Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Death of a Laptop

Missy here. I'm afraid I'm going to have to mourn the passing of my laptop. It's only 3 years old, but it's been acting funny. Scaring me. Doing weird things like not going into hibernation when I close it (even though the setting still says it's supposed to). Getting hot as blue blazes! Freezing for no apparent reason. Although I haven't seen the blue screen of death yet (thank you, Lord!), I'm scared that time may be near. And I want to be prepared ahead of time. Because today when the My Documents folder wouldn't even open, I about had a heart attack!
So it may be time to buy a new laptop. I believe I've probably just worn this one out. (I use it full-time.)
I've loved every Gateway computer I've ever had (we've had 5 or 6). So I'm pretty sure that's what I'll get once again. But I thought I'd check with all of you to find out what you can recommend. (If my son reads this, I know he'll be cheering for a Mac!) :-)
I'm also going to invest in another chill mat to keep the laptop cool. I've already burned out two of the type that have little fans that blow air. But I think I'm going to go for a different type this time. Something that elevates my laptop a little, allowing air to circulate while it sits in my lap (where I work all the time). I'd love any recommendations for those as well!
So please share...


  1. Missy- I'm sorry to hear about your computer problems. They are a pain. I have a gateway laptop too, almost 3 years old, and it still goes like a charm. Most of the time I don't even use the chill mat I bought.

    My first recommendation for you would be to take the laptop into to be serviced and have them check the programming out for a virus. All the symptoms you've described sounds just like a virus problem. It could be another hardware problem, but I would still have it checked out first as that would save you some know- only spending $300 instead of a $1000. The Geek Squad at the Best Buy near my house is who we use.

    Word of advice: Save any valuable files before taking it in. If it is a virus then they'll wipe your hard drive clean to get rid of it and re-load your programs back in, but not your saved files.

    As far as the type, when I shop for laptops I tend to look for features versus a name brand. Several people I know have HPs that have gone longer than mine and still work great. Same for Dells. I would think memory capability (would affect the speed of use) and extra features would be more important than a brand name.

    Hope this helps. Can you tell I've had computer problems in the past myself?

  2. Thanks, Dianna! I do use Mozy online backup. Plus I save everyting on 2 flash drives! LOL

    I do tend to shop brands. I have a two friends who've had trouble with their laptops, and I'm pretty sure they're the same brand. I'm going to double check that!

    Thanks for telling me about virus symptoms. I had no idea.

  3. Missy,

    I bought a Toshiba last summer and love it. It's easy to use (for those of use who are computer challenged)and it's lightweight.

    My husband does have a Mack and I don't think he would take any amount of money for it.

    Hopefully, your computer does just have a virus that can be wiped out and you can keep it!

  4. There's nothing wrong with being overly cautious with Technology, Missy. You save all you want. You'll be happier than those who don't. Computers are wonderful things when they work, and pains in the you-know-what when they don't!

  5. Sorry about your computer. I enjoy getting new laptops but I hate having to adjust to where the keys moved to. My favorites so far have been my Gateway and Dell. Hope you are backing up because it does sound like yours is a bit sick at the moment.

  6. Edwina, thanks for letting me know about the Toshiba!

    Amy, I'm glad to hear you've liked Gateway, too. :)

  7. I'm so sorry about your laptop. After you told me about the chill mat, my hubby went out and bought me one the very next day. I love it! Thank you.

    On another note. I've never liked Gateway. They don't last very long. Three years is the most I've known one to last--even the desktops. I'm not crazy about the Accer either. My Accer desktop has been a little weird since I got it, and my husband's Accer laptop fried two weeks ago. He's had it for less than a year and it was top of the line.

    So far, I love my HP laptop, but I've only had it since Dec 08.