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Possible to put components of HP dv5t-1000 into new body?

by tenor747 / May 11, 2010 3:12 AM PDT

I have had my HP dv5t since August 2008. It has an intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4GHz Processor and I have 4 gigs of memory installed with integrated Intel 4 Express Graphics and a 250 gig hard drive. Basically, I love my laptop's performance and components, but the build of my laptop is sub par. The keyboard sticks and the hinge for the LCD lid is loose. As a college student I am also not thrilled with it's thickness and bulky design. I have had to send it in for repairs to HP using my warranty because of display interference with the hinge wearing out, but the problem continues to return. Is there any way I can use the components in my laptop now in a new body that won't cause me so much trouble, or is it cheaper to simply buy a new laptop? I have considered sending it in for repairs to HP again, but after 3 "repairs" I have lost faith in their ability to solve the bad design problem.

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I'm going with no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 11, 2010 3:16 AM PDT

Unlike desktops, laptops use custom parts and cases. You can't put this motherboard and such into another laptop case.

My advice is to extend the warranty or plan for this laptop's eventually end.

What many don't get is we get these machines for a discount. That discount means that some models don't hold up well to daily use of the laptop lid and transport.

There are laptops that are better built but you pay...

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You get what you paid for...
by Willy / May 11, 2010 11:22 AM PDT

Laptops are not made to be really upgraded in the sense of desktops. They pretty much are as they're offered. While you could take out the HD and re-use as ext. one or as spare storage, I thought anything else is swappable. In light of the persistent repairs and probably warranty is going out, then consider a new laptop. If you shop around, a bargain could be had and maybe be similar or better than what you currently have. The money spend on an extended warranty is up to you after a new purchase, but is offered at least 30days after purchase. It all depends of course on your budget, but after 3 repairs and the hinge is busted, well you better buy a more robust laptop. Also, it doesn't hurt to treat your laptop with TLC. Beware HP and Compaq while low in price tend to be low quality as well, IMHO. They seem to be effected in ways that only quality suggests is lacking. I have an Acer with good results and always liked IBM(Lenevo) and LifeBooks(Toughbook) are robust. Up to you and decent shops/stores offer hands-on testing if available in your area, like OfficeMax, Office Deport, Staples, and others.

tada -----Willy Happy

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