PC components generally don’t degrade over time, so what caused my 7-year old 1st-gen. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon running Windows 10 to become unbearably slow and crashy?

@da Electrolytic capacitors are a consumable item in the way they are used. The cheaper High Ripple caps used in power supplies only have a lifespan of 1000 powered on hours. The machine will get slower and crashy.
However, a static electricity jolt can also do damage through the keyboard.

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