I recently received some computer equipment for recycling. One of those items was a Compaq EVO N180 laptop. This computer is around fifteen years old.
However, I thought I would process this notebook computer with Microsoft windows 2000 as if I could resell it. This laptop came with a battery that would not charge and a failing left mouse button. However, I thought I would have some fun and try to perform a new install of Microsoft Windows 2000.
Luckily enough, the individual that dropped off this equipment took excellent care of this equipment and also saved software that came with these computers. He gave me three Windows 2000 compact disc read only memory discs. One of these was a HP Windows 2000 service pack two disc.
Another one was a HP Windows 2000 service pack four disc. Finally, I received a Windows 2000 service pack one recovery disc. I could not use the HP Windows 2000 service pack two disc with this Compaq EVO N180.
Also, the HP Windows 2000 service pack four disc did NOT have the correct drivers for this EVO N180 laptop computer. However, the HP Windows 2000 service pack one disc did have correct drivers for ths Compaq EVO N180. Unfortunately, this disc only loaded service pack one of Windows 2000.
I was not able to download service pack four for windows 2000 from Microsoft. I do not have any discs with service pack four. This Compaq EVO N180 ran pretty good on 768 Megabytes of random access memory.
Believe it or not I was able to access the Internet with the built in Internet Explorer 5. I could not find a replacement battery and or touchpad mouse on the Internet anywhere. If I were going to try to resell this laptop then definately I would want to replace the battery, touchpad mouse, and upgrade Windows 2000 to service pack four.
Also, I would want to install a firewall and anti-virus. However, this Compaq EVO N180 was only a Pentium III computer. Certainly not much if any demand for older Pentium III computers.
I may try to sell this laptop as is or part it out. Most likely I will have to give it away or part it out and then send the remaining parts to a larger recycler. I had a good time messing around with older school technology.