I have good friends who often view me as a repository for their outdated computer stuff. I don't mind because as I get time I take the parts and build them into working systems to give away.
The problem is that I don't have the spare time that I used to have. So over this Columbus Day (or European Oppressor/Genocide Day if you are of the militant hippie variety) I figured it was time to do some work on the old bone pile.
Kathy's computer, done.
Justins computer, attempted upgrade aborted when the motherboard became unstable, reverted back to old mobo and a more stable video card.
Tate's computer, complete loss on the p3 motherboard, so it got replaced with a Duron 800, and a slightly bigger hard disk drive. This one took quite a while because it turned out the LAN card was defective, caused a failure to post.
My wife's old computer started having stability issues so I got her a new one, Phenom triple core proc, 4 gigs of ram, all sorts of computery goodness. She wants the old one rebuilt to handle other chores.
So I tried the processor on a mobo in the bone pile, it worked, and I was in the process of loading the Operating System when the power supply burned up right in front of us. Blue sparks and all.
Oh well, going to have to actually buy some parts this time. But I've emptied out two towers which frees up some space in the man cave.