Updating your Hardware and Keeping it Usable

It’s been some time since I’ve written about what it means to be an entrepreneur, and mostly it’s because I’ve been having some pretty common “entrepreneurial issues.” Recently my Google Nexus 5X bricked after almost 18 months of reliable use. Not only that, but my Windows 10 Laptop has been giving me all sorts of issues regarding hardware functionality and general ability to perform my work for AZMO Marketing. So in today’s post, I’d like to explain to you some really easy ways to stretch your money and make your hardware future-proof so as to avoid some setbacks that can put you off course for your business and marketing goals.

Misfortune Happens: Learn to Mitigate Risk by Upgrading your Machines & Phones

As I stated previously, my Google Nexus 5X completely locked up on me in the middle of social media management work. What would you do if your smartphone broke down in the middle of your workday? Most of us would run out to buy a new phone or go rummaging around in our technology junk drawers for a quick patch-job, as long as the old phone can fit your sim card. But one of these options is much more preferable in order to maintain your ledger and get you back to work faster.

When it comes to PCs and laptops though, it’s much more expensive to keep a second or a spare just hanging around in the event of technology malfunctions. This is when it’s handy to consult your hardware documentation and check for warranties, especially for laptops or notebooks… and doubly so for phones.

Always consult with manufacturers first for warranty checks

When my phone bricked, I contacted LG (its manufacturer) to see if there was a warranty in place to aid in fixing my phone before running out and buying a replacement ASAP. Lucky for me, LG covered my phone’s issue and had it repaired and sent back to me within two weeks. Cost: $0, 2 weeks without an office phone number.

As for my computer, it’s well outside the window of HP’s standard manufacturer warranty. So, what can I do besides run out and buy a new notebook PC? It was actually pretty simple of a solution, but it required just a few pieces of knowledge that the typical entrepreneur may not have inherently. All I needed to do was upgrade memory and install a new operating system for an old piece of hardware.

Choosing a suitable upgrade for its purpose

I had an old HP netbook that I hadn’t used in ages but really helped me stay focused in college. I decided to do some research and see if I could change or upgrade the memory it had. Fortunately for me, it could be upgraded to 2GB of memory from 1GB, which makes it more compatible with other operating systems. Once it was upgraded, I had to choose a replacement operating system that would be the best use of the hardware.

After doing some quick research, I realized that I could install a free version of Chrome OS called Chromium (developed by Neverwhere, called CloudReady OS) which would essentially convert this old Netbook into a Chromebook. This is the perfect solution to upgrade this old and unusable machine into something modern and relevant (and as a perfect backup in case any of my other systems go down).

Backup your important information first beforehand

One important point to note is to make sure you backup your data and information before performing any software upgrades, and preferably before any hardware is upgraded as well. It’s easy to keep your information, programs, and documents backed up in a cloud storage system such as Google Drive, but in case you haven’t yet, now is a great time to start. If your computer boots, save and upload your things to your preferred cloud storage.

Once your important stuff is secure, it’s time to move forward with the upgrades.

Set it Up for Quick and Easy Use

No matter what operating system you decide to use for your software upgrades, be sure that it’s set up for you to use immediately should you need it.

For me, this included logging into Google on the new “Chromebook” and syncing both my settings and my Google Drive material. Additionally, I downloaded all of the apps I knew I would be using such as Google Keep, YouTube, and TeamViewer so they would be ready to go when I needed them in the moment.

And that’s pretty much it; I have a spare computer running an up-to-date operating system with all of the apps and programs I need to continue my work on-the-fly.

 

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