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Is It Time To Replace Your Mac?

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Know if it is Time to Replace Your Mac

Everyone already knows hardware from Apple lasts a long time. However, as with everything, there comes a time when your Mac will no longer be useful and become obsolete. You may want to think about taking the time to replace your Mac with a newer model.

The majority of the time when a computer needs replacing, it is obvious. If unsure when you may be in need of a replacement for your Mac, here are some signs:

Slower Applications Show You Should Replace Your Mac

As time goes on applications are getting more demanding and bigger. Eventually, the Mac you currently own will no longer have the capable to keep up with demands. To help with performance in short-term, you can use an earlier software version. Unfortunately, if you want new functionality and features this option becomes unreasonable.

The Latest OS X Will Not Run On Your Mac

Apple provides their users with the latest version of OS X for free to be sure we are all using it. However, when Mac’s are unable to run their latest version, a new purchase soon becomes necessary.

Each fall a new version of OS X is released by Apple, with the current version being OS X 10.11 EL Capitan, and is compatible with the majority of Mac’s since 2007.

If your Mac is unable to run El Capitan, Apple likely has downgraded it to obsolete or vintage status. For these products, repairing them will not come cheaply. Points of non-Apple service may be able to work on vintage products, however.

For products with a status of obsolete, parts can no longer be ordered by service providers.

Components Are Too Expensive; Do Not Work

Mac parts are expensive, and thankfully they generally last for long periods of time. You must decide if a new part is worth the cost or a better solution would be to purchase a new Mac when a part needs to be replaced.

If the issue is when your battery dies, you are able to continue using the Mac by plugging it in. Keep in mind, faulty batteries are typically signs of other system components on the verge of breaking. Apple’s battery replacement program can be rather expensive.

It is almost impossible for end users to replace parts on Mac’s, including their batteries which are glued to their logic board. Apple has steadily increased prices for these components, on top of their labor costs.

When faced with a choice of whether to purchase a new Mac or pay a bill for a new laptop display or logic board, where would you rather put this kind of money?

Enjoying Your Mac for the Long Haul

Luckily, Macs do not need replacing that often, they are generally very high-quality machines. If you need to buy one, however, this experience can be an enjoyable one.

Finding and Replacing Drivers that are Outdated

Update those drivers and take back your computer.

Update those drivers and take back your computer.

Replace Those Old Drivers

You may have drivers that are outdated and require updating, but how would you know? Drivers are software that correspond with your computer’s hardware so it will work with the operating system. A sign that you might have a driver that needs updating is if you are experiencing system trouble, such as games crashing or printer does not work.

There are drivers available for your computers motherboard, audio, video card, and more. However, if everything in your system is working fine, you may be better off not updating at this time. If you do need to update, though, here are a few different methods for you to use.

Check Your Computers Drivers

Even though you have drivers that are installed in your system, you might not know what they exactly are or the version that is being used. To find this out, press Windows Key + R to open your run menu. After opened enter cmd, then OK. This opens the Command Prompt. Enter Driverquery and hit enter for a list of names and dates for drivers that are installed. However, keep in mind that the date is when the driver was published, not updated.  

Device Manager

You may see drivers for different devices through Device Manager, as well. After opening, you will see a list of display adaptors, disk drives, processor, among more. By right-clicking the name of the device and selecting Properties and go to the driver tab. There will be a date of publishing for the driver and the version number.

You can search for an update here by selecting Update Driver… You have the choice of searching manually or automatically for the update. Windows checks the database online for any newer drivers when you select Search automatically for updated driver software. Although, there is no guarantee the newest one will be found it usually does. If there are any found, follow the wizard to install for installation.

Automatic Updates

Windows is set automatically to update drivers, by default. Do a system search to find device installation settings. Here you will find different preferences for your automatic driver updates. If you do not want Windows Update to provide automatic updates, choose No, let me choose what to do. If you have has problems with drivers that are new being unstable, you may prefer to never have drivers updated automatically. However, it is recommended by Microsoft to use automatic updates.

Manual Updates

You can go to the manufacture of the device to update the outdated driver, also. Be sure you are at the correct website to ensure the driver is correct and safe.

If all is working like it should, it might be best to leave the drivers be. Remember, drivers should be downloaded only from sources that are reputable.