Do you really need to buy a new computer to replace your old desktop PC? Chances are, there is really no need for you to do so. Old desktop pcs can be given a new breath of life by learning a few tips described in this article. Read on to find out what you need to do.
For the die hard old desktop pc user, there is no need to change the whole set up if there are ways to maximize the longevity of all the major parts of the computer. That is, if your only intention is to speed up your computer to cope with memory hungry software applications that come in droves. Unlike avid laptop users, desktop users have the flexibility of making useful configurations to speed up old desktop pcs without the need to buy expensive hardware or software.
Here are 10 tips on how to speed up your old desktop pc:
1. Engage the help of a computer technician
Well, of course this one is the easiest one can do when time, not really money is a major constraint. It may be cheaper to ask a technician to do things for you if the amount of time that you will potentially spend in manipulating your computer is very valuable. This is referred to in economics as opportunity cost.
Engaging the help of a technician will cost you less than buying a new desktop computer. You have a bunch of experience and expertise there and you don't need to go into lengths trying to figure out what to do with your old desktop pc in order to speed it up.
You can learn a tip or two about troubleshooting your old desktop pc just by hanging around and observing how the computer technician handles your desktop pc. Ask a few questions about what he is doing. They will most likely answer an inquisitive customer as part of their customer service policy.
But if you want to do things yourself because you have enough time or you just want to pass away time, then go on and read more.
2. Learn the trade yourself
The author himself invested in two or three books about computers just to get rid of that perennial need to go to a computer shop and pay for a computer technician's services just because there is a need to change the random access memory (RAM) as the computer keeps on beeping. That tell-tale beep means, he learned, just indicates that the RAM is no longer functioning!
It pays to learn the trade yourself so you are not prey to scheming or wily computer technicians who are just after your money. Why pay a lot when you can just simply swap in a new RAM to give your old desktop pc a new life. It's done simply by unseating the old one and inserting firmly the new set of RAM. Just make sure that nothing's wrong with your motherboard. You may read read my previous article on motherboard maintenance to see some problems associated with it.
3. Partition your hard drive
The hard drive of old desktop pcs can be configured so that you will experience a noticeable difference in computer speed. The idea is simply to have a separate C: drive and D: drive at the very least. These are virtual drives because in reality, there is only one hard drive in a desktop computer. Unless you have added another hard drive in the bay.
When you bought your desktop pc, chances are that the computer technicians in the computer store had already partitioned your hard drive into at least two virtual hard drives C and D. Your software applications reside in C, while you can save your files in virtual drive D to manage those files easily. Separating the files from the software applications has the added advantage of preventing damage to your files when you need to reinstall the software applications, especially the operating system, which are not working well.
To get the maximum benefits of hard drive partitioning, make the storage memory of your virtual drive C smaller than virtual drive D. Just ensure that there is a generous amount of space for installation of new software applications. For optimum benefits, it is suggested that at least 10 percent of your hard drive is free.
For easy partitioning of your existing hard drive, you may download a free partitioning tool like the EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition.
These 3 tips will help bring back a new breath of life to your old desktop pc and surely save you on costs.
©2012 July 11 Patrick A. Regoniel