The shiny platters can actually function as mirrors. They are coated with a very thin layer of platinum worth about 10 cents per platter (so don’t buy them on eBay for the platinum content – they’re wind chimes). The magnets are super powerful and they can be used to retrieve metal objects from hard to reach places. The drive controller actually has gold in it — a pound of drive controllers can fetch about $90 for the gold. Some of the shiny round pieces might be useful for crafts.
A customer told me they had viruses on a notebook, but it appeared that the main problem was a fan that wasn’t spinning. The customer called back and I mentioned the bad fan. She asked if the virus could be spreading… because the desktop was now reporting a fan error.
It’s not always a virus, so don’t give up when the antivirus doesn’t fix the problem.
Could it be the power jack even if it looks ok?
Yes, especially if you noticed that you had to hold your ac adapter cord at a particular angle to keep your laptop charging. The above power jack looked ok, but the computer didn’t work until it was replaced.
Yes… sometimes it isn’t obvious if no one admits to sitting on the laptop. It’s fixable within a couple of days.
Tips: When buying a laptop, remember that the thin ones usually crack easier.
Also, in the movies, people quickly slam their notebooks closed. They never crack in the movies when they do this.
It may look like an old outdated Windows XP computer. This particular Dell was shipped to the customer on March 5, 2005. It’s nearly 14 years old…
and yet it can be backed up and upgraded to a new OS with modern browsers that will work on current web sites.
So yes, a 14 year old computer isn’t really too old.
Digital Depot offers a free diagnosis of your computer or laptop.
Digital Depot is open between 5PM and Midnight, Monday through Saturday.