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Recycling Old Computers

I was a website, and they referred me to your company as a possible solution to recycling old computers. I was wondering if this was true, and if you take all computers, or are there requirements for computer recycling with you?

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Why recycle them? I usually just get <a rel='nofollow' href="">PC repair in Las Vegas NV</a> and then I can keep using the computer. They really don't need replacing as often as people do it.

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Try recycling the wireless router by unplugging the power to it and wait 20 seconds then plug the router back in. Sometimes that is all it takes.

After recycling the router if the adapter still does not show any wireless networks make sure you don't have the wireless radio turned off in the software that runs the adapter.

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How To Recycle your Computer

<span>Computers sure are handy when they are working but once they've chewed their last byte, things can get a little messy. Toxic chemicals, carcinogens and heavy metals are all part of what makes their clocks tick, and improper disposal can bring them all a little too close for human comfort. Computer recycling is nothing new, but getting your old electronics to the great motherboard in the sky can be tricky to do responsibly. For years, developed countries have been exporting tons of electronic waste for inexpensive, labor-intensive recycling and disposal, mostly to China. It's been illegal to import e-waste into China for dirty recycling and dumping since 2000, but smuggling, corruption and China's appetite for scrap keep it coming. One of the best ways to get clean recycling is simple: just ask questions. A reputable recycler should be able to tell you where hardware is sent, and if the company exports or uses prison labor. The recycler should also be able to tell you how it handles data destruction; you'll want the recycler or reuse organization to wipe the hard drive for you so any personal information doesn't end up where it doesn't belong. If you are donating your equipment to a reuse organization, ask if equipment is tested before it is passed on for donation and if the company only ships working equipment. Ask who their recipient organizations are. If the answer to any of these questions is, "We don't know," or, "We can't tell you," it may be time to send your equipment elsewhere.<br /> One of the easiest options is to use your computer manufacturer's recycling program, though most major manufacturers charge fees and require you to do the packing and shipping. The <a href="">Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition</a>, a good guide to responsible recycling, finds many of the manufacture take-back programs wanting and publishes a <a href="">report card</a> on the environmental effectiveness of most of them.<br />The <a href="">Rethink Program</a>, hosted by eBay has a good computer recycling FAQ section and many useful links to recyclers, as do <a href="">CompuMentor</a>'s Tech Soup site and the EPA's<a href="">eCycling</a> website. Be aware, though, that the recyclers listed on these sites have not been vetted or approved by these organizations in any way. The Basel Action Network also carries a list of electronics recyclers that have <a href="">signed their stewardship pledge</a>, under which recyclers agree not to export e-waste or add it to landfill, or use prison labor, and to document where equipment, parts and materials go.<br />If your machine still functions (and not just as a paperweight), then seeing that it is reused is perhaps the best option. Companies like <a href="">RetroBox</a> and <a href="">FreeGeek</a> build computers out of salvaged parts; the latter has a <a href="">list of like-minded organizations</a> that can be a good starting place for recycling or reusing your machine. <br /> <br /><a href=""></a></span>

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Recycling and refurbishing of desktop computers and other things

I find to begin with, when a computer is found by the side of the road, in a dumpster or even from an office building or somebodies home they are old and are in need of a clean up.
When bringging something like that home I first put it up on shelving off the floor and have a think about it. At this point I will jot down in my database that comes with Fedora linux, Time, Date, Place, any Serial Numbers, condition of the article and then I will consider what needs to be done.
This first tip is getting a plastic bucket, 4 litres of methalated spirits, a clean pump spray or squirt bottle, static strap and some coffee filters.
Wearing a static strap I find is optional when dealing with recycled computers and parts, since some have even been rained on. If you don't have one I'll run through later on how to make yourself one or they are priced anywhere from $2 to $10 at retail electronic stores.
Take the methalated spirits put it in your squirtbottle then proceed to gently spray clean the computer part over the plastic bucket or basin getting out any remaining dust or dirt using a cotton tip.
Then air dry, out on a towel and filter your used metho into secondary container or bottle through a coffee filter to save for later. Leave you with different grades of metho for later use depending on the job.
Next Time funkycobra

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If you look at the motherboard you should see a plastic strip with black squares on it sticking up from the motherboard about 4 inches long. Often in older models the memory cards were at a slant. Either way there are 2-4 slots populated with 1 to 4 of these green plastic strips. Just pop them out. They may have little clips on each end that you have to depress to get them out of the slots. Hope this helps.

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I have a "gateway solo" model #SOLO2150 that I would like to take for repair - where? or if not feasible, recycle - where? Please advise .

please contact and they have a technical help center that can assist you expecially if it is under warranty and as far as recycling it most recycle centers will take the old pc

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I need a new battery for my Acer Notebook. I need to charge it all the time. If I leave it uncharge, the battery will failed. Regards

Why in blazes did you ask here? They make new batteries and you can't reforge your old batteries like a sword. Read around a little and you'll learn...what's wrong with this category, for example...that batteries last 2 years max. before needing to be recycled (Acer or a box store can point you to their recycling bins) and a new one bought or made.

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Robert, They do accept computers for recylcing, however, they only accept them during recycling events. For events in your area, go here: Other options are giving it away to someone in need...Good Luck!

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Old Computers.

not likely. They may not have anyone that's up to speed on that old of a system. I'd run a craigslist ad, and see if you can find a tech folk person, that likes to do this sort of thing(like the Victrola version for computers, eh?)

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It is a hideous waste of power (money) to run the old machine. It is a waste of space and their attention to play games on it and suffer Windows 95. If they don't want to clean and examine the guts and scrap it for reuse (in which case you get to read together about lead-based solder safety, and read MAKE magazine maybe,) recycle it straightaway.

Any amount of attention (or money) you could spend on that thing would be much better spent playing Nintento DS-Lite (relevant, modern, social) games or even reading reviews of them. Television News is broken and repairing it would be a less solitary service (now that YouTube et al let (almost) anyone broadcast.)

At the very least (and; assuming you don't need to generate heat, because you're not in Northern Alaska or the open ocean) switch the monitor to a flatscreen, which uses 1/10 the power. Computer retailers have some recycling programs for the old one; kids should know how to yank a CRT at age 6 or so.

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Remove and destroy old hard drive

What I would do is take a screw driver a very small phillips, You can take it apart and remove the disks and destroy and break disks there just like a cd rom and then you can send the rest or it to be recycle at your nearest recycling plant that takes care of computer components. You can just put it back together and recycle it Please don't just throw it in the garbage, Toshiba has a place if you call the 800 number you can send the hole drive and they will destroy it for you, If you want to do that too. I would trust them that they would do so. I am sure if anything happened after that they would be responsible for it... I hope that helps you out...

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