Posted 12 September 2009 - 01:30 PM
I've had my computer since '05 and it works for what I use it for, which is mainly surfing the web. Obviously I don't use it to it's full potential but eventually I'll get there.
I can equate my computer expertise with automotive expertise. On a car I can change the oil, battery, tires, muffler, and brake pads but I wouldn't try to work on the carburetor, transmission, pumps, or engine I would save those for the people with the knowledge and tools. So I may be getting in over my head here.
I signed up for this forum to seek help for my Mom's computer. She has had it since about '02. It has been running slow for awhile now but since my sister and her 3 daughters (18, 14, 12) and son (20) have moved back in the computer has taken a beating.
I would like to restore her computer as close to normal as possible as cost effective as possible, I believe I should get a new hard drive but I am worried that she will lose all the stuff that she wants pictures documents and the like. I would like to see if it is possible to fix her computer first with out replacing the hardware or just giving up a buying a whole new computer.
Now, you may ask; why don't I take it to an expert and pay some one to fix it?
Well it's because I'm being selfish. I want to use this opportunity to learn more about fixing computers in case mine starts to crap out also I love my Mom and fear she will get screwed over by some disreputable person and be charged for crap she doesn't really need.