Things you can make from old, dead laptops


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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  • Amirul Izzad
    Amirul Izzadปีที่แล้ว

    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.

  • ArdePiertje


    6 วันที่ผ่านมา


  • mace is stupid n

    mace is stupid n

    4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    i love it

  • Jerry Cox

    Jerry Cox

    4 หลายเดือนก่อน


  • Renato Fabri

    Renato Fabri

    5 หลายเดือนก่อน

    @TLeeyah O haha wow youre so smart! you came to that conclusion by yourself?

  • zickbone


    5 หลายเดือนก่อน

    sometimes i get annoyed that i'm a bit of a twat and can't throw away computer stuff, and then you stumble upon a video like this and the laptops, tablets and old screens you have taking up space doesn't bother me as much. i'm still lazy so most likley wont get around to actually doing some light panels for when i start streaming, but it still makes be feel better.

  • Babsie
    Babsie2 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

    nooo the x220 never dies

  • RustytheFoxCoon

    You should make a video on using the old PC body to make a retro gaming emulator with a Rasbery Pi. You could make a MONSTER set up for that with amazing storage!

  • Jammit Timmaj
    Jammit Timmajวันที่ผ่านมา

    Two more interesting things: If it has a Windows product key sticker, you can apply the code to a new install on a new machine (not sure why you would need an older Windows version, but meh). After you install Windows it will want to register with Microsoft to see if the key is valid. If it doesn't validate, try to validate again but instead of validating over the internet choose to phone Microsoft. After you answer all of the questions the automated system asks you, it should finish by asking you if this version of Windows is installed on one machine (it is) or if you've changed any hardware (you have). After selecting yes it will then go on to have you type in a special code onto the machine and you'll be verified and registered correctly. What happened is Microsoft originally had that product key registered to a different machine. Since that machine "blew up" and you installed it on another machine Microsoft thinks you've tried to install it twice and doesn't know the old machine has been destroyed. After you use the phone in option and told the automated system you've changed hardware, Microsoft will transfer the product key from the old system to the new one. This is not illegal and is a legitimate way to re-install Windows, migrate to a new machine, or let's you re-register after a major system upgrade. You can download a valid ISO of Windows 10 and 11 from Microsoft. When you install the new Windows it will ask for a product key. You can use the product key sticker number from Vista, Windows 8 or 8.1 for Windows 10 or 11 without an issue. This isn't a pirate or hack because Microsoft is fine with you upgrading from their older OS to the latest one. You can either burn a CD with the ISO or used a program I like to use called "Rufus" (Google it) to make a bootable USB thumb drive installer.

  • Panda _yt
    Panda _ytวันที่ผ่านมา

    I have a old blackberry tablet from 10 years ago its dead and I’m trying to fix it

  • Karvan
    Karvan2 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Everytime he says cut, it's soooo satisfying to hear

  • Gaming Euporium
    Gaming Euporium2 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Hi bro where can i find the lantern thats on your desk ?

  • Šimon Okruhlica
    Šimon Okruhlica3 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Wow, what an amazing video, thank you so much !!! amazing things

  • vPyramid OG
    vPyramid OG3 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Im literally awed at your creativity

  • zack kelley
    zack kelley3 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I will probably build the lamp and speakers as they are really cool looking.

  • Thomas Mehiar
    Thomas Mehiar4 วันที่ผ่านมา


  • Fred Flintstone
    Fred Flintstone4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I think that we should put Bezos in one.

  • manny singh
    manny singh4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    @Diyperks, great job on the video. Can you add your paypal or method to contribute a one off support please? Please up vote so he sees this. Thanks.

  • Michal Kisio
    Michal Kisio5 วันที่ผ่านมา


  • Dean Bruckshaw
    Dean Bruckshaw5 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Another good little project to undertake, especially if you have 2 or 3 old laptops with CD drives in them is to removed the stepper motors from the CD drivers and make a 3D printer out of them

  • Patrick builds a lot
    Patrick builds a lot6 วันที่ผ่านมา

    love the desk light. pretty sick.

  • Syn
    Syn6 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Thank the algorithm gods that this was in my recommended section. Instant subscribe. Wonderful work!

