Here are five simple tips that will make your old computers work like new. After all, you may not be needing that costly upgrade.
Disposal of old computers is almost always the direction in those offices that can easily afford to buy new batch of computers to replace the old ones. But for many home users, this is not easy.
Buying A New Computer
Buying a new computer is not always an option for many people, especially during these times of recession. And this may not be necessarily so. Some simple tweaks could make you change your mind and spare you the cost of a brand new one when actually you can leash new life to your “old” computer.
Upgrades may be costly, but there are ways to speed up old computers. Desktop pc computers can be made to work as if they are new. Besides, recycling old computers is an environment-friendly activity. It will take only few simple tweaks to make them work as much as two times its previous speed.
Here are five simple tips that will make your old computer work like new.
1. Partition Your Hard Disk
Partitioning is usually done when formatting a new hard disk. Normally, the new hard disk drive is partitioned by computer technicians into two: a C driver and a D drive. The operating system like Windows XP or Vista is installed and boots in the C drive.
When the C drive is full of many applications, it tends to slow down. The C drive works efficiently if it contains only minimal software. You can check the available memory in your hard disk by right-clicking your drive and selecting properties. There should be at least 10% free memory on your C drive to prevent it from crashing.
It pays, therefore, to allocate more than enough space to the C drive. You can do this by installing your applications only in the D drive. Upon installation of an application, custom install and choose D as the partition to install your program.
There are cases where the partition is already done. When this is the case, you can increase the space available in C using a partitioning tool like the free EASEUS Partition Master. This tool can increase or decrease your C partition thus make your computer run faster. Partitioning the C drive to a size like 8 to 10 MB, just to accommodate the critical operating system, can make your computer work fast. Anyway, you can install the applications in the D drive.
2. Use the Virtual Partition to Save Your Files
You can maintain the fast speed of your partitioned hard disk drive by always saving your new files in the partition where the operating system is not installed. You can find this as the D drive or even E drive when the hard disk is multiple partitioned.
3. Increase the Random Access Memory (RAM)
Why buy a new computer when you can buy an inexpensive random access memory (RAM) module. Adding RAM to your old computer will undoubtedly speed the computer processes instantly. Just make sure you buy the same RAM specifications you have in your mainboard.
Also, make sure that the added RAM has the same memory and speed as the existing RAM. If it’s a 512, add also a 512 MB RAM. If you install a different memory size or speed, you might damage the other RAM or the whole mainboard. You can always ask the technician in the computer store regarding a compatible upgrade.
4. Clean the RAM
When you have already used your computer for a time, say two or more months, the port connections get oxidized due to exposure to the air (it contains Oxygen) or dust. As dust is accumulated in the connections, this can cause the computer to hang or restart. This happens especially if you live in highly humid or high moisture conditions.
You, therefore, need to clean the interface points of your RAM (see the picture below). Switch off the computer and unplug it. Remove static electricity from your body by placing your hands on the casing or any grounded object. Open the casing, and look for the removable RAM modules in the mainboard. You may consult your mainboard manual that goes with your computer to find its location. If a manual is not available, type your mainboard’s brand and number in Google Search. The brand name and model number can be found usually along the edges of the mainboard. Almost always, your mainboard specifications for RAM can be retrieved.
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To remove the RAM module, carefully unhook the connections at both ends. Pull the RAM modules in a parallel direction to prevent twisting them. Using a pencil eraser (make sure it still has enough eraser on its tip to prevent abrading the sensitive copper terminals), clean the RAM by erasing off the accumulated oxides on the contact points of your RAM and brush off the dirt with a soft paintbrush.
Do the same with your video card, LAN card, and sound card which you can find in your mainboard. Just make sure that you avoid breaking them by not exerting too much pressure when you rub the eraser on the terminals. Placing those things on a flat surface can prevent mishaps.
5. Look for a Good Antivirus Software
If you notice that your computer slows down than usual, it is possible that a stubborn virus has infected your computer. Make sure that you periodically update the database of your antivirus. I found the free Avast Antivirus good enough for my computer’s protection.
This saves you the trouble of going to the technician when the reason for your problem is an obsolete virus database. Computer desktops can easily get viruses nowadays because of flash drives.
These tips will surely ensure that your desktop computer works at its maximum utility. Buying computers may no longer be needed. Further, parts from old computers disposed by large companies and made their way to second-hand or used computer stores can still be used. Recycling old computers is the way to go to avoid unnecessary disposal of old computers.