Personal technology: when is it time to change computers?

However, no desktop or laptop is forever. There comes a functional time when bullets have to be bitten and therefore dollars have to be spent and replaced by a computer. Sometimes it’s not always easy to make a decision.

As I wrote in a previous post, I bought one of Apple’s new 14-inch MacBook Pros. 2014 My MacBook Pro cannot run the latest Apple operating system, macOS 12 Monterey. Although this is undoubtedly a very powerful computer running the main Big Sur operating system, I need to keep up to date with the latest developments that I am involved in.

It’s not like my friend sold my old laptop for $300. She worries less about the latest software and is very successful in owning a little-used desktop computer, which saves her money.

My daughter, on the other hand, decided to buy a new computer last month for a completely different reason. She accidentally hit a cup of water on the 15-inch screen of her Dell G3 gaming laptop and smashed it. She didn’t want to wait for her computer to be fixed, so she shut down bought a refurbished Dell for $700. Repairs would cost between $150 and $300, but she was looking for immediate gratification.

There’s no hard and fast rule for replacing a computer, but James McInnis, owner of Computer Hospital, says the time to replace a computer is: “If it’s still working, you need to know who’s doing it.”

McInnis, who has been fixing computers at his Midtown office since the mid-1980s (there’s also an office on the West Side), says he’s helped people with old processes get them up and running. For example, some customers recently brought in a PC that was still running Windows Millennium Edition, a version of Microsoft’s management system that sits somewhere between Windows 98 and Windows XP.

“He put down $75,000 on gear, and that’s all he really needed,” he said. “I have no idea how you held it for so long.”

But as with any car, it often comes down to whether the cost of a good repair is worth it. MacInnis accurately stated that cheap systems like Chromebooks that work with layered browser “are not even worth repairing, they just need to be replaced.” Missing keys, twisted suspension, damaged plastic case.

“It’s like a first car. You can have a ’57 Chevy that you won’t fix, with a partially corroded body, a stalled engine, and a tattered seat,” he said. – don’t it, just find another 57 Chevy.”

Nevertheless, I have consulted with a group of generals to reach a decision. These are the turning points that could potentially make you open up your bankroll and turn off your outdated laptop from last time:

• If the operating system no longer receives security updates. Moreover, as an outdated computer connected to the Internet ages, it becomes more vulnerable to malware attacks. Another thing is when the computer is disconnected from the network, but currently only a few of them are independent.

• When the computer inevitably encounters a problem,the solution of which is costly. I once had to replace some of the RAM that didn’t work optimally on an old PC, but many of the memory modules were available in compact form because they were very old and I didn’t want to pay current memory device prices for them.

• If the software stops, you need time to use it. If you have a mature computer whose operating system is no longer updated, but you want to use the latest version of the critical application you need, you can find out what is interfering with the software on your PC or Mac. (If you’re a gamer, you might want to change your computer more often to keep up with the games, or if it’s a desktop computer, upgrade your graphics card adapter every few years.) /p>

• If your system may run slower and hardware upgrades don’t make it easier. MacInnis isn’t shy about praising the replacement of an old-school, high-performance spinning hard drive with an SSD or solid state drive. and I totally agree with that. He can turn a squeaky system into a racehorse, often for less than $100. But if that doesn’t solve the problem, it might be time for a brand new system.

“I suggest seeing people who supposedly walk into a store with a system that can be downloaded or programmed and say, ‘I must have a virus by now.’ McInnis said. “No, probably no one has the virus. But you probably have a hard drive in your car, not an SSD. »

If you have the time, it’s worth checking to see if your old computer can be permanently repaired or given a new lease of life before buying a brand new one (and given the constant shortage of processors, it can be hard to believe the computer you want).< /p>