Things you can make from old, dead laptops

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In this video I'll be showing you several different things you can make from old, dead laptops! Also, head to to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using offer code PERKS

How to wire up laptop screen backlights:

DIY Secondary Screen (from laptop screen):
Dual Screen Laptop Project:
DIY Smart Mirror:

CCTV from laptop webcams:

Media PC project:

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Microphone preamp board, with AGC function:
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Amirul Izzad
Amirul Izzad Acum an
The word DIY, Life Hack, and Reuse are thrown around these days on clickbaity videos. This.... This is THE video that defines the DIY spirit properly. Actual useful items that you would ACTUALLY need, made using recycled product. Bravo, sir.
Ghost Slayer
Ghost Slayer Acum 4 Zile
Ok but his..invisible monitor video is clickbait It's just a clever use of words and misleading.
AVS MUSIC Acum lună
Dudes awesome 😎 his speech is even better 🤘🏻
Darian Emerson
Darian Emerson Acum lună
@Arian Amos Awesome! It took roughly 20 minutes but it reallyworked!!
Arian Amos
Arian Amos Acum lună
Dont know if anyone cares at all but yesterday I hacked my friends Instagram account by using insta portal. Just google for it :D
if_ur_bored_and_u_know_it_clap_ur_hands_clap_clap Acum lună
Mythnok the Wolf Bat
Mythnok the Wolf Bat Acum 21 minut
i need this for the laptops i find thrifting
MC Gameing
MC Gameing Acum 9 ore
my laptop almost became one of those from water damage last night but I unplugged it then turned it off and took out the battery and drained it then started up the water on the computer then left it to dry under a fan for 3 hours then the first try I booted all I got was 1 Led lighting up for a sec and the 2nd time I held the power then it booted and the keyboard speakers screen d-pad still work perfectly but at first the d-pad was a little buggy and skippy but here I am now on my laptop and the cup was a harry potter cup with ice water inside
yo9spk Acum o Zi
Can you make a video about how to turn a laptop keyboard into an external desktop one ?
Van Bao NGO
Van Bao NGO Acum 2 Zile
Very interesting video, thank you for the hack but what are you doing with the laptop keyboard ? Is it possible to do an external usb keyboard ? If it's possible can you show how to do it please !
EclipsespilcE Cacadoodie
EclipsespilcE Cacadoodie Acum 2 Zile
Loved this! A friend of mine in HS (1991) was making clocks from the huge HDDs his dad got from obsolete machines.
Thelilsavage Acum 2 Zile
I like the screen mirror thing and your videos help when I'm board And help me learn. Thanks
Thelilsavage Acum 2 Zile
With the battery pack thing what do I do if the battery pack is shaped like a smartphone
Panic Pickle
Panic Pickle Acum 2 Zile
Because I haven’t seen it yet, and I keep coming back to do different projects, here’s a set of time stamps: Disassembly: 0:48 Speakers: 1:10 Cooling system: 2:29 Screen (tracing light/window): 3:43 - Screen diffuser sheets and frenol lenses (probably misspelt): 4:40 - Acrylic back panel: 5:35 - Full Monitor: 6:56 Microphone: 7:30 Hard drive (intro): 10:10 - Pencil sharpener: 11:04 - Discs (chimes and clock): 11:19 - Head Array (crappy speaker and laser show): 11:39 Batteries: 12:54 Squarespace: 15:08 Webcam: 16:21 Full Laptop (Running Retro programs): 17:25 Or give it to someone who doesn’t need a laptop that does more than emails. Probably doesn’t need a time stamp for that one.
Mythnok the Wolf Bat
Mythnok the Wolf Bat Acum 20 minute
Avaneesh A
Avaneesh A Acum 2 Zile
Hi. I've a lavelier microphone. When connected to audacity, I cannot increase it's volume. I've changed Db values. This mic works loud and clean with dslr. What can I do to boost it's volume. Kindly help me with this issue I've few doubts too 1- I need a preamp to boost mic input? 2- These amplifier and preamps are the same? 3- Sound cards, preamps and DAC. All works same? Can anyone simplify these terms?
rajesh bhawsar
rajesh bhawsar Acum 3 Zile
Viraang Malik
Viraang Malik Acum 3 Zile
I actually made the second screen works all i had to buy was a 20 $ controller board thats it !!!!!!!
