built to last

built to last, originally uploaded by Michael Clark.

I bought this sempron processor (= not very good) laptop in the summer of 2006 for a whopping $900+  after taxes. Since then both hinges have busted and I prop it up with two pieces of lego (underneath) and a cabinet (behind).

I don’t get excited over buying computer stuff these days, so if it works, I’ll probably keep using it.

One thing I noticed was that my fan was getting loud and the laptop hotter than usual.

After trying to take the back off (generally not a good idea!), I decided to vacuum it at the main air vent.I figured that some accumulated gunk might be laboring the fan.

Well, I was right. The machine is running silent and cool!

But both hinges are still busted…


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