Question about Packard Bell iMedia 6826 (P481000502) PC Desktop
A friend of mine wants to know if her computer crashed or can it be rebooted. Her and I both have Dell's with no problem, she just wants to get this old computer fixed if it can be for her kids to play games on. It is a Packared Bell with windows 95 on it.
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.
Posted on May 10, 2008
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