What to do with an old pc...

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When you replace your computer equipment, what do you do with it?

Take it to the tip
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Sell it
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Donate it to charity
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15%
Give it away
4
31%
Use it for spares (recycle)
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54%
 
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What to do with an old pc...

Postby eddien12345 » Tue May 01, 2007 11:33 am

Hi all, just last week I was surfing the net and stumbled upon a gemstone:
Freecycle. I promise you will like it and can offload all of your old stuff on the site instead of chucking it. The address is: http://www.freecycle.org

The key rule is that: you can only take 2 things per month and when the quota is reached, to get another thing, you have to balance it by offering another thing.
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RE: What to do with an old pc...

Postby towy71 » Tue May 01, 2007 11:48 am

great topic and a great answer too, I have given 3 older systems away, via freecycle, all with Linux installed naturally and still being used by people who want to surf the web, send emails and type the occasional letter ;-)
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RE: What to do with an old pc...

Postby godofthedevil » Tue May 01, 2007 3:50 pm

i would strip for parts that i can use in other machines, the other parts i sell on ebay..
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RE: What to do with an old pc...

Postby pootman » Tue May 01, 2007 8:50 pm

I hang on to bits until i've got enough for a whole machine, then give it away.

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RE: What to do with an old pc...

Postby M0PHP » Tue May 01, 2007 10:34 pm

I've kept all the computers I've bought over the years (except the very first one). One for my brother, one for the living room, others servers and for testing things out.
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RE: What to do with an old pc...

Postby Pobega » Thu May 10, 2007 7:45 pm

When I have an old PC I generally turn it into a server; Put Debian or whatever you're familiar with on it, and configure it with an SSH daemon and some other stuff. If you don't have a static IP look into http://dyndns.org and the ddclient updater software.
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RE: What to do with an old pc...

Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Thu May 10, 2007 10:12 pm

I am a freecycle fan too :-)
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RE: What to do with an old pc...

Postby spottedcat » Thu May 10, 2007 10:21 pm

I don't know how old the donated computers were, but this librarian knew exactly what to do with them.

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RE: What to do with an old pc...

Postby towy71 » Thu May 10, 2007 10:54 pm

good spot sc, now which way to the library ;-)
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Postby jezebelus » Sun Jun 10, 2007 8:15 pm

Well if it could be used in the future, of course I will not throw it in garbage or give it to charity, but if it couldn't (like old ddr modul which can't be used with newer motherboards) I used to trade it for new component in local store, of course with sur charge.
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