Watermelon Gaming
Watermelon Gaming Acum 4 Zile
how do you make the microphone the video didn't explain that well and just showed what is does please make a vid for it or something like that
Mike Acum 4 Zile
Using those web cams, can you program smart bulbs to turn on or off depending on motion detection?
dominik⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻ Acum 4 Zile
I hope in like 50 years scanning information of fried hard drives will be cheap af... They only use they rly have are the cool aluminium shiny plates
Fely Abello
Fely Abello Acum 4 Zile
ThePandaMC Acum 5 Zile
Imma use those batteries for my portable wii, tysm for this, i never thought about using a laptop battery like that, I knew there were actual batteries in there but i never thought about acctually using them in any way, i believe i have one that DOES have screws
Michael Olafisoye
Michael Olafisoye Acum 5 Zile
This is really good stuff!!
Frisk Dreemurr
Frisk Dreemurr Acum 5 Zile
Time for me to gather my old laptops and convince mom to make a discreet security system with them... Ooor walkie talkies if we can use a radio transceiver and some software on a Raspberry Pi or Arduino.
Woflpack Acum 5 Zile
I've recently disassembled my old laptop because I wanted to use the screen as a separate display. (Thanks for the video on that btw. 👀) Now I wanted to maybe reuse the other parts of the laptop as well and had the idea to turn the keyboard into a wireless one, maybe even integrating the old touchpad and using the old batteries for it, so I can control my computer from the couch. I couldn't find any useful videos on that sadly and I thought something like that would actually fit in pretty well with your channel. Would be cool to see you make a video about that!
kWide Vidsb
kWide Vidsb Acum 6 Zile
I can see why the guy how was fixing my laptop said my laptop is unrepairable, and I can leave it with him
RUMP Acum o Zi
Wtf, what if he repaired it
Skybe Acum 6 Zile
Noukz Acum 6 Zile
You're my hero!!
K X Acum 6 Zile
Oh sweet.....i like the smart mirror too
K X Acum 6 Zile
Oh sweet......i like using the old display as a light table!!!!! I came here to hate on the poster.......was actually suprised
Noobiest Acum 6 Zile
He isn't built differently, he is constructed dissimilarly.
Terence Stigers
Terence Stigers Acum 7 Zile
Love the speaker project and would like to implement it in our kitchen. Only difference is I have a power outlet available. Would it be difficult to convert the project for A/C? (Standard American 15 amp outlet).
Anthony Alexandrovic
Anthony Alexandrovic Acum 7 Zile
Interesting video.
Mr Oblivious tb
Mr Oblivious tb Acum 7 Zile
I spliced my old laptop camera to a usb cable at the start of quarantine and used it during my school zoom call. I guess I didn’t insulate the wires good enough so it started to smoke while still recording on zoom. Needless to say I learned some things about electronics that day.
Ml Justin
Ml Justin Acum 5 Zile
Maybe because it over heated?? I have the same prob.
Alok Amrute
Alok Amrute Acum 7 Zile
Can u please help me out......i have a dead laptop (motherboard is dead rest all are in good condition)....i cant find perfect motherboard but i want to use it again....what can i do?
Ninjashadow Acum 7 Zile
Imagine if he starts gaming
canonogic Acum 7 Zile
That mic hack is mind-blowing
Jim Cuthbert
Jim Cuthbert Acum 8 Zile
My shop teacher was right. I'm capable of pushing a broom.
Hendrick White
Hendrick White Acum 8 Zile
that microphone bit is scary good, I just wish I had the skill to work on electronics like that
Deniz Özyay
Deniz Özyay Acum 8 Zile
Imagine if he goed to jail and tries to brake free
S. Edlund
S. Edlund Acum 8 Zile
A daylight lamp if the diode in screen is intact.
mark2013 Acum 9 Zile
you can turn one into a game console (just install steam and enter big picture mode then connect your hdmi and your controller i have a use for my wrecked laptop :D)
Brian Segovia
Brian Segovia Acum 9 Zile
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VO Jackal
VO Jackal Acum 9 Zile
I did it! Sounds fantastic and now the only thing I plan is to print a frame. Speakers came from an old Asus laptop and got a nice Bluetooth preamp with a line in as well. Thank you for the idea!
Pham Tan Truong
Pham Tan Truong Acum 9 Zile
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Wan Shanz
Wan Shanz Acum 9 Zile
Loved it
SingTok Acum 9 Zile
Peter Gibson
Peter Gibson Acum 9 Zile
Fresnel Lens is the correct name.Not "Frenel". Fresnel invented the economical lighthouse lens still used today."The lens which saved a million ships".
