Friday, July 29, 2011

How To Scrap A Laptop

 In this post i'll make a guide on how to scrap a laptop.

 Laptops nowadays can do anything a desktop computer can, some can perform even better, they were created to be a portable computer and are now outselling desktops. New and better laptops are being created every year now, meaning people are upgrading and selling their old laptops or throwing them away, so go and hunt for some broken or used laptops! Of course you can find them on eBay, craigslist, and some sites sell them in bulk for a low price, if your lucky you can find some thrown away around your area on garbage day, i've found a few broken laptops this way.

 Laptops has almost everything a desktop has, except it doesn't have any PCI boards or power supply box. It uses a battery to supply its power. Also, older laptops tend to have more metal than newer laptops. Remember, always check if any components on the laptop work! It will always be worth more selling it as is, than selling it as scrap. Here are the components that will fetch you the most money and whats in them. For a more in-depth explanation check Computer E-Scrap

  • RAM - Gold Connectors
  • Heat Sink - Usually Copper or Aluminum sometimes Brass
  • Hard Drive - Aluminum, Steel, Palladium, High Grade Board. Some laptops have internal hard drives.
  • Disk Drive - High Grade Board
  • AC Adapter - Has a Small Transformer
  • CPU - Has Gold
  • Motherboard  - Has Gold
  • Battery Connector - Has Gold
  • Mini PCI Wireless Card - Has gold rings
  • Antennas - Tips of these wires have gold
  • Laptop LCD - Has Copper or Aluminum sheeting
 Now your next step is to take apart the laptop. Some laptops are easy to take apart, some are pretty complicated, in this guide i'll tell you the easy and quick way to open your laptop up by just unscrewing and ripping it apart by force, but if you want to do it the neat way and don't wanna damage the laptop check out this great site, it explains how to take apart specific laptop models in detail.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic To take apart your laptop start by taking out the covers on the bottom, once you do that it should look like something the picture to the right. The CPU should be under the Heat Sink, and the rest the picture should explain. Now taking out everything.

  • RAM  - loosen the plastic tabs and pull it out
  • Heat Sink - take out the screws and pull it out
  • CPU - some laptops have levers to pull and it pops out, and some you have to unscrew 1/4 of the way for it to pop out
  • Mini PCI Wireless Card - take out the antennas and loosen the plastic tabs and pull it out. Throw this in with your high grade boards pile.
  • Hard Drive - It should come out just by taking it out and then pulling it out. If that makes sense? But you'll know what I mean.     
  • Disk Drive - There should be a tab that you can push, and the tab should pop out when pushed, then you pull the tab and the disk drive should come out too
  • Motherboard - To take this out, you have to take out the rest of the screws on the bottom of the laptop, and then just rip out the whole cover by force, it should be easy, now just take out the rest of the screws and wires connecting it to the LCD and take out the motherboard.
  • Antennas - You can just rip these out easily and cut off the gold tips, I usually throw these in with my gold fingers pile.
  • Battery Connector - This is the piece on the motherboard that connected the battery, you can cut this out. I throw this in with my gold fingers pile. 
  • AC Adapter - This is Kind of Like the power supply in desktops for Laptops, you can throw this into pile #6 and further scrap it.
  • LCD - Now I don't think the LCD has any value unless it works, correct me if i'm wrong, but it does have some antennas and copper or aluminum sheeting that you can take out. It should look like something like the bottom picture when you take everything out connected to it.   

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 Now that you've taken everything out you should sort it out for selling. Check out the computer E-scrap guide to see how sort and sell these items for the most money. Now go and have fun scrapping your laptop!


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  7. Thanks for posting this information! I'm thinking of getting rid of my hunk of scrap metal in Minneapolis this next month. I'd really like to get a new laptop for Christmas!

  8. Thanks for the useful info! Scrapping junk can have lots of benefits. There is a great scrap metal place in Minneapolis.

