old computers

Is my old computer worth anything?

Two Dell Dimensions

Episode 1395

Sandy from San Marcos, CA

Sandy has an old Dell computer from 2002. Is it worth keeping? Leo says if it's been in storage for 15 years, it's really not going to do her much good. It could be worth about $25 if she wanted to try and sell it, but it will be a hard one to get rid of because nobody can really use them. The same goes for floppy disk laptops. She won't be able to upgrade it to today's standards, either.

Can I still use an old computers running XP and Vista?

Windows XP

Episode 1386

Nick from San Fernando, CA

Nick has a very old netbook running Windows Vista. He also has an old Windows XP machine. Will they still be working if he restarts them? Leo says that they should. He may have an issue with authenticating Windows and the software he's using. XP and Vista also pose a security issue as Microsoft has declared them both "end of life" for security fixes. So Leo recommends not connecting it to the internet after authentication. Here are some things he can do to protect himself anyway:

Will my old computer die eventually?

Acer Aspire One

Episode 1377

Sak from East Point, FL

Sak is using an old Acer computer as a backup drive for his data. Will there be a point where it will die? Leo says yes. It always will sooner or later with age. The older the computer is, the more likely it will fail. He really won't want to rely on a single backup source. He needs two, preferably three. He should grab an external hard drive and copy all that data onto it. Then bring that off site.

1980s Commodore Amiga Running Heat and AC at 19 Public Schools in Michigan

Episode 1196

The heat and AC at 19 public schools in Grand Rapids, MI is run off of a 30 year old Commodore Amiga, according to a story from WOOD TV 8. The computer was purchased with money from an energy bond in the 1980's, replacing a refrigerator sized computer at the time. The computer system turns the heat and air conditioners on and off for 19 buildings and monitors the temperature. A high schooler programmed it, and whenever the district has a problem, they go back to that same former student.