The Unmistakable Signs Of A Dying Laptop
A laptop is one of the best pieces of hardware you can have for your computing needs.
While they come in handy in various tasks, they too have an expiry date. The expiry date might not be indicated on a sticker, but by how your laptop behaves.
A dying laptop will give you all the warning signs before it starts giving up. Some of the most common ones include:
- the inability to perform like it used to
- a dead battery
- and sometimes shutting down abruptly without notice
If you find yourself nursing your beloved laptop to open even the simplest of applications, then chances are you need to start budgeting for a new one. A dying laptop will not only be slow but also cost your productivity or even worse, fail when you need it.
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Many people will, however, stick to their beloved laptop even when it shows all the warning signs. The idea of giving up the machine you once loved and adored can be too much. It would however be wise to plan on buying a new laptop when there’s still time. Continued use of an ‘exhausted’ laptop will only lead to time wastage and reduced productivity. Here are some of the common warning signs of a dying laptop, and a cue to buy a new one.
#1 – It Doesn’t Support The Latest Operating System
Both Microsoft and Apple release new versions of their operating systems once in a while.
When they do, they’ll list the minimum specs required to run the operating system smoothly. If your computer or laptop doesn’t meet these requirements, then chances are you won’t be able to install the latest operating system.
If your laptop cannot support the latest operating system, it is too old to be of use going forward.
Noticed your laptop doesn’t run the latest operating system? Maybe it is time to replace it with a newer one.
#2 – It Takes Too Long To Respond
Taking an age to respond is one of the first signs of an ageing laptop. Opening even the lightest applications, or even copying files will become painfully slow.
Folks who multitask on their laptop will have an especially hard time. “As a marriage celebrant, I offer a number of services,” says Fiona King. “And in my experience, if I have to wait for more than 5 minutes to open an office application or copy a few MBs worth of data, then chances are the laptop is giving up and I better get a new one.”
Switching between tabs and windows will be even slower. While clearing the cache, upgrading ram, among other fixed might work on different computers; you need to know when to stop and look for an alternative.
#3 – It Frequently Crashes
Although newer computers may crash once in awhile due to virus infection or another issue, frequent crashes are often linked with ageing hardware. Only investing in a newer computer can help solve the problem.
According to the team at Concept Bookkeeping, “nothing frustrates us more than frequent computer crashes. Crashes are risky in the bookkeeping business because they cause important files to get corrupted. That’s time and money down the drain for every lost or damaged file.”
#4 – Low Resolution and Poor Colour Reproduction
An ageing laptop will start having issues with the display, and particularly colour reproduction, backlighting issues, and very low resolution.
Should you find yourself squinting to see what is displayed on the laptop screen, your options are to get a pair of reading glasses or switch to a better laptop. The latter is almost always the case.
#5 – The Battery Doesn’t Keep Charge
If you love working while on the go, a laptop computer would be the ideal choice.
Laptops are equipped with a powerful enough battery to last you hours. Without the battery, your computer wouldn’t be any different from a desktop computer. There are however two options to approach a dying battery.
a). You can either replace the battery with a new one.
b). Or buy a new laptop altogether.
If replacing the battery seems too costly for you, then investing in a new laptop would be a much wiser decision. According to the team from Direct Appliance Rentals, “getting replacement batteries for older laptops might however prove to be a challenge, and mainly if it’s production was discontinued. In these cases, purchasing a new laptop from your local PC team can solve all your problems at once.”
If you’ve been forced to use your laptop while it’s plugged in all the time, you should consider investing in a new one.
While several factors do come into play when deciding between a replacement battery and a new laptop, a new laptop is a better choice is the existing laptop is more than 5 years old.
Other signs to watch out for include a worn-out keyboard or a malfunctioning one, or even a wireless card that doesn’t seem to work anymore.
Have you noticed any of these red flags? Chat to a friendly member of the Dream PC team and find a new laptop at a price that’s right for you.
Author Bio: Ryan Smith