Colorado PC Pro Computer Refurbishing

How We Refurbish

Preventing electronic waste is a huge part of our mission here at Colorado PC Pro. That's why we salvage, recondition, recycle or refurbish just about every device that comes through our doors. Refurbishing can be a daunting yet rewarding exercise in patience and technical skill; thankfully, we have an abundant supply of both.

Colorado PC Pro Computer Refurbishing
Before: This "junk" laptop was covered and filled with makeup and had a USB port ripped off.

Step 1: Disassembly

After getting a 'big picture' view of the subject, the first step in the refurbishing process is to completely disassemble the device. During disassembly, our technicians are looking for signs of damage and formulating a plan to recondition each part.

Colorado PC Pro Computer Refurbishing
After disassembly, our laptop is ready to start being reconditioned.

Step 2: Reconditioning

Also known as cleaning, reconditioning involves a number of tools and techniques specific to the task; for example, we use Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) resistant brushes with isopropyl alcohol to remove dirt, dust, thermal paste and other gunk from the electronics. To clean non-electronic components like laptop cases, simple disinfectant wipes and cotton swabs often get the job done.

Colorado PC Pro Computer Refurbishing
This anti-static brush does a great job of cleaning thermal paste off the processors.
Colorado PC Pro Computer Refurbishing
A different brush soaked in isopropyl alcohol is used to clean every inch of the keyboard.
Colorado PC Pro Computer Refurbishing
The case is cleaned with disinfectant wipes and cotton swabs. Magic Eraser can remove the tough grime.

Step 3: Repair and Replace

Nearly every junk computer we come across needs something repaired or replaced. In the case of the example in this post, the USB port needed to be soldered back onto the circuit board. In many other laptops, the battery or charger need to be replaced. Even more often, a broken screen is swapped out for a working one and recycled.

Colorado PC Pro Computer Refurbishing
There should be two USB ports on this circuit board!
Colorado PC Pro Computer Refurbishing
Soldering the second USB port back onto the circuit board fixes this issue quickly.

Step 4: Thermal Paste & BIOS

If you wanted to know what separates us from our competitors, you can get a sense of it here. Before we reassemble our refurbished devices, we remove and reapply the thermal compound on the CPU and GPU and replace the BIOS battery on the motherboard. This ensures a long life for your device and will most likely never need to be done again.

Colorado PC Pro Computer Refurbishing
Thermal paste is reapplied to the CPU and GPU for the best performance.

Step 5: Reassembly and Testing

Once the internal components are fully reconditioned, the device is reassembled and a thorough testing process begins. During the course of testing, every single port, device, button and switch will be tested on your device to provide the best possible user experience.

Colorado PC Pro Computer Refurbishing
Once assembly is complete, we move on to software optimization.

Step 6: Software Optimization

During this step, the hard drive is most often formatted and a new version of the Windows Operating System is installed. In our example, a fresh copy of Windows XP was installed on the laptop. Our technicians will then install all necessary programs, such as antivirus and firewalls before adjusting every setting to optimal levels.

Colorado PC Pro computer refurbishing
Windows XP and all appropriate software have been installed.

Tools Required:

  • 91% (or higher) Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Canned Air or Air Compressor
  • LCD Display Cleaner
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • ESD-Resistant Brushes
  • Standard Laptop Tool Kit
  • Soldering Iron with Accessories
  • Software License
  • Thermal Paste
  • Replacement Battery (CR-2032 for BIOS, usually)