Re: Help ignorance
- Terry said -
> I've just aquired 2 towers 3 monitors 3 printers load of routersHey! lucky you!
> 5 key boards and boxs mouses and cables
> I no little about these thingsYeah but now you have a *great* opportunity to learn without wasting
any money :)
> what is best for me to do?First idea: if you are in the UK, email me and give all that lovely
second-user stuff to me ;)
Second, read as much as you can online aboyut fixing machines (start
at www.pcguide.com or type "building PC" into Google) then invest in
a few very basic tools and start taking the machines apart.
Getting free gear and disassembling and reassesembling is *exactly*
how I started. This will teach you where everything fits at the very
Third idea: the monitors may be worth a few bucks so try selling your
newly-acquired stuff through your local newspaper, through a
conmputer magazine, or any online auction site such as ebay.
Think positive! Look on this as a learning opportunity! Good luck!
- Further to Terry's original post and my reply.
> > ... just aquired 2 towers 3 monitors 3 printers load of routersand I said:
> > 5 key boards and boxs mouses and cables
> ... now you have a *great* opportunity to learn without wastingI advised Terry to:
> any money
> ... invest inOK Terry, here's a little story. Today I visited my local civic
> a few very basic tools and start taking the machines apart...
> ... disassembling and reassesembling ....
> will teach you where everything fits ...
ammenities tip (in the UK this means a place where the public can
dispose of rubbish that is too bulky for the garbage can). I found
several old computers in the scrap metal disposal skip.
Two were very battered and when I took the case covers off I could
see they were very outdated and both had had the memory taken out.
Despite that, I stripped them down and thereby acquired three hard
drives, two floppy drives, one Cyrix 6x86 MII chip, one good PSU, one
(ageing) CD drive, plus loads of cabling, screws, ports etc.
The third machine was obviously complete (though the CD drive was
missing and it was battered and dirty outside). I plugged it in.
WHOOSH! The PSU spluttered and the lights went out! (In the UK,
houses have RCD-type current breakers which are far more sensitive
than fuses or normal overload circuit-breakers). Nothing daunted, I
unplugged by torchlight then restored the domestic power. I swapped
the PSU for the one I'd got out of the other machine and tried again.
I now have an AT in a midi tower, PentiumMMX 266, 64MB EDO Ram, 1GB
hdd, 4MB video card. And it works fine! It even booted straight into
Win98SE. It's got Office and other software. It's a ready-to-go basic
workhorse. By tomoro it will have a modem. By Wednesday it will (I
hope) be sold.
Morals? Never look a gift horse in the mouth; familiarise yourself
with basic computer hardware/software techniques; never throw away
spare bits, cables, screws etc.
Hope this encourages you - and others - to have a go at computer
If so, one caution. NEVER WORK ON A COMPUTER THAT IS PLUGGED IN TO A
LIVE WALL SOCKET.
One further moral. The puter I describe above not only booted into
Windows: it also had all the work and emails and other user data of
the last user. From briefly looking through the files, I found out
that it had belonged to the local office of a national public-service
organisation and had been the workstation for a secretary or clerk
called Josie. I learned that Josie dealt with people called X, Y and
Z at organisations A, B and C. I also learnt that and that she spent
work time emailing friends via Hotmail, looking at online Vogue
magazine, and shopping from catalogues. I guess Josie hadn't cottoned
on to deleting temporary internet files LOL. Win386.swp was pretty
interesting too, once I'd transferred its contents to another machine
and opened it in Wordpad ;)
Moral? ALWAYS THOROUGHLY WIPE the hard drive of any machine before
you throw it out or pass it on.