What to do with a broken computer
October 28, 2009 4:51 PM Subscribe
What should I do with this pretty nice, but (fatally?) flawed desktop computer?
posted by prior to Computers & Internet (18 answers total)
I have a desktop computer that was built for me by an acquaintance in 2007. I used it for a year and a half, and maybe a year into that time, the computer started shutting itself down randomly, giving me the blue screen of death, not booting up, even in safe mode, etc. The fix was new memory. The computer worked great for another six months, and then started shutting itself down, etc. again. Again, the fix (after a repair person tried a lot of stuff and couldn’t find any obvious problems) was new memory. This worked for a couple weeks, and then the shutting down reoccurred. I kept losing my data every time this happened, so this time I gave up and bought a Lenovo laptop. The desktop has been languishing in the corner collecting dust ever since.
So in short: the computer is in shutting itself down mode right now, and nobody can figure out what’s wrong with it. I’ve been told it’s a pretty sweet system, with a great video card and fast processor, etc. and I loved it while it was working, but I don’t know anything about the actual specs. Do I try to sell it “as is” for cheap, do I take it apart and try to identify the separate parts and sell them in pieces, or do I just throw it away because nobody will buy a messed up system?
I guess my question is essentially, is there a market for “lemon” computers?