Okay, so my laptop is driving me crazy!

@celticeagle (113041)
Boise, Idaho
December 30, 2009 12:16am CST
I have had my laptop now for about three years. It is my second of the same make. I had the first for about five years or so. It was made so much more solid and worked great! This one is a piece of junk! Ya, I needed to vent abit so I am not mentioned the make or model. If you want that info feel free to PM me for it. Anyway, I am pretty upset. First the front corners broke off, then several keys came off. Now it loads so unsufferably slow I am about to go find something else to do instead by the time it finally decides to load. I am talking ten minutes when it used to take me half that if not less. I am asking not for a diagnosis of what is wrong but I am wondering if any of you that happen to read this have found this the norm. Is a PC only good for about two years now? If that. I mean I paid $1400 for this baby. Am I expecting too much? I think a PC should work for about five years. My first one did. I did have a virus about ten months ago and had to bypass the regular security system I had that came with the computer and get a more high powered one and a spy sweep one as well. They seem to be working okay but I just wonder if the tech who supposedly took off the virus from my PC actually got it all. Or, Do I need to do some maintenance I am not aware of. Or, am I, again, expecting too much from a computer that I use daily for anywhere from 4-12 hours. Any input would be appreciated. I am going to try to find a good tech somewhere in these parts since my warranty is about as good as nodda. Any ideas?
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
30 Dec 09
ya can try to use ccleaner see it that helps. and ya talk about a laptop then got to a pc . Well my laptop is kaput and I have never used it the kids did, and thi sis my 3rd pc since 1999. And about 2 weeks ago it went sown and I had to do a complete recovery. I still havent got every thing back on here and I lost all docs and pics grrrrrrr. Do puter guru might be a way to go for you
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@celticeagle (113041)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Dec 09
I think I used to have ccleaner. I am going there in afew minutes and download it. the Andrew guy up above you gave me some pointers and I am going to start doing this. I am now infact. Hurray for him!
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
31 Dec 09
SOunds good and I hope you did tell him what brand it is so no one else will buy one that wont work. I got a DELL once and the processor went out after a week took me 3 weeks to have the TEchs hmmmmmmmmm figure out what was wrong then they sent wrong part and had to wait another week tio get it fixed I wont buy one again!
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@celticeagle (113041)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Jan 10
My last one was a very good one and this one is like a paper copy.
@PastorP (1174)
• United States
31 Dec 09
Imo, if I pay $1,400 for anything it should last a jolly good long time. Hate to say it, I have equipment here less than half as expensive and the stuff does better. And, I hate to ask this since I don't want to offend people from a particular nation, but in what country was it manufactured in? I can almost guess.
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@celticeagle (113041)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Dec 09
Think I am getting it figured out. THanks.
@kaylachan (4778)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
31 Dec 09
Usually the only real way to properly clear the system of rougue virous is to completely rerasse the harddrive, particion it and completely reformatt it. Often virous get deep into your system where normal tools can't reach. Buypassing your normal curcurity isn't wise, often for a pc to run properly it is needed in conjuction with your add-on. Most high-powered anti-spyware and other tools also take up vauable recources just to run in the background, so it's not completely recommended unless you have the memory and resources to support it or your system will bog down and snails would move faster then it can. As for the hardwire issues some modles (even if they are the exact same) aren't bulit as strong. And, it could easily be as well that your keyboard and other parts could use a good cleaning. After all that puppy does have age on it. My laptops usually last me a good four years or more. Though around year four I start looking for a new one. Of course I type fast and that causes a breakdown on the keyboard which results in missing, lose, or damaged keys tha fall off easily.
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@celticeagle (113041)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Jan 10
Yes, I have a brand spanking new keyboard that the manufacturer sent me but I can't get the one screw off the back for some reason. So I will ending up having to pay some nerd good money to unscrew a screw for me. Hate that! I appreciate your info. I am seriously wondering if I am still battling the remains of a virus. I hope mine lasts me another couple of years. I really don't bang it around. I have a case it goes in and all so it being so banged up already is rather irritating. Thanks for your input.
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
30 Dec 09
Hey celtic! I have no idea what to tell you since I am one of the most computer "non-tech" people you could find! But, I do know that the money you spent of the laptop is quite alot of money and you should most cetainly be getting more than two years working service out of it! For half the price you could have a decent laptop these days! I have an amazing computer guy who knows so much about everything! In fact he is working on a slightly used computer one year old that someone returned to his Staples Store where he is a Manager and it needed some part and he is fixing it to give to me "just because"! He has so many computers, laptops, cameras! He just gave me a Sony Cybershot Camera (I think you saw that discussion)! Here is my addy opal2626@yahoo.com Send me your private addy and I will try to work something out where I can maybe get him to help you somehow or at least get you some answers on the make and model and what's going on with your laptop! I will be honest with you, he is 26 years old, works long hours at his job and I have to catch him a good mood! But, I am like his "other mother/friend/confidant so I will see what I can do!
