(Closed) How long does you computer (laptop or desktop) last?

posted 6 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Depending on the brand, yeah that sounds about right.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Also: I think desktops last longer. We are considering just getting one desktop and one laptop to share when we replace ours.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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 # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You might want to see if there are any updates for your computer’s bios out there. That sometimes helps.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

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.

 

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