What to do with old PC junk?

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  1. Philip Hamm

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    I've got an old shell of a PC with old stuff inside. Old 486 era crap like a Pentium Overdrive chip, some RAM, a VLB video card, and an ISA sound card. All in a nice big tower case with a beefy power supply. Motherboard is broke. It seems like a waste to just throw it in a dumpster; are there any other options? This is -far- from a working PC, but has some functioning old parts.
     
  2. Andrew Pratt

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    There's not much value left in that system esp with the mobo broken so I'd toss it in the dumpster. Had it been running you could have donated it to a charity or something but at this point there's likely no one that would bother fixing it.
     
  3. JamesHl

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    Everyone struggles with these issues, but it's best just to let go and toss it in the old dumpster.
     
  4. Vince Maskeeper

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    Yep- at work I throw out stuff that's YEARS newer than that-- heck we pitch working P2 mobos and processors at this point-- let alone something from the 486 era.

    -Vince
     
  5. Ken Seeber

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    Rather than a Dumpster, most communities have free recycling programs for computer equipemtn, which can contain hazardous materials that shouldn't end up in a landfill. Call your local health department to find out if there is a recycling program in your area.
     
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    lol, not just a few months ago i had an old 286 computer with monitor in my backyard...
     
  7. JamesHl

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    I unwittingly gave an old 486 laptop to a friend, only to find out it still has wolf3d and ultima 7 on it...
     
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    You're not suppose to throw old PCs in the dumpster. Some of the components contain hazardous material. As already mentioned call around to find a recycle center.
     
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    There are precious metals in the computers. I smelt down hundreds of computers for the gold and platinum in them. So please ship your old computers to me!

    I also sell bags of "chips" which taste pretty good.
     
  10. Philip Hamm

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    Install Linux and use it as a router (if you can install NICS)
     
  12. Philip Hamm

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    Jasen, please have the courtesy to read more than the subject line before you post. [​IMG]
     
  13. Philip Hamm

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    Thought I'd post a follow-up. I got this email from my county when I emailed them:
     

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