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October 18, 2010 at 06:01:16
Specs: Windows 7, 2.2GHz E4500 / 1GB
I was walking back from the milkbar to my girlfreinds place when I noticed a motherboard sitting on top of an empty ATX case on the side of the road. Out of curiosity I picked it up and noticed it was pretty new and sill had a CPU and RAM in it, even though I expected it to be broken I thought that maby the CPU and DDR2 on it would still be useful so I dumped it in my car boot.

Just to be sure I sat it on my desk, installed a PCI video card and a PSU and tapped the power connectors with some pliers to see if it would run...... It started up fine, no hint of a problem! It has a 2.2GHz E4500 and 1GB of DDR2 installed on it too. Cant beleive someone would just curb this, at least e-bay it! The board is spotless and looks like its fresh from the box, the CPU fan hardly has traces of dust.

The motherboard is an ASUS P5LD2-SE, sure its the bottom of the range but it's got a PCI-E x16 slot, four DDR2 slots and USB 2.0. Perfect to set up a decent PC I'd even be happy to use. Since I dont need another PC I'll use this to build one for my girlfriend. Saves me about $160(Australian) and will be more than enough for what it will be needed for. I'm happy and my girlfriend will get a modern PC rather than a Pentium 3.

Has anyone else had something like this happen to them?

4GB DDR800

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October 18, 2010 at 08:06:03
Yes, I've had this happen to me too, I placed my brand new ASUS motherboard on-top of my ATX case and went inside to clear some space for it and put the kettle on, when I came back outside the Case was all that was left, some bandit had stolen my Motherboard!

LoL.. Just kidding, actually I've picked up loads of parts and PC's second hand this way, most recent one was recovered from the local rubbish tip, a P4 duel-core with approx 3256Mhz and 1GB of RAM.

On the top is a sticker that says PC Rescue, all I can guess that had happened was the guy who owned it prior to dumping it, sent it in for repair, then got it back and found it still had the same problem, then thought "sod it!" and threw it out, whilst rushing off to buy a new one.

As far as I can establish the only thing wrong is the Graphics card is over-heating causing the screen to black out after about 5 mins of being switched on.

So much for PC Rescue!

If you know what your looking at it's not that hard to put it right, most errors I've encountered have been Blown power supply or shagged graphics! Hardly ever the Motherboard or the RAM.

People that are not tech savvy are quick to dump perfectly working equipment. Be it from a hard-disk failure a virus or what-ever, if they cant be bothered to open the case and figure out whats gone wrong, then more power to us lot that can get it working for FREE!

I've acquired x6 computers in this way and out of those 6, 5 of them are working perfectly with spare parts picked up the same way. I've got more boxes & boxes of spare RAM & PCI, Graphics & SCSI cards than I know what to do with!

Another one you'll find in abundance is Apple machines, because apple do all repairs on site, so you have to send it to apple if you want it upgraded! A security screw-driver set & some spare RAM and a bigger HD and your all set!

Apple PC's use PPC architecture so use a copy of Linux that works on PPC and your laughing all the way down the road, with a newer updated, fully functional apple mac!

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October 18, 2010 at 14:01:58
Nice. That's much better than my recent alley find...a Dell 2350 w/ a 1.8GHz P4, 512MB of RAM, 60GB HDD, and a PCI 9250.

I'm going to drop it off at the thrift store--I CANNOT find a use for this thing. I'll keep the PCI 9250--it's a 256MB/128-bit card built by ATI that is quite a bit faster than my 64-bit FX5200 tester.

Super PIII | Unlocked ES Tualatin @ 1.8GHz (150x12, 1.65v), 512K L2
2GB PC2700 | 500GB | Radeon x1950Pro | Apollo Pro 266T | Win7 Pro

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October 18, 2010 at 18:28:15
This was probably the best Ive found, I have also once before found a 2.4GHz P4 / 512MB Ram 40GB HDD, dont remember the graphics, I think MX4400 or something. Either way that was working perfect too, running XP fine and really seemed like it had little use. Although with that said after about 4 months the capacitors all started leaking on the motherboard.

Very happy with a free LGA775/PCI-E x16 system, dont think I'll be beating that for another few years.

4GB DDR800

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October 19, 2010 at 07:27:06
A neighbor gave me a HP pavilion elite HPE-470F box. She said it was junk. Said she bought it for her daughter a few monts ago from walmart and from the first day it began slowing down to the point they could not use it. I asked her if it worked at all and she said it would turn on but after that all you can do is look at the pretty picture because it is so slow. She told me that walmart said she messed up her warrenty. I told her I would take a look at it and see if I could fix it for her she told me not to bother it wasn't worth puting money into and she had already gotten her daughter another pc. I brought it home and opened it up all looked ok. Hooked up a monitor keyboard and mouse and plugged it in and badda boom badda bing she is off and running.

Her daughter has every instant messanger known to man running on this thing I believe along with god knows how many toolbars. I checked the task manager there are 183 processes running. There are at least 40 programs running at start up that I have never heard of but I am betting many of them have something to do with myspace or facebook because there is 90 days of history saved here and that is about all that is in it.

I'll clean everything out and make sure it is up to speed and offer it back to her. Maybe she can get something back out of it. I don't feel right keeing it.

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October 19, 2010 at 12:36:04
Since I no longer have curb service I go to the land fill.....and pick up at least 4 computers a month. I'm amazed that most just have a bad psu or ram chip.

Some just have a loose connection.....I fix them up and give them to school kids.

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October 23, 2010 at 20:56:35
a person i know and work for gets old "recycled" computers from a local computer store, and we do the "recycling". all we really do is strip the computer for all its worth, and send in the parts to scavenged for the gold in them.

i work for him under one condition: i get to keep any parts i want. for free. (and i get first pick if there is something good)

right now, i am running a P4 @ 3.0Ghz with 1.25gb of ddr400 ram and 4 hard drives (3 40gb, 1 60gb), and 2 dvd writer drives (it has an extra IDE controller in it). i got all of this for free, just because someone thought their computer was broken and sent it in to be "recycled".

I'm back! (from a looooong time ago)

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October 24, 2010 at 12:14:16
I probably have enough parts here to squeeze close to an ounce of gold out of but wouldn't know where to start. I think I have enough to build around 25 systems if all the parts were compatible that is. I just can't bring myself to get rid of something when I know it still works regardless of how old. I have used a few older parts here and there fixing problems for friends.



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October 28, 2010 at 08:14:03
This mindset doesn't stop with just computer components. The things that folks toss out is amazing. One type of goods I see a lot of are toys for youngsters. Little tykes, and the like. I guess the kids out grew the toys. Why not donate them to one of the multitude of outlets that would see to it these items are reused. Lazyness I guess.

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November 2, 2010 at 06:26:00
Well I just got the system together for my girlfriend.

E4500 2.2GHz
2GB DDR800
500GB WD
Radeon HD 4350

A pretty modern PC, I got a ThermalTake V3 for $73 so that took care of both the PSU and case, also got a computer desk that went on clearance at K-mart for $20. A nice new PC and desk, with 19" monitor, new speakers, keyboard and mouse with legitimate Win 7 for a grand total of about $350. Its a nice simple set up that is quick and responsive. Very happy with it, and more importantly so is the girlfriend.

4GB DDR800

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