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What to do with old computers?

Post by Darth Wong » Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:09 am

What's the best thing to do with old PCs? I have a couple of old PCs sitting in my basement collecting dust:

Obsolete PC #1:
Micro ATX chassis
AOpen MX3S motherboard
1GHz Celeron CPU
512MB RAM
80GB Seagate ATA hard drive
LiteOn DVD-R

Obsolete PC #2:
ATX chassis
Asus P4P800SE motherboard
3GHz Pentium-4 CPU
2GB DDR RAM
320GB Seagate SATA hard drive
Lite-On DVD-RW

Are these computers too old to be good for anything? Should I try to donate them to someone or some organization, or just drop them off at the recycling depot? Are there organizations out there which would have a use for computers like this? Both of them are fully functional.

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Re: What to do with old computers?

Post by callumacrae » Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:01 am

You could turn them into servers. They're not that bad :)

OR you could experiment with a cluster, and cluster them to your current computer.

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Post by SamG » Sun Jun 20, 2010 7:24 pm

Your local nonprofit organizations may accept that hardware for their own use. It still good for basic productivity.

Some if not all Goodwill Industries locations accept used hardware donations. I think they recycle items that don't work and attempt to sell items that do.
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Post by Popp Singh » Sun Jun 20, 2010 8:35 pm

Organise a neighbourhood computer olympics with catagorys for ------>

One hand throwing
Two hand throwing
Artistic throwing
Carrying relay
Carrying marathon
Swimming with computer
Diveing with computer
Unknotting cable salad


Any other sugestions ?

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Re: What to do with old computers?

Post by EXreaction » Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:17 pm

Most old computers use so much more power they cost more to run two years or more than the cost of new hardware on a system that runs 24/7.

I'd check if that 512MB of ram is worth anything on ebay (depending on what type, some people still seem to demand older larger modules), then recycle all but the case if it is worthwhile and the optical drive.

The second one you could recycle the cpu/mobo/memory and save the rest probably if you want a server. You can buy a low power AMD cpu, a motherboard, and ram for $150 or less.

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Re: What to do with old computers?

Post by georgeflint » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:05 am

Hello,

Best thing to Do with old Computer is to RECYCLE it..

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Re: What to do with old computers?

Post by god0fgod » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:29 am

"Are these computers too old to be good for anything? "

The second computer can't be too old. 5 years old at most? I've forgotten how fast processor speeds are progressing. The DRR memory is a rather old type though, isn't it? DRR has version 3 now?

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Re: What to do with old computers?

Post by Marc » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:42 am

I'd guess the second pc is about 6 to 7 years old. ;)
I have an old P4 3,2 GHz HT at home, the fastest Intel processor at that time. Apart from using a lot of energy and hard drives (already killed 2 of them), it is pretty slow.

Still, you could still use it as a server, for example running Ubuntu or something like that (if you don't care about energy consumption). Around here, you would probably just bring it to the collection station. ;)

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Re: What to do with old computers?

Post by SamG » Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:57 pm

Companies that service the not-for-profit sector are selling refurbished P4s with 512 RAM. It really depends on the needs of the organization whether or not that kind of old hardware will meet the need. Consider that a nonprofit who has XP volume licenses (purchased through Microsoft's charitable programs, for example) and wants to keep those licenses in service (along with their other software investments) may be looking for older hardware.
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Re: What to do with old computers?

Post by darcie » Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:09 pm

A couple years ago I gave some old Macs ('95/'98ish era) away via Freecycle. They weren't any use to me, but kids could use them for basic computering. Your local library also might be able to use them. Goodwill is taking ewaste or old technology now too, or recycle it. Some schools do ewaste recycling fundraisers. But I would reserve that for something that is not going to be useful to anyone anymore. That's how I just got rid of an old non-working TV and DVD player.
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Re: What to do with old computers?

Post by callumacrae » Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:59 pm

JordanRHughes wrote:Image
Here's a thought.
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Post by darcie » Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:24 pm

Callum95 wrote:How come you have 0 posts? That is clearly a post to me.
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Post by callumacrae » Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:04 pm

darcie wrote:
Callum95 wrote:How come you have 0 posts? That is clearly a post to me.
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Re: What to do with old computers?

Post by jbones » Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:05 pm

I wouldn't kick either to the curb just yet. Of course this comes from someone who is still holding on to his Win 95 laptop... no one knows why. Of course I still have that rubber keyboard, hook-up to the cassette tape deck and tv, type of computer in storage somewhere.

The first, I agree would be an excellent first computer for a kid. Turn off all the auto run stuff and use it for word processing and simple image editing/creating. Good learning tool.

I also will second using the other as a server or practice with setting up networks, whatever. Donating it to someone who could use it is a good idea too. That is how I got my first computer and what I do with most of the old stuff laying around here. Of course, now I curse the day someone convinced me my pencil and paper was ancient technology.

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Re: What to do with old computers?

Post by dragos2k7 » Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:33 pm

Old computers? Are you kidding me? I still use mine(Intel Pentium 4 1.7 GHz, 256 MB SDRAM, 32 MB Video). Fully functional, great for programming and surfing the web, listening to music and such. Why would you throw it to trash. They still could benefit someone. I say you should try to donate it to someone (maybe a kid that has a passion in networking or clustering computers and needs some gear)

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