  9. There are actually some benefits when you’re about to scrap a computer. You can keep some parts like its RAM or HD, and you can use these hardware devices on another laptop or make the HD an external backup. However, if you can’t think of any good use for it, selling your old laptop would be the only option. Selling it would be more beneficial, at least financially, than scrapping.
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  14. This is a cool post!! Maybe I will try to do something similar to putting together a laptop. I'm always up for a challenge. Would you know of a place with scrap metal in Port Orchard, WA ?

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  16. Very interesting information. I have been thinking about scrap metal recycling in Aurora IL. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.

  17. Thanks. We always think that we have to simply toss our old laptops in the dustbin! Boy was I proven wrong when I went to a scrap metal Port Orchard WA company who gave me 20 bucks for my old year 1998 Sony Viao.
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  18. Interesting. I need some scrap metal in Surrey. Do you know of a good place?

  19. Great post, it was good to read about. But how much scrap metal are you usually able to get from scrapping a lap top? Because it doesn't sound like it would be that many.

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  21. Thanks so much for sharing this great information! I have been really interested in finding out more about scrap metal recycling in Philadelphia, PA... Where can I go for that?

  22. When you are looking to get rid of your extra scrap metal take it to recycling. Getting rid of your scrap metal the right way is so much better for the environment and you can reuse it all. Knowing that you can reuse it and it will not go to waste is a great thing to know.

  23. I want to get into scrapping. I will have to talk to the people who recycle scrap metal in Surrey and see all what they know! I have heard it is very lucrative!

  24. That is really cool that you can even use a laptop as scrap metal. I did not know that you could send that in for scrap metal at all. I know if you are looking for a place that deals with scrap metal, I know of a great place to go. There is this site called that can help you out and all you have to do is contact them and see what they can do for you.

  25. My brother is very interested in scrap metal and what you can do with it. He has a lot of different types of projects that he wants to complete in the next few weeks. Would you happen to know where he can find scrap metal near Melbourne?

  26. I would really like to get rid of some of my old junk. It seems like they are definitely going towards a good purpose. Where can I donate locally.

  27. I never knew that there was any gold in my laptop! I'm astounded that there is so much! I can't believe I've been letting my old worthless laptop collect dust when I could have gotten some money for it. I'm fixing that right away.

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  28. This is way interesting! I didn't know that broken old computer could be so valuable. But that makes me wonder, do they not include the price of these valuable metals in the machine? I mean, I know there aren't large amounts, but if there's enough to make money from scrapping it...
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  29. This is great to know. I didn't even know there was a specific way to scrap a laptop. I usually just hit it with a bat to smash it to pieces and then threw it away.

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  30. Thanks for the detail! I was never interested in scrapping until I got to college, and I watched kids throw away printers, laptops, and ipods/ipads constantly when they didn't work. I figured there has to be some way to make money off of this-- looks like I was right!

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  31. I've been trying to figure out what to do with my old laptop. I've had the same used PC for the past 5 years. Now it's time for it to retire. One of my friends is into taking apart computers. He's not exactly pro, so I think I'll have him take a look at this article for reference. This is some interesting information. I didn't know that you could loosen the plastic tabs and pull them out from the RAM. I always thought it was a piece that was permanently attached to the computer. The computer E-scrap guide will be helpful when I decide the disassembled computer parts.

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  32. Wow I had no idea that a laptop could have so much scrap metal in it. I thought that most of technology is just plastic with the circuitry on it, but I guess not all of it is! I think I may be able to get some extra aluminum from a spare laptop I have collecting dust on my shelf.

  33. Scrapping metal is an interesting concept. Metal is such a great recyclable. It can be used again for many different things. One of my favorite uses of scrap metal is to build it into sculptures.
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  34. My grandpa has a ton of extra scrap metal lying around his property. We are trying to find some ways to scrap it, but we don't really know the process of how to go about doing that. Even though this is about a laptop, it still has some great insights that will help us to know what to do.

  35. This is pretty cool stuff. Soon, I'll be getting a new laptop, and I didn't know how to recycle the part. Turns out, they really are worth something.

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