I was at Value Village on Tuesday and found a Performa 6400/200 for $9.99CDN. Came with the standard 2.4GB SCSI HD, CD-ROM, Farallon Ethernet Card, 136MB RAM and OS 8.0. Not a bad find for $10 IMHO.
I installed OS 8.6 and forgot to backup the extensions >.< Now I have to pull the card out and search the model number for the proper extension *smacks head*.
I took a chance and purchased a 21" Apple Studio Display (CRT) at Goodwill last year for $50; I had to hail a cab in order to get it home, another $20 or so. Unfortunately, the monitor has a dim display, no picture at all (though the power button lights up). I've phoned Apple, but they'll no longer repair this old monitor. Apple referred me to some Apple-certified vendors/repair shops, but the ones I've called so far have stated that they won't repair this old monitor anymore, either.
So I took a chance, and I guess I may have lost this time. At least the money went to a good cause. That said, I'm still looking for a solution, ideally a repair. I'm a DIY-guy, but I've never repaired a monitor before, and I understand it can kill you. This hulk of a monitor has been taking up some valuable space in my tiny apartment, though...Anyone have a good idea what I can do with it (or how I can get it repaired)? I'm in West L.A., by the way, and not wealthy...
Sony DVD/CD-RW Desktop drive (ATA-66) for $3 at a local thrift shop. It's run by these old ladies that have never worked a computer in their life, and refuse to use calculators, as they think it will take your knowledge away (they are like REALLY crazy)
Anyway, i will get the Model # up as soon as i get some time. I still got it in some other junk i got. Oh, and they threw in a 32MB Ram stick for free. They said someone gave it to them saying it didn't work in their PC.
Turns out, it's a 32MB SDRAM from an x600 Mac line (as far as I can tell, in shipped in either the 9600 or 8600, as it has the "x500/x600" sticker on it. But since i don't have a mac, i tried it in my PC Compatibility card that I have NO idea why i still hang onto it. I probably should sell it and see how much I get.
I got a TON of Dimm's pulled from a 7200 if anyone wants? just pay $5USD shipped in the USA, if it goes over, i will return the rest. So, if you are interested, contact me at "pledoux (att) gmail (dotte) (comme)"
Just sound it out and you will get it
Micron Millenium XI, and a Micron Celeron system - free from the office hall. If stuff is left in the hall, it is thrown away overnight during cleanup. An office near mine was upgrading, and threw a buch of stuff out. I didn't get the P2-based server - too heavy.
Upgraded the Millenium system and am using that one as my primary desktop until something better comes along.
Also got a Canon S600 inkjet printer from Cause For Paws for $10. Unfortunately, it needs a print head which are hard to find locally but it has good ink carts for my Canon S400.
My latest haul:
SE/30 100/20 w/ Lapis PDS video card, with Targus carry case, kyb/ms, and the lapis manuals - $5
Q605 250/36 512K? VRAM - $5
PB 520c 250/8 one battery (dead) and in fairly decent shape. It even has the microphone bezel in place! Woo!
mine is the mac center!!...
today i passed on a stack of ADB keyboards, but i did get an old RELAX technoligies external 20mb scsi enclosure with built in power strip for $0.79
Where to start? 6500/250 for 25 bucks in PERFECT condition. IBM Thinkpad 770ED for 15 bucks with adapter, perfect everything and upgraded RAM and Hard Disk. 7200/90 for 8 bucks. Harman/Kardon speakers for 2 bucks. Wireless adapters, cards and routers for 4 bucks each. Ethernet routers for 2 bucks. OS 9 for 5 bucks. iMac 233 for 50 bucks (A lil overpriced I think, but it was perfect condition)
Apple II for 10 bucks, Apple LC for 15 bucks. Texas Instruments color laptop with windows 98 SE for 25 bucks. 3 iMacs (233, 266 and 266) for 24 each.
That's about it that I can think of right now.
