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Poll: What do you do when your computer starts slowing down?
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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Regular Maintenance Oct 29, 2016

There are several procedures you should do regularly to prevent that, and several preventive measures, too. A regular clean-up and a software that does not allow anything to be installed are recommended. Not leaving your computer on (in sleep mode) is also advisable. Turning it off is always better.

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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I had this problem when I worked on PC's... after one year they all started slowing down, I had someone who fixed them for me... a couple of months later same problem so new PC...

About 5 years ago I went to every single computer store in town and I checked prices and quality. I left PC's and I bought my first iMAC... after 5 years I changed it, but not because it was slowing down, simply for administrative and fiscal reasons (too long to explain here). Now I have a new one and the old one is still used for a huge number of activities (children can now play with it, it is my third storage device in case of emergency, I use it for all the activities in the free time (blog for example), it holds all my pictures - and since I have the same softwares installed, I can work on it and it is still fast and efficient.

SO in the past I used to buy new ones after I had them fixed.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Get a new one. Oct 29, 2016

At your rates, surely you can afford a new PC!
I'd recommend refurbishing the old one as well, so you have a backup PC - I now have 3 functioning PCs and 2 laptops. I've actually set one PC up indoors with W7 this morning, as I have a job to do in Excel and W10 won't work with Wordfast +Excel (thanks AGAIN for nothing, Microsoft). I usually set it up on the terrace and work outdoors in the evenings, but had other stuff to do last night, so I've set up indoors to avoid the daytime glare, which means you have to squint to see the screen...


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svenfrade  Identity Verified
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Fix it Oct 29, 2016

I don't believe in buying new stuff all the time, which I think is neither economical nor ecological. I also hate setting up new computers so I prefer to keep my current one running smoothly as long as possible. I also like to spend my money on other things, computers are but a necessary evil for me.

I have to admit that I don't really know anything about computers but I bought an excellent book for 5 € at a sale at a book shop years ago and it helped me enormously. So I was able to use my first desktop for 7 years, the next one for 5, my current laptop has been in use for 3 years and my daughter has been using her laptop for 5 years now. It seemed to be virtually unusable 2 years ago (just after the warranty expired!) but thanks to that excellent book I mentioned it's been running smoothly ever since I fixed it.


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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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don't know enough to take care of it by myself so I hire a professional. I have a tech guy who comes round once a month and takes care of all pc/laptop/tablet maintenance for me.

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Teresa Borges
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I get someone to fix it for me Oct 29, 2016

One of my cousins is a systems engineer and she has provided me with all the hardware and software and designed my website. We also have a maintenance contract, so if trouble arises she will solve it online…

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Edward Potter  Identity Verified
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Great question Oct 29, 2016

Wow. I hadn't even thought of that question.

Um, well, I suppose I try to fix it myself and then end up getting a new one.

Excellent question.


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Ana Vozone  Identity Verified
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Anguish, first Oct 29, 2016

and then I try to be a bit more rational and try to fix it myself (cleaning, deleting, optimizing, etc.).

I simply dread the moment when my current computer will "leave" my life because I know I won't be able to reinstall my current combination of software that enables me to work without any problems (peace of mind, that is...).

My favourite CAT tool (Trados 7) won't install with new versions of MS Word and Windows, so when / if I buy a new computer, I will suffer a major loss in productivity and ease of work. I dread the moment.

So, when none of my solutions work in fixing my computer slowing down, I have to use my "informático"'s services, and when this happens it sometimes means I have to buy a new machine, unfortunately.


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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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prevention better than cure Oct 29, 2016

Prevention is better than cure. My livelihood depends on having a correctly functionning computer. I try to be sufficiently informed in order to take preventive steps to avoid compromised performance of the computer and therefore mine too. When it starts slowing down, I look into it myself and then, bearing in mind the age of the machine weigh up cost/benefit of professional intervention or purchase of a new computer. I generally manage to keep a computer up and running efficiently for 5 years or so. I also have two computers so that I am theoretically never stuck.

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Good advice Oct 29, 2016

Mario Freitas wrote:

There are several procedures you should do regularly to prevent that, and several preventive measures, too. A regular clean-up and a software that does not allow anything to be installed are recommended. Not leaving your computer on (in sleep mode) is also advisable. Turning it off is always better.


I'm currently working on a 2009 MacBook Pro with 8 GB of RAM and an external hard drive. When Windows (on Boot Camp) slows down, it means I need to check the Performance tab in Task Manager. In that tab, I can see how my RAM is being used.

Browsers typically eat up cycles and RAM with every window you keep open (multitab Chrome is one notorious offender). What I do, instead of closing the extra tabs, I use a Chrome extension to put the inactive tabs to sleep: this extension often reduces the cycles and the RAM being used.

When Windows slows down too much for my needs (i.e. I run Deja Vu X3, InDesign CS6, Outlook 2007 and my browser with 5 tabs), it's time to close everything and restart.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Maintenance, repair, etc. Oct 29, 2016

I've read some good advice. Some of you are lucky enough to depend on a computer expert who'll fix things for you. Me, on the other hand, I prefer to learn to fix things myself because I want to know where everything is inside my hard drives and what works with what else.

I recently read in the Trados support forum here that a colleague, frustrated with 2015 SDL installs/uninstalls, was ready to reinstall Windows. That's a drastic solution that may or may not solve Trados installation problems.

Of course, I enjoy working with software and hardware, and I have translated software, help files, executables, etc. throughout my career. It's not, however, everyone's cup of tea, so having a reliable IT person to fix your computer problems seems to be the better solution.


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Other - postpone the inevitable as long as I can Oct 29, 2016

I have a good tech, but eventually the time comes to get a new computer. That's where I am right now--and dreading the thought of losing or having to replace all my wonderful software and also get used to a new operating system.

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Before you buy that shiny Windows 10 computer… Oct 29, 2016

…read the following:

1) Make sure all of your software programs are compatible with Windows 10 (or vice versa)
2) Road test Windows 10 by installing it on a secondary laptop or computer, or install it on a virtual machine on your current computer to see if Windows 10 is really compatible with your current versions of software programs.

What many people do (and then regret) is buy a new computer with Windows 8, 9 or 10 only to realize their SDL Trados or MS Office programs, or dictionary programs, do not work with the new operating system. Imagine your current programs are dishes and the operating system is just a tablecloth.


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Maria Dimitrova  Identity Verified
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I have my husband fix it for me Oct 29, 2016

My husband loves fixing computers as a hobby and he has become much better than any professional technician in the area. So when something like this happens, he fixes it for me. He also gives me advice what computer to buy and as a result of the last workstation I bought, I haven't had any slowdowns for the past 3 years.

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