the machine is working well enough, an SSD will make a world of difference, I'd wager it is the single component that provides that biggest upgrade.

And heck, if you decide in two years to trash the laptop, haul the SSD out and stick it in something new, they are guaranteed for 5 years.

I say it should be well worth the cost of a battery and cord.
That is a great plan. An SSD and fresh OS install will make a world of difference.
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