What is a refurbished computer?
If you have an old (or not that old) computer around that doesn't work, you can repair it and get it working again, or even upgrade it. Refurbishing is the most affordable and eco-friendly solution.
Refurbished equipment is basically a rebuilt machine, using pre-owned hardware from other computers instead of brand new pieces.
Refurbishing doesn't necessarily mean rebuilding and upgrading everything. Changing the defective hardware will bring your pc back to life.
Before using any piece of hardware to replace the damaged one, it should be carefully tested to make sure it's safe and fully functional. Checking compatibility is also important.
- Lower prices: For obvious reasons, a second-hand electronic device, piece of hardware, or almost any object you can imagine tends to be cheaper than a brand new one.
This helps people with economic difficulties to access technology, or simply save you money.
- Eco-friendly: Reuse of hardware prevents waste of potentially useful materials. Environment will appreciate it.
How can I do it? Quick guide:
- Try to switch the pc on. If it doesn't work (beeps, lights flashing) it's time to check the hardware.
- Open the case and examine your computer. The computer must be unplugged before you open it.
- It's always a good idea to clean inside the computer using compressed air. Dust may cause the computer not to work properly.
- Check if there's any visible damage, disconnected connectors or hardware missing (hard drive, RAM, etc).
Troubleshooting is probably the most tedious part of the process. It can be hard to locate the problem (if there is any) and it requires some knowledge.
- Replace all the broken, faulty or selected pieces of hardware you wish to change/upgrade.
- Plug the power cord and switch the pc on. Make sure you can boot to BIOS and can configure all of the hard disks.
- Install an operating system or additional software if needed.
- Voilà, computer ready to work again!
Most of the hardware a desktop/laptop needs can be reused, as long as it's in a good condition.