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Worth fixing this old laptop?

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I don't think it's worth the trouble. Too many things that can go wrong, also laptops with ISO keyboard will at best just sell on a local market, not internationally. Just strip the RAM, wifi card, and SSD and sell/reuse those instead. Rest can be sold as is or recycled.

I'm trying to make some money and I have an old laptop I could sell. It works but there's some problems. The battery is completely dead and I think the motherboard could also use replacement. The battery won't charge past 0% because I left it unused at 0% for over a year. Can I fix that without replacing? The reason I'm thinking about replacing the motherboard is because the power LED doesn't work because of a missing pin, on first boot it instantly shuts down sometimes and near the power connector there is a burn mark. Also the thing holding the CMOS is extremely fragile, as soon as I put in the CMOS it still resets BIOS when losing power (though I think it's working now but who knows what that will be like in the future). Is it worth fixing it when selling or will I pay more than I earn?

 

Specs:

Asus K53SC-SX404V

i5-2430M

8gb DDR3

GT520MX (might be different when replacing motherboard)

120gb Crucial BX500 or 750gb WD Scorpio Blue, not sure which one I'm going to put in it

 

Prices for fixes:
Battery, €30 incl shipping

Motherboard, €60 incl shipping. I only found some boards on Aliexpress, can I trust it?

GPU Powercolor RX 6600 | CPU i5-10400F Motherboard B460M Pro4Memory HyperX Fury RGB 16gb 3200 | Storage MX500 500gb, Barracuda 2tb | PSU RM650x (2018) CPU cooler Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition | Case Some cheap Antec Monitor AOC C24G2U | Mouse G703 HeroKeyboard Drevo Seer Max (Gateron Brown) | Headset Arctis 3 (2019)Mousepad QCK Edge XL

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i'd be very cautious about buying old laptop Motherboards off an online marketplace like Aliexpress, you might be best off making a Decision by looking at what the same laptop is being sold for online and comparing it to the costs of Repairing it.

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I don't think it's worth the trouble. Too many things that can go wrong, also laptops with ISO keyboard will at best just sell on a local market, not internationally. Just strip the RAM, wifi card, and SSD and sell/reuse those instead. Rest can be sold as is or recycled.

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Not worth it money wise, but would absolutely be a fun project.

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