You guys just gave me an awesome idea! This could become a business! We go down to GoodWill, or other thrift stores, buy reletively modern equipment, install the latest software on them, fix bugs and/or make the system complete and sell 'em on ebay! We could make a lot of money with a crappy P4 and a copy of Windoze XP, or a PowerMac G4 with Tiger!
Just bought this unit on a special sale at CompUSA. I know it isn't GoodWill. . . but it was a GREAT DEAL!
(Especially since it works very well as is, and I finally got the WEP security working correctly. I guess that Linksys has a proprietary WEP passphrase system compatible only with their equipment.)
Good 100W a side stereo amp $5
I just found a nice graphite 17" CRT Studio Display the other day for $14.99 and it works great. If anybody gets DOA electronic stuff from Goodwill save your receipt and keep a price tag sticker on the item and you have 30 days to return it for and exchance. I have bought many things from Goodwill and only have had to take 2 things back that didn't work.
I stop in everytime I go by one usually and sometimes I find cool stuff. The Goodwill's around here are great for finding monitors, a few compact Macs & other beige Macs, modems, printers(junk), and some software too.
The Studio Display is the newest Apple thing I found so far.
The only problem is getting legal new software on the machines. Legally the computer can run what came on it originally or CD's should be included. A lot of places like Goodwill won't sell anything that won't boot. But you can check the dumpster out back after they close and you may find some good stuff that will run with a little work.
I also stop by the local recycling drop off center and find some cool stuff too.
I volenteered at a thrift store one summer when I was really bored. I didn't have any friends in the city because I was new, and I was just staying the summer. In the end, I ended up with an LCII and two Global Village Platinum modems for $3. I read a lot of good books waiting for customers. I still use one of the Platinum with my beige G3. I once saw an mint SE with an ImageWriter in mint condition going for around $50. Right after I had bought an LCII for 3. Same city too.
At least the Salvation Armys around here got sense and started doing reasonable prices lately. Used CRT 17-19" go for $12.99 to $19.99. i remember when they used to sell 'em for over $50. Now that you can walk into Wal-mart and get a new 17" under $100, I'm guessing that some people complained about the pricing...
Last week I got an ADS Pyro A/V Link (API 550 Rev. A) for $2.08 sans power supply. The ps from my old Everex Freestyle works perfectly.
But got it off of a client for free In perfect condition
It's a Dell D1025TM 17" CRT (15 Inch viewable) and I got it to do 1600x1400 at 65Hz
Here's the link for the specs and pics:
1000HS D1025TM 17 in.CRT Conventional Monitor
Did someone seriously dumpster the Original Macintosh?!?! that's like throwing away $2-300
All of them were saved from the dump or curb.
the ones in the 1st flikr set are a Macintosh plus, and 3 Macintosh SEs (one red, and dual floppy), and the 2nd set has a G3 AIO and an SE.
no original mac in the bunch. while on the subject of dumpster macs, check out this it's a 30mb video of a dumpster SE being turned into an internet mac. too bad they dont say what was causing the sad mac. may have been mis-seated ram.
"page not found" and i wanted to see the video. Oh, and to keep it on topic, recent CD100 (or 300? dont remember im at work... an early external scsi cd drive)
that should fix it. for some reason it was pointing to applefritter.com/se, but I found this over at jagshouse.
I pickd p a PowerBook 100 this afternoon! Woo! It really is in a whole different class than other 100-series PBs. I'mjust glad I already had an HDI-20 floppy drive with my Duos. The 20SC drive was not working, so i just swapped it for an 80Mb from a dead PB165. I had to improvise on the brackets, as the proper screws for the 80MB wouldn't go through the holes in the 20Sc brackets... And I don't wanna say how much I paid for it, and the 3.0A PB165c AC brick with it.
I'm wondering if I should go back in and get the SGI 540 they had for $50... But it's way loud for my tastes.
