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Windows 7: What do you do with your old hardware?

18 Jan 2010   #11
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

i'm the same way, i have my htpc, my office desktop, my laptop, an unused netbook that i hate, another laptop and desktop in my room, and yet another desktop in the guest room. not to mention, an old machine running NES and classic arcade roms on a 24" monitor in the bonus room (they are public domain now) and of course the one that controls my lights and stuff while im away is tucked away in a closet with a media server and NAS storage.
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18 Jan 2010   #12
pillainp

Windows 8.1 Professional 64-Bit
 
 

Generally I sell my current hardware to a friend (or friends) for what I can get, and put it toward the cost of whatever new stuff I need. This way, my current setup has evolved over the past few years, starting from a P2-300 (or so) with 32 MB SDRAM to what it is today.

Some of the stuff I started out with is still in use today that I know of (because, painfully, I am called to support it).
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18 Jan 2010   #13
Orpheous

XP Pro/Vista Ultimate (64)/Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition(64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pieloi View Post
Build cyborgs
hmmmm...... cyborgs with a hacked project natal interface over wifi?
Nah, I saw what happened in Surrogates
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18 Jan 2010   #14
z3r010

 

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18 Jan 2010   #15
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pillainp View Post
Generally I sell my current hardware to a friend (or friends) for what I can get, and put it toward the cost of whatever new stuff I need. This way, my current setup has evolved over the past few years, starting from a P2-300 (or so) with 32 MB SDRAM to what it is today.

Some of the stuff I started out with is still in use today that I know of (because, painfully, I am called to support it).
you should just go grab a baby einstein laptop from wal-mart's toy department and give them a full system upgrade.
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18 Jan 2010   #16
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
This is where my buddy GETS all his spare parts.
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18 Jan 2010   #17
Orpheous

XP Pro/Vista Ultimate (64)/Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition(64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by valtonray View Post
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I've tried giving away old hardware, and no one would take it.
you shouldn't throw away electronics, it's very bad for the environment.
I agree... especially with older hardware. Lead, cadmium and mercury just shouldn't be used in landfill. It also just seems like such a waste to throw away working parts
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18 Jan 2010   #18
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Where I live electronics are banned from the land fill, you have to drop them off at a recycler. Stuff that works that I don't want anymore I build into a system and give away to anyone that needs it or wants it. If it doesn't work or I can't give it away it gets dropped off at the recyclers.
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18 Jan 2010   #19
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I am still trying to figure out what to do with mine. I threw one away.

I hear Best Buy has a policy they will take ONE old computer from you and send it to "wherever"

I am thinking of doing this as I have 2 old ones....I run Ubuntu on one, but I have 3 Windows 7 machines now....I have little time for Ubuntu anymore. It sucks compared to Windows 7.

Best Buy is an options in this area anyway....
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18 Jan 2010   #20
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

there is always craigslist classifieds: jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, events, forums if you list it as free for pick up it will probably go very quickly. also local schools or universities will often accept donations or direct you to a source that does, as a benefit donating to a school is tax deductible.
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