Fixing an old, for parts Laptop
- Boots to BIOS
- Really bright 1080p IPS screen
- i5 5300u Processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM (Soldered)
- No bottom cover
- Slightly damaged hinge (its loose but not broken)
- No HDD
- Non-working battery (only works when plugged in)
- Many scratches and scuffs, top corners of the lid are exposed due to breaking.
- Non-working Q-key
I quickly bought a replacement bottom cover for $30 (Felt like I overpaid for this) and slapped in a 2.5" SSD I had lying around, we were in business the thing boots, and barring the battery, cosmetic and keyboard problems it works just as any laptop. I keep looking at replacement parts and the prices are quickly adding up, if I were to replace the battery (and supposing it isn't more serious motherboard or connector damages), I could be looking at $120 for a barely working laptop (still scuffed and broken chassis, keyboard and hinge issues!), and a working version of this laptop can be had for roughly $160-200.
At this point is it just sunken cost fallacy? I can still use it plugged in as a sort of linux server, or I can attempt to restore it to a good working condition by sinking in even more money (while not cheap, but can serve as a reward all on it's own).