What Makes a Computer Obsolete? The answer to this question will entirely depend on who you ask. Some will tell you that your computer is obsolete the second you remove it from the store, since newer models reach store shelves regularly. Although this thought was a prevailing one years ago, most consumers now know that this is not the case and some argue for extended use of computers.
You may need to think about a new computer if:
* Your processor speed is too slow to manage the operating system you wish to run. Speedier processors will enable basic tasks, like surfing the Internet, word processing, and email.
* Your RAM is slowing you down. Most current operating systems require a minimum of 1 GB of RAM; Vista needs 2 GB.
* Your operating system limits your use of newer programs, if you require those newer programs. The error "Operating System not supported." will let you know that you've reached this point. If you do want one or more programs that are not supported by your operating system, it may be time to upgrade.
* You want to use USB peripherals and your computer doesn't have USB ports.
* You want to use the Internet or you require wireless connectivity and your current machine does not have these capabilities.
There is No Such Thing as Obsolete There a group of computer users who claim that there is no such thing as an obsolete machine. Machines that are running low on memory or RAM can be upgraded. If your needs are limited to word processing, simple games, and email, there are a wide range of machines that can effectively serve your needs. Just because increasing power is available, does not mean that your needs will be better served by investing in that power.
If your computer is only a few years old and is slowing down, there are upgrades that can keep you current:
* Consider increasing your RAM. Most computers are sold with extra slots available for RAM. If your complaint is that your machine is slow, increasing the RAM is an inexpensive and easy way to increase its speed.
* Update your security software and ensure that there are no viruses present on your machine. Operating systems and peripherals need to have their software updated regularly too. Think about it like getting an oil change for your car: your machine will run smoother and faster after these updates.
* Space is at a premium on your computer. Consider a cleanup of old files. Store files that are important on CDs, DVDs, and other storage devices. Or invest in a new hard drive; with hard drives dropping in price, this is another easy fix for your computing woes.
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