Laptop Problem

Over the last few days I have been having problems with my laptop.  It went from being fast to now being very slow, and I keep getting the blue screen.  I did the few things that I actually know.  I even went so far as purchasing one of those PC cleaner programs.  Nothing has worked.I went to Staples to see what it would cost to fix.  The guy opened it up and did a few things.  He came to the conclusion that the hard drive is most likely bad.  He said that it would cost $79.99 for a full diagnostic, then if it was the hard drive, probably another $150 to fix it.  If it was just the RAM that was bad (he took out half the RAM, and that was not the problem) that would be a little bit cheaper…

Remember, I purchased the computer for $350.  To me, it makes absolutely no sense to spend $200 or more to fix my computer, when I could probably just buy a new one.

I do not know what to do, someone give me some advice here.  Also, what would be the easiest way to save the majority of the stuff on my hard drive?  I have a feeling that anything long and complex will not work, since my computer will crash before I get the chance to do it.

6 thoughts on “Laptop Problem

  1. The blue screen means that there is most likely a bad secttor. i can do a few things to it but i cannot actually tell someone how to do it. it is possible to put together a short term fix, but it is likely done.

    you can try to remove the hard drive and use it as an external slave drive to move the data onto your next computer.

  2. In my opinion, to repair a laptop is very expensive… it doesn’t worth it, especially that we can find some cheap ones. However, I must admit that I also had some issues with mine, but I was lucky… I have a friend who works at Toronto IT support company and he helped me a little.

    It’s your choice if you want to repair it, or to buy a new one… I’m sure that you’ll take the right decision. 🙂

  3. Saving the stuff on the hard drive might be as easy as copying it onto a usb stick. If you can keep your computer running for even 10 minutes at a time, you can copy stuff bit by bit, even if it’s tedious.

    As far as saving the machine itself, I’d suggest that once you save all your data, you format the drive and reinstall the operating system, which is much easier than it sounds. Just find the system restore disk your laptop came with, put it in the CD drive, and turn on the computer. Usually before windows even starts, there’s a black screen that says something like “Press any key to boot from CD”. Do that, and then follow the on-screen prompts. Make sure you tell it you want to do a full format (not “quick”) on the hard drive. I can’t guarantee that this will fix anything, but it’s likely your best bet. And if it gets you an extra year out of the machine, it’s probably worth a couple hours of your time.

  4. I was going to give the same advice the other Jason gave, so I’m useless here.

    I’d be willing to help if I’m not required to drive long distances. 🙂

  5. Jason K…i might take ya up on the offer. I will let you know, I actually might have fixed it on my own. If I do have it fixed, prepare yourself for a funny post.

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