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Several year old computer died; trash?

Old 05-18-18, 01:39 PM
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Several year old computer died; trash?

Our several year old PC wouldn’t boot. Did my usual and opened her up and checked and reseated all the connections. Still nada. Opened her up again and noticed that the motherboard had a small fried area (around the bios iirc). If that wasn’t enough to know I needed to replace it, in examining it I accidentally knocked loose a little cable that was soldered to the processor.

It was just a $600 or so i3 processor or somesuch. I’ve taken out the hard drive and it works fine in an external enclosure, so at least our data is still available.

But is there anything else at all worth saving in a computer that old? The processor or ram dimms or anything else worth saving or even offering up for free?

Maybe I’ll save the DVD burner drive just to have a spare.
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Old 05-18-18, 03:28 PM
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Re: Several year old computer died; trash?

At least pull out the hard drive so you can move over any data that you might want from your user profile, or another location on the hard drive if you were saving data there an it's not backed up for some reason.
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Old 05-18-18, 05:16 PM
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Re: Several year old computer died; trash?

Depends if you need another PC or not and you want to rebuild one. If it's just the motherboard, a gut swap wouldn't be that difficult and cheap to replace rather then buying a whole new PC. Also it might depend on what generation of a Core i3 it is to see if it's worth keeping. The RAM is probably DDR3 and could be used in another system too.
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