Thanks For the Memories


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  So, to make it possible to check email and to post on WordPress, I pulled an old, outdated laptop out of my “junk closet” and fired it up.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.


  1. Ah, SSD’s. A couple years back I had a laptop that was starting to act up and couldn’t figure out how to make it behave, so I took it into a shop. Their opinion was the hard drive was on its last spins, and the best bet was to replace it with an SSD. So, I had ’em do it (I’m not that mechanical) and transfer the data.

    Fast forward a year or so, and the laptop starts acting up again (probably power connection), the battery is near dead, and I’m thinking “this is a 7 year old laptop, maybe it’s time to upgrade”. So I did that too, but while it has a smaller SSD for the OS and sundry, the main storage is a HDD. And my old laptop has a full size SSD, and even better it’s already has all my data and programs loaded and organized.

    Now it’s back to the shop. “Can you do a heart transplant – swap the drives for the two laptops?” And they did!

    So now the main beast is all SSD, the old one has a new HDD (and a new battery). Both are a little confused as to what brand they are. I use the old one primarily as a backup, just in case…

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    • I thought about replacing my HDD with a SSD, but the price-per-Gigabyte is still a little more than I care to spend. Sometimes I hate being a cheapskate. I will replace my failed HDD with another one.

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