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Computers, thumb drives, and maintaining contact

Computer issues are making things difficult right now, so I do not know how much longer I will be able to access the site and write (for now). I will do what I can, for as long as I can.

I want to thank MegL for steering me in the right direction. It seems that Chrome is eating up a lot of my CPU usage, and I am not sure, between it and a few other issues, whether I will be able to salvage this older laptop to do much. I am using Firefox right now to post this, but I am having similar issues trying to read and comment, as I do with Chrome.

I am on my way out the door to go buy a 32Gb thumb drive to download any writing and photo files that I have on the computer. All that I could find, I have dumped into six folders, and have them so I can just cut and copy to the thumb drive. I will have to go back and sort on the drive later.

It is time that I need to think about getting a new computer. In fact, I will get a desktop and a smaller laptop. I think the prices will likely start coming down to make way for the new year and products. I will take care NOT to buy anything with Windows 8. I have read enough to know this is not the way to go.

The big decision will be whether or not I decide to go the Apple route with this, which will likely be my last computer purchase.

My apologies to all of you for the fact that I will not likely be able to get to your pages to read and comment. I will do my best. I will also try to write as often as I can, to keep up. I just do not know how this is all going to affect what I can do.

I do have my phone, but I do not like writing from there, so it will simply be to send short check-ins to stay current.

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MegL wrote on January 3, 2016, 4:34 PM

Hope you get your stuff saved ok.

WordChazer wrote on January 3, 2016, 4:34 PM

Sounds like your hard drive is on the way out. I had the same issues with this purple-baby-san before its hard drive lunched itself 6 months or so back. For a while the machine ran well enough without Chrome, but eventually it went west. I did eventually put Chrome back on again once Mr C had rebuilt this one. but it is now my secondary browser rather than my main one, as it was previously.

Good news is that at least a hard drive can usually be replaced. A motherboard problem is terminal. I am sure you are saving everything to safety anyway, that is your way, but I am very grateful that all my worthwhile work made it to the cloud before the hard drive finally expired. Good luck, God bless and should you be offline, you will be missed.

CoralLevang wrote on January 3, 2016, 4:37 PM

Last year, I had a new hard drive put in this one. It was about 13 months ago.

CoralLevang wrote on January 3, 2016, 4:38 PM

I am trying! *laughs*

MegL wrote on January 3, 2016, 4:44 PM

There are 2 issues with memory. One is to do with filling the hard disk up. That's rather like overstocking your food cupboard, you don't have space to move thinzgs around. The other is to do with RAM, that is the volTile memory, rather like our short t drummer. THE Computer needs that for working things out. It can get used by browsers,the dkcument you are working on, having lots of windows open at the same time, watching videos, etc. If your computer is running short of this working memory, it may use part of the hard drive to substitute, unless your hard drive is full. You can compress stuff on your hard drive to save space.

MegL wrote on January 3, 2016, 4:45 PM

Could you have filled it up?

lexiconlover wrote on January 3, 2016, 4:52 PM

I do all my writing and commenting these days from my phone and I try to do as well as I would do on a desktop but I don't know.

CoralLevang wrote on January 3, 2016, 4:58 PM

So how do I UNfill it?

I don't do anything differently than any other time.

Now, it's at 92% used the red zone now.

MegL wrote on January 3, 2016, 5:06 PM

Your hard drive is filled with stuff you put there PLUS system information, used by the computer. Photographs, videos, letters, articles, etc. If you need to keep them all, then you are doing the right thing by getting a thumb drive or any kind of external hard drive and transferring them there. BUT, you really need 2 external hard drives if you want to store that stuff, in case one of them goes down. emoticon :sad:

CoralLevang wrote on January 3, 2016, 5:17 PM

If I get a new computer, then I could, in fact, use this older laptop as a storage device, true?

CoralLevang wrote on January 3, 2016, 5:17 PM

I have big hands. I like having the feel of a keyboard under my fingertips.

lexiconlover wrote on January 3, 2016, 5:27 PM

Get a Bluetooth keyboard for your phone.

CoralLevang wrote on January 3, 2016, 5:29 PM

Now you have completely lost me. LOL

MegL wrote on January 3, 2016, 5:41 PM

Yes. And if you get Dropbox (or something similar) you can keep a copy of stuff on both computers AND in the cloud and access the stuff from either computer. My laptop does not have enough memory to hold everything, so you can tell Dropbox that some files cannot be accessed from, say, your laptop. It means you don't have to keep running an external hard drive and checking it's ok and keeping that backed up too.

MegL wrote on January 3, 2016, 5:42 PM

A separate keyboard (stand alone) that sends stuff to your phone wirelessly.

CoralLevang wrote on January 3, 2016, 5:43 PM

I had dropbox, butdon't remember how to use it or what it has or doesn't have. Sounded like a good thing at the time. LOL

markgraham wrote on January 3, 2016, 5:44 PM

Wish you all the luck. My new laptop has Windows 10 installed. I hope you are able to keep all your writings.

MegL wrote on January 3, 2016, 5:45 PM

Dropbox is just like a folder on your computer, BUT that folder gets automatically saved into the great space in the sky, ie a hard drive on the Dropbox computer.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 3, 2016, 6:05 PM

If you are still interested in a new laptop Best Buy has some very good deals right now between clearance and open box sales. Most of these are still fully guaranteed even if they have been returned at som time.

Paulie wrote on January 4, 2016, 2:45 AM

I am not using Chrome now. Do you have Windows 10 loaded on your computer now? I am still going with Windows 7.

Rufuszen wrote on January 4, 2016, 12:05 PM

This makes me very glad I don't run Chrome!

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 4, 2016, 7:07 PM

Apple? Apple! You do know that MAC is an acronym for Machine Always Crashes, don't you? Of course, that was a decade or more ago. They've probably gotten better since then.

P.S. My MAC friends always told me PC stood for Pretend Computer.