When the computer you have depended on for several years is not working as it should, you face a decision that many of us have made at one time or another: Should I fix my computer or replace it? Whichever decision you make, it is important to consider the costs and complexity of both choices. While repairing a computer is not a simple task, it can often cost considerably less than replacing your entire computer system. Deciding which route to go may take some time to determine the cost/benefit of each one and what best suits your budget at the time.
New computers can vary greatly in price, with average estimates range from a low of $500 for a basic model with limited storage space, to $3,500 for a top-quality desktop with a large hard drive. Depending on your needs, you may be able to find something that works for you in the middle of the price range. No matter which model you choose, you will also need to purchase operating software and malware protective software, which can cost at least another $200.
Compare this to the cost of repairing your malfunctioning computer. The fix for the problem or problems that your older computer is experiencing can be as simple as updating your software or as complex as a hard drive or motherboard replacement. Industry estimates for repairs average between $200 and $600 for professional services, in addition to parts and software.
You also can troubleshoot to diagnose the problem and possibly fix your computer yourself by taking these basic steps:
- Check that your power source is working, and that your computer is properly connected to it.
- Try rebooting your computer, as it may only need a software update and refresh.
- Detach all the external devices that are connected to your computer such as your printer, speakers, and scanners, to determine if the problem is your computer and not a device connected to the computer.
- If the above steps have not yielded a solution, try to zero in on the precise issue you are experiencing. Is it a hardware or a software issue? When you last used the computer, did anything unusual happen to its function during that time? Has your area experienced power outages or surges?
- Perform a Google search for the problem(s) you are experiencing. There is a surprising amount of PC repair information at your fingertips when you tap the Internet’s top search engine for it. When you ask a question about the precise problem you are experiencing, you will likely find both step-by-step guides on how to fix it and forums where people who have had the same problem discuss how they fixed it. You may want to try some of the suggestions you find.
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