4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 17, 2008 11:07 AM by Gabriel Diego Teixeira
Katharyn O'Steen Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
Where would I go to find out how to donate my old iMac for refurbishing or whatever use someone else might want to make of it? I hate to just throw it away -- it still works just fine!

  • spudnuty Level 5 Level 5 (7,045 points)
    Hi Clara,
    Well where are you located?
    If you're near Chicago I do exactly what you're talking about.
    There are homeless shelters and not for profits that can also use them.
    Which model are we talking about?
    The trays I run OS 9.2.2 and Kid Pix 4, Living Books and a bunch of other apps. These are then donated to kindergartens in the inner city.
    The slots I run either Panther or Tiger, increase the HD and run GarageBand, Music Ace, iMovie. This depends on the speed anything 400 and above will work fine.
    You could run an ad in your local Craig's list in the free section for teachers in your area. I did that and got 8 teachers in the inner city, some with Head Start that needed computers. Many of their kids come from homes with no computers and the ones I donated were the first these kids had actually had a hands on experience with.
    Charter Schools are also a good place to check.


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  • Katharyn O'Steen Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thank you very much! I live in the Houston area. It's an old indigo iMac. Those are all very good ideas! I'm hoping there's something around here where I could just drop it off? Maybe someone from this area will post? I can try craigslist if nothing else comes up -- was just hoping to get rid of it before I move.
  • Jan Hedlund Level 6 Level 6 (9,510 points)

    Perhaps a Macintosh user group in your area could be of interest.

    You probably know this already, but it is a good idea to securely erase the hard disk before you donate a computer. Start from an appropriate system CD to do this. With Mac OS 9.x, the Drive Setup utility is used (choose Zero all data under Initialization Options in the Functions menu). A new owner would appreciate any original iMac software discs (and documentation) as well.

  • Gabriel Diego Teixeira Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm interested in vintage computers, so if you want you can send it to me by mail, if the order isn't too expensive (I live in Brazil).