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Coming Soon: Dead Computer Contest - UPDATE Answered

What can you make with a dead computer? A meat slicer? A funky endtable? A funny hat? We want to know and we'll be launching a new contest to see what you can make with old computer parts on February 1.

This contest will help promote Randy's new book, so enter something awesome!  Start looking around for some old computer parts and get some ideas started. More details, including the cool prizes, to be announced later.

As with all our contests, entries must be published during the contest. Previously published Instructables are not eligible.


UPDATE (1/27):

First Prize (3 winners) -
ASUS Eee PC 1005HA netbook + copy of 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer + Instructables Prize Pack

Second Prize (10 winners)
- Copy of 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer + Instructables Prize Pack

Dead computer = an electronic device that is a computer or has one in it. So if there's a microchip in there, go to town!

Once again, contest starts on Monday, Feb. 1


UPDATE:

Contest is live and can be seen here

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bo3bo3
bo3bo3

11 years ago

Hi everybody,

I have two questions:

How many entries can i post?

Am from Jordan can ship the prize to me? in case     :)
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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 11 years ago

No limit on entries, but we can only ship the prizes to US and Canada for this contest. Sorry.

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bo3bo3
bo3bo3

Reply 11 years ago

Ok,,,  US and Canada only ....

What if i have a friend in US or Canada?
Can i put his details and ill get him to send the prize 4 me? is that possible?

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

Plus you can only win one prize.

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

11 years ago

"On January 24th, gmjhowe will introduce his entry, And you'll see why 1984 won't be like 1984"

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

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led235
led235

Reply 11 years ago

 dont take that apart

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

 That is already taken apart and fitted with an LCD screen!

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zack247
zack247

11 years ago

hmmm... i wonder what i could do with 2 computer cases, 5 power supply cases, a couple hard drives,  a couple cd drives, and a hellava lot of fans... maybe a computer mobo too...

i know just what to do...

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

Give me the fans....Me wants fans! My computers always overheat, and I am NOT going out to buy something out at the pc store that would cost me half as much if I actually lived in a city.

Seriously, $24 for a DVI cable?! I can get them at newegg for 5! (+5 for shipping tho) Why does my pc store only have stupid gold plated cables? I don't want gold plated cables!!!

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lodewijkadlp
lodewijkadlp

Reply 11 years ago

Why not order it from newegg then? (or dealextreme.com)

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

I am poor, and I got a VGA for it instead (For now)

I think the monitor goes 1600*1200 but VGA only goes 1280 by 1024, so I want to switch sometime...

Do you know of a good source of those old Dell 14" LCDs? that's perfect for my projector, and I'd hate to cut up my current one.

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zack247
zack247

Reply 11 years ago

That reminds me. i was looking for a vga cable for an lcd monitor, and the first place i looked at was walmart. $30 for a vga cable. basically it is just two monitor plugs attached to eack other and they want $30 for it. (overpriced, much?)

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

Give me a DVI and I'll give you my vga...
Wow. At my PC store I can get them for $8, but they're plain old beige things. Not that I care, it is 6 foot long!

Right now I'm trying to get my Comp repair teacher to give me a dvi y splitter, since the PCs all came with one and none are being used. Just one issue: I think they're Male to female. Aren't regular dvis male to male?

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zack247
zack247

Reply 11 years ago

im not sure. i have never seen a dvi cable before

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

A DVI cable has two rectangular plugs that are both capped off white.   Most of the time they have black cords, but not always.

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lodewijkadlp
lodewijkadlp

Reply 11 years ago

 so what you want to say is:
24$ is to much for a DVI cable
5$ would be more appropriate!
but... i don't have 5$ either.
(i might sound a bit rude but it's not meant like that)

www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.14662

$7.25 - free shipping

Company's are your number 1 source of old screens. Any recycling store (seconds-hands store will do as wel )

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

It didn't sound rude to me. You nailed it right on the head! thanks for the link!

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

Did you see the Thumb bluetooth USBs???? $2.00! That's awesome! at newegg I can get one that's 10 times longer for ten times as much!

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lodewijkadlp
lodewijkadlp

Reply 11 years ago

 I'm currently getting 5 of those.
The website is great any the prices are insanely low. It's because they ship directly from the factory's in china. 

Anyway this is kind of off-topic (they sell replacement/spare parts to! 50$ Playstation 3 blue ray reader module anyone?)

