What Creative Things Can I Do With a Broken Laptop?

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What Creative Things Can I Do With a Broken Laptop?
A broken laptop has several creative and useful functions. (Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Before you throw away your broken laptop, consider recycling it for a variety of uses to benefit yourself or others. If you have some technological skills, consider repurposing computer parts and fashioning another computer gadget, such as a digital photo frame. You can also donate your computer to charity or to science. Whatever you decide to do, don't throw the laptop away.

Digital Photo Frame

For computer savvy individuals who enjoy building machines from scratch, creating a digital photo frame is a fun and creative way to salvage way to your broken laptop computer. You'll have to essentially remove the screen from your computer and mount it to a customised frame. If the hard drive is still intact, you can upload photos and store them on the drive. You can only create this frame if your screen is still in tact.

Use as Second Monitor

If you want a second LCD computer monitor, save your money and convert your broken laptop into one. You'll have to take apart several components of the computer, so this project is not for computer newbies or those unfamiliar with working with electronic components. You will want to work slowly and methodically, making sure to keep track of all the screws and tiny parts for reassembly.


Many charity organisations, such as Computers With Causes, gladly accept donated laptops. They use these computers to help fund education and vocational projects. You can even send in your non-working computers to be used in community training labs. These donations are also tax-deductible, so you can even save money during tax time.

Multimedia Station

Convert your broken laptop into a portable media station. You need a laptop that has a video out ability, an RCA adaptor and a software program, such as GeeXboX, to run your media. With proper set up, you'll be able to listen to music and watch movies on your revamped screen.

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