Post # 1
I’ve had my laptop for 3.5 years now, and it’s really slowing down. It freezes often, sometimes my entire keyboard just stops working until I turn it off and on, and sometimes (like right now) it’s lagging about 10 seconds behind so I can’t even see what I type until 10 seconds later.
But I feel like 3.5 years isn’t that old! I grew up with a computer from 1994 until about 2007… so we had a 13 year old computer and it was just fine. FI’s laptop is having issues too but it’s more than 5 years old. But I’ve heard that 4 years is about the lifespan for a laptop 🙁
So is this normal? I don’t have that much stuff downloaded on here.
Post # 3
I got my laptop from a friend in 2009 and it overheats…. like an old car. It will get really hot and then just stop fora bout an hour. My friend had it about 2 years before that, so I guess it’s pretty old in laptop years.
Post # 4
Depending on the brand, yeah that sounds about right.
Post # 5
Laptops have a much shorter lifespan than desktop computers, so that is part of it. Depending on the type you have, I’ve heard laptops lifespan is 3-6 years. Because of what you’re describing, you may need to check for viruses or defragment your computer (you can google how to do this or take it to Geek Squad or something similar). You can also try making a “guest account” on your laptop and see if performance is better on that account (which would mean it is probably something you’ve downloaded or are running in the background that is messing with your performance)
Post # 6
Mine is about the same. I got it in 2008 in the summer, so it’s a little over 3 years old and it’s SO ridiculous sometimes. The other day…it just shut off. And then booted back up like it was no big deal. I was like, uh? It’s a Sony. I really liked it up until about 6 months ago.
I also think it’s gotten some sort of adware thingy recently because it’s doing weird stuff. I’ve tried to get it off but nothing has worked. I’m just procrastinating getting a new one. :/
Post # 7
My laptop is nearly 5 years old. And yeah, it’s dying. I have a barely used 3 year old lined up to use after my current one kicks the bucket.
Post # 8
Also: I think desktops last longer. We are considering just getting one desktop and one laptop to share when we replace ours.
Post # 9
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: Shoot, I don’t know why I’m thinking 3.5… I got mine in 2009 so that would be 2.5. Even worse. But it was brand new.
@Caizn: It’s an Asus… I don’t know what that means for lifespan though lol
@bearlove: I’ve had a virus (the same one, two different times) and they cleaned it up this summer. Maybe defragging would work.
Post # 10
My laptop I got for college lasted all 4 years of school and about a year after before it really slowed down. I can still use it (it is close to 7 years old now) but we got a new desktop that is now our primary computer.
ETA: Mine is a Dell.
Post # 11
I have a Mac, which I would never trade for a PC. Between college and the time I bought a Mac I went through at least 7 computers (in about 6 years -Compaq, Sony, HP, Dell). No PC I bought was able to be brought to the life once I had to take it in. I’ve had my Mac for 5 years and it’s still going strong. I had one issue (I broke the screen because I accidentally stepped on it) and they had it back to me the same day. I download things that I shouldn’t, go to unprotected sites, and generally treat my computer like crap, and my guy is still going strong without ever getting a virus.
Asus is also a good product. They made all the hardware for other companies and sell for a good price.
And I hate Geek Squad. You could give it to a 13 year old and he’d be more computer literate than the people they hire. Most of the employees are just gamers. I sent one computer out and 6 months later I finally (after not hearing anything from them- I had bought another computer) went back to the store to check on it. They brought it out, in the packaging they originally put it in to send out, told me they forgot to send it, pulled it out of the packaging, looked at it for 2 minutes and went ‘ya, it’s fried. Let me show you this nice Sony we just got in’. Ya, no thanks.
Post # 12
I have a MacBook Pro that has been fabulous going on three years.
For those looking for something kind of in the middle of laptop and desktop, I also have a ” Mac Mini” back home, which is this little square that you can use any desktop screen with, so its essentially a mac computer without the hefty price.
Post # 13
my dell laptop lasted through 4 years of college (with a couple hard drive crashes). we just got an ASUS netbook last xmas and we love it! it is perfect for us. i think laptops have gone down in price so much over the past few years that you cant really expect them to last 5-10 years anymore. i would say 4 years is probably max.
Post # 14
Well, no way am I ever getting a Mac, lol. I can’t afford them and I hate the setup, I much prefer PCs. Besides, most PCs I’ve seen outlive the Macs I’ve seen.
I’ve actually had great experiences at Geek Squad, they’ve always been helpful and fixed everything. Maybe it just depends on the store.
I really need a laptop for school so a desktop isn’t an option, but I guess it makes sense that they last longer.
So 2.5 years is probably to young to be dying… so I need to figuure out what to do with it. I’ll try defragging and take it in for a virus check if that doesn’t work…
Post # 15
You might want to see if there are any updates for your computer’s bios out there. That sometimes helps.
Post # 16
Laptops and Desktops need to be reformatted, and cleaned up every once and awhile to keep them running good and fast. You may need to upgrade your ram if the computer is starting to lag. Take it into a computer repair shop and get them to run though your computer and clean it up, it will get everything running like new again. It is no different then a car.
I have had all my computer for years and years but my SO is a computer nerd and continueously upgrades, reformats and cleans up our computers to keep them running great. He does computer repair for a living at the moment, In fact he builds his own computers rather then buying one already built. My current laptop is 5 years old and still runs like new.