I mentioned a few days ago that I had three dead notebook PCs lying around the house, all of them obsolete (some way obsolete). Two are notebooks that my daughter and son-in-law bought in college; the third is an antique that I bought when I still lived in California, and that my daughter took to college with her back in 2001. I don't ever remember using it--but I know that I did.
The two notebooks that belonged to my daughter and son-in-law had a lot of personal stuff on the hard disks, so I pulled them out, and turned them into external drives for their new desktop. What to do with the rest? I put them on eBay, along with a couple of really obsolete PCMCIA network cards--and what do you know? All three notebooks sold, as did the wireless PCMCIA card. There was not a lot of money involved--but at least they were not going into landfills. The Dell is going to be used to replace a broken screen on a similar model. I suspect that the other two notebooks will have something similar happen to them.