  • Sgt_waddle
    Sgt_waddle6 วันที่ผ่านมา

    This guy is a real genius. Like for real

  • Alfresco
    Alfresco7 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Can I make a happy life? Checkmate

  • Faaia Kaitlyn Goheen
    Faaia Kaitlyn Goheen7 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I have an old Android tablet that is now outdated and slow. Would some of these ideas work for it? Or are tablets and laptops too different in build, and I should find something different to do with it?

  • GSM_TONI_1BG 1
    GSM_TONI_1BG 17 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Can someone please answer me, how do I connect those copper wires (on the LED filaments) to a cable of a charger for example?

  • Elliot Savenko Graebner
    Elliot Savenko Graebner8 วันที่ผ่านมา

    you gave good tips for hard drives, but do you have anything to do with solid-state drives from new laptops?

  • I. M. JAIC
    I. M. JAIC8 วันที่ผ่านมา

    You my friend remind me of sir lillywhin of MI5-MI6. James Ole man whom created most interesting and intelligent gadgets. Thank you. I often tore into old radios they had many cool parts. I envisioned being a Marconi or NASA engineer.. Amazing enough next suggested video. Is repaints. Of a ham radio. Good show good show. Tip if the hat to you and. Ol janes services. Of ihs. Kudos.

  • AetheralMeowstic
    AetheralMeowstic8 วันที่ผ่านมา

    A dual screen laptop would be excellent for DS/3DS emulation!

  • Sophia Leonardo
    Sophia Leonardo9 วันที่ผ่านมา

    This is a GOLDMINE

  • Maris Löhndorf
    Maris Löhndorf11 วันที่ผ่านมา

    9:43 Then my question is, why the hell are most microphones on headsets sooo trash compared to some out of an old Laptop ?

  • Satyam Kumar
    Satyam Kumar11 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Take my i-pad

  • Political Foolishness
    Political Foolishness12 วันที่ผ่านมา

    1:55 - do you have a link to the plastic strips? Or can you describe where you bought them and what the plastic material is?

  • Lukas Stasytis
    Lukas Stasytis12 วันที่ผ่านมา

    i always wanted to led my room but hated how it looks, with the screen tip i think ima go and do that

  • Iqbaal Abdoel
    Iqbaal Abdoel13 วันที่ผ่านมา


  • J_P_H
    J_P_H13 วันที่ผ่านมา

    What about re-using the keyboard? Is that possible?

  • Educational Purposes Mostly
    Educational Purposes Mostly13 วันที่ผ่านมา

    your voice is so calm

  • Majdy Ayoub
    Majdy Ayoub14 วันที่ผ่านมา

    How can I find a usb video driver card for the screen ?

  • Busted Nut
    Busted Nut14 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I have a laptop here with a crappy cooling solution it failed to cool effectively now got on my table thinking how the hell am I going to this with limited funds and knowledge but interested... one tiny heat pipe and it hovered around 80-90C but the heat pipe started to fail and it hit the limit of 102C and shuts down I have to figure something and your videos make me want to try anyway it buggered sitting there so if I fug it up well I can say I fugged that up! Me likey Longtime... :-)

  • Felipe Brubeck
    Felipe Brubeck14 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Time to loot my old laptop

  • anden mcleod
    anden mcleod14 วันที่ผ่านมา

    what you can also do for the spectrophotometer is get a virtual machine for a newer system. i have windows xp, windows 7, windows98, windows95 and windows 3.1. and do diy stuff for that laptop. 17.38

  • Robert Adams
    Robert Adams15 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Ported subwoofers don't actually equal " extra bass". Ports actually create less bass than non Ported or fully enclosed subwoofers.

  • Hema wati
    Hema wati15 วันที่ผ่านมา

    superb use of old laptops. Well done!!!!!!

  • Star
    Star15 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Man this is art, I don't think a talentless robot like me could come up with such ideas!

  • Leandro Tami
    Leandro Tami15 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Not at all what I expected and yet it was very nice and creative!

  • MatoComissions
    MatoComissions15 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Mind blowing 👏👏👏

  • SilentBA
    SilentBA16 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Tom Scott’s son

  • Vincent Nguyen
    Vincent Nguyen16 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Even if it's made by Apple?

  • timelessone23
    timelessone2316 วันที่ผ่านมา

    putting linux, eg xubuntu on older laptops works well too.

