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Fix it or Replace it, hmmm

October 6th, 2009 at 02:09 pm

My computer is dying a slow painful death. At 5 years old, 5 moves, 1 of which was cross country and many dusty apartments, it is clear that something is seriously amiss (black screen). I am thinking graphics card. I suspect that my ethernet port is not far behind (though hard to test at the moment with no graphics). I am going to open up the case tonight and do an idiot check on the cords inside but I have been waiting for this machine to croak for awhile. Electronics don't like being tortured.

So a graphics card is only $100. Not bad, except it might not be the graphics card. Then I wasted $100. Or it might be the graphics card but something else might fail soon.

I could build a new one for $922. Or even cheaper if I open the computer up and decide the power supply and case can be reused. But I don't want to spend the money right now.

*Sigh* Probably will just make do with hubby's netbook for a couple months. Then build a new one.

3 Responses to “Fix it or Replace it, hmmm”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    LOL, sounds like what we're doing. Our laptop works but has several sporadic problems, too many to be worth fixing. So I bought a netbook with my spending money ($150) to use when the laptop's acting up, and to tide us over if it breaks before we raise the $1000 necessary to buy a new one. Lappie's about 4 years old but we use it constantly and pass it around a lot as well as take it on trips, so I'm not surprised it's dying a little earlier than hoped.

  2. whitestripe Says:

    i've always wondered how long laptops are meant to last (those with daily use, like mine!). i bought this one back in 2007. the battery doesn't work anymore - i just use a plug in power supply until i cough up the money to buy a new battery. everything still works perfectly, though it is getting a teensy bit slower than it was when i first got it. it's a dell.

  3. Caoineag Says:

    I generally see laptops last about 5 years (my college gave them out and we would buy them after they were done with them). Some last a lot longer but generally those are the ones used like a desktop. The travelling ones usually end up breaking something important after awhile.

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