The saga of my PC woes continues.
But there may be a happy ending in my future!
For those of you unfamiliar with the story so far, my laptop died last week and I have not been able to get out and get a new one yet. So, to make it possible to check email and to post on WordPress, I pulled an old, outdated laptop out of my “junk closet” and fired it up.
It’s operation leaves a lot to be desired.
I am willing to make allowances for many of its shortcomings since it was a product of its time (the early 2000s).
I am okay with
- The fact that it weighs as much as a cinder block
- The low resolution screen (my eyes are not that good anyway).
- The relatively slow performance (I’m just using it for a glorified typewriter anyway).
- The fact that I can roast marshmallows by holding them up to the cooling fan port on the side.
However, I could not live with the fact that it locked up every 30 minutes or so because it was not good at multi-tasking. I know, I know! This is certainly a case of the pot calling the kettle black since I have the exact same problem. But this is nearly unforgivable in a laptop.
So, I did what any semi-quick thinking quasi-slacker would do who happened to have a junk closet full of old laptops.
I opened up the defunct laptops one at a time until I found one of them that had the same sort of memory that this laptop requires. Long story short, I upgraded the RAM in this laptop from 2 Gb to 4 Gb. It now seems to be running much, MUCH better.
It remains to be seen if it locks up later when I open up a 3rd window to watch music videos.
Or if I lock up when I try to read blogs and listen to music at the same time.