Reader Poll: How Did You Know Your Computer Was Toast?

Clearly if you are reading this blog, you have a computer. And whether you've experienced the loss of a computer firsthand or know a friend of family member that has, you understand what it's like to have a computer completely bleep out on you.

How did you know your computer was dying? (Specific symptoms are helpful). And more importantly, what did you do about it? I'm collecting information to analyze my current technological situation. . . Thanks for your help!

Nicole Ouellette
Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she's not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

2 Responses to “Reader Poll: How Did You Know Your Computer Was Toast?

  • Robby
    11 years ago

    I knew my cheap, entry level Dell was dying about 1 year ago. I bought it in 2004 when I was in college in Orono. It had very little RAM and not a whole lot of hard drive space. As far as specific symptoms? Well, there was the load time for webpages…1 minute at times (which could be due to the vast amount of MP3 downloads I was ripping…RIP Kazaa), and I was starting to have problems with the laptop keeping a charge. This was remedied by buying a new battery ($100 from Ebay). Eventually, I ended up having to buy a new powerchord. Once I did that, my mother board died and I couldn’t even start the laptop. It was still on warantee so I sent it in…..1 year later…it happened again…Thats how I knew my laptop was toast.
    In terms of how I felt about it, I was okay with it. I kinda figured that the shelf life of my laptop would be like 4 years max, for which I got the whole lifespan of it. I paid $1000.00 for it and put about $180 in repairs during the time I owned it (not counting a factory motherboard). I was pleased with it the time it lived and was more than happy with my new Toshiba Laptop from Walmart ($750.00). It was relatively cheaper and more cost effective to buy a new one than fix the old one. Unfortunately, I think technology is just one of those things that you can’t depend on living longer than your favorite pair of jeans.

  • laura
    11 years ago

    I knew my Dell laptop (which I got circa 2003? 2004? my memory is admittedly shoddy) was dying when it decided to stop turning on. (It takes me a while to catch on sometimes.) I choose to believe this has nothing to do with the fact that I dropped it on my foot a week prior (which hurt like a son of a bitch, let me tell you). But at some point a couple months ago my power started working very erratically. Jeff would eventually get it working by fiddling with the battery (seems like something went loose and the power supply from the battery wasn’t registering). At one point he threw a rubber band in there and that helped keep things in place for a little while but he later admitted this was used mostly as a placebo for my non-tech-compatible brain.
    Eventually I bought a new one: a Dell Inspiron 1525 with the girliest flowered purple top you can imagine. (Thank you, bonus check! Sorry student loans…) It’s been working pretty well, though I’ve failed to explore most things more entailed than spending time online or installing iTunes as of yet.

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