We can all have a love-hate relationship with our computers from time to time. But the truth is that each incredibly intricate piece of machinery has helped to progress and change our lives beyond recognition. And that means that we can become incredibly attached to our computers.
However, there comes a time when, despite our bond with the device, we can’t take it anymore. When it freezes too often, when it completely crashes and we lose our unsaved work, that tough decision must be made to reach into our pocket and fork out for a newer model.
Here are a few signs that tell you when it is time to make the change and let the old computer rest in peace.
It gets noisy
When that pleasant hum of your computer turns into a loud racket and the booting up process becomes a marathon not a sprint, the warning signs are there that your faithful PC or Mac could be on its last legs.
If you can hear the hard drive desperately trying to keep up with the work it has to perform when you turn on the computer, a drive failure may not be that far away and that means trouble.
Everything is slow
A ‘slow’ computer can represent different things for different users depending on how quick you are used to seeing your PC respond to tasks. Ultimately, though, the slowing of a computer is the beginning of a downward spiral that will only result in wasted time for you and, if your machine is used for business purposes, a loss of efficiency. Over time, the hours you waste waiting for programs to load and documents to save can have a significant impact on your bottom line – an impact that may even add up to more than the cost of a new computer altogether.
In the early stages, a bit of house-keeping on your hard drive and a thorough clean-up from time-to-time can keep the worst of the slow-down at bay. But eventually you will undoubtedly find that this is not enough. Progress in digital technologies always means that old technology becomes obsolete with time.
Upgrading individual parts failed
Sometimes, a slow computer doesn’t necessarily mean it needs replacing. It could be that you just need to upgrade the motherboard for things to run smoothly again, or you need to add some extra RAM.
However, it’s important to have a clear diagnosis of the problem before proceeding with any solutions, otherwise you might end up paying a lot more than you initially thought. If you don’t trust your IT skills, an IT support specialist such as Syntax can tell you precisely which component needs an upgrade. In the end, it’s a question of available budget – if you have the funds, replace the computer altogether.
If you’re experiencing problems installing the latest operating system on your PC, an alarm bell must be ringing somewhere. Recent years have seen Microsoft releasing plenty of updates in terms of OS, with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 released in quick succession after a very long time of XP indispensability. Apple have likewise introduced free annual updates to OS X.
Each version though naturally comes with increased hardware requirements, so you shouldn’t be surprised if your PC can’t cope with the new minimum specifications. It’s just a sign of the times and a good enough reason for you to upgrade the computer.
Besides operating systems, you could also face the problem of incompatibility regarding video games and software. The latest game releases come with almost unreal graphics and need a powerful video card and plenty of RAM to run properly. If you’re a fan of the game but can no longer play, it’s time to have a look at the PC market.