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@celticeagle (113041)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Dec 09
I hope you will read Andre Freyne's response up above. He was nice enough to write down what I needed to do. I am doing it now.
@drakesuyat (1064)
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
unless you loaded a lot of softwares that almost nothing was left in your hard drive space, then you will really encounter such slowness but other than that i dont think those problems are tolerable. its $1400 and it sure is of high capacity and high quality as well. i think i would ask you to pm me the model of it so i'll be aware coz i myself is a freelance computer technician and those brands are not highly recommended! happy new year celticeagle
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@celticeagle (113041)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Dec 09
I think I just have to learn how to do the correct maintenance on it is all. I am doing that now.
@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
30 Dec 09
The advantage of desktops is how easy they are to fix and to replace when damaged. Laptops are better basically everywhere else. The thing is that just because something is expensive does not automatically mean quality unfortunately. My first CD ROM from years ago was a no name brand and it moved through 3 upgrades before I stopped using it as it was just so slow and noisy. In February I upgraded parts of my computer and bought a new DVD a very reputed brand 3rd one in little over 4 years, it's already giving problems the thing is the warranty sometimes requires paying for shipping which if it is something small works out more expensive then buying a new one. The saving grace was that old CD rom the computer had to be reformatted as it had several internal problems and allowed the computer to function. I don't think it has a lot to with what the brand is but how lucky you are in not getting a defective one.
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@celticeagle (113041)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Dec 09
Much like buying a car I think. This thing still has a warranty so hopefully that will help in some way. I hate to have somebody else look at it and ruin my warranty. I am not real happy.
• India
30 Dec 09
Hi i think laptop like hp or dell will suite you for handling the laptops roughly. using rubber keys and leather covers would have protected the laptop instead of buying a new one try to repair this one. keep the eco safe Regards Kannan
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@celticeagle (113041)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Dec 09
The laptop I have IS one of those! It is a piece of junk! I have to try to repair this one cause I can't afford another one.
@calai618 (1781)
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
Before I bought my laptop, I told myself that I should be able to keep it running for about 3-5 years. I bought one last year and just this month, I sent it back to its maker. thank God there's warranty!!!! What's sad is that I need it badly so I couldnt send it back to the maker immediately. I bought it in november and its DVD rom broke on february. i had to wait as to when I would be free of work so i can have it fixed but then it took me a year to find the time.Now the problem is not just about the DVD ROm because there have also been a battery problem around June this year and it indicated that the battery should already be replaced. A lot of the keys have also been stuck so they have to fix them as well. My laptop has been with the maker for about half a month now and they said that they needed to wait for the replacement of the parts to arrive this week so probably the laptop would be returned next month. I really hate what's happening because that laptop is not as if the cheapest one out there when I bought it. it was a decent one but in less than a week it broke down little by little. :(
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@celticeagle (113041)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Dec 09
I wish they would take this thing back. It is a piece of junk.
• United States
30 Dec 09
I think technology should work better than it does, maybe its being made so fast and cheap and you practically can't operate your life without it that the cost is too high. I know where you are coming from, I had a computer that went through two hard drives, I kept trying to keep it going but I got some advice from a tech who told me. "Maybe its trying to die and you won't let it." I would have yours checked out just to be sure its still good.
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@celticeagle (113041)
• Boise, Idaho
31 Dec 09
Oh, I plan on it.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
31 Dec 09
Hi celticeagle! I just took a computer class and the first thing she said was that they are outdated the day you buy them. How crazy is that? I also learned that Apple makes a computer that puts PC to shame but i have never used one. They are a lot more expensive but the lady I talked to that actually had one said she would never go back to a PC again. No more virus issues for her. I don't know if I can help but have done a defrag? That can speed up the performance.
• United States
31 Dec 09
Yes, Macintosh is the way to go..no more virus protection to slow you down, no more junk. I bought my first Mac laptop from ebay for $400 2 years ago and it is still going strong. I just replaced my windows desktop with a new Mac desktop and I will never look back. My son has a Mac that is over 10 years old and still ticking..lol We have not had to replace anything but the DVD drive in it.. Yes, they cost more, but they last longer and I would rather spend a little more for something that isn't going to fail or frustrate me. Start with a used one, they are normally still under warranty and you will never want to go back to Windows :)
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@celticeagle (113041)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Jan 10
Hey Jen & Saigon-- I will have to check in Apple. I heard you didn't get viruses and such with them. I need to find a good tech I can trust first for info down the road on parts and such. Thank you.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
2 Jan 10
Thanks for the best response. I probably need to be checking out those Apples myself. I hear that in the longrun you can save a lot of money just getting that apple. Good luck with the computer issue.