What to do with an old computer?

  TimCDC 19:10 11 Jun 03

Tidying out the loft at the weekend, I found my old computer: a 10 year old IBM PS1 computer that ran Windows 3.1 (I think!) with a black and white monitor. Does anyone know if there is anything more constructive I can do with this than simply throw it away? Clearly it won't run modern programmes, but are there any charities/organisations that can recycle old computers, or put them to good use?

  otubby1 19:49 11 Jun 03

Have you tried your local school or college? They sometimes like an old machine to practice programming on, so it doesn't matter if they screw things up. If they do, they just re-format.

  Pesala 06:40 12 Jun 03

I cannot imagine anyone would be interested in a ten-year old machine. You would be wasting more resources trying to find a home for it than you would be throwing it away.

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  TimCDC 17:26 12 Jun 03

Yes, it really does seem as though it is too old to be any use to anyone - better get ready for a trip to the tip!

  Bodi 17:52 12 Jun 03

Please don't throw away your old friend.

It can be used as a word processor or something just as useful. I've just upgraded the memory on an old Intel Pentium 166MMX and the person who received it is over the moon. She can't afford a new computer and the old PC does everything she wants from it.

There is bound to be someone grateful for yours.


  Agent Smith 22:32 12 Jun 03

Maybe use it as a firewall.

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