The next time electronic gremlins
strike, it might well be time to upgrade that old computer, say the
experts at Dummies.com (www.dummies.com), an online tech resource. They offer
these sure signs of a computer in distress.
The waiting game. You type a command, and that
little hourglass sits on the screen as the computer struggles to
deliver the image. Or, you type away and wait for the letters to
appear on screen as the computer plays catch-up.
No more room. You start to download images and
the computer runs out of memory again. Or, it freezes and crashes
repeatedly when opening large files.
Locked out. All the files are there, but the
computer refuses to open them.
Out of date. That new software would be a big
help, but its system requirements are greater than your computer’s
Hard to see. If you’re squinting at the
monitor, it’s too small. Time to get a larger one.