[kwlug-disc] Refurb laptops & monitors - Eco-Tech Recycling?

Charles M chaslinux at gmail.com
Wed Apr 23 12:34:41 EDT 2014

If you do buy used there's a couple of things you might want to do after
buying: run memtest86+ and gsmartcontrol to check out the memory and the
hard drive. Most Linux Live CDs have memtest, gsmartcontrol can normally be
installed in a live environment and gives you some nice statistics (like
showing how many hours the hard drive has on it).


On Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:

> Thanks Khalid. Yeah, memory is usually one of the first upgrades - mind
> you, getting old memory, large sizes, is often problematic. Just like when
> buying new you have to toss the memory that comes with it to put in new
> larger sticks. And hard drive. 'Problem' here still seems to be 4:3 vs
> widescreen. Definitely going back a generation in hardware. Losing things
> like USB 3, GB nic, and so on. Hard to know if it's worth it.
> On 14-04-23 12:06 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>> While I can't advise for or against refurb laptops, I can say that Core 2
>> Duo 64 bits is sufficient, pretty fast for most things. My current laptop
>> is such a machine, and so is my wife.
>> The only thing is that 4GB may not be enough, depending on how many tabs
>> you have open in Firefox (bad habit), and whether you enable Javascript
>> and
>> Flash by default or block them.
>> On Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca>
>> wrote:
>>  I see a number of refurb laptops, computers, and monitors, at
>>> http://www.eco-techrecycling.com/refurbs.php (Found via kijiji search.)
>>> Anyone with any comments on the offerings?
>>> Seems to me:
>>> - anything with a trackpoint is a Lenovo business class laptop. More
>>> robust?
>>> - Core 2 Duo preferred over others?
>>> - More speed, the better.
>>> - More memory, the better.
>>> At one time refurb prices were so close to new that it wasn't worth the
>>> loss of warranty. Doesn't seem so at the moment - this level of hardware
>>> doesn't seem available at, say, Canada Computers. There you either go up
>>> a
>>> couple hundred for the next class of hardware (new, but Celeron), or down
>>> to a smaller screen.
>>> Comments, experiences?
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