The question was asked "How long does a laptop last?"
Answers varied from "3 feet to the pavement" to some number of years. Not a single reply said these things were much over 4 years of expected life.
-> Your post writes the motherboard was compromised but I can't tell how you can to that conclusion.
The answer is sadly it will last till it doesn't work or fulfill your needs. The real question is will you lose anything if the laptop simply vanished? That is, how good is your backup plan?
Thanks for reading this.
I have a Dell Inspiron 600m purchased in 2003. Admittedly, maintenance has been haphazard at best, but it was doing the job well enough until a couple years ago. I put off reinstalling the OS (Windows XP Pro) until last fall when a tech friend took a look and prognosd, "It's toast." We reinstalled XP anyway and cleaned out all the malware. We updated network connections (and my DSL modem, also old) but we lost the integrated sound card in the process. With the motherboard so compromised, anyone care to speculate on how much longer this poor old machine has before she gives up the ghost? So you know, I'm not a heavy duty user, just a music travel writer with lowres media needs (no video, some field recordings). All advice welcome. - Thanks.