First post, by Scraphoarder
It looks like sources for old hardware is becoming scarce, or is it so?
For a long time i have suspected there is still a lot of treasures around in homes and companies. Yes much are recycled in an alarming rate, but people often keeps thing for decades before they throw anything.
Here in Norway groups on Facebook seems to be more popular for local and national, buy, sell and giveaway for all sorts of used items.
So today i thought i would post in a local public group with about 9600 members. I posted i was looking for beige computers and parts about 15 years old or more. Wrote instead of taking them to the recycler i could come get them and take out the harddrive if needed. Just after one minute the first response came and more came in after. I jumped in my car to come get some peoples old computers and after one hour i got quite a diverse bunch:
I forgot to write in my posting i wanted only desktops so i got two laptops also. A Dell Latitude E6400 and a HP G7000 that was a little beaten up in one corner, but both start up.
Most interesting is the 5 desktops i also got for free for just two litres of gasoline driving around to pick them up. I got species from 486 to Dual Core.
I bellieve this is the oldest one from a Norwegian oem brand called Unitech. An ISA only Opti based motherboard with 16 simmslots, but only half of them populated with probably 1MB simms. A 486 DX33 CPU, SCSI controller (CDC?), an IO card without IDE and a Tseng ET4000AX came in this white AT minitower.
Another 486 DX33 , but now a HP Vectra 486/66XMdesktop. Why the dx66 was replaced with a dx33 overdrive i dont know. Only add on card is a 3Com509.
A nice Dell Dimension XPS T500 With a slot1 P3-500, 128MB ram, 3Com905b nic and a TNT2 32MB AGP. Not bad 😊
The black sheep is a Dell Vostro 200 With some Dual Core CPU and the beige ATX miditower to the right is a REC "something" with a KT7 Pro motherboard and probably some Athlon XP CPU. Graphics in this box is a ATI Rage XL AGP.
I could only pic this up today and tomorrow i go look for 5-6 more systems and im exited based on todays "Experiment". So you see it could still be things laying around waiting to get picked up. Take with you some tools such as screwdriver with bits (dont forget hex15) if the previous owners want to keep the HDDs.
I follow up tomorrow and post the outcome.