The posts I have written about my Toshiba Satellite have turned out to be some of the most popular articles per date. However in an effort to provide the useful information I wanted to share it appears I have damaged it beyond repair.
In my most recent hunt for information to find the CMOS jumpers on the board I got a little careless with static protection. Like didn’t use a static mat or a wrist strap. I believe this is what killed it as I could feel my hair gaining static the longer I worked on it. Not taking time to properly ground myself is certainly a probably cause.
So please take this as a warning. Don’t be lazy and always use proper safeguards when working with computers(or anything really). Knowing the stakes weren’t life or death I understood but underestimated the risk(as we all tend to do at times, right?). After all I had done this numerous times before without issue. However I did know this was a possible outcome, so I am not upset but this happening. Actually contrary, I am kind of glad I don’t have to worry about keeping this busted up, and falling apart machine. Now I don’t have to figure out how to fix all the broken plastic that was giving me grief as well as its other issues.
Not all is lost
For a reason I have yet to determine I am not sad at the loss of my laptop. Perhaps it was the low res screen, the poor durability or the hardware quirks that made it more of a relief to finally have it be over and no longer had to work with it. It is just a laptop, and I did only pay $350 for it 1.5 years ago and I feel I certainly have gotten my monies worth from it. I am actually a little excited to scavenge the hardware.
I’m not even mad that it’s gone. So let’s recap it’s slow decline and my experience with it.
I recently wrote a post on how I found my machine starting to fall apart. From numerous disassemblies the plastic has weakened, snapped and broken in numerous places. The heatsink guard has broken and some screw mounts broke free leaving a hinge to slowly eat away at its surrounding plastic.
This made the machine quite the pain to use. Creaking plastic and the risk of breakage was a concern every time I opened it. This didn’t sink in until about the 4th or so time I opened it did the plastic start to really fall apart. So to all of you who follow in my footsteps, please be aware and plan accordingly. From hinge and screw issues to the fan mount breaking the plastic declined rather fast. However I can’t blame it as it is marketed as nonuser serviceable.
The trackpad never seemed stable, ever. So although I did and still do recommend this machine and it’s brothers (for the right price) the one thing that is unavoidable is the trackpad. Only for a single week was I able to solve the issue it had with freezing. A portable or standard mouse solved the issue and would work for anyone who doesn’t use it lap only. However, if you could only use the trackpad it eventually got to the point that all bets were off and I had to find a way to use a mouse. A deal breaker for many for sure. Although I complain about the durability, most of that was my own doing anyway. So, this is the real main issue I had.
Low Resolution Screen
1333×768 doesn’t seem that small. Until you work with 1600×900 or higher screens daily. I quickly found getting any serious work done on this to be near impossible for my work habits. I know I got through college on a 1280 x 800 somehow, but I think Windows 8 UI got bigger or my patience for smaller screens got smaller. Either way, it is a huge issue for me and I will for sure want to get at least a 1080p screen on my next one.
This won’t be trashed, but salvaged. I can keep my M.2 wireless AC adapter as well as my 8GB of RAM to use in a new project(HTPC perhaps?). I also had it sporting a 240GB PNY XLR8 PRO SSD, which can now give my desktop some needed extra capacity. I am most excited about regaining this SSD as I need the fast storage and this frees it up without having to buy a new drive. Yay?
Positive Experience Overall
Although it’s weak plastic and possibly my carelessness with static protection caused it’s downfall I did rather enjoy this device. It was plenty powerful to do basic tasks and even could run games such as TF2 with ease under Windows and Linux. I did never get Windows 10 for it, but that’s ok as I didn’t figure it would last long enough to be bothered by it.
The combination of APU, actual upgradeability and ability to perform moderately taxing tasks was quite a surprise. It seemed to always be able to do the task at hand. Something that is expected, but for the price is a bit surprising. I am glad that I took the chance on it and it worked out well, even if it had a short useful life.
Unless it springs back to life sitting unused(I have had machines do that before), this laptop has reached the end and will be recycled. I hope my articles have been helpful to you and that what I have covers all your questions. Now it’s time for me to think of what comes next. Another upgrade project? A MacBook? No laptop? Time will tell, but for now I will continue to enjoy using my desktop as my daily driver.