(Closed) When do you consider your computer dead?

posted 6 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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 # 7
973 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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 # 9
1720 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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.

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