Monday, November 23, 2009

Computer upgrade was a success.

water_laptop I’ve had this update in my drafts box for over a month now and just realized I never published it. Just for the sake of continuity, I’ll be dating it when it was actually typed out.
I’m usually pretty good with handling electronics but sometimes stuff just happens. Well, stuff happened to me one morning when I forgot I set down a nice full glass of water next to my laptop. I knocked the glass over and most of the water spilled away from the laptop but a few precise drops of water hit the touch pad and keyboard and made things a little wonky. So I quickly powered down and proceeded to break down the system to get out any water I couldn’t reach from the outside.
I managed to get all the water out, but I was too hasty in putting the system back together and damaged a little microchip that happened to control frequently used features of my system like the USB ports and Ethernet controller. After a few months of just living primarily on wireless internet, unreliable USB, a memory card reader that crashed my system routinely, and a handful of hardware related system crashes I decided I was going to swap out motherboards once and for all.
434722-1 The system came with a really weak Intel GMA945 integrated graphics processor that is in many low end systems today. I figured it would be better to get a motherboard model with better specs that I could easily swap out my CPU/Memory without having to get a new case. After a lot of double checking and searching on EBay I found a suitable replacement at just under 100 dollars. I chose the model that had a Geforce Go7400 mobile graphics setup in it. The new graphics processor would allow me to play a few older PC games and take a little stress off my CPU for decoding Video and DVDs. After about 2 weeks of waiting I received a replacement motherboard from Hong Kong and popped it in my aging system.
The accidental damage and following upgrade to my system breathed new life into my computer. I was considering getting a new system or building my own, but the new motherboards specs bumped up my system performance quite a bit to where I can hold off another year or so before I really need to upgrade. I’m lucky I have the experience and knowledge to service my own computers because sending my system to a specialist or to HP for repair would have probably forced me just to get another system and start from scratch. I am very pleased I could salvage my system and am really glad every thing was cheap and easy to find on eBay. :)

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