I just started cleaning out my closet. I found a shitload of old computer parts, many broken. Quite a few were graphics cards:
nVidia GeForce 2 MX
ATI Rage Pro Turbo
Unidentified nVidia, circa TNT2
Unidentified ATI, from an Apple G3 (fried, but the computer was left out in the rain once)
ATI Radeon X700 (fried)
ATI HD X1650 Pro (fried)
ATI Radeon HD 4830 (brand-new, for a new system, last part comes in Wednesday)
Is it just me, or is something wrong with the distribution of fried cards? Discounting the new one (which may be Dead on Arrival, haven't tested), only one ATI card still works. Both nVidia cards are of a similar age, and still work.
Maybe it isn't ATI. Maybe it's that new cards don't last long. After all, I don't have any nVidia cards similar to the X700 or the HD X1650. I've got a 9600M in my laptop, but that's new enough to not affect things. Does anyone else have a bunch of broken ATI cards, or just broken new cards, to corroborate?
Four CD drives, IDE
Two floppy drives
An ancient laptop (Pentium 133, 12" display, either 16 or 64 MB RAM, and 1.4 GB hard drive. Still works, but the BIOS seems to have a Y2K bug, and cannot reset the clock. Specs here)
An Apple-type PCI SCSI adapter
An original, first-production-run SoundBlaster Audigy, with gold-plated leads
About 6 sticks of DDR1 RAM
Waldo, Carmen Sandiego, and Osama bin Laden
Several cooling fans, ranging from ~20mm to ~300mm.
A bunch of IDE cable ribbons
A ton of random metal parts
A fried AMD Athlon
MS Visual Studio 2003
A very unusual PCI card, has four PS/2-like jacks, and the words "KEYSPAN RICHMOND, CA, USA" printed on it
Two motherboards, fried
A smattering of small cables, like USB, TRS, and RS-232
A 30-day WOW trial CD, unused.
What should I do with the crap? Some I'm keeping (the working graphics cards, the CD/floppy drives, and cables), but some of the working stuff I'm planning to put on eBay, like the RAM and Visual Studio. I have no idea what to do with the broken crap, though. I might make a Pentium ][ pendant, and I could probably get a couple bucks for the steel parts. Will any scrap facility give me something for a bunch of PCBs, given how much gold and stuff could be in it? Or do you guys have a better idea?