Is it a computer or a doorstop?
April 10, 2010 9:31 PM Subscribe
Please help me decide whether this laptop should be repaired or tossed.
posted by BlahLaLa to computers & internet (11 answers total)
Hello, People Who Know More About Computers Than I.
I recently got a hand-me-down PowerMac G4. Now it has died. Should I fix it, or is that not worth it? Here are some particulars:
-- I mainly used it as a typewriter. That is, for working with documents in Word and Final Draft. Though it had wireless capabilities, I don't have wireless in my house. I found it handy to have an offline computer, so that when I sat down to work I wasn't tempted by that old devil, the Internets. So I would actually, you know, work.
-- I know it had an older operating system. 10-something, but the few times I used it online I noted that, for instance, the Safari version was so old that sites wouldn't display properly. I didn't care too much about that.
-- Then it started making a grinding noise in the area left of the finger-mouse pad, in the space in front of the left side of the keyboard. Over the course of one day that noise got worse, and basically now it will turn on but never boot up. That grinding/spinning noise is constant when the computer is on.
-- There is no data on the laptop that I need to save. My docs are all backed up elsewhere.
I know next-to-nothing about computers -- so please help me understand this. (Talk to me like I'm your great grandmother.) That grinding noise -- I'm assuming it's the hard drive. What if I wanted to swap in a new drive? Any thoughts on how much this would cost? There's an Apple Store near me. Would I go there? I imagine they're more expensive, but perhaps simpler for a less knowledgeable person like me.
As you can perhaps tell from my tone, I'm not too attached to the thing, since I got it for free and it was old to begin with. If I put a new hard drive in, will other parts fail in quick succession? Is this just too old a piece of hardware to count on? I know nothing about the typical lifetimes of computers.
Thanks in advance for your help.