News Articles
Written for the
Pride of Rochester

September 2002 Article

"How Do You Know If Your Computer Needs Upgrading
And Who Can You Ask?

If the commercials have finally convinced you that the latest computer or DVD is now available at your local store, online website or by calling 1-800-charge-it, then they've at least convinced you to consider whether you should upgrade your existing computer or to purchase a new one. Before you do, there are many things you should consider.

If the commercials have finally convinced you that the latest computer or DVD is now available at your local store, online website or by calling 1-800-charge-it, then they've at least convinced you to consider whether you should upgrade your existing computer or to purchase a new one. Before you do, there are many things you should consider.

Just because the latest computer system is available, doesn't mean you should go with that old saying: "Out with the old, and In with the New". Because you can purchase a 2002 automobile doesn't mean you should if your 1999 or even your 1989 works just fine. However, believe it or not, a computer system that's at least a year old may be considered "An older system" due to the constant changes and upgrades to computer programs, software and hardware devices.  You may find an older system may not have the proper system specifications or connection ports to handle new or upgraded software or devices. Make sure you know your system specifications like: What operating system you have, How much RAM, Hard Drive space and what types and how many connection ports you have. If you are able to perform the tasks you need on your existing computer, you can save a great deal of money by just upgrading your existing computer.

Many older computers connect newer devices through a parallel port. If you have a printer connected to your computer, take a look at how it connects to your computer. The connection port in the back is called a parallel port. Due to the limited number of parallel ports your system has been configured for, you are limited to the number of additional devices you can connect at one time to the computer.

Many newer devices connect to your computer with a USB or Universal Serial Bus. If you have at least one USB port, you can purchase a device called a USB Hub. A Hub allows you the flexibility to increase the number of devices you can connect to your computer at one time.  If you've considered purchasing a device like a digital camera, copier, scanner, fax, web camera, DVD, CD Writer or burner or any other device, most newer devices connect to your computer through a USB port. You can purchase a HUB for app. $75 - $150 which compared to the price of purchasing a new system, sounds like a better deal.

If you been told, or you know you're system won't allow you to attach a new device internally within the case of your system; you can connect many newer devices externally. This not only allows you the opportunity to use newer devices with your computer, it gives you the flexibility to use the device on a different computer.

Now if the thought of upgrading your computer and dealing with system devices and specifications gives you a headache, then you can consider to consult with a computer specialist or someone who is knowledgeable with computer devices and system upgrades.  You can either take your computer case to their location (most times, you won't need to take the monitor, keyboard, mouse or cabling) and they can help you with questions or problems you have. You can also consider having someone come to your home or business to consult with you. Just know that consulting with computer specialist is like dealing with automobile repairs. The more you know, the more you save in the long run. Shop around; ask them what their background or credentials are and how long it will take for them to troubleshoot or provide you the answers to the questions you're there for. Whether you take your system to them, or have them come to you, remember that old saying: Time is money and money is time. Not only are you paying for their service, but also the time you lose not having your computer accessible to you. It's valuable as well. If you're interested in a list of places you can consult with, just email me.

Next month's topic:
Internet Security, Do You Really Need A PC Cop

For additional questions or comments, feel free to email me. mstech@detajenterprise.com