I’ve been having issues with my laptop running slow, and then it didn’t want to run certain programs, and then it didn’t want to do anything at all. Does this sound familiar? Unfortunately, although I come from the age of technology, I have no clue how to fix my own computer when it starts acting up.
Simply trying to restart it a dozen times doesn’t usually fix the problem, sadly. Wouldn’t it be great if it was that easy? So, after debating throwing my laptop at the wall out of frustration, I decided I should probably reevaluate. My laptop holds my life – my blogs, my school work, all the pictures I’ve ever taken, etc.
I try to back my computer up regularly, in case it were to majorly crash at some point. Even though I had all of my files, I still had no clue where to start to make my laptop work better – or at all. I debated going to Geek Squad at Best Buy, but like most college students, I don’t have unlimited funds, and it probably would have cost more than I wanted to pay.
Here’s the great thing about living in the age of technology – you can find anything on the internet. It’s great; kind of scary at times, but great. Lucky for me, my boyfriend has his own desktop computer, so I was able to use that, with much, much help from him, to find out what was going on with my laptop. Turns out, it was pretty much screwed. I didn’t pay attention enough to realize that my anti-virus was out of date and I had some malware issues. It was a goner, or though I thought.
Across the span of a few days, and a lot of arguing and annoyance, we got my laptop up and working again. It’s actually working as well as it did when I first got it.
Moral of the story? You know it connects back to savings. If you’re comfortable trying to fix your computer yourself, go for it. It’ll save you a pretty penny and give you a sense of accomplishment. You can take that $300 you’d probably save by doing it yourself and spend it on important college items – you know, like ramen and sweatpants.