What Do You Do With Your Old Computers?

@WebMann (4732)
Canada
June 19, 2009 7:05am CST
I started with computers back in 1985 and soon became a computer instructor for hardware and software. I went through a lot of computers and usually I would give them to friends or relatives. I was giving them away and then I would still end up spending all kinds of time teaching them how to use them, so I stopped doing that. As a computer techie and teacher I found out about a place called 'Computers For Schools'. This was a group of people that worked for free in their spare time, we would take our students there to get hands on experience they just wouldn't get elsewhere. Once these computer are refurbished they are given to schools that don't have the money to buy their own computers. What do you do with your old computers?
10 responses
• Philippines
19 Jun 09
I also sell my old computer parts. Since I wont be using them anymore. I could use the money I've got to upgrade my new computer.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
19 Jun 09
Nothing wrong with selling your old computer parts. I have done that too in order to be able to upgrade some of my computers over the past 20 years.
• Philippines
19 Jun 09
Its the best way to give out those not needed items or computer parts. That would make it environment friendly rather than just dumping them in the trash. Bringing them to junk shops would be also great.
• Philippines
20 Jun 09
Yes, It is the best way. Well actually I have been looking for a person or a warehouse that sells second hand computer parts or computer itself. I'd like to buy from them and maybe resell them at the right price.
• United States
21 Jun 09
Hi WebMann....that is wonderful that you have been able to help so many with computers. Believe me I am just on my second computer. I was so afraid when I got my first one becasue I knew nothing about them. I didn't even know how to turn one on until my grandaughter showed me and she was the reason we got one to begin with. When I got the one I am using now (my old one did not have sufficient memory) I gave the old one to my youngest grandaughters preschool so they could play age related games and get a little computer knowledge. The only thing is I bet that most of them already know more than I did when I got my first computer...LOL flutterby
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
22 Jun 09
Oh yeah, kids have no fear of computers where as adults on the other hand know they can damage things even when they can't so the mind tends to fear them a bit.
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• United States
26 Jun 09
Boy you sure got that right. Kids today seem to have no fear of anything...LOL flutterby
@candy2306 (577)
• India
20 Jun 09
Now i got a laptop and before this I had 2 PCs. I gave my second PC first to my cousin as she started college and she needs one to do her assignments. My aunty's a single mother and I was happy to give it to them! My second one, which is the first I owned was really old and I gave to my brother who was on his way for Diploma in Computer Science. I thought it will be useful for him to dismantle the parts and learn what's really inside! Yup, gave it away is the answer's!
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
21 Jun 09
That's excellent. Even though I have given away a lot of computers in the past 20 years I have also received a lot of parts from friend and associated who didn't know what to do with their old stuff. Then I was able to share that stuff too. It's a great feeling to give.
• India
21 Jun 09
Yes, giving away feels much better than disposal!
@meapas (2434)
• India
19 Jun 09
I always gift away my old usable items to people who don't have them. Useless items are given to society helpers for them to make some money giving to scrap dealers. Once I gave my old working computer to the kids of our society to learn and play. I kept a part time instructor to teach the kids., the funny part is they learnt the basics and now they are teaching the other kids. The sad part is they have only that computer. I can't spare my new computer. Well one day perhaps, I might give this one too after an year or so. meapas.
• Philippines
19 Jun 09
Great idea! Having that way makes the usable be in use. Helping in that way comes to a better way for others to have that items you don't use.
• Macau
17 Feb 11
I have an Pentium 2 desktop, still in good condition, with Windows 98 installed in it. Wondering whether this computer has any market value. I just heard that some computer geeks love to keep their old computers working.
• Macau
4 Mar 11
I'm still planning on how to use my old computer because it is quite old now and it is problematic. Sometimes, the computer just stopped at the start up screen because it cannot detect its hard drive. It has no printer attached, no internet connection. Just wondering how to use this computer other than for experimental purposes. I think that it is too old to become a server or a gaming station! Visit this link to know more about my old pentium 2 desktop: http://computersight.com/software/my-pentium-ii-desktop/
@Jimeous (858)
• New Zealand
23 Jun 09
The computer I am currently using comes from a place which is teaching school children how to assemble computers. I was going to just buy a memory stick, soundcard and memory for an old computer I had, but looking at the prices I decided to look for second hand computers. I was surprised how cheap their systems were, so I bought a cheap one until my other computer is being fixed. Although I could fix it myself, it was under warranty so I may as well make the most of it. While the systems were cheap, I must say, that if I had to offload my old computer to them, I would be charged. In the end it would have cost me more money to give them my pile of junk than it did buying the cheap work station that I bought. For now, my old computers are collecting dust.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
23 Jun 09
That's pretty cool. It's nice to get a good deal.
@vinslounge (1297)
• India
20 Jun 09
That is great and I appreciate that. With my old computers, I would rather sell them or gift them to some poor people and get myself a new one. I never use a system for more than 4 years and I would think that it is better to replace the old ones with a new computer rather than upgrading them. This is what i suggest to do with the old computers.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
21 Jun 09
As a computer software/hardware instructor I used to upgrade my computers constantly and would give a lot of my parts to my students after my family was satisfied with their systems. Now I usually don't replace parts, just the entire computer and the system I have now I have had for a few years. It's due to be replaced shortly, maybe a new one for Christmas this year.
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
19 Jun 09
I donated one to charity. Traded one for some painting in my house and took one to be recycled. The best deal for me was the trading for the painting even though part of paint job was bad, the color didn't match, and the painter wouldn't redo it.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
20 Jun 09
Isn't it great to be able to help others. I had a couple of students when I was still teaching computer use to others that I asked to paint the other side of our duplex and what a mistake that was. They made more of a mess than if a monkey had done the painting. :) Instead of using the ladder I provide one of them decided to stand on my tool box and crushed the lid. They just had no idea what they were doing. I didn't bother getting mad at them, it wouldn't have helped, but they eventually got it all done.
• India
19 Jun 09
I never dump my store room with computers or with parts of a computer....I prefer selling them as second hand goods... I sell them when they are in pretty good condition.I always keep it in mind because if I become late,then these goods will become incapable.
• China
19 Jun 09
up to now,i went through two computers. i gived my first computer to my friend 4 years ago, and he nearly paied all his attention on online games, then he did not past many exams. every time i thought this i felt very sorry. now this is my sceond computer, i will give my brother one year later.
@lumenmom (1996)
• United States
19 Jun 09
In my early days of using computers I ended up getting rid of a couple and in my ignorance of their ability to be refurbished, I would put them out in the trash. I have since learned better but maybe someone was able to get them out and use them. I say that because in my later years I found two very good computers that someone else had set out in the trash. One I still use today. I also now know about places that fix and put together computers for schools, low income people, elderly, etc.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
19 Jun 09
Like they say, one person's trash can be another's treasure, congrats.