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I was picking up a desk for my little one from a lady who was moving to a smaller apartment. When I got there she asked me if I'd like to buy her CPU as well, for parts. I asked her what was wrong with it, and she said it stopped working. First the floppy drive went, then the CD-Rom went, then it kept turning off on its own. Thinking $15 would be a bargain for another 512 MB of ram, I said what the heck.

The only other time I've ever seen that behavior happen was in one of my industrial computers, the cooling fan would drop out from time to time, and the power supply would overheat and quit. Thinking it was something similar, I opened the unit up expecting to find a weak fan.

Instead, I found a massive tangle of white hair and lint. With the amount of cat hair in there, you would think her cat was bald. Anything opening that was supposed to let air thru was completely plugged with cat hair. The heat sink on the processor was completely plugged with cat hair. I had to put a credit card inside the floppy drive and pull out cat hair.

If you've got a cat who loves to spend time near your computer, I'd recommend vacuuming it out every so often.

Needless to say, the broken computer I got for $15 is fully functional now. I almost feel guilty, but she set the price, she had already replaced the computer with a new lap top. I guess I'll leave the memory alone and replace my kids old Pentium 2 machine.

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We've got two computers set up in separate rooms. We have three cats, and two German Shepherds. It's a constant effort to keep the equipment clean. LOML won't let me use my air supply to blow out the boxes, because she says the air isn't clean. Well, we all know that the women are always right.

The hair balls on the floor form pretty quick, and when the dogs start barking at them, time to break out the vacuum.
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Good one Doug, but I already have my T-Shirt

Cats are no longer allowed in the same room with our computers.
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. . . I almost feel guilty, but she set the price, she had already replaced the computer with a new lap top. ...
The fact that you would even think to be concerned shows you are one of the good guys.

As you know any reputable tech (there ARE a FEW of us around) would have spotted that problem in two minutes -- and 'fixed' it for her for a minimal service charge.

If she preferred buying a new laptop to even having the desktop looked at -
sounds to me like she was ready to get rid of it anyway and just didnt want the hassle of posting it on e-bay or whatever. I suspect she got just what she was looking for. And you -- got lucky.
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I called her back, told her, and have recovered her files for her off her hard drive. I'll be sending her a DVD with all her stuff on it then shredding the data on the hard drive.

I am always amazed how people throw away computers with so much personal data on them!

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Hi kp91

I will 2nd that, I'm a computer junkie and pickup many computers from GoodWill and 2nd hand stores and many of them are loaded with stuff about the owner, CC numbers,passworks,OS,emails address, etc.
If they would use one FREE program b/4 they kick it out they would be safe.
It's called Killdisk and will wipe the HD clean, many think that a format will do the trick but they forget about UNFORMAT command that will put the table right back in place..format is not a wipe command it's a HD setup command.

The only way to be safe is to drill a hole right in the HD that's the best way.
If they don't want it anymore it's not a big deal to drill a hole in it.
KillDisk will will do the trick if the HD can spin but if NOT it's drill time.



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I called her back, told her, and have recovered her files for her off her hard drive. I'll be sending her a DVD with all her stuff on it then shredding the data on the hard drive.

I am always amazed how people throw away computers with so much personal data on them!



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Dang Bob.. I will never throw away another computer without making it's last stop the shop and getting out the Ridgid 1/2 chuck VS drill.

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