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However, there is hardly a desktop or laptop computer that will last forever. There comes a time when bullets must be bitten, dollars must be proven, and a used computer must be replaced. Sometimes it’s not always easy to make an important new decision.

As I wrote in the previous column, I bought one of Apple’s new 14-inch MacBook Pros. This year’s MacBook my Pro cannot run Apple’s latest operating system, macOS Monterey 12. I must use the latest version.


In the end, our friend Who bought my old laptop for $300. She cares less about having the latest software and is very happy with any well-functioning computer that saves your wife money.

On the other hand, my daughter also bought a new calculator last month for a completely different reason. She accidentally hit the 15-inch screen of her Dell Gaming g3 laptop with a bottle of water and smashed it. She didn’t want to wait for her partner’s computers to be fixed, so her daughter went shopping and bought a refurbished Dell for $700. Repair dwas supposed to cost 150 to 300 US dollars, but she wanted immediate satisfaction.

Of course, there is no hard and fast rule as to when you should replace a computer system, but James McInnis, owner of a computer hospital repair shop, says my time to replace a computer is definitely “when it stops doing it 9 as long as 5 you need it.


McInnis, who has been refurbishing personal computers at his Midtown store (there’s also a West Side store) since the mid-1980s, says he’s helped families with outdated systems get them back up and running. At this point, for example, a customer who had just purchased a PC with Windows Edition, the millennium version of Microsoft’s trusted operating system, lost control between Windows 98 and Windows XP.

“It was $75,000 worth of equipment and that was all he needed for it,” he said. I “have no idea how, he survived.”

But there is no doubt that, as with any machine, there is alwaysthe question is whether it’s really worth repairing at our expense. McInnis said low-cost computer systems like Chromebooks with any browser-based operating system “are not really worth repairing, they just need to be replaced.” The same applies to devices that have been beaten and abused, as well as missing, bent key hinges, damaged plastic stops.


“It’s like a car, really. You can really have a ’57 Chevy that people won’t fix, with a rusty, falling engine and broken seats,” he said. “You can’t just keep going, that’s a ’57 Chevy.”

That’s what I said, I got some general advice on making decisions. Here are some points that may prompt you to open your wallet and turn off your powerful, outdated laptop for the last time:

• When his program is no longer updated proactively. As an outdated computer workstation connected to the Internet ages, it should become more vulnerable toMalware and attacks. Another thing is because PCs are not yet connected to a network, and these days very few are offline.

• When the computer encounters an unrecoverable problem. I once had to replace a piece of RAM that had failed in a mature PC, but those particular memory components were in short supply because they were old and I didn’t want to pay three times the current price of memory for them. /p>

If • remember that the software you need to use no longer works. If a person has an old computer whose system is more updated, do not just use the version of the application, you can see for yourself that the software will most likely no longer work on your PC or Mac. (If you’re a homeowner, you may need to change this one frequently to keep your computer up to date with games, or if it’s a desktop computer, you may need to upgrade your graphics card every few years.)

• If your system is slow, upgrading your hardware will not it. macinnis,will probably be quick to sing praises that because an old school rotary drive can’t be easily replaced by an SSD or SSD, and I totally agree. He can turn a squeaky system into a racehorse for a long time for $100. But if that doesn’t solve the problem with your computer, you might be able to use a completely new system.

“I’ve seen users come in with a critical system that was hanging or booting up to run programs and saying, ‘I must have said a virus,'” MacInnis. “No, you probably don’t have a virus. But you probably have a hard drive, not an ssd. »

If you have the time, it’s worth checking to see if your old computer can be repaired or brought back to life before buying a brand new one (and given the general processor shortage, it can be hard to find someone for really eager to find computers).< /p>