What do you guys do with old p.c.'s?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by machanback, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. machanback macrumors member

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    I've got an old dell(about 10 yo) and a sony vaio (4 yo) I don't use them anymore. should I just give them to good will? I doubt that I could get anything for them.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I put Linux on them or put them in a closet to run simple things like file serving or as a router.

    Goodwill is a good option as well but make sure your data is off of it.
     
  3. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

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    my pII450 dell is a 2TB file server (connected to macs by using ethernet).
     
  4. Morod macrumors 68000

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    I pulled the HD out of my old Gateway, physically destroyed it, and took the rest to the local computer recycler. Apple does offer a recycling program, but I didn't need it.
    Morod
     
  5. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    I don't buy desktops, so clutter is nearly non-existent. Of the six computers I went through last year, two were sold to strangers, two were given to family, one was thrown in the garbage, and the sixth became my primary machine.
     
  6. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    Good Will or a similar charity is a good option
     
  7. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Agree.

    Another option, which I do sometimes, is clean up my computer and make sure it is running well. Then sell it for a very cheap price to someone who needs a computer but cannot afford a new one.
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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  9. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    I would chuck the 10 year one as it's 100% worthless and probably can't run any current programs. The 4 year one however I would keep in case you need it to run a PC only program.
     
  10. dringkor macrumors member

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    Hmm, my Goodwill specifically does not accept computers. With old PCs, parts is parts, and you can usually put together a free or cheap server. I have an old PC that I installed Linux on that currently servers as my home DNS, DHCP, and backup server. I also have a fairly beefy PC that I built and installed Solaris on that currently runs my website with Apache, MySQL, and PHP & Perl.
     

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