What To Do With An Old Computer System

What To Do With An Old Computer System



What To Do With An Old Computer System
Anyone who has purchased a​ computer system has learned how quickly they lose their value,​ and become obsolete .​
This rapid devaluation often leads to​ the​ dilemma: what to​ do with an​ older system,​ when you’re no longer going to​ use it? Selling it​ is​ most often a​ waste of​ time and effort .​
a​ computer bought for $3,​000.00 on​ January 1,​ 2005 and then put up for sale on​ December 31,​ 2005 will rarely bring offers of​ more than $100.00 - $150.00,​ and even these don’t come often .​
Older systems are proportionately less valuable.
One quick,​ easy solution is​ to​ donate the​ computer system to​ a​ charity,​ and write-off what is​ appropriate .​
However,​ charities are quickly becoming more and more skeptical about accepting older computer systems,​ and less and less likely to​ surrender receipts (for use with a​ tax return) for very much money.
Sometimes it​ is​ a​ wise course of​ action to​ simply 'cannibalize' the​ older system for components that will work in​ other systems .​
Some components can be switched between older and newer computer systems .​
These can include power supplies,​ hard drives,​ RAM,​ graphics cards,​ speakers,​ keyboards,​ CD and DVD readers/writers and so forth .​
If you have a​ use/need for your old DVD burner in​ your newer system,​ you're almost always best off going the​ 'cannibal' route .​
But there are some other options,​ some of​ which can be quite attractive .​
Sometimes,​ the​ otherwise out-of-work computer system can be set to​ tending some necessary and/or useful affairs and matters.
Hand-in-hand with cannibalizing is​ stripping out components and selling them individually .​
This can be especially beneficial if​ you recently installed a​ hardware upgrade to​ the​ now defunct system such as​ a​ good DVD or​ CD reader/writer,​ or​ a​ new hard drive .​
Not only are the​ components often easier to​ sell,​ they will bring more money and ship much,​ much easier – and cheaper.
DEDICATED FAX SYSTEM
You can turn almost any old system into a​ dedicated fax receiver at​ either your home or​ office .​
It can be incredibly convenient to​ have a​ fax at​ the​ house! Anyone who has bought a​ house or​ car lately will attest to​ how nice a​ fax at​ the​ house would be .​
Remember,​ the​ system does not have to​ be set to​ always receive faxes .​
You can turn it​ on​ or​ off as​ you deem necessary based on​ your use and needs .​
All your system requires for this application is​ a​ phone line,​ a​ modem,​ and Windows® .​
The fax service in​ Windows® must be turned on​ and configured in​ order for this to​ work properly .​
This is​ very easily accomplished through the​ Control Panel of​ Windows.
HOME ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
Recently,​ manufacturers of​ computer systems and components have entered the​ home entertainment business – with a​ vengeance .​
No longer are computers just good for games and music,​ now you can hook them up to​ control your TV,​ cable signals,​ speaker systems,​ VCR,​ DVD player,​ etc .​
You can even record to​ and play from them .​
The system would need some hardware and software,​ but not too much,​ and all of​ the​ necessities can be had at​ reasonable (and quickly dropping) prices .​
You can learn more about the​ rapidly growing home entertainment computer systems industry on​ any number of​ sites on​ the​ Internet .​
a​ good place to​ start is​ www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter/default.mspx.
As you can see,​ you don't have to​ throw up your hands and scream when you're offered 5% of​ what you paid for your computer system a​ year earlier .​
There are some other options,​ some of​ which can be quite satisfying and rewarding.




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