Tech Bible has posted some suggestions on how to safely dispose of your old PC. I replace my systems about once every three years. I am not sure whether the hardware becomes obsolete or the operating system has devolved into unusable chaos. Either way I personally go through a lot of computers and components. PCs specifically and electronics in general contain toxic chemicals like arsenic, nickel, lithium, cadmium, chromium and mercury. Throwing that stuff in the trash isn't really the best way to go.
For the most part I just keep the stuff around much to my wife's chagrin. The computer graveyard has grown to quite a sizable heap and occasionally I salvage a replacement part for something that suddenly died. eBay can be a pain and I am skeptical of where the parts will ultimately end up if I donate or recycle. What do you do?
I can see a broken keyboard, two half-broken CD-Rom drives and, a broken floppy drive and a PSU with a faulty fan from where I'm sitting.
Does this answer your question?
I usually try to sell the old stuff, there's almost always someone willing to pay a few euros for them. Or just give it away. I just can't fathom throwing away computer parts that are only a few years old.
Don't know what sceptical there is to giving the stuff away to someone. You don't need it, someone else does. A win-win situation.
Logic tells me to sell shelved hardware, but I tend to hoard. I've got a working Athlon 1.1 system outside a case at my feet at the moment, simply because it's been there since I assembled my Core 2 system last year. All it needs is a hard drive and monitor hooked up and it's good to go again.
I have a hard time bringing myself to part with any gaming-related material. Video cards would be a great resell since I upgrade that component every 1-2 years, but after they're driven a thousand hours of my games, I just can't do it. Not sure that I'd want to even if I could. The nostalgia I get from holding a 3dfx or Geforce card in my hands is worth the $100 I could have resold the card for when upgrading.
The biggest advantage though is the same as flipkin's. Spare hardware if you ever need it.
I agree with Marko. Give it to someone who either takes care of old junk for his own pleasure, to a computer club who can reuse it for spare parts or forward it to another nerd, or to an organisation fixing computers for poor countries.
(Edited by chirinea (31770), Mar 27, 2007)Re: Old Electronics, What to Do?
chirinea (31770), Mar 27, 2007
Not only I keep my old hardware with me, but I also tend to collect old hardware! Me and my older brother must have together about 7 or 8 machines, all good to go. And there are some pieces of hardware I would really avoid selling, such as my old TNT2, which is needed to play Resident Evil, for instance (not that I do that too often, though).
But for those who want to get rid of their old hardware, Santa has a NGO which collects old computers and gives them to families in need.
Edit: oh my, I just read on Santa's site that they're closing next year...too bad. :(
I contacted santa to see if MG could some how be officially involved. it never really came of anything. oh well.
Hey, if worse comes to worse, you can always auction your wife off on eBay...
I don't upgrade. I just run a machine into the dust, then install some Linux distro or another on it and keep going. But if I *had* to get rid of things, I'd check with Office Depot/Office Max/Staples and see if they've got any information on a PC Recycling program. They know as well as you do that they're deadly (some also contain lead), and will often have a PC Recycling center set up in the store, sometimes only part-time though.
I still nearly fell over when the Office Depot in Columbia had a dual-floppy MINT CONDITION Apple ][gs sitting on the table to encourage people to dump the old computer parts off there. It was a thing of beauty and I nearly cried when they said it was being recycled and that no, I couldn't just have it. It had its monitor, keyboard/CPU and even a mouse. And a quick flip through the games that it had showed a classic copy of Oregon Trail. OREGON TRAIL, DAMNIT!
I think I need a moment...
Jae Rune Wrote:
Take it, brother, we understand your pain...
Jae Rune Wrote:
I would have bought it, you'd think that Office Depot would be smart enough to sell it.
The Scent of Dumb hung heavy in the air, as it does at all Office Depots.
I build a new computer with the old parts, put latest Ubuntu-Linux on it(only old versions of Windows work on older computers), then sell it at a good price to someone who needs a computer.
I'm still too young to have built a graveyard, but I have an old computer that's still cluttering the basement. I left in intact when I put it down there, but if I open it up if I need to salvage parts.
I managed to "inherit" a very large collection of old computer parts such as a LOT of 36pin SIMMS in 2-8MB sizes, various old graphics cards, a few motherboards and CPUs, half a dozen keyboards, a few 5MB hard drives (yes, 5MB), etc. I have no idea what I'll do with all of them. I don't like the idea of junking them, though. Most of it is all Pentium I age or older.
Find (or FOUND) a local chapter of Free Geek.
What about malfunctioning hardware?? Where do you trash that? I have a melted PSU and a burnt mobo, (with another one about to join it), and I have no idea what to do with them.
Hang on to them, in 40 years they'll be worth thousands of dollars.