Not today... but this week my sister told me one of her coworkers had left the company where she works and that she had bought a shop that used to be a computer shop. As soon as she told me the area where the shop was located, I knew exactly which one it was (it's a small town) and the treasure trove that was hidden there (or so I thought).
After getting in touch with the now new owners of the shop, they told me I could swing by and have a look as they wouldn't want anything of what was there and it was mostly go to the scrapyard. Sadly we couldn't seem to find a time where we both were available, but one day I just happened to stop by and the shop was opened. She wasn't there but her parner in cr..erm.. business was, which was also another ex-colleague of her. He already knew of our "arrangement" and told me to go for broke. I got a few supposedly non-working laptops and a couple of pc towers (fairly recent, p4's or so) from the shop itself together with a few NIB fans, a fan controller, and some assorted cables (including a 25m VGA cable...(!)). "Meh, thought they had more stuff but I guess they cleaned up shop before they left", I thought. And as I was going to say thanks and my goodbyes since the trunk of my puny Renault Clio was already full, the guy asks me if I had ever gone to the basement.
Basements are good. I mean, basements are the best. I never knew the shop had a basement. The access was thru the outside since it was the basement of the building where the shop is located. Immediately my mind starts racing, and thinking, that's where the good (old!) stuff is. So, I present to you, the basement:
A pile... erm.. maybe a pyramid of old towers (around 30 or so), together with a 1m x 3m wood box full of loose laptop and pc parts, plastics, beer bottles (!), a couple of printers, some monitors, a couple of stereos and strangely, no bugs other than a spider or two.
I took advantage of the few hours of daylight I had left and made a smaller pile of the computers that had the case in better shape, picked the other cases that still had something inside of them (not all, but most did) and that was pretty much it. The garage was opened normally during the day since it serves only as storage for the shops above, so I carried (3 boxes of) the stripped parts from the battered computer cases and the wood crate, 4 UPSs and 6 or 7 computers in the back seat, and home I went. Next day, after some meticulous planning, I managed to fill the Clio with not 5, not 10, but around 15 computers, including one massive Thermaltake case. I had to go thru most backalleys back home (10km ride) thru the city since I didn't want any issues with the cops, but the trip went well.
This is everything I brought from there:
After I did another selection of cases, now with better daylight, stripped the other ones of their goods and with a lot of elbow grease cleaned up the ones in better state, having ended up with this:
Cleaned up Cases:
There was also a Goldstar Desktop PC (486 SX25) which caught my eye as probably being the oldest (I'll open up a thread about this one):
Optical and Floppies (and a pair of ZIP Drives too):
Motherboards \ CPU \ RAM bundles:
I haven't yet tested the Hard Disks, nor the Optical Drives, and I forgot to take a picture of the various Graphic, sound, network and other cards. There wasn't much RAM there too. Apart from this, I also brought home a couple of satellite receivers BNIB, 5 or so access points (3 brand new).
What I did test were the motherboards (up to POST at least), and only 6 out of 18 were broken, so I salvaged the CPUs and BIOS Chips (what else can you salvage from a dead mobo?) and put them up together with the unwanted cases to recycling.
The computers inside the cleaned up cases all worked but one, most of them are standard PC's from the day ranging from Pentium II 350's to Pentium III 733's.
One of them as a borked PSU (the iDot Explora) which is less than half the size of a standard ATX so I'll have to find one on ebay. There are also a couple of AMD Athlon systems in there. The "strangest" of the bunch is a Cyrix Media GX AT-based system that runs @ 266MHz with everything onboard.
Most of this will be up for sale at the bays, but i'm surely going to keep a board or two... 😀
Edit: I almost forgot. When I was leaving with the last computers, one of the ladies helping clean the store (computer shop guys aren't the tidiest, believe me) was carrying some stuff from the shop and opened a garage inside the basement. I peeked as soon as she left to go fetch more stuff.
Guess I am not done yet... 😁 Already spoke with them, and as soon as they have time I'll have another go at the stuff 😀
Edit 2: Found out how to shrink the thumbnails.. 😜