  • Batmanx 99
    Batmanx 9917 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I know I'm late and this is completely unnecessary but why didn't you do a Pikachu tail of the speakers it would be so adorable ☺️😍

  • Nathat Meethong
    Nathat Meethong17 วันที่ผ่านมา

    real shtf metal scraps scavenging.

  • Piyush Rahi
    Piyush Rahi17 วันที่ผ่านมา

    You could have fixed that LCD screen by just replacing that black broken screen instead of removing every layer of the screen and spoiling

  • Krish kawale
    Krish kawale17 วันที่ผ่านมา

    He must be too creative w gifts for his partner.

  • Dagan Duran
    Dagan Duran17 วันที่ผ่านมา

    The mic still probably sounds better than my friends tho

  • Everyone Get in Here
    Everyone Get in Here17 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I had an old 46 inch LG tv that stopped taking all HDMI signals. So I stuck the internal bits of a windows 7 laptop that had a VGA port into it and made it a smart tv.

  • Ronnie Wilkins
    Ronnie Wilkins18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    oh wow... hmm lets see what can i do to my computer to make it look like an accident....

  • bryan hall
    bryan hall18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I have like 4 old laptops laying around. Teach me good sir.

  • Lukeibol
    Lukeibol18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    How to keep the hdd disk spinning? I connected a HDD through a usb cable to power it up, but it spins for some seconds and stops, I can only make him spin again by disconnecting and reconnecting the usb cable

  • neur0tic_d3vil
    neur0tic_d3vil18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    That one laptop I have I just need a new screen for it

  • Achilles 조쉬
    Achilles 조쉬18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    This is me during quarantine. Just spending $100 of broken PCs and laptops.

  • grind rust
    grind rust18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    на счет видео наблюдения, идея как по мне шикарная !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guns of the Patriots but bigger and blacker
    Guns of the Patriots but bigger and blacker18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I made a bong that plays music

  • Plumtown
    Plumtown18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Yo, Tom looks different

  • Veni
    Veni18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    The mic was actually wtf great. Plz show a full detail tutorial

  • Foly Huck!
    Foly Huck!19 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Why does it show the like but not the dislike

  • Boost 8 9
    Boost 8 919 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Not gonna lie you kinda sound like Tom Scott

  • Ronen Aprils
    Ronen Aprils19 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Thank you Paul Bettany

  • GoobyCraft
    GoobyCraft19 วันที่ผ่านมา

    The Microphone he made in this video sounds better than the one he uses for all the rest of his videos.

  • HoneySal
    HoneySal19 วันที่ผ่านมา

    The quality of this mic is actually insane. Fantastic job, you’re doing Gods work here 😤😂

  • Jakub Grzybek
    Jakub Grzybek19 วันที่ผ่านมา

    11:33 imagine giving someone a clock like that with bitcoin encrypted on it.

    ASHES WORMHELL19 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Please make a tutorial for the mic rig you have on for your videos!!!!! That is definitely something I love to do

  • Dhruva Shrestha
    Dhruva Shrestha20 วันที่ผ่านมา

    The Feel when you throw your lappy and then see this video again :(

  • melchor mendoza
    melchor mendoza20 วันที่ผ่านมา

    do you have a video on making the mic?

  • Alejandro
    Alejandro20 วันที่ผ่านมา

    wow all nice ideas man

  • Don Wallace
    Don Wallace20 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I don't know how I've spent so much ("wasted") time on yt, for years, before stumbling upon this channel, this week. Inspiring!

  • Morad K
    Morad K21 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Is he an electrical engineer?

  • Necrocidal
    Necrocidal21 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I like how this channel actually is "DIY" stuff, not "DIY if you have $250k of sponsor-provided CNC machines"

  • Abyss Strider

    Abyss Strider

    23 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

    @WHYZMAN Yeah i know now.




    @Abyss Strider The original comment is also agreeing with you

  • Abyss Strider

    Abyss Strider


    @WHYZMAN Oh. I thought he said that he was agreeing with the commenter and not the poster.




    @Abyss Strider Everyone is agreeing with you...

  • Abyss Strider

    Abyss Strider

    2 วันที่ผ่านมา

    @Chimera Photography probably not even 300$ and most of the cash you will give for the drill as it's the most expensive.

