Post up your best dumpster dive

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Post up your best dumpster dive

Postby avalanche » Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:44 pm

We've all done it right :shock:

Spotted even a corner of a piece of hardware thought recognized.
Risked life & limb & dived right in. LoL rhymed.

*insert pic tomorrow *

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Re: Post up your best dumpster dive

Postby monaro327 » Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:40 am

I've never actually dumpster dived. shamelessly ebay stalk.

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Re: Post up your best dumpster dive

Postby Washerman » Thu Mar 10, 2016 2:47 pm

Ahhh the good ol' dumpster dive. My best was the one which brought me back to the hobby in 2010.

Had a big night out, and walking home, I spotted a lonely PC tower inside an office garage next to the bin. Plucked it out of there and took it home, probably looked a bit suss at 1am drunkenly walking through Pyrmont with a computer under my arm. Specs were modest - PII-350, 64MB RAM, LX motherboard, S3 or similar vid card - but it rekindled my interest in having a retro machine about. Also, it had ISA slots, which I'd missed for some years. I jammed in a V2 SLI setup, and a Pro Audio Spectrum 16 and went back to Win98. Played through Half-Life and a bunch of other games on it.

Still have it - it turns out it has both AT and ATX power switches and cables, which was pretty rare I reckon. Downgraded it to a Pentium 233 setup.

Here it is, washed not that long ago ;) AT power button above the PII logo, and ATX switches in the panel below the 5.25" bays.

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Re: Post up your best dumpster dive

Postby Krumm » Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:02 am

Nice machine, I have never lived anywhere with curbside pickup or seen random hardware dumped alas :(

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Re: Post up your best dumpster dive

Postby BuuBox » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:36 pm

A few years ago I noticed a complete Macintosh Classic in hard rubbish.

Took it home, was in mint condition physically. Didn't fire up immediately, but noticed the brightness was turned all the way down. That was all that was wrong with it.

Donated it to a school so they could show some working old school computers to students.

Basically this, but in better condition:

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