Unused and in box, $17.00. Being sold on ebay
Personally, I'd rather make my own picture frame out of an old powerbook, much cheaper and you don't have to subscribe to some service to use it.
Well it wasnt at a Goodwill but I got a verry early model Amiga 1000 and a Amiga 1080 monitor for $25
Sold me an IBM 9512-AW1 15" LCD monitor and powersupply for $15. Cheap functional LCD monitor == teh sw33t!
Not Goodwill either (though they do have good deals from time to time...)
*Mac SE- Free from neighbors.
/30 upgrade : Free (plus shipping over the Atlantic)
*Gravis Mac Moustick II: $1 (garage sale)
*Hard drive upgrade: $20.
**PowerMac 6360 (with keyboard, trackball, modem, monitor, and Stylewriter): $15.
The idea is to put in a comm slot ethernet card and use it as a tv/fm/video capture dev... as the only "classic" mac I have in color...
Took a chance and picked up a ThinkPad 760XD for free from a pile of junked laptops at a booth at the local flea market mall that I help out at. It worked, but the A/C adapter was flaky.
Fortunately, two days later I went to another computer shop I help out at and found a replacement power supply for free.
The next day I went to the local Paws for Cause thrift store and found two external floppy drive for the laptop for $2 each.
So I now have a working P166 laptop with Win98 installed that plays a mean game of Diablo.
i just bought a ADB Thrustmaster Mark I flight stick for $2 at Goodwill, it works great to
i wish i had the rudders and throttle to it cause there is a hook up for it.
I got a Beige G3 desktop, 233MHz with the keyboard, mouse, and SCSI Zip Drive for $25.00! It has 384MB RAM, and it had Mac OS 10.2.8, but when a teacher gave me a retail copy of Mac OS 8.1 I installed that, and it flies! Though, it is not from Goodwill, it is from a "junk" store in my local town.
Toshiba T200CS touch screen tablet PC - $5. 486DX 40MHz, 20MB RAM, 80MB 1.8" HDD, 256 color LCD w/ built-in Wacom touch screen & stylus. And a functional LiOn battery.
one thing i wish i could find is a LC475.
i wish i could find places that throw out there computer stuff in the junk around here
i own and use a Beige G3 AIO running tiger 10.4.7 and OS 9.2.2.
the system has been upgraded a bit from stock tho
But i scored 2 Pentium /// 650's with 384MB ram for free. My dad got it from work. I traded one for a Pentium MMX Dell laptop (for school) and the other is going to a fritter critter for a B&W G3. The G3 was not a bad trade, i could have done better on the laptop part, but the trade went to my dad which my dad gave me his old laptop, and the Pentium 3 will go to his friend which DESPERATELY needs a computer (his latest one runs windows 3.1 on a 486)
i found a apple stylewriter 2200 for $11.99 USD
Celeron 700 with motherboard, video card, sound card, network card and power supply - free from computer shop. Has been sitting there for months.
P3-733 with motherboard, ATX case, power supply, floppy, Zip-250 drive and 128MB RAM - $30.
P2-350 machine with 196MB RAM, 10GB hard disk, AGP video card, sound card, 52x CD-RW, Zip-100 - $35.
The three have been taken apart and reassembled into two working systems.
Pentium II with 128 mb ram and a 4 gb hd with 98 sp2 on it for $100
I hope that's not recent. Then that would be obscene, not insane. My local Salvation Army does crap like that. It's gross how they try to rip people off, especially in towns with high hipster/student populations.
yea that sounds like them. salvation army is no more here in springfield ohio. goodwill ran them out basicly cause more people went to goodwill. here goodwill marks up the price on very outdated computers. i seen a 486 DX4 or somthing like that for $60 - $70. way to much to pay for that. most people that work there dont know anything about computers
1 used late 90's casio keyboard. 4 octave. No midi, no touch sensitivity. usual 90 or so instruments standard equipment...New price probably $30, used/ebay price maybe $10. Note that this is not a rare or unique model.
