(JaiChai) “Operation Second Life” — With no prior experience, I revived an old desktop computer!

  • Created a bootable USB with a Linux (Ubuntu) OS installation image.
  • Opened the case and removed over a decade’s worth of dust from the whole motherboard, fans and CPU (AMD Athlon II) with a soft toothbrush, Q-tips and the wind from a standing fan set on “High”.
  • Switched out the corroded RAM with some old, but clean and compatible SIMMs. After that, the CPU would get half-way into the OS installation and then shutdown.
  • Removed the CPU fan and discovered accumulated residue and debris.
  • Replace the Motherboard’s Power Unit

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