Computers are such wonderful things until they get outdated or just die on us. They may be useless to many, but we like to think of them as excellent sources of materials for new projects. In that spirit, we are having a Dead Computer Contest!

When we say "dead computer" we mean anything that is a computer or has a computer in it. So if there's a microchip in there, start tearing it up to make something new and amazing. We're giving away three netbooks to the best entries!

Need some ideas? Then check out the fantastic new book,
62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer, by our very own Randy Sarafan (aka randofo)!

Contest is open to residents of the US and Canada only. Multiple entries are allowed, but each entrant can only win one prize.

First Prize

ASUS Eee PC 1005HA netbook to replace your dead computer.

A copy of 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer and an Instructables Prize Pack which includes a t-shirt, patch, stickers, and a one-year Pro membership.

Second Prize

A copy of 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer and an Instructables Prize Pack which includes a t-shirt, patch, stickers, and a one-year Pro membership.

Open to enter: February 1, 2010 12:01 AM PST
Deadline for entries: March 7, 2010 11:59 PM PST

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Step 1: Official Rules

1. All federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No purchases are necessary; void where prohibited by law.

2. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of Instructables, contest co-sponsors, and judges, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to this contest.

3. Prize is not transferable and no cash alternative or prize substitution is available. Instructables and contest co-sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. All potential winners are subject to verification at the discretion of Instructables and contest co-sponsors.

4. Winner agrees that prizes are being provided "as is", and Instructables and contest co-sponsors make no warranty, representation or guarantee regarding the prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

5. Instructables and contest co-sponsors are not responsible for problems including (but not limited to) damaged, incorrect, inaccurate, lost, delayed, or defective entries, or for injury or damage to any computer resulting from participation in this contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.

6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest.

7. Instructables reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of the Terms of Service; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

8. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian (subject to verification), and that the entry does not contain or incorporate the intellectual property and/or confidential information of any third party.

9. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you hereby grant Instructables a perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty free right to publish and distribute your entry for their promotional purposes.

10. Governing Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the official rules, or the rights of entrants, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the substance laws of the State of California and any applicable laws and regulations of the United States.
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&nbsp;How many entries can we have?
yeah, i was wondering that too
&nbsp;Ok, so I'm 16. I didn't see these rules until now. It says, &quot;...you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian...&quot;. Since I didn't get one of my parents to create an account and post my&nbsp;instructable&nbsp;for me, could I still get one of them to 'okay' the sumbission in the event that I do win?
Hi!! I live in Bogot&aacute;, Colombia. If I have a friend or a parent living in U.S.A. and he or she can receive my prize and send it to my home, could I participate in the contest???<br />
Yes, as long as they claim the prize, it can be shipped to them. What they do with it after that is up to them.<br />
Thank you Fungus. Then, I will put hands on work and participate in the contest. I will make the arrangements with my family and friends in US and Canada to receive the prize because, I give you my word, my instructable will be one of the best in the contest!!!<br /> <br /> Again, thank you for the opportunity. I will make you proud!!!<br /> <br /> Mario<br />
All right then. I'm gonna hold you to that. :)<br />
Hi Fungus! How are you?<br /> <br /> Well, I make you a promise. Now, what do you think?<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/BECOME-A-MAD-CYBORG-part-human-part-dead-compu/" rel="nofollow">www.instructables.com/id/BECOME-A-MAD-CYBORG-part-human-part-dead-compu/</a><br /> <br /> Thanks again!!<br /> <br /> Mario<br /> <br />
aaaaw have to be 18?!?!?!?!? man Id be a millionare if it wer'e'nt for that &quot; By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18&quot; thats&nbsp;a load of carp!!
there's a age limit? im 13!
Unfortunately, that's a liability issue, and deals with insurance and state and federal law.&nbsp; Get one of your parents to create an account and post it for you.&nbsp; That takes care of the liability, and you still get a chance to win.<br />
who votes for the winner i am new
once the 'ibles have a &quot;vote&quot; box, click on the one ur voting for. Then it says &quot;unvote&quot;. If you click on it again, then it unvotes. You can usually vote for more than one 'ible.
What are the eligibility dates ?
I made a belt from old cat5 (computer networking) cable. Would that count? http://computoman.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/hackerbelt.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225<br />
Sure!<br />
Sorry I thought of one more thing I would like to add. Do all the pieces have to come from one machine, or can you use pieces from multiple computers?<br />
Multiple is fine<br />
I don't see the answer anywhere sorry if it's already been answered. But is the use of other materials permitted. Exp such as rubber-bands string glue and such things?<br />
Yes. Additional materials are allowed. The requirement is that some part from a dead computer is used. Not all of it has to be.<br />
How is the contest being judged (sorry if it's already in here, I couldn't find it)? Also, can we use some extra components from RadioShack?
Instructables staff and other select folks with knowledge on the subject will judge the entries. We have no problem with extra components from Radio Shack<br />
Are you so smart or fashists? Want ideas an pictures from whole world an ship prices only in US or Canada? Your contest should be banned.............<br />
The decision is up to our partner. As a matter of fact, it's local laws in other countries that limit what we can do.<br />
I don't understand...
&nbsp;So do you have to use stuff that came from something with a microchip, or can it be any electronics stuff?
Pretty much any electronics has a microchip in it.<br />
<p>I'm a little confused about the contest rules. When I first read&nbsp; &quot;So if there's a microchip in there, start tearing it up,&quot; I was pretty sure that a project made with a remote control or a cell phone would fit the rules of the contest, since modern remote controls and cell phones have internal circuit boards and microcontrollers that make them function.&nbsp; That works for me, since I like to re-use dead high-tech appliances.</p> <p>But then I read on the pre-announcement thread for this contest &quot;Canida says: Peripherals are OK. As for cameras, a webcam is fine while a stand-alone digital camera isn't.&quot;</p> <p>I hope Canida was mistaken. Especially since there is already a project in the contest made from a stand-alone digital camera. Are computerized stand-alone dead appliances allowed? Thanks.</p>
Ignore Canida's comment. The contest was further defined after that comment.<br />
hy i live in italy!!! what i have to do just in case i win?
We can only ship the prizes to U.S. and Canada. If you had a friend in one of those areas who could claim it for you, we would have no problem with that.<br />
hold it so if you win and don't live in U.s.a you can still win but the prizes wont be sent<br />
Prizes can only be sent to the U.S. and Canada.<br /> <br /> This is determined by our contest partners and where they are willing to ship items.<br />
Hi!! I live in Bogot&aacute;, Colombia. If I have a friend or a parent living in U.S.A. and he or she can receive my prize and send it to my home, could I participate in the contest???
&nbsp;Prizes can only be shipped to the U.S. and Canada.

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