Saving Old Hardware

hp g60 laptopWhen it comes to computers I am spoiled. I’m never more than a few steps from a device. There’s even this laptop that stays on the patio.

Attention thieves: Really? You can do a lot better than this.

This was Stef’s laptop pre-Macbook transition. The HP G60 is not descended from unicorns nor sprinkled with magical pixie dust. It is slow, hot and heavy.

It was a Windows 7 machine originally, but I upgraded to Windows 8.1. HP, on the other hand, stopped updating drivers before Windows 8 was released. Great.

It has an AMD Turion mobile processor. I don’t know much, but as I was perusing the CPU drivers it was near the bottom of the list. No accident.

The video card is an Nvidia 8200m g. Its driver download is over 250 mb. It’s a driver! What the hell is taking up that much space?

Having the right video driver is a big deal. I expect it to make a noticeable difference.

–Flash forward two hours–

As far as I can tell I just wasted two hours! This thing is still a hog. I understand why Stef wanted it gone.

It will still be my patio machine.

One thought on “Saving Old Hardware”

  1. Hi Geoff,
    An SSD hard drive for around $60 can breath a surprising amount of new life in to an older laptop.

    I’m a hardware pack rat too and hate throwing away old gear, but seriously consider going the Chromebook route. For $200, you can get a great web browsing laptop with excellent battery life!

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