News on the laptop front is that I have had a u-turn in what I intend to do!
Reasoning is thus....
Laptop has been getting very hot, and spare storage capacity is dwindling. I reckoned the idea of swapping the HDD to an SSD was sound, as it would (hopefully) run cooler, and give me the chance to up capacity from 250gb to 500gb,or even more. Also I didn't like the sound of a new laptop with W10 for reasons outlined above
Yesterday I decided I needed to have another go at cleaning the insides of the laptop out, in a hope of getting it to run cooler. All went well, following a detailed guide, until I unplugged the keyboard ribbon cable. The retaining clip came off rather than hinging up, mainly due to the fact that I didn't know it hinged! I was worried at this stage that the thing would fail on re-assembly, but carried on, finally getting access to the motherboard. I could see the fan through a gap in this, in all honesty not looking too mucky. At this point I chickened out, and after a cursory fan clean, began re-assembly. All went well until I tried to replace the retainer clip, which snapped in two. I tried a bodge repair (taped it in) but it didn't work - couldn't type anything. So then tried putting it roughly back in place and taping that, which gave me around half the keys. After this I found two old laptops and cannibalised them for the clips, but they weren't the same. In the end I have managed to get the two halves of the original clip more firmly seated, and taped over this, which has given me keyboard access back, but probably only until the tackiness of the tape gives up
So, I'm now looking at new laptops. I'm figuring that this one has a limited life now, as the keyboard could fail at any moment (and using a virtual one is nigh impossible) and it's still running very hot. I really don't want to give up some of my old programs and the idea of copying everything over is daunting. However, Gill reminded me this morning that she runs W10 on her machine and has Office 2003 successfully working on it, and perhaps it's about time I either gave up my CD database or at least migrated it to another program! Also, whatever the name for the media player on W10 is, I know that is capable of streaming all my mp3's to my Denon stereo, which this machine can't. As well as that, for some reason the network connection on here is getting flakier by the day, so that should improve
If I keep this machine I'll be taking it apart again to clean it, which could kill it. I could but a laptop cooling pad, but I might as well put that money towards a new one. Also if I went SSD, the price of a 1TB drive is around the price of a new machine, also with 1TB (albeit not SSD). What swung it was looking online for a 17" machine (like the one I have) and assuming they wouldn't exist but then finding that there are some on eBay, from Argos, which although refurbished, are new and come with a warranty.
I'd like to stick to Toshiba (not sure why, but we've had four Toshiba laptops now) and I can get one for £289Toshiba laptop
I could save £30 and get a similar HP, but would I regret it?!HP laptop
Any advice welcomed!