Power Cycling

My desktop computer is still down for the count and I’m still making do with the old Lenovo R61i.  I now remember why I bought this laptop initially, it’s very easy to use and fits my hands very comfortably.  Although I’ve discovered I’m no longer comfortable using it on the couch, my gut gets in the way and it’s not easy to relax on the couch and type with ease, two things happen; my legs get uncomfy and there’s the distinct possibility the computer will slip off my lap and hit the floor.  Lastly, my eyesight is definitely not what it used to be and I’m constantly ‘nosing up’ to access the bifocals portion in order to read.  So until I get the desktop fixed, this is the new normal.  Whee!

Admittedly, I’m a little torn about what to do with the old desktop.  Fix it, obviously is the first thing, but I’ve been contemplating what it would cost to replace it.  I don’t really need a ‘new’ computer, just newer components.  With that in mind, I did a little spelunking on the laptop here about perhaps buying a ‘barebones’ pc, something that has a motherboard and compatible processor, case, power supply and so on, but there are slim pickings out there right now, or at least most of the suppliers that used to have a lot of stuff just don’t anymore.  People seem to be more interested in purchasing what they call ‘All-In-One’ computers if they purchase a desktop at all.  Increasingly, people are content with laptops, or mini-tabs, or just their smartphones to do what they used to have clunky big desktops to do.  Which makes sense, in a way.  The larger boxes available are more for your hardcore gamer that wants a water-cooled beast with 3-4 Solid State Drives, lots of RAM and enough fans to allow an F-35 to take off and hover over your house for an hour at a time.

Consequently, what I think I need is a new motherboard and processor, and accompanying RAM to go with it, reuse the case that I have, the components (hard drives, keyboard, mouse, sound system, power supply) I already possess and go with that.  I know I’m going to have to pay for a new copy of Windows 10, but that’s acceptable.  I honestly don’t remember how old the motherboard and processor that are currently in the tower are, but I can hazard a guess at between 7 and 9 years old.  Ha, I checked an old file I had on the laptop and I was pretty close.  Purchased the motherboard and processor in 2012, so they’re 7 years old.  Oddly enough the motherboard is considered still pretty current by standards on its own website, though the only ones available are used or refurbished.  Still selling on eBay and other reseller places for better than $100 and that’s without an accompanying processor or RAM.  Impressive.  If only mine was behaving!

I allowed for time this evening to crack the case on the desktop and get into the guts of it, but I wasn’t really feeling ‘up’ for the challenge, so let it pass for the time being.  Seeing as I have to be up early on Friday for an inspector to come and look at the 2016 Edge before we turn it in, I’m probably going to busy myself with that while I wait for him/her to arrive.  I only hope they ring the doorbell or don’t do what they did last time, go to the local car dealer and skip our house completely.  That I don’t think I’m in the mood for!

More to come on this saga as well.  If nothing else, I hope the resolution is easier than the roto-tiller has been.


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