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  • Patch Lady – how old is that computer?

    Posted on October 27th, 2020 at 15:41 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So the other day I had a misbehaving computer that wouldn’t boot.  After I reset the cmos battery it booted up and is working like a champ.  But it got me to thinking about how old some of the computers in the fleet are and how it’s harder to keep track – either that or I’m not keeping track as much as I did.

    In the ancient days of computing, we would migrate to new machines when a new model or version came out and then hand the older computers to other people in the office.  There was major speed differences between these models.

    Now, I don’t see as huge of jumps.  I can only type so fast.  Once you get a Windows 10 with good ram (more than 8 gig, even more than 16 gig and more) and a SSD drive, you can be very happy with older hardware.

    https://engineering.purdue.edu/ECN/Support/KB/Docs/HPModelYears

    https://engineering.purdue.edu/ECN/Support/KB/Docs/PCDesktop

    I can honestly get more than four years out of a computer… “Most faculty, staff, and students will find their needs will be easily met by this year’s “standard desktop,” which is designed to provide sufficient performance for at least 4 years. ”  Laptops are a bit harder, especially if you want something portable, but desktop style you can get five and more years out of it.

    Gary pointed to some official “refurbished” computer listings from Microsoft

    https://devicepartner.microsoft.com/en-us/assets/detail/MAR_Partner_Directory_Aug2017-pdf

    https://www.msregrefurb.com/RRPSite/OnlineDirectory.aspx?setlang=en

    Refurbs are also an excellent way to get decent machines.  Recently I purchased a refurb and then took the video card out of another computer and moved some parts around.  Windows 10 had no issues whatsoever finding the drivers and handling the changes.

    So how old is your computer?