10 Ways to Take Good Care of your Notebook

Proper care of your notebook or laptop computer is essential; as prevention is always better than cure. There are a number of easy things that you can do to keep your laptop running in tip-top shape for years. Follow these easy steps to ensure long lasting and better performance of your laptop. As an added bonus, many of the steps will also maintain your laptop’s speed.

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Steps to take proper care of notebooks are as follows

1. Do not use your notebook directly on your lap, couch or bed

New generation notebook computers produce a lot of heat leading to overheating of the device so, they need to be cooled. Ventilation is provided by the vents located underneath the computer which allows cool air to be drawn into hot areas of the computer. Using your notebook directly on the surfaces like bed or lap will cause overheating of the device. Continuous use of laptop on the bed will cause the fans to suck up the dust, fibers from the cloth and further debris which lies in the bed, ultimately blocking the fan and clog the cooling system thereby, reducing its effectiveness drastically.

Always use your notebook on a hard, clean, even surface as this prevents any damage to the laptop. Consider a lap-desk or cooling pad in places where a desk or table is not available.

2. Use and store your notebook computer in a clean, dry and in a well-circulated area

Many accidental damages are caused due to improper storage of your computer. When you are using your laptop, use it in a place that has a constant air-circulation. Lots of people ruin their laptop by using it in an enclosed area and thus making the laptop to overheat. It also helps if, you store it in a well circulated area. When your notebook is not in use, shut it down and put it away. It is a good idea to make this a habit.

3. Do not leave your notebook plugged in all the time

Avoid unnecessary plugging of your notebook as it may cause damage to the internal circuitry along with the battery. Modern notebooks have circuitry within the computer itself and an internal battery to prevent overcharging. But, unlike computer Power Supply Unit (PSUs), notebook PSU’s do not shut off when you power down your computer. They continue to create power and heat, which is detrimental and will shorten the life of the PSU (Power adapter/charger/brick). Failing PSUs can create dirty power which can and will damage your laptop. If you only plug your notebook in to charge, remove the PSU when the battery is fully charged and unplug it from the wall outlet. If you use your notebook as a desktop replacement, consider using a surge protector along with a power switch and turn it off when not in use.

4. Keep liquids and other edible things away from your laptop

A very common source of damage to portable computers is from liquid spills. A lot of people find tempting to drink coffee, soda, water or any other liquid near the laptop, accidents can happen too easily. Spilled liquids may damage the internal components or cause electrical injury to the laptop. Short-circuits can corrupt data or even permanently destroy parts. Also, avoid eating over your laptop. The crumbs can go down between the keys in the keyboard and provide an invitation to small bugs. The crumbs can also irritate the circuitry. Worse, it makes the laptop look dirty if there are crumbs and food stains on it.

Keep your drinks away from your computer. Even if you’re careful, someone else might bump into your desk or you. Or you can use a cup with a cover on it, so even if it does spill, the liquid doesn’t go anywhere or consider using spill-resistant containers when working with your computer.

5. Obtain an anti-virus program and keep it updated

When you are downloading any content, it may contain a virus that can cause a circuit error in your system hardware or slowness in the software. So, it’s better to obtain an anti-virus program and keep it updated.

6. Hold and lift the computer by its base, not by its LCD (the screen)

Lifting the notebook by the screen part alone, could damage the display or the hinges attaching it to the base. The display is also easily scratched or damaged by direct pressure, so avoid placing pressure on it.

7. Handle the power supply units and removable drive with care

Try to unplug the device using hand directly on the plug in the socket rather than tugging your power cord out from the power socket as pulling can break off the plug or damage the power socket. Also, if you have the power point near your feet, avoid constantly bumping into the plug or you could loosen it and eventually break it. Always try to keep most of the cord away from the floor or your legs; sometimes you can be so engrossed in what you’re doing that you move your legs and forget the cord is there and damage the laptop.

Removable drives like CD drives, pen drives that have been removed from your laptop can easily get crushed, dropped or pressed if you are careless. Put them straight into a bag or a storage box/case for safe keeping if you are not putting them back into the laptop. While plugging the devices, plug them in their proper slots or it may damage the device.

8. Regular cleaning and maintenance is extremely important

Dust accumulation inside the device can cause overheating of the device and can destroy the motherboard. Have the unit cleaned once a year to remove internal dust. Try doing it by yourself or get this done by a computer professional. If dust accumulates, the system cannot cool itself correctly. The easiest and most effective way of cleaning the dust out of the notebooks cooling system is by using a can of compressed air. You can purchase compressed air dusters at most office supply stores and department stores that sell electronics. Use soft fiber in order to clean the screen.

9. Basic Care

Do not place heavy materials, such as books, on top of your laptop and keyboard as they can push the LCD screen into the keyboard, and will cause damage to the device. Use a properly-sized laptop case. Whatever you use to carry your laptop around in, be it a case, a bag or something else, make sure that it is large enough to contain the laptop. This will avoid scratching, squeezing or even potentially dropping it. A bag greatly reduces the risk of damage.

10. Don’t expose your laptop to rapid temperature fluctuations

Laptop subjected to rapid temperature fluctuations are more likely to get damaged easily. When bringing your laptop indoors during winter, don’t turn it on immediately. Instead, let it warm to room temperature first. This will avoid any potential for damage to the disk drive from condensation forming inside the machine. Avoid heat from sunlight as well. Don’t leave your laptop in a car. Not only do the insides of cars experience large temperature swings that could damage a laptop, but a laptop (or laptop bag) is an inviting target for a smash and grab thief.

Always keep the laptop in a place where there is no risk of falling, scratching,overheating or stealing. Handle notebooks with utmost care.

These few safety measures not only keep your laptop running in great condition for years but,also enhances the life of your notebook computers.

 

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