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Written by Mat Thompson - Edited by Olin Coles   
Friday, 05 June 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Recycled PC: Old Computers with a New Purpose
Repurposed: Secondary Computer
Repurposed: HTPC
Repurposed: File Server
Repurposed: Backup
Repurposed: Web Server
The Niche
Conclusion

Repurposed: Secondary Computer

This may seem obvious, but the best way to recycle an older computer is to clean it up and place it elsewhere. Secondary computers are great for all sorts of tasks within the household, be it for children, guests or even for the other people living in your home. Hand-me-downs are a great way to maintain utility of many objects as well as maintaining thrift. By placing the computer in a secondary role you can save yourself money down the line when it comes to multiple computers in a household.

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If you're the type of person that uses your computer until it breaks, you may be able to salvage the computer with the replacement of one or two parts. The internal components within a computer tend to be pretty hardy, but the mechanical parts have a greater tendency to fail, including fans, hard drives and optical drives. HDDs and optical drives are cheap to replace, but memory may be more difficult or costly to replace. Keep on the lookout for people selling used parts of old computers for cheap.

Many old computers were shipped with OEM versions of old operating systems, like Windows 98 or ME. It's not recommended that you stick with these old operating systems because they're outdated, unsupported, unstable and easy to infect with viruses and trojans. Many tasks which are very easy to accomplish on newer operating systems, such as joining a network or installing new hardware can be very difficult. Finally, compatibility with basic hardware standards, like USB 2.0, can be very difficult. If the old computer came with Windows 2000 or XP, you're more than likely all set for use, but older computers, require different measures. Linux is becoming easier and easier to use and many different light-weight variations of Linux are available for download and installation for free. The most popular version of Linux at the moment, Ubuntu, has a lightweight version released called Xubuntu, based off of the XFCE GUI platform. Other distributions to considering include Puppy Linux, Knoppix and Mint Linux. Through free and open-source software (FOSS) you can install many programs that make you just as productive as on a Windows platform.



 

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# Computer repair hamiltoncomputer repair hamilton 2010-04-06 05:49
I agree with this article...you can easily repurpose a computer and computer repair hamilton or any sort of computer repairs can get quite expensive. With a little know how, anyone can really turn an unused computer to be useful again.
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# RE: Recycled PC: Old Computers with a New Purposeceaira 2011-09-13 11:17
what is the purpose of computers
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# RE: RE: Recycled PC: Old Computers with a New PurposeOlin Coles 2011-09-13 11:22
Computers allow you to leave silly questions on a hardware review website.
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