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What can I do with an old computer? Answered

I have an old compaq computer, is there anything I can salvage from it and sell?

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Laknight117 (author)2009-04-30

submerg it in mineral oil and oc it

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conrad2468 (author)2009-02-13

burn the hard drive and sell it.........on ebay of course!

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NobodyInParticular (author)2009-02-09

For a 3 year old computer (1.2GHz/512MB/40GB/WinXP), the going rate on Craig's List looks to be about $100. These sellers may have settled for less, though. Personally, if I were buying, I would wait for the occasional $45 or free offer. So you may find someone desperate enough to buy as is, but don't count on it.

If you've tried to sell it and failed, or your computer is positively ancient, I would go with the Linux solution. Puppy is my personal favorite for its speed and size. One of the slower but easier Ubuntu flavors might work better for you if compatibility is more an issue than speed.

With Linux installed, you may decide that the computer is fast enough to keep. Or, if you really need the money, you can sell it to some middle or high school student who thinks that Linux is amazingly cool in itself.

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XGundam05 (author)2009-02-08

You probably won't be able to sell anything out of it, considering that there isn't a large market for used computer parts. However, there's all sorts of fun things you can do with it.... For instance, you can get into C programming using it as a test machine that you don't have to worry about if you manage to somehow destroy the OS. Or you can practice modding computers/cases without having to worry about blowing it up. Or...and the list goes on and on.

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Izokay (author)2009-02-08

If it's still working you could make a FTP server out of it. Those are always fun. There's a Instructable here that I learned from.

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NobodyInParticular (author)2009-02-08

For a 3 year old computer (1.2GHz/512MB/40GB/WinXP), the going rate on Craig's List looks to be about $100. These sellers may have settled for less, though. Personally, if I were buying, I would wait for the occasional $45 or free offer. So you may find someone desperate enough to buy as is, but don't count on it.

If you've tried to sell it and failed, or your computer is positively ancient, I would go with the Linux solution. Puppy is my personal favorite for its speed and size. One of the slower but easier Ubuntu flavors might work better for you if the computer or its new owner proves too finicky.

With Linux installed, you may decide that the computer is fast enough to keep. Or, if you really need the money, you can sell it to some middle or high school kid who fancies himself (yes, probably a 'he') a master computer hacker in training.

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wgarciamachmar (author)2009-02-08

Depending on how old it is, perhaps you won't be able to get any money from it. But you can donate it to a school. An old computer can still be usable for teaching porpuses, or just as a wordprocessing machine.

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UziMonkey (author)2009-02-08

How old? What model? You really need to give more info. Probably not, at least not for any sizable amount of money. If a computer is more than 2 or 3 years old, it just isn't worth much anymore. When you can build a new machine for $300 that's 4 times faster than your older machine, the market for such machines (and parts for these machines) is somewhat limited.

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11010010110 (author)UziMonkey2009-02-08

i run modern software (the most recent linux) on a 2001 computer and it flies. all parts original except hard drive maybe all your computer needs is a format and maybe extra ram idk ho elsewhere but here (israel) the aftermarket of pentium 3s is still alive and well

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