Post # 1
I’m just wondering when most people decide their computer- laptop or desktop- is no longer functioning and considers it “dead.” Is it when it breaks or malfunctions to the point where it doesn’t turn on? Where the screen and keyboard freeze several times per use (*cough*mylaptop*cough*) but when you restart it works fine for awhile? When the battery dies and the computer is bad enough that it might not be worth the money to replace it (ahem… also my laptop)?
We really shouldn’t be spending the money on a laptop right now- basically we’d have to use my student loans- but since I use my computer all the time for school and my internship, I hate that it takes forever to turn on, freezes all the time, and just does a ton of other stupid things pretty frequently. But, it’s still running. It’s not really slow for the Internet… just slow to turn on. I have no battery at the moment, but as long as it’s plugged in, it’s fine- although my campus doesn’t exactly have a ton of outlets in the older classrooms so I’m not sure how that will work for class.
I’m just so undecided about whether I should work this thing until it really truly won’t work anymore, or if all these little problems are enough to just call it quits and get a new one. And if we did get a new one, it would have to be a $400 or less one, so not super high quality… is that even worth it then? So many decisions for a very NOT tech savvy person…
Post # 3
I think it is a balance between the importance of its use and reliability. If I didn’t need to use my computer for work and just used it for leisure, I think I wouldn’t consider it dead until it was so disfunctional as to be essentially useless for my purposes.
But, since I use my computer for work, I consider it dead when it is no longer reliable for my purposes. I can’t handle a tempremental machine when I’ll be using it in time sensitive situations like in meetings with other attorneys and clients and even judges sometimes. How embarassing if I had to explain “Oh sorry I just need 10 minutes to boot up here….” lol.
Post # 4
do you check for viruses often and defrag??
sounds like your motherboard might be screwed and if that’s the case, it’s cheaper to get a new one then to replace it.
how long have you had it?
Also, it’s cheaper to buy a refurbished computer/laptop then a brand new one from a retailer sometimes.
Post # 5
@CorgiTales: Lol, that’s exactly how I feel sometimes. I’m not taking notes in a meeting, but my laptop randomly freezes fairly often (or just the keyboard freezes), and sometimes it just shuts itself down for no reason! It overheats but since I bought a cooling pad it’s been okay, so that’s not the problem. But, I can use a notebook for class, and my internship is work from home, so while it’s annoying, it’s not like I can’t just reboot and come back. I just make sure I save everything every minute on Microsoft Word or I’d be screwed writing papers 😛
@RockStar33: My anti-virus always renews automatically and it hasn’t alerted me of anything recently. I’ve had two viruses in the distant past but it alerted me and the problems were fixed. It also defrags and runs a couple other scans weekly, automatically… I’ve checked and it says it’s still doing it. I’ve done it manually but since defragging took about 5 seconds manually I assume it really is automatic all the time 😛
And I’ve had it for 3 years, and it’s an Asus. It’s a little old, but I’d hoped to have it for at least 4 years, maybe 5. I take decent care of it.
Post # 6
Also, where would I get a refurbished one? I don’t know all that much about computers and neither does Darling Husband… I’m not really sure where I could get a reliable refurbished computer, and I wouldn’t know what to look for.
Post # 7
Dead for me = Doesn’t turn on, or won’t boot all the way and I can’t fix it or would be cheaper to buy new than fix.
Usually if it’s gotten slow from what it used to be or freezing (the keyboard itself never freezes, screen possible but not likely… screen itself doesn’t freeze but the video output theoretically could) it’s usually been running on the same installation of Windows so long it’s bogged down by too much crap. If you have the reinstallation discs (or if your pc lets you make them which is popular these days make them!) then back up everything you care about on cd/dvd/flash drive/external hard drive and reinstall everything. My Fiance and I both do it to our pc about every 6 months – a year.
I have friends that pay me to do this because it can be a hassle, backing up, then the time to reinstall, all the Windows updates, installing anti-virus (AVG is good and free)and common programs, etc. And then setting up any customizations, but it’s well worth it to have your pc running smooth again. I have one friend who finally decided she could do it herself. (Yay!) I mean, I’ll take the money (not my pc= huge time sink!), but I was happy and felt proud for her cause she did it herself and she used to be afraid of pcs.
For the battery you can often find after market ones for cheaper than the pc company, just do your research. I’ve ordered plenty from eBay from very established sellers with great feedback for people I know.
Also are you actually turning off/on or hibernating? The hibernation feature takes less time to come in and out of then off/on. Recommend saving before, just like if you were shutting down, but it saves everything you’re doing to disk and comes back on command. That way you don’t have the start up/shut down time. My pc takes more time to start up than coming out of hibernation.
For refurbished check out tigerdirect.com (20 some year old company) and newegg.com (also been around a long time). Also look for “off lease” on eBay, they are usually a pc from a bunch that a company leased for a year, then gave back and they were then QAed and had fresh installations of software. If you’re only doing basic things you could probably buy a new one from Walmart when they have a sale and be happy for a few years and only spend a $300-$400.
Feel free to PM me if you want.
Post # 8
@galloway111: I got my refurbushed toshiba on Ebay for $275! The guy is a great seller and based in the US, I’ll link ya…
I got rid of mine when some of the keys quit working, due to SOMEONE trying to clean it with canned air and they turned the can sideways….*le sigh*
Post # 9
My computer is in the process of dieing and i refuse to let it!!! I am currently using it safe mode. I also can no longer use my battery and have to tape the cord because if it gets moved slightly it will turn off. I will admit defeat and give it a funeral when it won’t turn on for 2 weeks straight lol. Obviously I am not willing to fork out the cash for a new one.
Post # 10
@MrsTangerine: Thanks for all the helpful info! Best Buy actually recommended I reinstall everything, and we bought discs to do it- they charge $129 which is WAY more than we can spend- but I’m so nervous I’ll mess something up doing it myself, lol. Also, for programs like the antivirus or Microsoft Office and such… if I have it on an external hard drive, do I have to reinstall everything, like pay for it again? Or will putting everything back on from the external hard drive just make it back to how it was?
The battery actually only costs $30 + shipping. So not really that much. But we already spent $50 on a new power cord since that recently died also (it wasn’t just the battery, we did triple check), so I’m hesitant to continue putting all this money into it if I decide to get a new computer.
Well, when the computer freezes, I have to use the button to shut down, which completely shuts it down. Also, since I currently have no battery (the battery was so bad that while it’s in the laptop, the laptop literally won’t turn on), if I make my laptop hibernate or sleep, the minute I unplug it to move it, it dies… so I can only hibernate it when I’m not moving it anywhere for the next use- so sometimes.
Also, I’m not sure what you mean by the keyboard doesn’t freeze? Maybe freezing isn’t the correct term, but it definitely just randomly stops working from time to time. As does the screen.
I will look into refurbished computers if I have to… I’m still hoping I can save this one somehow! Even for a few more months…