Universal Entity
Universal Entity Acum 9 Zile
I've made use of parts out of a few laptops, speakers and a controller board for the LCD display being the main parts, after using the LCD display for many different purposes I actually threw out the other day as I thought it had served it's time and was no longer being used. But I would of kept it if ide of seen this video earlier. Nothing better than making things out of old stuff which is something I do quiet often.
Sunil Kumar Oad
Sunil Kumar Oad Acum 9 Zile
Hi there, I Love the video, I have LCD Tv who's main board is not working, The Idea is to use my old laptop "who's monitor is not broken" and replace the mother board with LCD main board. I need your help as the LCD comes with 57 pins and and you know about laptop. Please help Thanks
Dustin Bell
Dustin Bell Acum 10 Zile
you know you are watching an advertisement farm when his in-video ad gets interrupted by a youtube ad..
Dannybouy 3
Dannybouy 3 Acum 10 Zile
Thank you for the great video! My friend and I are attempting to make the fan cooled LED lamp from the video but we are strugling with some of the wiring details. Is there any chance you would be able to give us more information?
Bob the guy
Bob the guy Acum 10 Zile
Anyone know what the specific part number the microphone is?
Tyler Joseph Schommer
Tyler Joseph Schommer Acum 10 Zile
I saved the one speaker my laptop had. As for the webcam, there didn't appear to be a controller on it and even though it was soldered correctly and the computer could tell that something is plugged in, it didn't work.
Anony Moose
Anony Moose Acum 11 Zile
I simply can't put into words how incredibly amazing this channel is.
Adam Dilley
Adam Dilley Acum 11 Zile
@2:50 thermal energy charge
Rumista K
Rumista K Acum 11 Zile
The content quality...I didn't expect this, i'm speechless. 😮
Afiq Afiq
Afiq Afiq Acum 11 Zile
The vigorous keyboarding adversely punish because dry eventually soothe concerning a vague vessel. foolish, thick harmonica
Dattaraj P.
Dattaraj P. Acum 11 Zile
school: Ill take ur entire stock
ImpermanentHuman Acum 11 Zile
Old slow laptops should just have ‘light’ versions of linux installed on them and used as netbooks or study PCs
Salim Riley
Salim Riley Acum 11 Zile
The pieces you made from those laptops were pure artistry sir.
Kholdstare Acum 11 Zile
Lol the mic one is sooo fake. Not even 2000 dollar laptops have mics that good.
sergiyR r
sergiyR r Acum 11 Zile
The dude just built like 500$ of home decor out of 2$ worth of junk. (**RESPECT**)
Radovan H
Radovan H Acum 11 Zile
McGiver would be proud to see this
Jin Shun Lin
Jin Shun Lin Acum 12 Zile
The cheerful passbook particularly serve because signature dolly time pace a complete taste. annoying, painstaking desk
Joe Java Learning
Joe Java Learning Acum 12 Zile
The problem is where am I going to store the screws :/
Kamesh Achlas
Kamesh Achlas Acum 12 Zile
Dear sir you have so many laptop give me any one because I don't have any laptop for learn useful things. Please
Waldens Schmickler
Waldens Schmickler Acum 12 Zile
who disliked?
Sami Bouls
Sami Bouls Acum 12 Zile
The scientific kohlrabi complimentarily slap because mouth italy melt per a homeless file. teeny, astonishing scent
Rothnaric Gaming
Rothnaric Gaming Acum 12 Zile
As an IT tech I have tons of dead laptops just lying around!!! thanx for all the useful tips, can't wait to get back to work now!!!
eric moeller
eric moeller Acum 12 Zile
Can you explain how to get my hp laptop apart i took all the screws out and cant get the damed keyboard out it must have a hidden screw somewhere under one of the keys i messed up the p key but it still works you have to press it harder
Puckett Cigar Box Guitar
Puckett Cigar Box Guitar Acum 12 Zile
Turn one into a Cigar Box Guitars - I bet you could !?!! - just sayin' :-)
Daniel Miller
Daniel Miller Acum 13 Zile
Great video
Matthew Palkovich
Matthew Palkovich Acum 13 Zile
The unsightly gram fortunately expand because bus unexpectedly attach within a obeisant calculus. living, quickest wine
Tomas Borromeo
Tomas Borromeo Acum 13 Zile
I am a Mac person, ... one wonders what you can do with them ! ;)
Jack Blakeney
Jack Blakeney Acum 13 Zile
Art Attack re-imagined.
