I've got 3 fairly old computers, each with problems meaning they are practically unusable. Two are Dell computers and the other is a Compaq, all with Windows XP and just basic hardware. Problems are as follows:
- One powers up but doesn't show any signs of booting at all.
- One boots up fine, but plays no sound and is unable to connect to the internet (suspected problem with drivers).
- One boots up, but powers off whilst loading Windows.
I've pretty much given up trying to make them work, and they were inexpensive so I'm considering ripping them apart and trying to "build" one functioning computer out of the three. My knowledge of computer building is minimal. For instance, I know where to install RAM cards, but I'm unsure as to whether there are compatibility issues or you can just throw any RAM card in.
So I just wanted to know what kind of things I need to take into account when throwing these computer bits together. I certainly don't want to waste a bunch of computer parts that may be of some use.
Any advice/right-direction-pointing will be greatly appreciated.