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

well, I don't have a ps3 but thats still cheap for a blue laser diode!

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zack247
zack247

Reply 11 years ago

if you live in saskatoon, saskatchewan you can have one, its big though, lots of airflow, and if you side mounted this thing on your case, it'll be pumping that hot air out like never before! and i agree, computer stores REALLY overprice stuff, at otv, its $40 for a SIDE PANEL with a window and a small fan.

but if your computer overheats, why not add water cooling? i haven't tried it myself, but i hear it works pretty well

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

Saskatoon, Canada? I live in Utah, so I guess that's not an option really...

Water cooling is pretty pricey, but works great. The whole setup will cost you maybe $150, unless you make the stuff yourself with super fancy tools. The waterblocks cost a ton! Everything else is pretty cheap though...

At least the computer doesn't actually crash anymore. The overheating is because the cpu heatsink mount stinks. plastic tabs broke off years ago, and we had to ziptie it down. Oh how I long for the days of lever-latched heatsinks!

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zack247
zack247

Reply 11 years ago

ha. i hear ya. one of my friends used zip ties to attach a amd athlon heatsink to a p4, that I gave him. i feel sorry for the p4, im sure it's days are limited

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

Yeah, but this one was made for this mobo and cpu! The stupid tabs that stuck in and rotated broke off! The zipties work better than the clamps ever did.

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zack247
zack247

Reply 11 years ago

i don't know why they don't make those tabs out of something stronger than plastic, or they could just powder coat a metal duplicate and use that.

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

They have one reason: making stuff out of more than one material is expensive. Plastic is cheap.

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

One noisy idea I had was one of those big square fans. Stick it on the side of the computer and it will get rid of the dust too!

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hunterbait93
hunterbait93

Reply 11 years ago

 $24!!! the cheapest i found was $30!!!! AAAAAA and its a crappy 1 to :'(

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

Ouch. I live in a low living cost area though. New york living costs roughly twice as much for the same lifestyle. That's what happens in Utah!

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Bartboy
Bartboy

11 years ago

GRRRR!!!!! 
>:(

I made a mini hovercraft out of computer fans and circuit boards last year for a school project!

I broke it :(

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

Hahaha that's what mine's gonna be with a twist!

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Bartboy
Bartboy

Reply 11 years ago

It was really cool. I programmed it to start, fly 3 metres, then stop.
It worked, I got 97%.

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

Nice!!!
Mine's gonna be RC controller, and be able to go any direction at once.
What did you use for a skirt?

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Bartboy
Bartboy

Reply 11 years ago

some BIG balloons

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willrandship
willrandship

11 years ago

So...has a date been mentioned yet? It would be nice if it was sometime in the far, far future, like at least august so I can work on my science fair project before this.

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 11 years ago

Feb. 1st. It was mentioned twice in the post above :)

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Gavin.Perry
Gavin.Perry

11 years ago

I've been making stuff out of dead computers since before most of you were born!  ;-)  I had a friend who taught me this skill while reviving a PDP8.
(1960's before there even were PCs)  I probably have parts from over 100 computers in my basement, I use caps (of they aren't swollen or blown), heat sinks, fans for electronic stuff, processor chips, RAM ...  5 1/4" floppies and old printers had great stepper motors. HDDs ahve really cool servos in them

Anybody else ever seen an 8 inch floppy? or a 14" hard disk? How about CORE memory made out of real ferrite cores?
If it's old enough then I give it to people to make jewelery. One time we even made a Monopoly game out of old Amiga parts.

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

I've seen a 5 inch floppy......;P

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Pablojr
Pablojr

11 years ago

is the netbook the 10.5 hour battery or 4.5 hour battery model?

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

Can't you just buy a bigger battery if it's not?

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led235
led235

11 years ago

if i have 6 dead macintosh computers from 1980's, does that count?

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willrandship
willrandship

Reply 11 years ago

I think it has to be in a project, if that's what you mean.

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Foehammer358
Foehammer358

11 years ago

if i make something out of a computer case, does it count?
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Foehammer358
Foehammer358

Reply 11 years ago

that and im in Canada... can we win prizes anyway?

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 11 years ago

Yes and yes. Contest prizes can be shipped to US and Canada.

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zim_256
zim_256

11 years ago

Sorry about this n00b question but, how do i participate?

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 11 years ago

Publish a new Instructable. When you're publishing it you'll see options for entering it in the contests.