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General Chat Thread, Giving away old computers in General; We have a number of old Viglen Contenders that will shortly be surplus to requirement. I don't think the recycling ...
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    Giving away old computers

    We have a number of old Viglen Contenders that will shortly be surplus to requirement. I don't think the recycling companies will be interested in Celeron 800/900 based stuff, so I wondered about offering them to parents after stripping everything out except the OS and possibly putting Open Office on. They have all recently had a PAT test.

    They'd be offered on a "no-support" basis but am I still asking for trouble?

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    We've done this the past 2 years its a good way of getting rid of what would otherwise be junk. It also stops any kids using the excuse of not having a PC to work on at home as they are then given a free PC. However you should be prepared for the inevitable return visits after the parents or children break them within a week. Even if you clearly state "No Support" they know where you work.
    We've even had a complaint from one parent that they was expecting to have at least a P4.

    We also limit them to 1 per family

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    Be careful,

    most windows licences are non-transferrable.

    Maybe a linux OS would be a better idea.

    Also be wary of anything thats had Kids details on it

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    so whats the complete spec of them??

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    If the machine comes with an OEM license then it should be fine. We did this many moons ago and it worked well - £99 per PC.

    Used XP and OpenOffice and AVG - strictly on a no support basis as well.

    I think we had a few calls asking for help some time down the line but our office staff were stars for explaining that PC World is around the corner.

    There was one really poor family though that I helped with twice - but other than that we had no come back whatsoever.

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    RE: computer disposal

    I have the same problem at the moment, approx 40 500mhz machines to be disposed of with monitors etc.
    Weighed up the pros and cons of giving them away and my personal opinion is to pay for the disposal of them.
    My way of looking at is by paying a company to dispose of them this removes all health and safety issues, child protection issues and the return visits with the comments "it doesnt work". It also saves the time put into getting them working, reinstalling an OS etc, etc which in turn saves money and doesnt add too my workload.

    Harsh I know as throwing away working kit seems wrong.

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    Hmm unfortunately I have to agree with yabbadabba. As nice as it would be for us to give our old machines away I don't think the headaches are worth it.

    A while ago now, the school where I was working at the time, decided to be nice and donate some old machines to the ptfa, with no support. Unfortunately when they realised that no support meant I wasnt going to set them up and install things for them at the drop of a hat, they binned them. Great. 'No support' wont stop people coming to find you and ask you questions.

    As said above, recycling (with a reputible company) covers you for all your legal responsibilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    I don't think the recycling companies will be interested in Celeron 800/900 based stuff
    They will take anything, even if it doesnt work. They will strip it all down to scrap metal if needs be.

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    These people are very willing to accept donations.

    Computer Aid

    We have used them a few times.

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    I have rid myself of two complete IT suites worth of old machines - some to Africa and some to people on Freecycle
    It does mean a bit of work - being there and sorting them out but I think that ethically and green-ly it is worth it
    This lot: RefurbIT UK - Home have told me that they will pick up school stuff for free - maybe you could check it out.
    I wouldn't give kit to parents - not enough time to help them!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    If the machine comes with an OEM license then it should be fine. We did this many moons ago and it worked well - £99 per PC.
    I would be VERY careful here. Selling them, even at a nominal sum, could well involve you in a whole world of pain. VAT, sale of goods, Elec safety issues, guarantees etc.
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    We've tried this twice with little success each time. First time round it was to parents with the 'no support' and a linux OS on them. We even explained at the time what the equipment was capable of. Still got the majority back as people tried using them for stuff like video editing

    Second time around, offered just to staff. A few have gone but still got a bunch here. We'd love to send them on one of those africa things but all the companies I've looked at seem very specific as to what they want (P4, 2 years old, etc) If it was a decent, 2 y/o P4 it would still be in service

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    About 3 / 4 years ago we offered them to staff Free of Charge, but it was more trouble then it was worth ghosting them with new images etc.

    So now, we just note the serial numbers, remove from our stock book and lock them away until a recycle company can come and collect them. We used a company I found on here (LCWS) I think they were called and they came and collected our unwanted PC's and Monitors free of charge also.

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    The problem I have is that there is no room to lock them away, so the new suite can't be set up until the old stuff has gone.

    I guess the other problem with parents/freecycle is that people say they want one but then never collect. I think I'll look at the Africa donations.

    Thanks for all of your great replies.

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