Salvation Army Price, fall 2005
I'm pretty sure it sold too!
Dell Inspiron 7500 laptop
Celeron 466, 256MB, 40GB HD, CD-ROM
Free from local computer shop (thanks Joe!)
Dell Precision 340 workstation
P4 1.8 ghz, no RAM, CD-ROM, 120GB, WinXP with COA. Needs RDRAM modules. Given to me by work because it was cheaper to buy a new computer than it was to get enough memory for this machine to be useful for work. RDRAM/RIMM modules are expensive!
I didn't have to travel far. Someone placed it on the wall ajoining the alley. An Atari 2600 system, the Atari brand storage box, about 40 games, two joysticks, two paddles, the system manual, about half the manuals for the games, and just a few cobwebs/spider egg sacks.
I forgot just how wretched the graphics, sound and gameplay typically was for this system. There was however at least one gem: Super Breakout. It is one of the more engaging games.
I might have to buy a few games ($1 each on ebay) such as Yar's Revenge, and the several TRON titles.
BTW You can't say it isn't a computer, apparantly they sold a BASIC programming cartridge for it. Can't imagine how frustrating it was for would be programmers to learn that their software couldn't be saved.
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A few months ago I got a 7100/66 with a bad A/V PDS card, a SuperMac Thunder/24 with DSP video card, 80MB RAM and a 1.2GB hard disk for $10 at the Paws for Cause thrift store.
More recently I got an 8100/110 with 80MB RAM, a Sonnet Crescendo G3/400 processor upgrade, and 8GB SCSI hard disk from the flea market mall for $7.50. When you see the purple heat sink through the open slot covers in the back, you know you have something good.
Also picked up 2 HDI45 to DB15 adapters and a CD caddy (the 7100 uses one) for free.
Apple Server 700, Apple IIe, Macintosh 512k, Macintosh II, PowerBook 100, PowerBook 160, Duo 230 with Dock, PowerPC 9600, LC 520, IBM 5150, Sun 3/50, Compaq Potable III
1Tb Time Capsule - $8. I'm guessing the original owner couldn't get it to work (dead WAN) and donated it. Goodwill couldn't get into it to test it (password and didn't know how to use the reset button) so they priced it cheap, real cheap. Must have thought it was just a router or something. Got it home, realized the WAN was shot - a common problem on these, I found out. A quick trip to the local Apple store found it to be still under warranty and unregistered. Since it was still under warranty, they replaced it free, no questions asked. Lucky find, I'd say.
1Tb Time Capsule - $8. [snip] A quick trip to the local Apple store found it to be still under warranty and unregistered. Since it was still under warranty, they replaced it free, no questions asked. Lucky find, I'd say.
Best. Deal. Ever.
Dang -- I paid more than that for an iPod dock at Goodwill!
Wow! This thread is still alive?
Savers had a dual-ethernet USB Airport Extreme base station on a shelf a couple of weeks ago with no price tag on it. Brought it to the checkout, asked how much, and the mgr said $6.99. Got it home, reset the password, and it worked great! Now my daughter is using it to connect her Pismo in her dorm room.
Shuttle XPC sans cover and drive cage with P4 2.4ghz processor and generic ATX case with P4 board and P4 2.5ghz processor from the hallway at work.
P4 motherboard with dual-channel DDR support and 800mhz bus speed from a coworker. Initially had a P4 2.6ghz processor that was dead. TigerDirect tested this board with the original hardware and said the board was dead. Goes to show them.
P4 3.2ghz processor for use in the above system from my brother. Also an ATX case with Athlon motherboard with RAID and firewire, Athlon 2200 processor and Radeon 7000/32MB AGP video card. Woohoo!
Geforce 6200 AGP video card from my other brother. Woohoo!
Tomorrow I'm picking up an iMac with Jaguar, a desk and an older PC running Windows ME. At least the lady said it was an iMac, but also said it had two hard disks in it. ???