My local Wal-Mart had a "computer recycle day" (TOTAL BULLSHIT-- the workers there would not let me take a monitor, found out later that they sell everything they get to either recyclers or companies). After they turned me away from the semitruck-trailers I went back at 2am, when no one was there. The parking lot has cameras, so I drove in, headlights off, in my black car, at an angle the cameras were blocked from (by the trailers, there were at least 5 of them). The trailers were not fully loaded. I filled my car, with mostly old Dells and such, but I got a TON of decent stuff. Several working monitors, a bunch of P2/P3s and one P4. Also salvaged an AMD 2000 system and removed an AMD 1400+ from another computer. I threw away all the P2s and P3s, after taking all the parts worth anything (most of the computers had dead mobos, or were too old for me to care about). Now I have a shelf full of small hard drives, cd drives, TONS of floppy drives (threw out all but 10, no one needs like 50 floppy drives), fans, a few decent PSUs, etc from the whole incident. Since the AMD 1400+ system was entirely toasted, I will probably be ordering a new mobo for it to use with a GeForce4 TNT2 that I had lying around. Next time they have one of these, I am renting a van and parking nearby. I think I will also go sooner, as I think most of the good systems were already taken (or maybe locked up). It is amazing how many computers soccer moms in a rich area will throw away...
Bleh this economy needs to get out of its Funk so we can hear more tales of the good finds. Tho do remember what I said about the pro jackasses who go out and do it for scrap.
I want to quote somthing from years ago for those who are not familiar with the pre recession USA.
I highly highly doubt you will see such a great find again any time soon. Notice how even then they wanted to sell their "Recycled" computers. These days I wont be surprised if these events hire extra security. It is not us they are worried about. It is the drug users looking for scrap metal (Yes I said drug users because that is who steal computers and strip away the case and metal parts, rip out copper wiring and other unlawful deeds. For drug money)
Also I doubt any of these recycle events will do much good right now anyway. You put a computer out on the street (Don't do it if it is unlawful BTW) Chances are it will be gone before the next day. Also more and more cities use recycling systems to gather recyclables from the street.
Oh man........that's got to be the best find in the thread.Found This at the dump electronics section while getting rid of a couple of older computers.
37 inch polaroid TV, was making a really loud sound from the speakers and wasn't detecting inputs(video of it here. I opened it up, and found 2 blown capactiors, and 1 buldging ones. I replaced them with higher voltage ones, and it works perfectly now.
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Everything by me has gone to compactors. I used to love to score free trash!
at work they toss things out near the inventroy guys
DD for monday
2x 3.2ghz socket 478 cpus
usb cable (charge the ps3 controllers YAY)
usb wall charger for blackberry
5port hub works
40gb wd works noisey
All of them work but the wall charger i was going to buy some of this stuff but now i dont need too.