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How to Take Care Of Your Laptop Computer Properly

Finally!! You have the perfect laptop computer and your so very happy to be the proud owner - you need to keep it that way. Many people seem to get too comfortable with their laptop and get careless around the expensive piece of technology. Prevention is key in keeping your laptop in tip-top shape. So, if you are a proud owner of a laptop - you should read this article to help yourself care for your laptop for many years!


NO LIQUID. One of the most common mistakes people make with their laptop is carelessly leaving liquid such as water bottles, drinks, cups and other forms of liquid open and sitting near the laptop. It wouldn't take much to knock it over and spill all over your computer. When this happens, there is no going back. Within seconds of the water making contact with your laptop -- it can short circut many internal components of your laptop. When that happens, it won't take long until it burns out or shorts out and could possibly corrupt data saved on your laptop or may even fry it on the spot.

NO EATING. Another fatal mistake people make with their laptops is eating over them. While you might have the drink else where, food can get stuck in your keyboard. You can use dust canisters to occasionally blow crumbs off your laptop but if something gets stuck in between the keys one night - you might have to remove the whole keyboard/motherboard to repair it.

PROTECT THE MOINTOR. After all, the screen of your laptop is a *very* important. Try to clean it often and carefully. When cleaning your LCD monitor - be sure to use a lint-free cloth and spray the cleaner ONTO the CLOTH instead of the screen. This will prevent the liquid from dripping on the edge of the screen, sometimes it can get trapped and permanently ruin the LCD screen. Also, be sure that when you close your laptop down for the night that there are no pens, ear phones or any other objects that might puncture the screen of your laptop.

NEVER LIFT THE LAPTOP BY THE SCREEN. I've seen this happen more than once, someone is in a rush and doesn't want to close down the laptop - instead they grab it by the LCD screen and pull it up. This is a fatal mistake. This can cause the screen hinges to become lose and possibly

NEVER PULL THE POWER CORD. This is another common mistake made by laptop owners (myself included). Yanking out the power cord from your laptop instead of easily pulling it out can cause MAJOR damage to the power supply and may cause it to break off inside your computer. When that happens, you may have to pay up to $500 to replace the motherboard and/or the power supply outlet in your laptop. Try to keep your feet away from the cord to avoid accidentally pulling it out. You should also ALWAYS remove the power cord before moving the laptop. The weight and pressure of the dangling cord can also cause the power supply outlet to become loose.

BY A COOLING FAN. One of the most common problems with laptops is overheating. This can ruin the motherboard and cause the whole laptop to die within a short period of time. By using a cooling fan, it will instantly draw the hot air blowing out away from the laptop and cool it down. Also avoid setting your laptop on cloth such as your bed where it can easily start to overheat. Make sure that your laptop ventilation is never covered and that the air can move smoothly out of it.

How to Keep Laptop Batteries Healthy

A computer that has a portable power supply can provide a greater capacity for working, studying and performing all of your computer-based activities. The convenience of a laptop is diminished, however, when your battery starts to lose its charger faster and faster. This is a common problem that many laptop owners face, but you don't have to be one of them. You can keep your laptop battery healthy and retaining its charge for as long as it designed to by following a few simple rules.

Alternate between using your battery and working while connected to the power supply. Let your laptop charge fully and remove the charger. Don't plug the charger back in until the battery is down to 25 percent of its capacity.

Turn off any programs that you do not intend to use for a long time. For example if you were creating a spreadsheet and have finished with the job until the next day, do not leave it running idle in the background.

Reduce the brightness of your display as low as possible while still being able to see your programs with ease. If you need to leave you laptop open, but do not need to see anything, turn the screen off totally.

Keep the metal points, where the battery and the computer connect, clean with a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol. This will get rid of grime and build up, making each charge more efficient.

Shut down your laptop when you don't plan on using it for the rest of the day. If you will just be away for a few hours, close the laptop and set it to hibernate.

Turn off functions that run automatically like auto saves and software updates. You can do these things manually and use less power from your battery.

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