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Uses for laptop without hard drive?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by clopper, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. clopper

    clopper Regular Member

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    I have an old laptop which cannot recognize the hard drive (hardware problem) but is perfect otherwise. I dont want to throw it away but can't think of a thing to use it for other than knoppix or other linux ware but I want to use it to blackhat. Any ideas of how to utilize this machine?
     
  2. Crooker

    Crooker Newbie

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    Slave pc.
    Extra screen.
    Sell it to someone gullible.
     
  3. topsytips

    topsytips Regular Member

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    Depending on make and model, you may find that there is a market for the pc as spares...even down to flogging the keys!!

    Can't think of any productive use without a hard drive to be honest...will an external drive work instead?
     
  4. oxonbeef

    oxonbeef BANNED BANNED

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    Can it recognise flash or pen drives? or even an external usb hard drive?
     
  5. markyr17

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    well: you could buy a hard drive, and put it in there (wouldn't cost much)
    or, you could use a live cd. there are windows 7 live cds, there's basically live cds for every os, just need to find it.

    thing is, you can't save anything
     
  6. clopper

    clopper Regular Member

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    bios won't recognize a usb boot
     
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    don't need usb
    use a cd
     
  8. clopper

    clopper Regular Member

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    gonna try bart pe from google search, thanx
     
  9. oxonbeef

    oxonbeef BANNED BANNED

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    Well that just leaves
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    Then write an ebook on 101 uses for a dead laptop and
    make enough money to buy a new one.
     
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  10. clopper

    clopper Regular Member

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    oxon, its emarrassing but when I was 16 I had like 5 486 dx2 66mhz comps with 32megs of ram and 540meg hd's as fileservers. Almost 2 gig or about 1/16th the size of my current usb pendrive. I might bust them out for stools because of that pic.
     
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    a door stop, a paper weight, parts
     
  12. oxonbeef

    oxonbeef BANNED BANNED

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    My first proper pc was a 386sx when I upgraded to a 486dx the guy told me
    this was the fastest computers would ever get and I'd never need to buy another one again.
     
  13. clopper

    clopper Regular Member

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    If I was an old lady and only wanted internet service for email or browsing news sites text only I would still be using that computer today.
     
  14. 1link

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    use it as an extra screen or even just as a workstation. Workstation don't need to have a hard disk as they run directly from server. So you can have another of your computer work as a server and your laptop as workstation.
     
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    oxonbeef BANNED BANNED

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    Windows 5.1 FTW! it all started to go wrong after windows for workgroups.
     
  16. clopper

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    I sold it on ebay, the f*cker returned it saying the as is auction was too hard to read when it said hard drive unresponsive. Now I just want to keep it and bh with it if possible.
     
  17. mercdrew

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    you should still be able to netboot it

    http://netboot.sourceforge.net/english/index.shtml
     
  18. tony-raymondo

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    sell on ebay

    i've sold 5 broken laptops on ebay

    if the screen works, lots of guys buy them and fix them

    just describe its broken state adequately
     
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    boot it with ubuntulite livecd if you have a cd drive
     
  20. thesuccessboy

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    just sell it and then buy a new laptop by adding some money to to the money you have got.