I have had so many problems with my toshiba(I put a few 44. rounds in it a few years ago to end the pain). The story: Two weeks after I first bought it,(2005) the battery wouldn't hold a charge. Toshiba sent me a "refurbished" one that wasn't worth my time. Then the motherboard broke, TWICE. I got two refurbished motherboards, then the warranty expired.
big whoop. you're running legacy software on a breaking down machine. you can upgrade to something a lot more current with years of support ahead of it. or you can keep running on some shit machine. whatever.
nothing has indefinite support. it's about using it long enough to have it be worth the money you spent on it.
I've got an Acer Travelmate that's nearly 9 years old, and it still works quite well for things like websurfing, watching Youtube videos, and even playing some older games (Unreal Tournament, Starcraft, etc.). I don't use it as my primary machine, but it's great when I'm on the road and I don't feel like packing my desktop or my bigass Alienware laptop.
Good. It's obvious that I neither use the Tecra 720CDT, The Fujitsu Point 510 nor the Compaq TC1000 as my primary machine. The desktop PC that I'm using is my primary machine. The ASUS G1S-B1 is my secondary machine and the Fujitsu Point 510/Compaq TC1000 are the other machines that I use.
It's remarkably obvious that I'm using up to four PCs now!
Is the laptop shutting down from overheating? Maybe the fans went out. It happens. Good luck selling an old lap top. Why didn't you just take out the hard drive and put it in an external enclosure? Then you don't have to erase it. And even if you erase it, savy computer geeks can still get the info off it.
I can sort of understand wrecking equipment that's already faulty (I've done it myself with a bunch of old crashed hard drives), but who in their right mind destroys perfectly good computer equipment??? It pisses me off when people do that.