I'm wondering if I should just buy a new laptop. Looks like I can get one that's 2x as good as what I have now (2x the RAM, 2x the HDD, 2x the processor speed, etc) for less than half what I paid for this.
I just sunk $200 into a new battery. If I sink another $200 or so into a new LCD screen, well, that's $400 which would get me a decent new laptop.
Check out this deal, for example:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 34-101-180
Gateway T-6345U NoteBook Intel Pentium dual-core T3400(2.16GHz) 14.1" Wide XGA 2GB Memory DDR2 667 250GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi Intel GMA X3100
The one I have now is a Pentium M 1.73 GHz, came with 1 GB RAM (I upgraded to 2), and a 150 GB HDD (I upgraded to 200).
It cost me $1300 + $299 service plan + $100 tax = $1600 when I bought it in January 2006.