Recently while cleaning the fan vent of my HP Pavillion DV4 laptop, I accidentally broke one of the pins on the hard drive connector. Unfortunately in talking to HP, it appears the connector is soldered to motherboard and it needs to be replaced to fix this issue. Laptop is more than 2 years old and the battery capacity is nearly gone, I am not too interested in investing $300 or so to replace the motherboard.
Hard drive itself is working fine ( I am able to put it in an external USB caddy and access from other computers). Is there anyway to continue to use this laptop - for example, will I be able to run windows from the external USB or is there a way to convert the DVD bay into an hard drive bay? I primarily use this laptop (Windows 7, Intel core 2 Duo, 4GB) for Windows Media Center and to watch online videos. No major gaming or productivity software is used.
thank you for the help..