The Old Desktop Lives!

Last week I wrote about how the old desktop computer I’ve had for roughly eight years looked like it might be done.

Turns out, she’s got a little big of life left in her.

Thanks to my dad (thanks, dad!), who has a nice stash of computer equipment, I was able to get it up and running by replacing the video card.

There was a series of lights on the back of the computer that I had neglected to see, but as it turns out, actually gives you the code of the likely problem in the event of a system problem.  The light code pointed right to the video card.

The new card was a cinch to install and after downloading new drivers, I was back in business.

I think the computer is still on its way out, though.  The fan keeps getting noisier and noisier.  And after all this, one of my USB drives seemed to be conflicting with my wireless keyboard / mouse set, allowing only one or the other to work at a time.  Maybe I just need to play with the configuration of the cables. In any case, that’s not so much a big deal, and I can always move my backup procedures to another working computer.

Still, it’s nice to be able to extend the life just a little bit longer.  Knock on wood, but I’ve always had pretty good luck with electronic items around the house, with a TV running for fifteen years and counting, the aforementioned desktop on eight years, and a couple of laptops probably six and four years old that are holding up reasonably well.

What are your predictions on how much longer the old desktop has in it?  Any guesses?

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12 thoughts on “The Old Desktop Lives!

  1. Haha…I’m currently going through the same sort of thing with my dinosaur of a laptop! I’d be interested to see how long yours can last–8 years is impressive!!! My guess is at least 6 months if not another year… 🙂

    • Agree. It was pretty top of the line at the time. I even went for the ‘workstation’ which was a desktop but that had a separate high end video card, a faster processer, and faster SATA hard drives. I think having actually gotten ahead of the curve helped a bit. It wasn’t cutting edge, because I have always refused to pay the premium associated with getting stuff right out of the gate, but it was above average technology. Plus, I went through and upgraded it about halfway through its current life cycle, which has also helped.

    • We take all the earnings from our cash back credit cards and stick them into an earmarked fund which basically pays for our technology upgrades, whether it be TVs, computers, or such. My dad has actually passed down a couple of his older laptops to us so when the day comes where the desktop dies we may be able to just absorb the loss. In other words, sort of 🙂

  2. I used to be like your father–I had a big bag full of smaller bags filled with all sorts of screws and clips and brackets, a wide array of cables (even Firewire like that ever caught on), drives, you name it. Of course because I was prepared for a computerized apocalypse no one ever needed any, but the minute I got rid of most of it, I needed a phone cable for my new printer (some people still use a fax machine).

  3. According to Wiki Answers a well maintained computer could last up to 15 years. So I am going to say you have a good few years left. I had a laptop for close to 10 years before I decided to upgrade.

    • That would be a good long time. I’m not sure I have enough patience for another 7 years with it, but maybe!

  4. Well…replace the fan. It’s not that hard a job and I don’t think they cost much.

    If the fan is replaced and you figure out where the conflict with the USB drive(s) is…hmmmm…. I’d guess about a year.

    If the dying fan is allowed to croak completely over: about a week to a month, depending on how much it’s used.

    LOL! I’ve got a lot of computer parts and pieces gathering dust in the closet, too. Trouble is, after a while they’re so outdated they no longer apply.

    • The fan still works, it’s just noisy. I think at this point if I didn’t hear the fan, I’d start to worry!

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