I am cleaning house and have an 11 year old Toshiba laptop that still works. But it only has 64mb of RAM, a CD reader (not writer), and an old floppy drive.
I was going to give it to my housekeeper's son who needs a PC, but all his home work has to be on a USB flash. So is there anything I can do to update it? If so, what and how much will it cost? Or is the expense not worth it, and I just need to do a wipe disk on it and take it to the city's electronics dump? Thanks for any input.
By Fran from Dallas
Since the laptop is 11+ years old it would be way too expensive to have it upgraded. If I were you, I'd just get rid of it.
The laptop will never be capable of supporting USB devises. That said the boy can't use it. However, the laptop can be upgraded a bit and still be useful. You don't even need to do the upgrading. Some schools offer computer tech classes to students (especially at colleges where you can get, forgot the name, license to repair PCs). You can give it to a boys/girls club. Your local library might have a need/use for it. If it works it still has value. A nursing home might be interested in it for the elderly to use. Don't toss it just yet. If nothing else a youngster of the family (niece, cousin) might be interested in just taking it apart to see what makes it tick. That might give them the fever to learn more and become technicians or programmers.
My husband is a computer programmer. He stated the unit is really to old to be investing trying to upgrade. It is more feasible for you to just buy a new computer.
What is wipe disk and how do you do it? I''m giving my old computer to my daughter and would like to get some personal info. off.
Don't forget to take out the old HD and destroy it so your old information isn't leaked to someone looking for that stuff.
Thanks for all the input. I will do a wipe disk to remove all the data, pull out the hard drive and crush, and then take to the appropriate city dump for electronics. The price of a a basic desk top would be less than any investment I'd make in the PC and my time. Plus, Microsoft no longer supports Windows 98 and I was not successful when I tried to update Internet Explorer. Thanks again!
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