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Author Topic: What do you do with your old PCs?  (Read 7146 times)

zridling

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What do you do with your old PCs?
« on: May 30, 2007, 02:31:18 PM »
Bob Sutor posted several links on installing Linux on your old PCs. In the past, I've cleaned mine up and donated them to various family members who are computer-stupid (the old, infirmed, and my deranged uncle). But now I'm thinking that having an old computer doing background tasks (whether on Linux or Windows) is a good idea. For example, I could use it for serial DVD burning, listening to a ballgame, torrent work, uploading my daily database files. Of course, you could always convert it to an information furnace:

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What do you do with your old PCs?
« Last Edit: May 30, 2007, 02:32:49 PM by zridling »

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Re: What do you do with your old PCs?
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2007, 03:25:39 PM »
sell it by ebay  :Thmbsup:
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Re: What do you do with your old PCs?
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2007, 11:51:40 AM »
I don't really know. My current computer is nearly retirement, as my new dual core will take his position after the exams (I'll need some quiet days to assemble and configure it), but I'm still wondering about his future. I'm selling the memory to a friend who really needs it but for the rest of the computer either I donate it to some organization or I give it to someone who could need it.

My mother had another option, that is taking the computer to our house in the country... I can't see the use in this ;D

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Re: What do you do with your old PCs?
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2007, 12:41:28 PM »
my deranged uncle

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Re: What do you do with your old PCs?
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2007, 01:09:58 PM »
I have a motley assortment of old PCs that are running with parts canibalized from other machines that family members have given me when they upgrade to faster machines.  Oddly enough, I am by far the biggest tech-geek in the family, and I have the slowest and oldest computers.  Just the other day, my printserver died on me after a particularly nasty lightening strike that I can only guess was very close.  I was able to get it back up and running in about thirty minutes with pieces from my garage.

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Re: What do you do with your old PCs?
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2007, 05:55:56 PM »
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I was able to get it back up and running in about thirty minutes with pieces from my garage.
Shame about the car, though.

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Re: What do you do with your old PCs?
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2007, 07:10:14 PM »
Car?  Is that what you are supposed to put in a garage?

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Re: What do you do with your old PCs?
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2007, 02:08:01 AM »
As far as computers go, though, I still won't be satisfied until we call all spend 24 hours a day in a Holodeck. I swear, once I go in, I ain't never coming out.

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Re: What do you do with your old PCs?
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2007, 03:15:11 PM »
Usually I keep my computers so long that they're no longer worth selling (part wise usually too). So I usually donate them to my other family members. Or I find some other use for it (thank god for Linux ^_^).

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Re: What do you do with your old PCs?
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2007, 04:36:56 PM »
I keep the same computer for years, (I don't currently have my own car, or a job) but then when I finally do get a new computer I give the old one to my brother, and then he takes it apart, and uses the parts on what ever he decides to use them on.
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Re: What do you do with your old PCs?
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2007, 02:40:13 AM »
i too give away my old PCs but i normally install Linux.. recently i installed Vector Linux on a P2 with 64MB RAM & 80MB hard-drive.. :up:

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Re: What do you do with your old PCs?
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2007, 03:00:49 AM »
i either stack them or install linux
either way they stay
much to the liking of the rest of the family
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Re: What do you do with your old PCs?
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2007, 05:59:38 PM »
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i either stack them or install linux

Dude, do both...

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Re: What do you do with your old PCs?
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2007, 06:53:26 AM »
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I was able to get it back up and running in about thirty minutes with pieces from my garage.
Shame about the car, though.

Funniest thing I heard all day.