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By phenixd ·
Is there any way to check out various used hardware parts to insure they are in good working order prior to insertion on the PC. I know I could check each one on another PC but very time consuming. Is there an alternative? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
p.s. I am attempting to build a PC with used parts from other PCs.

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by Ann777 In reply to Checking Hardware

You can:

1) Eyeball it and examine them for obvious problems... cracks, corrosion, smashes, bent pins, etc.

2) Check them out in other known working computers, or

3) check them out in the permanent computer, BUT install one hardware part at a time. Test and make sure it works properly with all the other parts.

Oh, and make sure you have the proper drivers for each device under the OS you are going to be using with these parts.

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by TheChas In reply to Checking Hardware

There is no practical way to check assorted cards outside of plugging them into a known working system.

Beyond a visual inspection, there is little of practical value that you can do.

As a refference, I have been assembling PCs from assorted used, refurbished, and new parts for several years now, and have only had a few instances of "bad" parts.

Here are some general guidelines for you:

I would avoid used modems entirely.

Look at how the supplier of the used parts handles them. Avoid buying parts from people who don't use static bags and precautions.

If possible, avoid cards and MBs that do not have legends for the jumper settings, or clear identification of who made the board.

Use new cables.

A few good resources to help find information and drivers are:
www.driverguide.com
www.motherboards.org
www.modemhelp.org
www.wimsbios.com

Sources for good quality parts include:
www.compgeeks.com
www.comprenew.com
www.computersurplusoutlet.com

Enjoy! It can be a lot of fun.

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