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Pampered Chef: OT- life of a laptop

  1. cookin to the top

    cookin to the top Member Gold Member

    My PC laptop just started to make a weird buzzing noise. I've had it for over 5 years, 2 of which were in Iraq. (Not the cleanest of conditions then). What is the normal lifespan of a laptop, in general? Is it time to switch to a Mac, or would it be worth it to have it looked at & fixed? What are your experiences?
  2. cookin to the top

    cookin to the top Member Gold Member

    Please.....anyone have any input?
  3. etteluap70PC

    etteluap70PC Legacy Member Gold Member

    I got a new one after 5 years. I think it is totally acceptable especially with needing more power for P3. We do still use the original one I bought for my biz it works fine just a bit slow. I do not feel it is worth the $ to repair a laptop.
    Apr 21, 2009
  4. lestat_de_leon

    lestat_de_leon Novice Member

    I can't recommend Mac enough...this coming from somebody who is in IT support in a Windows shop. Don't forget that you can get refurb units directly at apple.com with the same warranty as brand new!
  5. jbdowd0798

    jbdowd0798 Veteran Member Gold Member

    If you are still in the military you can go to hp.com and get their employee pricing. We just bought a laptop 2 weeks ago and are very happy. You have to have a .mil email to be able to get this discount. We saved a bunch!!!

    Our old laptop was running slow, needed a new battery, etc. plus with my husband working on his thesis (he's at NPS) he needed something he could use to work from home and school. They can't use thumb drives, etc. right now so the only thing they can do is burn to CDs (pain in the butt with all the updates they'd need to do) or use the H drive at school. So using one laptop is soooo much easier.
    Apr 21, 2009
  6. Jewel

    Jewel Member Gold Member

    We get a disount thruogh Dell w/PC. I love mine have had it for 3 years now and it works fine.
    Apr 21, 2009
  7. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    When my laptop died for the 2nd time, I was told it was going to cost about as much to fix it as to replace it.
    That was when DH (who is NOT a computer person at all!) suggested I get a Mac - so that I didn't have to deal with pc issues all of the time.
    He went and bought me a Mac Laptop, and I couldn't be happier! Love it, Love it, Love it!:love::love::love:
    Apr 21, 2009
  8. pcchefjane

    pcchefjane Senior Member Gold Member

    I think the average life of a laptop is 3 years with constant use. My DD & SIL got a good Dell one this time so it should last 5+ years. I think the "insides" get outdated as well.
    Apr 21, 2009
  9. cookin to the top

    cookin to the top Member Gold Member

    I'm not a comp. pro- can you transfer files from your old PC to a new one? (To a mac?)
  10. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

    yes- you can, even a mac. Simplest in my opinion is to use those USB Memory sticks if you have a USB port on your old computer. All new computers will have them. I always created a folder on my old machine called "Backup" or something, and then put copies of all files in that one folder. Be sure to include your email, your bookmarks from your web browser, and of course P3 files. :D The main thing is to have applications that can read the files you transfer....which most Mac's do (i have one and love it and we just switched my DH's parents, and they love theirs!)

    Good luck!
    Apr 21, 2009
  11. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

    I would think after 5 years and 2 within harsh conditions, you probably are due for a new one. I LOVE my mac!! Wouldn't go anywhere with out it!
    Apr 21, 2009
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