The thread title pretty much sums everything up. My old Dell XPS M1710 (which I have upgraded it to the equivalent to the M1730 via bargain deals I ganked off of ebay) is pretty much beaten to a pulp...well...not exactly. The case is scratched all to hell, I've replaced the screen twice and both the keyboard and touchpad & buttons once. Oh, and need I say that I've upgraded the MoBo, processor, RAM, and harddrive. It's basically my go everywhere, do anything, infocenter, laptop. I'd love to replace the case on it, but that's on the lowest part of my totem poll right now. But my question is, is it even possible to replace the case of a laptop? Just a random idea that popped into my head.
I didn't make it!
If you get an identical case, I'd imagine it'd be no problem (considering what you've already done to the laptop).
It is, yeah. Google Dell parts, or something like that. There are quite a few sites out there that do stuff like that. Some will stock laptop chassis too.
(anyone know how to spell the plural of "chassis"?)
I wouldn't see why not if you can find the shell. Maybe look on eBay or something for a dead one with a good case, and swap hardware into it?
Hmm...I'm going to think about it. At the current time, I'm not going to waste my money on it seeing as it doesn't have any major problems with it. I should get a metal case made for it. That'd be funny. Running around with a laptop encased in stainless steel, or better yet, titanium. HAHA!
18th November 2004
It will only work if the M1730 and M1710 have physically identical motherboards. In my past experiences with laptops, laptops are never that physically similar to their predecessors. Odds are your M1710 internals will not fit into an M1730 case properly.
I'm not looking to upgrade the case, I'm just wondering if it'd be possible to take the M1710, rip everything out of it, shove it into a new M1710 case, and go about my business agravating people and making kids cry on CSS.
From what I can see on eBay, there's no case as such, you'll have to buy the lid, top case (palm rest bit), and base (from the palm rest down) seperately.
Rawr...lol. Oh well...if it dies, I'll just buy a new one, rip the hard drive out and jam the old one in there.
Get a new case. It'll be a fun little project. :)