What the HeliOS Project needs:
Donated computers are critical to our mission and we do offer receipts for your tax purposes. The kids we supply computers to are competing with their peers for grades and ultimately, SAT scores and scholarships. We've tried to give these students older refurbished computers but in doing so, we've found that these machines simply do not allow them to remain competitive. The software they are required to use demands much more power and memory to do the job so we need machines that will meet the requirements of their assignments. Below you can find the computer specifications we need.
Should you have any questions or do not know if your machine meets these specifications, please email Ken directly. The "Contact Us" page goes right to his inbox.
Pentium 4 - 2.0 gig processor or AMD XP 2200+ processor
Has 1 gig of memory or is upgradable to 1 gig of memory
40 gig hard drive or higher
1.4 gig processor
40 gig hard drive
512 megs of memory
At least a CD ROM drive
Please include charger/power adapter with laptops, they are extremely expensive for us to purchase.
Often we are donated computers that will work but are missing critical components or parts.
Below is a list of the parts and components we always have a need for:
LCD flatscreen monitors. Due to the possible liability of moving, transporting and placing the large CRT (tube-type) monitors, we can no longer accept them
Hard drives. We can use either IDE/PATA or SATA hard drives. We especially need 80 gig drives or larger.
Video cards. If you have an Nvidia or ATI video card with 3D capability, we can use them. These cards insure that our kids can fully use the software given them for their assignments.
DVD/CD ROM Drives. We need DVD/CD ROM Drives - internal or USB.
USB/Thumb Drives. We need USB drives that are 4GB or greater.
Power Supplies. We need power supplies that are 300W or greater.
Hard drive and CD ROM jumpers (We sometimes run out of these!)
Hardware screws. (We sometimes run out of these, too!)
Computer memory. Different computers use different memory types. Since we are donated almost every different kind of computer you can imagine, we need the memory that works in these machines. Below is a list of the memory we most commonly need:
PC2100 512+ megs
PC2700 512+ megs
DDR2-400 (PC2-3200) 512+ megs
DDR2-533 (PC2-4200) 512+ megs
DDR2-667 (PC2-5300) 512+ megs