Can you help us with our laptop woes?
March 11, 2013 8:24 PM Subscribe
My wife has an old MacBook that she is writing her Masters thesis on. I'm not exactly sure how old it is, but it is one of the white plastic ones with a smaller screen, probably 13". Regardless. She was using OpenOffice, but she said it kept crashing on her. The research I did said that LibreOffice is more stable, so I installed that on her machine, but that is also crashing on her. She is constantly afraid of losing her work, and is saving when she remembers, but sometimes it will just freeze up on her in the middle of typing and if she hasn't saved, she's fucked. I'm not really sure what to do.
posted by starvingartist to Computers & Internet (38 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
As I see it, we have four options. I'm trying to figure out what is the best direction to go here. I'm just afraid that it might be the Mac and not the software that's dying, and even though we have a backup drive that she uses regularly, I'd like to avoid any unnecessary heartache.
1. Figure out why the software is crashing. Not really sure how to go about this. I have OpenOffice on my MacBook Pro and have never had a problem with it.
2. Move her thesis to Google Docs and have her write it online. She tried doing this once already, but her footnotes did not translate properly from OpenOffice to Google. It would be tedious work to transfer them by hand.
3. Buy MS Word for her Mac. The student price is something like $80, which is reasonable to me, but if it's her machine that's dying and not the software, it becomes an unreasonable expense.
4. Get a new laptop. I have no idea what is a good, inexpensive laptop to purchase for word processing, web surfing, and watching video. I first thought of suggesting a Chromebook, but she has an iPhone she needs to manage as well.
Which option(s) do you think are best in this situation?