  • wdenegri
    wdenegri21 วันที่ผ่านมา

    nice video, and the last suggestion alone deserves a like and subscribe.

  • SwirlyJoe
    SwirlyJoe21 วันที่ผ่านมา

    You are like Macgyver

  • David Kahn
    David Kahn21 วันที่ผ่านมา

    "This should be quite simple" lol, none of this seems simple

  • Santtu Kähkönen
    Santtu Kähkönen22 วันที่ผ่านมา

    On the last tip (if it for some reasons hasn't been suggested yet) one should add to consider installing a Ubuntu (or derivative) OS, if considering gifting it away as an email reader/browser/writing computer for someone Some of the distros can make even a dreadfully slow old computer quite usable for simple things like that. Also, I wish there be DYI videos on learning DYI wood-crafting at home on the budget to make these casings and bodies for the DYI projects. I have done a lot of wood-crafts when I was younger, but I had professional level equipment, facilities and materials. I wouldn't know where to start trying to do some of that stuff at home on the budget and safely

  • Mark Freeman
    Mark Freeman22 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Greta Thunderberg: Approves

  • The_ H_man_Human
    The_ H_man_Human22 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Can we talk for a second about how his headphones don’t have pads on them?

  • Vinny CODM
    Vinny CODM22 วันที่ผ่านมา

    shit, i broke my laptop 7 years ago and tried to find the hard drive without knowing how it looks....after some time i got a piece that looked like a hard drive and i coudnt figure out what it was so i just took it apart and found the disk that consisted of all the data and thought it was useless gave it to my brother and now watching this i remembered that the thing i thought was useless was a hard disk :) moral of the story pls dont fuck up yourself on everything

  • Do Ro
    Do Ro22 วันที่ผ่านมา

    What about a broken flat TV?

  • Amelia Wilmot
    Amelia Wilmot23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    The battery idea can also be done in reverse for dead laptop batteries Also to make a old but functional laptop last longer you can install Linux

  • Sanja S
    Sanja S23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Amazing, thank you. You are awesome.

  • Case 2_0
    Case 2_023 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I once built a functional robotic gauntlet out of one. My teacher gave me an 80…

  • Abstract Idea
    Abstract Idea23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Used to use old hard drive platters as mildly effective coasters.

  • daniel alonso
    daniel alonso23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    this is literally the most value given in a youtuve video i have seen

  • Daniel Zussman
    Daniel Zussman24 วันที่ผ่านมา

    God damn your videos are inspiring.

  • trafficjon400
    trafficjon40024 วันที่ผ่านมา

    you can do plenty more than this redi

  • David Peate
    David Peate25 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Great channel, but liked for the last tip!

    MUHAMMAD FAIZ25 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Hey bro would turn the 4:00 display light panel for 5 or 6 hrs continously casus blast or no .. I need to know bcz i made and i need to use for my online classes.. So Pls replay

  • Nikolas Karampelas
    Nikolas Karampelas25 วันที่ผ่านมา

    ok I never really though that I could find any uses for those old laptops I kept in the basement!

  • Игорь Струтовский
    Игорь Струтовский25 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Oh yeah! Dude, like you for Total Annihilation!

  • Rixtronix LAB
    Rixtronix LAB26 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Nice video, keep it up, thanks :)

  • mixik pixi
    mixik pixi26 วันที่ผ่านมา

    You are such a talented designer! i wanna know what is your background

  • Mat Rou
    Mat Rou27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I really want that lavalier microphone video though!

  • uTube
    uTube28 วันที่ผ่านมา

    and that's how he shrunk his kids :D

  • Luvv CNN
    Luvv CNN29 วันที่ผ่านมา


  • Alistair Mathie
    Alistair Mathieหลายเดือนก่อน

    The hard drive clock if a fun gift until you realise the person now has access to all the files you store on that disk

  • GameZonepvp

    wow ! now i know what ill do with my old laptop,thanks

  • Blame yo momma, and her drama, not Barack Obama
    Blame yo momma, and her drama, not Barack Obamaหลายเดือนก่อน

    OMG is that a PCMCIA to USB adapter!?!


    so your saying no ones gonna know aout the 3gb hentai stash hanging on a thread shining

  • Loyalist



    What drugs are you on?