That is a great question!!
Computers will vary based on enviroment, personal usages, and even brand names. Typically, they will last between 4-5 years, without having to replace any parts. This does not mean that all of the components will not work anymore-this is based on when the first component goes out. Most are user servicable, meaning they can be replaced easily with a little research.
There are a few things that you can do to help keep your computer to live a long healthy life.
-Get a surge protector
. Plug all
of your electronic components in it, including the monitor. Spikes in electricity can cause havoc on your system, and more often then not, multiple things can be burnt out when a power spike happens.
An upgrade to this would be a UPS(Universal Power Supply)
. These have a battery back-up system.
-Clean out your computer on a schedule. When you do this, you open up the computer case and clean out all of the dust that has built up on the components with a can of compressed air. Some like to do it once a month like on the 15th or the 1st. By having a set day that you do it, you will not forget as often.
-When you bring up the computer from the clean up, boot up in Safe Mode
to run mainteance programs. Directions can be found at Safe Mode Tutorial
. Run your Anti-Virus, scandisk (if you have it), and defrag programs in this special diagnostic mode. If you have any other "cleaning" programs such as Adware, Spybot S&D, this is a good place to run them. One thing you should know about Safe Mode though, you may not have access to the internet. Reboot the computer normally after you finish.
My computer is a Hewlett Packard Pavillion. It has an Intel Celeron processor 566 MHZ. Is it obsolete yet?? Is it the dinosaur that my kids try to tell me that it is?
You computer would be considered obsolete to most people. Not to me though. Personally, if you have any
use out of a computer, then it is not obsolete to you
. I can tell you that you could probably pick up a 2.0Ghz computer w/ CD burner and DVD player, inlulding monitor for around $400. If you are in the market for another computer, let us know. We would be more then happy to look around for one in your price range
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