How to Find and Collect Unused Laptops



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The first step in the Labdoo process is to identify an unused laptop that can be repurposed for educational means. There are many different ways to identify and rescue laptops that are no longer used. Here are some examples that you can use, among others:

  • Reach out to your relatives, it is likely that one of your family members may have an unused laptop.
  • Ask your neighbors, it is also likely someone around has one or more unused laptops.
  • Contact the IT department at the company you work for, in many cases laptops are unfortunately thrown away when they are replaced.
  • Make a post on your favorite social network asking for unused laptops to your friends and contacts.
  • Get creative and come up with your own strategy to find unused laptops, odds are that you will succeed. After all the world retires every year more than 500 million computers!

Remember that it's important to only accept laptops that have at least 1GB of memory RAM and that actually work (the simplest test is to turn the laptop on and see that it runs fine). Otherwise, the laptop would not be suitable for educational purposes and we can't accept it. Note also that even if the battery does not work, the laptop can still be used and accepted as a valid contribution, since it can be connected to the power grid as any other computer. Finally, it's important to make sure you also collect its AC adapter and power cable.

Once you have rescued one or more laptops, you can move on to the next section.

Continue reading to the next page:
Tagging a Laptop

Go back to read the previous page:
Step 1: Collecting Unused Laptops