Q. I’ve been using the same desktop computer for five years. I’ve noticed it takes longer to boot up than it used to. It’s starting to freeze and crash often, too. I ran a scan to check for viruses, but it didn’t find anything. My son says it’s just my computer getting old. What do you think, Kim?
-Richard from Fort Wayne, IN, listens to my national radio show on WOWO 1190 AM and 92.3 FM
A. Your son makes a good point, Richard. Most computers have an average lifespan of four to six years.
Of course, lots of gadgets will keep chugging along for years more with regular maintenance. Learn what maintenance you need to do to squeeze the last breath out of them. But even the best hardware will wear out over time. And new computers can have serious hardware problems, too.
The big question, then, is how do you know your computer is dying? You certainly don’t want to wake up one morning to find your computer no longer starts.
I’ve rounded up five sure signs your computer is getting ready to call it quits.
Before I go over the five signs, let me emphasize how important it is to back up your files before there’s a problem. A sudden hard drive crash, electrical surge or other disaster can wipe out valuable photos, documents, videos and other files.