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  • Take it to the repair guru, pay 50 buck for a diagnosis, you may be surprised at the cost to get it fixed. The worst thing that could happen is that you spend 50 buck. My computer was broken a few weeks ago, I took it to the shop and my plan was if I had to spend over 400 bucks to fix it, then I would have bought a new laptop and forgone fixing the old one. Good luck Nan...I know how frustrating it is. +5
  • Been there, done that. I gave it up and bought a new one. More economical in the long run. The last time I was in the computer shop was to get my documents, addresses, favorites transfrerred from the old sick puppy to the new one. That was two years ago. Computers are like lawn mowers. There comes a time when it is cheaper to buy a new one than keep fixing the old one.
  • I take it to my brother in law and say fix pleeeeeease.He has a computer shop :)
  • Sometimes you just know when you are fighting a losing battle, and that even if the tech does repair it you are going to need a whole new battery, and add so much else just to make it worthwhile. And in this case I give it up for dead and buy a new, better, model. Probably cost me less too! Othertimes, I will take it in and get it checked out if I think there is still hope.
  • when you do this.... http://video.yahoo.com/watch/3951658/10732548
  • I very rarely just replace the entire computer. More often that not I just replace the oldest component. Right now, that would be the CPU in my main desktop. There is nothing wrong with it, but I could get a faster one... and doubtless I will... in a year!
  • Find out what's wrong and replace the defective part. Unless it's a laptop and its motherboard went, it's cheaper to repair. If you're using Windows and it's shutting down continuously, you might want to reinstall it first.
  • I have never ever replaced a computer. All I do is to keep upgrading it. In the process old components get thrown out and new ones with greater efficiency installed. My PC remains the latest and I do get some value for the discarded parts depending on how functional they are.
  • I'm lucky, I can fix my own computers. Except laptops. When it isn't performing as I need, I work out what's slowing me down, and fix it. If Windows is messed up, I reinstall it if ccleaner and adaware can't fix it. It's been many years since I got a whole new computer at once.
  • I hand the old one down to someone that could use an old computer and buy me a new one.
  • If I can't fix it, then I consider it toast. As inexpensive as they have become, it's usually more efficient to replace it to me.
  • i am getting ram system issues not enough, my computer is slightly over 5 years old and well that seems to be my usual life with computers. i have 512 mb which back then was an ok amount but now i know with all the changes that 512 no longer cuts it.
  • I just rebuild and pass it on to another person. + 5
  • I didn't replace my last computer until it caught fire. The one I have now keeps telling my something is wrong ("Check System Health!), but it has been working fine for over a year now, so I'm not giving up on it until it goes the same way as the last one.
  • When you depend on a tech and you have less experience than the tech, odds are you are going to get ripped off. My daughter just brought her Gateway computer to Staples (why, God?) and paid $70 to fix it when it won't boot up anymore. I promise you they are going to charge her and arm and a leg and it won't work any better and keep giving her problems.
  • My job is fixing computers anyway, so I can normally repair it myself. Even when I can't, I can normally get a colleague to do it for free - one of the few perks of the job! +2
  • Why should I do that when I can build my own? I have 8 of them.
  • It has to die completely before I would replace it. This desktop is 5 years old and the only trouble I have actually ever had was when I had Windows on it. Since I switched to Linux Ubuntu, 99.9% of the problems have disappeared. I do think though that the hard drive is feeling it's age. :)

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