Category Archives: Laptop

Fix: lenovo y560 laptop over heating problem

My Lenovo Y560 laptop started to over heat few days back. Here is simple fix (clean CPU fan).

remove back cover

remove fan cover, clean the fan vent. You can ether vacuum it or air blast.

Cleaning had lowered my CPU temperature quite a bit.

If this does not work for you, option 2 (from google search)
BIOS 71 > Some users reported heat problems after upgrading to the new BIOS version 71, since it seems that the fan speed is bugged in this version and downgrading to an older version should help.

A nice software to monitor Y560 temperature Link

What to do with your old laptop DIY

We all got one, so what do we do with old laptop… Some ideas..
You choice should be based on what is working on non working on the laptop, second how old it is. For most of these project you dont need battery anyway.

1. Photo Frame. This is what I have done with mine. It was very old laptop Intel P2 running on Win 98.
Link
If your laptop is old Win98SE type laptop, read the above link. It shows few trick how to get most out of old laptop.

2. If laptop has S-video or HDMI output use it as Media center. Play movies, divx, mp3, netflix and etc.
2.1 If newer install Windows 7 media center
2.2 If older, Install Linux distribution, then install Linux Media (linuxmce.com, xbmc.org, www.mythtv.org, List of top 5)

3. Use Laptop LCD as extra screen. This will require taking LCD out and buying LCD controller.
Link, or this link

4. Use Laptop LCD as secondary screen (software version)
The alternative is to use software to share your graphics card’s output over the network. To do this, you can use a free piece of software called ZoneScreen.

5. Upgrade memory. Use a memory checker, such as the one at www.crucial.com, to find out how much memory your laptop can handle, and what type you need. Order from Crucial or search for used memory on Ebay. Replacing laptop memory is easy.

6. If laptop has good size hard drive, could use it NAS storage server. Could attach USB external drives as well, or even use it as print server.
6.1 Install Windows, enable folder sharing
6.2 Install Free Nas, actually there is not installation for this. Insert CD in disk tray, and enable boot from CD. That’s all
Link on how to build cheap NAS server.

7. If newer, use it as CCTV security server. Could also use cheap USB cams to get started (see: 7.3).
7.1 Install Win XP, Install Blue Iris. Use as CCTV server (see my post on CCTV servers) CCTV Categories on right>
7.2 Install Linux distribution, install zoneminder Linux video camera security and surveillance solution
7.3 For simple/mini home surveillance use Yawcam (www.yawcam.com), a free program that works with most external webcams USB, and also the internal webcam on laptops. When the app senses motion, it will send a photo from the webcam to you as an e-mail.

8. home automation server
The system is controlled by software installed on your laptop, and a master unit which plugs into a wall socket and a USB or serial port on your laptop. You can find out more at www.domialifestyle.com

9. Kitchen PC

A cool way to reuse laptop. Link. “KitcheNET is a project which aims to provide an easy method to reuse obsolete laptops and desktops as a low power, limited feature, dedicated internet appliance for home use in say a kitchen. (internet, schedule, music station, etc)”

10. Audio Station
The easiest way to turn the laptop into an audio workstation is to install the Ubuntu Studio (www.ubuntostudio.org), which has many of the latest audio tools, plug-ins, and libraries for create MIDI and recorded audio tracks.

11. Stream Video to Video Game Consoles (Sony PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360)
TVersity (www.tversity.com) is one good piece of streaming software. For PS3 (and Xbox 360 owners) is PS3 Media Server (http://ps3mediaserver.blogspot.com/), it works well for streaming high-def video.
Note: you need an Intel Core 2 Duo processor-powered machine to support 1080p streaming

Fix laptop Keyboard Lenovo (fix stuck keys or simply clean your keybord)

Hi,
Just few days back had issues with my laptop keyboard (Lenovo Ideapad Y560p).
So here is simple How-to, hope it helps.. There is no universal repair guide because all keyboards are different.

To remove a key, simply push the bottom side of key UP. Slowly push up to ensure that back of key caps clips are not broken or the key retainer stays on the keyboard.

Each key is held in place by key retainer (in my case blue clip), the back of key cap has 4 small clips. And below each key there is a rubber (silicon membrane). If your keyboard keys are getting stuck, clean around silicon membrane, that should fix it.

To fix key retainer, put pressure on outside retainer and slide a smaller peace in. Make sure you dont break the left or right tip. Done one side at time.

To position key retainer on to the keyboard. First start from bottom side, the smaller inner retainer, and then push up to connect in place.

And finally, put the key cap on the retainer and snap the cap back in place

Order new keys
www.individualkeys.com

Digital Photo frame, reuse old laptop

Do you have unused or old laptop. This is simple but a nice way to reuse plus it looks nice. This was made about 4 years a go, but still works good.

I use old IBM P2 laptop, with 128Mb ram  and 300Mb hard disk..

The software:

Windows 98SE, Win 98 Lite (add on), Irfan View (+ loading/batch script), VNC.

Windows lite (http://www.litepc.com/). This is a nice tool that will strip down your old Windows 98 SE to be fast and stable system. Since you will only do slide shows this works great. My photo frame boots up and start slide show in less then 20 sec. Also, I installed VNC which is not must but a nice way to remote control the photo frame. Win 98SE + Lite gives an old and slow laptop a new life, also solves problems with finding new drivers for old laptops.

Get or order a basic photo frame. I recycled the old frame and just got new black cardboard edge. You could also get these from crafts shops or IKEA.

The goal was to keep the laptop in one peace as much as possible. Simply remove the LCD from laptop hinges and turned it around. Be careful with this since LCDs are attached by ribbon cable which breaks easy.  I will not post how-to for it since every laptop is different, but you should goole for it before you start the project.

Build a small frame to fix laptop to it. Used cheap angle profiles to secure the frame and laptop.

Connect a push button to laptop off/on switch. I soldered my directly to board.

Added WiFi card for easier administration and updated.

All done.

My other DIY projects with OLD laptop.

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