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Poll: How old is your main computer?
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Jun 21, 2016

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How old is your main computer?".

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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Seven Jun 21, 2016

All I need is Office, Dragon and the Internet, why would I need to upgrade constantly?


Teresa Borges
Local time: 22:45
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Jun 21, 2016

I bought my desktop in 2012 and replaced my old notebook in 2014...


svenfrade  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:45
French to German
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Laptop, 3.5 years old Jun 21, 2016

I bought this as a back-up device but never thought I'd actually get used to working on a laptop. When my old desktop packed up about 1.5 years ago, I started using this laptop and even bought a replacement desktop, but by the time I was ready to set it up I had got so used to the laptop that I decided to sell the desktop and will stick to laptops in the future.

By the way, I tend to use my electronic devices as long as they last. I don't think it's particularly environmentally friendly to buy new devices all the time just to save taxes or whatever and end up with an enormous pile of electronic waste.


esperantisto  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:45
Member (2006)
English to Russian
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How do you measure that? Jun 21, 2016

Really, how can I say how old my desktop is when I keep on upgrading certain parts of it time from time. My computer’s case and power unit is over 5 years old, but the monitor was bought just a month ago or so.

[Edited at 2016-06-21 08:50 GMT]


neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:45
Spanish to English
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< 1 yr Jun 21, 2016

About a week. But If I can't get [expletive deleted] Chrome to work on it without lapsing into a black screen whenever it feels like it, I might just chuck it out the window...

A plague upon Microsoft, and all who sail in her...


Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:45
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Grandads - much greater than 3 years Jun 21, 2016

My Old Faithful OS - XP - and the machines it runs on have stood me in good stead over the years. However, I really must boot up a new RAID 1 computer I bought that runs Windows 7 since it is my hands that are shaking, out of fear that one or both of them will go belly up and I am left in the lurch.

[Edited at 2016-06-21 14:54 GMT]


Serena Basili  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:45
English to Italian
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< 1 year Jun 21, 2016

Precisely 6 months, almost turing sevenicon_smile.gif
After 8 years of "honourable service" as we say in Italian, my previous laptop became too slow and had many problems - system turning off/on whenever it wanted and the like. So, I bought a new one, more powerful and lighter, and plan on resetting my older one to check if with a new OS and memory it can still be used as a backup unit or just for fun:)

Edited to add: please can someone reassure this could possibly work?icon_biggrin.gif

[Modificato alle 2016-06-21 10:30 GMT]


Jonathan Beagley  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:45
French to English
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5 year old desktop Jun 21, 2016

Mine just turned 5 years old, but I've upgraded the hard drive to an SSD and installed extra RAM, so it's still tolerable. I expect I'll have to upgrade in the next year or so.


Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:45
English to French
between a decade and a few weeks Jun 21, 2016

My desktop main unit is 4 years old.
One RAM module is 1 year old.
My main screen is 7 years old, while my secondary screen and ergonomic keyboard are 10+ years old.

But I did a clean reinstall and dusted the main unit some weeks ago, so it's new again.

I also have a fossilized laptop as a backup that can run some life-saving programs.



Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:45
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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3 years old desktop Jun 21, 2016

But I have just ordered a new one that will arrive next week, and it was born with Windows 10.

I also have a couple of laptops (Windows 8.1) that are 5 years and 2 years old, respectively. They are mostly backups, so I won't need to replace them any time soon.

Normally, I buy a new desktop every 4 years.

[Edited at 2016-06-21 11:01 GMT]


Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:45
Member (2008)
English to Italian
other Jun 21, 2016

IMac - 5 years


Ana Florencia Fernandez
Local time: 18:45
Member (2011)
English to Spanish
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6-year notebook Jun 21, 2016

I bought a Dell notebook around October, 2010 and it is still as good as new.


Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:45
English to Spanish
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Desktops and laptops Jun 21, 2016

My laptop, a 2009 MacBook Pro, that I purchased in early 2010: 6 years and going strong. My desktop, a Lenovo Ideacentre K330a, with a quad-core i7 T200 processor (still very fast), which I purchased in 2011, still up and running.

I recently had to work on my MacBook Pro while fixing a problem with my desktop (hard drive wasn't booting up Windows 7). Fortunately:

1) I have Windows 7 running on Parallels 9 (Mac), on which I ran Déjà Vu X3 to work on a large project;
2) In the background, I used the recovery discs for my Lenovo, which is now properly restored

A hard drive can lasts you years and years, unless there is a physical problem (like that click-click sound) or unless a chkdsk shows bad sectors (in which case you need to extract your data to copy it to another disc and get rid of the faulty HDD).

Videocards, WiFi cards, audio cards, memory wafers or cards can lasts for many years as well. Keyboards and mice? Decades! So, if you know how to swap new, more efficient components to replace faulty ones, you don't have to buy a brand new computer every 2-5 years, like most Americans do with their cars.


Jo Macdonald  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:45
Member (2005)
Italian to English
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Almost 5 years and peeling open like a banana Jun 21, 2016

Not impressed by this HP ¿Pro?book.
Cost about a grand in 2012 with an aluminium case, built-in HDSPA, fingerprint reader and loadsa other stuff I don't really need.
About a few months after a got it the motherboard melted down. Hp sent it from Spain to Poland to repair it and returned it almost a month later with a busted display and loads of dents in the cover like they'd laid it down on top of screws then lent on it. A HP technician came round and changed display and display case and it's been good since until last Friday when the display started peeling open like a banana, I kid you not. Methinks the hinges are too stiff and one has broken off the display inside the case so when you open or close it the hinge levers the case apart.
Apart from that I've had to buy two 12V power packs at €120 each because the first gave up the ghost after a few years. You have to use original HP because they put chips in them so the computer won't accept power of an aftermarket power pack.

At the mo I've gaffer-taped the display together and it seems to be holding up and hopefully will until the new un arrives which might be a while as I didn't realize Lenovo custom builds their Thinkpads to order. They've already sent me the 12V power pack (half the price of the HP one) which is nice, but the rest is in the works, kinda like having the steering wheel of a new car without the rest of the car.

Got me backup ready if this one really does go to banana hell...... looks kinda funky with the silver gaffer tape I must say.

Not going to change any progs until I get used to Windows bleedin' 10, which so far from limited experience I don't like at all to put it mildly, unless something is no longer compatible of course.

Btw if anyone is interested I did a bit of research and it looks like i7 gives you up to 1 hour less battery time than i5 with no real difference in processing power, especially for the stuff we do. A hybrid SSHD is almost as fast as an SSD but costs much less than the same size SSD. You really don't need more than 8 gigs of RAM for most of what we do. Trados Studio 2015 system requirements is just 2 Gb, 4 Gb recommended for example.

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