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03-Sep-2005, 01:57 AM #1
Computers for low to no income people
I am wondering how do I go by and get a PC that is better than the one I own. I have:

Pentium 2 233mHz processor
130 MB SDRAM
2 Hard Drives 1 40gig and 1 1.5gig HDs

I do have an XBOX because someone gave that to me as a gift, and I pay $4.95 a month of XBOX Live. Other than that I am on SSI (Social Security Income) and I'm partically mentally disabled and I can't afford a better PC or an High End PC than the one I already have. I got my PC 2 1/2 years ago from a company that puts together PC for those who can't afford high end ones, I think that company is out of business. With the money I get I can't afford to get the parts to upgrade it. I got an feeling that its on its last legs and I really need some help in this.

My original specs were

Pentium 2 233mHZ processor
96 MB SDRAM
1.5 gig hard drive
Windows 95 OS

I got the 40gig hard drive from working for a friend that installed cat 5 lines in a office in Washington DC and I did the non technical stuff and I even broke my arm when I was there by falling off a ladder because the shoes I wore had no traction and a carpet cleaning crew was there cleaning the carpet and the solution was slippery and I lost my balance and broke my right arm in 2 places in 1 area. The people that helped me fix this is either dead or in other states. Kevin helped me by taking my computer back to the place that built it and he got them to give me some better parts to help me use Windows 2000 and the fan used for my processor can't be replaced because the clasps for the fans face outwards and the fan can't be found and the processor itself is big and if the company that built my PC was still here they refuse to help me because the "warrenty period" is over and they would not be able to replace it if they did helped me. Plus the guy that put together this PC is hearing impaired and is hard to talk to over the phone or in person as well and he was somewhat rude to me as well. That is why I asked for help. Like I said I would not be able to afford any PC in any amount. The guy who took me back to get better parts is named Kevin Burgess and he is living in south New Mexico. My other friend who could help me Ryan Trusz died from Brain Cancer. So I don't have anyone to help me. I also asked my governor and my friends mother who is the mayor of Annapolis, Maryland and they have not gotten back to me.

I live in the state of Maryland and I checked every web sites people I asked the same question to suggested to me and those avenues will not work.

Thank you for your help.
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03-Sep-2005, 11:54 AM #2
Well, you could look in your newspapers classified ads - maybe get a good deal. Or go to a local school district auction, where they auction off all old technology (which would be better then that).
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03-Sep-2005, 12:05 PM #3
Wow. What a run of bad luck...
In our area we have a computer rental business called Bit-by-Bit computer rental.
I believe it's nation wide. Anyway, about every six months they sell their used
rentals, which are not that old, and normally have some really good deals.
Do you have one near you?
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03-Sep-2005, 01:05 PM #4
goverment surplus.........
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03-Sep-2005, 10:09 PM #5
girage sales. i found a 800 mhz for 5$ my brother found 2 400 mhz and a 133 mhz computer in the trash
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04-Sep-2005, 12:10 AM #6
Wass a girage? Anyway, some tech schools and other institutions offer low cost or free computers. Even some local non-profits may offer them
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04-Sep-2005, 12:42 AM #7
If there are any freebie ad papers, maybe an add in one of them in the "looking for" section...maybe you can state you can't pay $, but are looking for a PC from someone that is upgrading to a newer one.....I know that when I'm ready to get a new pc, I will be looking for someone to get this one.
I would also ask at the local library, if they know of anything programwise for low income folks to get a PC. They can be real knowlegeable about community resources.
And maybe posting on billboards your needs....who knows...the PC you are looking for might be looking for you....
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04-Sep-2005, 09:21 AM #8
Business auctions are a great way to find an inexpensive computer.
Lexis Nexis in my area auctions off their equipment when they update.
Two weeks ago, I saw complete Dell systems, P3 500's go for $15 each, in good working condition.
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04-Sep-2005, 09:59 AM #9
hey buddy, cancel your XBlive subscription... go for the free (and better IMO) alternative

www.xbconnect.com
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04-Sep-2005, 03:32 PM #10
Man, I know how ya feel-I live on ten bucks a week (lol). Save up your spare change for as long as you can, and buy one of the $249 Dells if that's all you can afford. That's the best commercial deal I know of... you can definitely do better than that if you look hard enough. For good deals on new stuff http://tigerdirect.com is a good place to look. (Not affiliated w/ Tiger Direct). I don't know how much your social security is but if you can squirrel away 20 bucks a week, with some patience you could have a new PC fairly soon. Best of luck.
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04-Sep-2005, 04:33 PM #11
actually, tiger direct can get pricy... their pre-builts are either OEMs overpriced, or crappy no-names.

i suggest refurbs, ebay, auctions, give-aways, etc.
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04-Sep-2005, 04:36 PM #12
^He's right. The first time I used them, I bought a Stormtek Thunder, a noname brand. The mobo was dead within 6 months. I still have the computer, but barely any of the parts are the same. The second time I got a Radeon 7000, the next day the price had been slashed by half, not by sale.
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04-Sep-2005, 04:36 PM #13
I meant individual parts, IHR. Dad's gotten some good deals from there.
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04-Sep-2005, 09:39 PM #14
around here some of the local high schools take donated computers and build new ones. Those new ones then get given away to good causes.

Would not hurt to check with high schools in your area. Good luck.
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05-Nov-2005, 01:05 PM #15
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around here some of the local high schools take donated computers and build new ones. Those new ones then get given away to good causes.

Would not hurt to check with high schools in your area. Good luck.
Well I can't afford anything because if this. I am on SSI (Social Security Income) and is more than getting income, I also get medical assistance since I am on it. I am on SSI because I have been particially mentally disabled due to my father abusing me when I was 5 years old. I can not get a job because if I do get one I must report my earning to SSI and even to my Property Manager. I am in a low income housing situation. If I did work my SSI will be reduced and my rent will be increased. How would I pay my rent and bills if this happens and if my SSI is gone how would I pay for my medication sice my medical assistance pays for it? The problem is not just on my head, but on others in my complex I live in. There are others that had to quit work here because their rent was way to high for both SSI and the income from work would handle.

Even a well paid job will do some damage to my SSI situation.
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