Is this a PC or a Vacuum Cleaner?

Today a mate of mine who will be known hence forth as Webby was “donated” a computer that “would work if the power supply was replaced”. Webby thought this little number might be good for something so he set about dismantling it and making it work.

Power Supply RearHe knew something was up when he spotted the rear end of the Compaq… mmm a bit of dust is okay but I am not sure about all this rust. Upon inspection of the power supply it is little wonder that it was not working. All the vents were practically rusted over! I would hate to see what the guts of it looked like. But hey that is what was stuffed so it did not matter right?

CPU Fan on Heat SinkSo onward to the internals of the computer which was like trying to break into Fort Knox, these babies are just not meant to be modified or taken apart. How you are supposed to clean inside it is a mystery. The reason that I mention cleaning is once inside there were enough “dust bunnies” to make a coat! Or a small village of dust mites to take up residence! This might have been a contributing factor to the fact that it was stuffed, you think?

Heat Sink OffJust check out that main-board it is little wonder that the CPU fan was even going, let alone circulating the air. The whole interior of the case was filled with dust and rubbish from a life of neglect.

Even the peripherals were shot.

Check out this floppy drive picture. Not sure if this thing would even read a disk. Check out the light, yep it is getting power!

Let this be an advertisement for occasionally lifting the hood and cleaning the fans, boards and vents of your PC. Still very funny result that has given me some material to blog about.

Floppy Drive FrontTaking it apart was as far as Webby got. Not surprisingly the PC would not boot, it tried a few times and croaked a bit of a last gasp. The PC will now be put-down for reasons of kindness and humanity and the war dust bunnies. It is undecided if there will be a cremation of said dead computer.

Webby would like to receive actual computers rather than flowers. Or just send cash so he no longer has to try to resurrect dead computers or ones that are on their last legs.

Watching him deconstruct this thing on Skype was a laugh a minute (or more).

Update: The images for this post have been “lost” by the WordPress server. I am in the process of trying to find them again.