Two Ways to Get New Life Out of an Old Laptop

Posted by Info Email User on Thursday, February 15, 2018


There are a lot of reasons why you may want to hold on your current laptop. In most cases you may be able squeeze 2-3 years out of an old laptop. Which is good news if you are not looking forward to the idea of moving all your files, reinstalling your applications, and importing your bookmarks into a new computer. A thousand paper cuts and a bath in lemon juice sounds more appealing.

There are two hardware recommendations that will make a noticeable difference in the performance of your laptop. The two upgrades we recommend are maxing out your RAM and installing a solid state drive. We will go into non-technical detail how these upgrades will boost your laptop — like Popeye’s spinach.


First, the price of RAM is low, you might as well take advantage of this inexpensive upgrade. RAM is a form of memory for your computer. Unlike memory in your hard drive which gets stored even after you turn off your computer, RAM is temporary and keeps track of simple things like which applications are open, where your mouse cursor is, what keystrokes you are tapping, etc.  Obviously those tasks don’t have to be “remembered” after you shut off you computer, so they are stored in RAM as short-term memory. In other words RAM is for multi-tasking. The more Ram you have the more tasks your computer can perform without slowing down. In fact, you can have the fastest internet connection in the world, but if you don’t have enough RAM, it ca=n still impact your web surfing.

At Brainwave PC we usually have RAM in stock for all types of laptops and Macs. Just bring in your laptop and we can make a recommendation for you.


We have a great article on Upgrading Solid State Drives. Traditional hard drives fragment data and a single file can be stored in multiple places. This requires the drive to spin like a record. Then it must find those fragmented files like a record needle to reassemble them together. The data can be closer to the center or further towards the edge. The needle must go back and forth several times before a single file can be collected. Because there are no moving parts on an SSD, data can be stored anywhere at once–it’s not locked into a physical location on a disk. Files do not need to be fragmented and you don’t have to wait for them to be found–let alone reassembled. End result? Speed.

Unlike dogs you can teach your old PC new tricks. Buy, sell, or trade a used PC today at Brainwave. We specialize in computer and laptop repair.

Visit our complete Computer and Phone Repair Shop in Beaverton Today. Want to make sure we have the right used PC for your needs? Feel free to call Brainwave Computers at 503-626-6264.



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