Com­put­ers don’t byte

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Shoppers Guide - - Kylie McIn­tosh

THERE are hun­dreds of sec­ond­hand lap­top com­put­ers ad­ver­tised in the Week­end Shop­per at heav­ily dis­counted prices.

But many shop­pers may be re­luc­tant to buy a sec­ond­hand com­puter.

Typ­i­cally, this is be­cause they don’t be­lieve they have the knowl­edge to check whether it’s in good work­ing con­di­tion.

Bud­get Com­puter Re­pair owner Wali Dur­rani from Crest­mead spoke to the Shop­per and of­fered sev­eral tips on what to look at when buy­ing a sec­ond­hand lap­top.

“Firstly, you need to see if it’s work­ing, so plug it in and turn it on. Check the in­ter­net works and that the com­puter isn’t too slow,” Mr Dur­rani said.

“ Then look at the screen and check to see if its got any black dots, which are dead pix­els. A few’s okay but if there’s a lot I wouldn’t buy it as they can spread.

“Right click on My Com­puter and go into Prop­er­ties. Then you can check the com­puter’s pro­cess­ing ca­pac­ity, speed and RAM.

“If you also go into the C drive’s prop­er­ties un­der My Com­puter you can see whether it has the ad­ver­tised hard drive space.

“Look to make sure there are no cracks on the com­puter. Some­times the body clogs up with dust, so lis­ten to hear if the fan’s run­ning.

“Check that all the keys on the key­board work. And if it has a Win­dows op­er­at­ing sys­tem make sure it has a gen­uine Win­dows prod­uct key. If it doesn’t you’ll have to pay $150-$200 for a new one.”

Mr Dur­rani sells both sec­ond­hand desk­tops and lap­tops and of­fers a month’s war­ranty on his com­put­ers. He ad­vises shop­pers to pur­chase lap­tops that have long life­spans such as Toshiba and Dell.

“ Th­ese have long life spans and there are lots of sec­ond-hand parts around for them,” he said.

Shop­pers who don’t feel comfortable un­der­tak­ing com­puter checks can al­ways take the com­puter to Bud­get Com­puter Re­pair and Mr Dur­rani will con­duct th­ese checks. It takes about an hour and a half and costs just $40.

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