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I wanted to refurb/repurpose my old gaming laptop (~7 years old). I don't need it for gaming anymore but it'd be nice to have something lightweight and easy to watch netflix on, play with/learn Linux, etc. Nothing video gaming related and nothing computationally intensive.
The main problems with it is that it is super slow (long boot time), has malfunctioning keyboard keys, and runs very hot.
To fix these problems I've come up with the following:
- Replace old HDD with a small cheap ( < $70) SSD
- Replace old keyboard (found one for ~$20 on amazon). Looks like I will be losing the backlighting but not a huge deal
- Increase amount of RAM. It currently has 4 GB (2x 2GB sticks) of DDR2 SDRAM. Would increasing this speed up the overall performance of the laptop? Should 4 GB be fine for what I am describing? Will any type of DDR2 SDRAM work in it?
As far as heat goes, would it be feasible to turn off/disconnect the video card so that it doesn't generate heat? I know that some CPUs can run integrated/onboard graphics so I thought that iwas a possibility. It'd be alright with me since I won't be doing anything that requires 3D graphics, just videos on netflix/youtube. The sticker on my laptop says "Intel Centrino 2" Does anyone know if this CPU supports onboard graphics?
I appreciate any and all input on this. Please feel free to educate me if I got anything wrong or misused any words/terms!