FSMK’s various community centers have around 15-20 computers. Only a couple of them work and the rest have missing or damaged parts. We want to fix as many of them as possible and get them to a usable state.
We conducted a pilot activity for this a few weeks ago and all the participants thoroughly enjoyed it. We managed to catalog many parts, but we weren’t able to actually fix any computers due to lack of time and other resources. We want to do it at a larger scale this time and hopefully end up with a number of working computers.
This session will involve fixing minor issues (bent pins, etc.), replacing broken parts (either with new parts or with parts salvaged from other computers), allocating working components efficiently, testing the re-built computers and installing a suitable GNU/Linux distro on them.
Approximate plan -
- Quick introduction to PC hardware - common components, connectors, etc.
- Hardware disassembly and cataloging
- Reassembly planning - allocating parts to computers
- Testing and OS installation
The specifics of each of these steps are hard to plan in advance, since it all depends on the number of participants and the exact issues in the broken computers. We’ll need to plan and work spontaneously.
Tools (potentially) required -
- Assorted screw drivers (most importantly flat and philips)
- Wire strippers, pliers
- SATA to USB adapter
- IDE to SATA or IDE to USB adapter
- Blank stickers and markers to label parts
We shall try to arrange for as many of all these tools as we can, but please bring your own if possible.
We shall also have a small team of volunteers who can go to SP Road or other suitable places to purchase any parts we might need.
If you have old hardware that you would like to donate to the community centers, please bring them with you.
Venue: FSMK Office, Wilson Garden
Date: Sunday, February 12th 2017
Time: 10 AM to 4 PM (depending on how quick we are)
See you there!