I embarked on a very adventurous journey yesterday and I don´t really know what to think of it.
My ex-neighbour needed my help as she wanted to swap laptops with her daughter.
She has a laptop which I had put Linux Lite 6.4 on at the end of last May.
Her daughter on the other hand has an older one (about 10 ys old) on which I had
put Ubuntu on quite a long time ago.
Swapping laptops involved much work as personal data had to be saved and later put back on the new system etc.
Also: the daughter´s old laptop didn´t run well anymore (see below), so I applied the nuke-and-pave approach and put Linux Lite 6.4 on it as well.
All in all it was a 9 hours job.
Well here comes the “weird” part:
Whereas the mother´s laptop works very well the daughter´s old one has suffered tremendously in the past.
According to the daughter she dropped the laptop quite a while ago. After that incident the laptop incessantly gave off sparks.
Finally she decided it would be a good idea to have some “expert” attend the matter. He (or she) somehow managed to wiggle some loose parts out of the device and seemingly decided it should be fine now.
Well, the laptop´s lid seems to have suffered as well as it emits some weird crackling noises when being closed.
After that the daughter found out the charger wasn´t charging anymore and ordered a new one. Whether or not this new one was the correct charger for the laptop she didn´t pay much attention to.
She just used it but found out it didn´t charge properly (or at all?).
So she ordered a new battery, which fit physically, but might not have been the right one for the device either. No real charging effect again.
As a consequence she determined it would be a good idea to swap the laptop. Now, having her mother´s new one she seems happy but the mother is stuck with the “unfortunate” one now.
Well, as I said, I installed Linux Lite 6.4. on it, but due to some inconsistency in the power supply (as you can imagine) the installation process didn´t go smoothly.
Twice the internet connection was cut, the installation process suspended and the laptop´s screen went black.
I managed to get it going again by switching the device on two times more. After a minute or so the internet connection was re-established and the installation process resumed.
All of this happened twice, but magically Linux Lite could be installed successfully.
One thing that´s surely not right is a popup window incessantly blinking and providing information about the battery constantly charging and discharging.
It seems the laptop doesn´t get it´s power directly via mains but by the battery only. Yet as the battery is constantly charging and discharging it won´t get much higher than
I cannot imagine the poor old laptop can take it infinitely although this seems to have been the method applied by the daughter for some time now.
What would you think of it
Is there any future for this laptop at all
Many greetings from Rosika