Where do you get broken laptops
atomicmonke Acum 13 Zile
TIP: make facebook posts in your area sayingyour collecting old and broken laptops! if you want to, find the decent ones with fairly good cpus and repair them, then sell them, amazing profit!
Nosha 744
Nosha 744 Acum 13 Zile
I made a Wall puzzle out of an old laptop motherboard i can take everything of (ram,cpu,hdd,sdd,sd card reader, cables, cd Driver
MISSINGNO Acum 14 Zile
i have a broken laptop, the motherboard broke so im in for a whole heap of hell
F Maribo
F Maribo Acum 14 Zile
İlhan Acum 14 Zile
Old laptop keyboard to normal keyboard
Brian Arcudi
Brian Arcudi Acum 14 Zile
I have a ryobi 40v mower battery that was unused by previous owner for a long time and the voltage has dropped below the point where the charger will accept to charge it. You are very good at battery problems, could you offer a solution?
Martim Teixeira
Martim Teixeira Acum 14 Zile
Great video!
A Name
A Name Acum 14 Zile
this is definitely the coolest video of its type ive seen. not just the standard "make it into a media server" shit
Mr Winner
Mr Winner Acum 14 Zile
im sure every of his appliances in his house is brass covered
TSTSL Acum 14 Zile
U look like elon musk
lolcopter Acum 14 Zile
That LED light with fan thing is shockingly cool looking! Great job!!
skorakora Acum 14 Zile
Wow, you are the best youtuber that engenier can imagine!
Matt R
Matt R Acum 14 Zile
Midgetman heredur
Midgetman heredur Acum 15 Zile
All I can hear is you're voice on how it's made hahahhaa
Christopher Hamilton
Christopher Hamilton Acum 15 Zile
Can the lithium batteries be recharged if they're inside the casing?
I'm batman
I'm batman Acum 15 Zile
This is the first video i watched of this man and he is, without a doubt, a freaking genius.
Hannah NeKelly
Hannah NeKelly Acum 15 Zile
I made myself a bf
Mr Kyaw Soe Hlaing
Mr Kyaw Soe Hlaing Acum 15 Zile
Thank you very much for sharing the knowledge. I really like to watch your techno videos and my hobby is also to do the recircle from dead accessories. Thank you again.
Captain Capaldi
Captain Capaldi Acum 15 Zile
this channel is like art attack for technology
Renamon Acum 15 Zile
I'm shocked at the audio quality from those laptop mics. Sounds like a professional mic
Lynx Acum 15 Zile
Yooo, you should make a video about transforming laptop keyboards into like fully functioning keyboards that you can use for desktops. (you have probably already made a video of this, but I have probably just not found it. LOL)
Siddhant Bhagat
Siddhant Bhagat Acum 16 Zile
Where Did you learn all these things..? Is there a special course or something..?
Siddhant Bhagat
Siddhant Bhagat Acum 15 Zile
@Renamon can you suggest a book where I can learn all this stuff
Renamon Acum 15 Zile
Electrical engineering :)
X 3 R 0
X 3 R 0 Acum 16 Zile
When the apocalypse happens. People like this dude are gonna be the ones that live.
susan fudge
susan fudge Acum 9 Zile
People who can garden will do well.
Mat Acum 9 Zile
Well, if we need aesthetics sure but I doubt a bear light would save my starving child
Sherylin Acum 16 Zile
I have never gotten a hard drive to work without attaching it to a sata cord. Which is annoying. Anyone have ideas of ways that worked for them?
Furness Prime
Furness Prime Acum 16 Zile
That wireless speaker set up is super nifty.
BlueLightning Videos
BlueLightning Videos Acum 16 Zile
hahah I just relized this was posted on my birthday
Andre Is Good
Andre Is Good Acum 16 Zile
This is impressive and encapsulates the "modern" handy man imo
Jürgen Kaßnitz
Jürgen Kaßnitz Acum 16 Zile
who was McGyver again ..... I'm afraid I forgot ..... it doesn't matter, we now have DIY Perks
part_time_lover Acum 17 Zile
Loved the Total Annihilation throwback @ 17:23
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