- Mar 26, 2019
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How to Care For Your Laptop.
If you are savvy when it comes with gadgets, you would appreciate your laptop as well as your smartphone.You would always cherish like your lover. You might not have the full knowledge on how to care for your laptop, this is the main reason we re writing this article.
Caring for your laptop involves taking note of each part of the device. So we will explore how to care for the different parts of the laptop. This is to ensure longevity and good functioning of the laptop.
How to Care For Your Laptop.
#1 Keep the battery cool.
Today's lithium batteries wear out no matter what you do, but you can postpone the inevitable. Avoid heat and use the battery as little as possible. If you're going to be running on AC power for awhile, shut down or hibernate the computer, remove the battery, and work without it.
Batteries will eventually die no matter what, but there are a few things you can do to prolong its lifespan. According to Wired, keeping your laptop plugged in can kill your battery faster. This is because of the way that lithium-polymer batteries work. Each cell in a lithium-polymer battery is charged to a voltage level and the higher the charge percentage, the higher the voltage level. The higher the voltage level, the more stress the battery is put under. The ideal charge for a battery is around 80 percent before you should unplug and let it drain to 40 percent. Doing this can prolong your battery life by as much as four times.
Heat also isn’t good for batteries. Batteries will degrade naturally, but extreme heat can cause them to degrade even faster by making the cells expand and bubble. So keep the fans clear, keep the laptop out of your lap and off of pillows and let air circulate through the fans unobstructed.
#2 Be careful about eating and drinking.
Spill coffee on your desktop keyboard, and you'll have to spend a reasonable amount on a generic replacement you can plug in yourself. Spill it on your laptop keyboard, and you could short out the motherboard. I'll admit that I use my laptop in cafes just like everyone else, but I put my tea as far from the electronics as my table allows.
#3 Clean the keyboard properly.
When keys starts sticking, it's time for a cleaning. Shut down the PC. Keep it open as you turn it upside-down and very gently tap on the back so that crumbs fall out. Then use a can of compressed air (you can buy this at any computer store for a few dollars) to blow out whatever is still stuck. Be sure to read the instructions on the can, first. Then turn the PC upside-down and tap it gently again to get the last bits out.
#4 Find the right laptop bag
Before taking it on the road, pack the laptop properly. Depending on your carrying preferences, look for a carrying case, backpack, or shoulder bag with a padded section designed especially for a laptop. (I use a backpack because the even distribution of weight is better for my spine.)
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#5 Clean the screen when it needs it.
If you can't see the email for the dirt, it's time to do a little cleaning. Start with a dry, microfiber cloth. Move it in circular motions. Be gentle, but apply slight pressure on particularly stubborn spots.
If that doesn't clean the screen, make your own cleaning solution by mixing distilled water (make sure it's distilled) and white vinegar in equal proportions into a spray bottle. Turn off your laptop. Spray this mixture lightly onto the microfiber cloth, not onto the monitor. Wipe as described above, then wait ten minutes before booting up.
#6 Turn it off every once in a while
Keeping your laptop in Sleep Mode might be convenient, but it’s not the best idea in the long run. Your computer needs steady power to stay in Sleep forever and like the aforementioned said, it’s bad for your battery to stay plugged in forever. Hibernation is a far better option than Sleep because it keeps the power consumption low and it’s easier to resume your work, but it’s still important to Shut Down every once in a while.
Operating systems like Windows work better with the occasional reboot and sometimes you’ll find odd programs that don’t work as well after resuming from Hibernate or Sleep. There’s also the added benefit of giving all the hard-working components in your computer a break for a little bit, making it run quieter and potentially last longer.
#7 Keep your antivirus updated
Keeping your antivirus updated is an important part of maintaining your laptop. It updates the signature files that help identify new threats and how to deal with them. It also keeps the scan engine updated where the signature files are stored. That could help it perform scans faster and stop it from detecting false positives. Some antivirus programs can detect flaws in operating systems, but this isn’t too much of a concern on Microsoft’s Windows Updates because it automatically checks for vulnerabilities and installs patches on the computer.
#8 Make a Back-Up
A full backup should be the first step in every computer recovery plan. Backing up to an external hard drive is probably the easiest way to back up your data. Just plug in your external and start copying the files from your computer to the removable drive. The biggest advantage of this method is that it’s offline and safe from ransomware attacks, but backing up to the cloud is also an option.
Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, and many other cloud services make it super easy to backup your data. It’s also mostly free up until a certain amount, after which you can pay either a monthly or yearly fee to get more storage. Do keep in mind that most cloud storage services sync files in a certain folder on your computer and that deleting that folder will also get rid of the online version. Tech Advisor also points out that most reputable companies employ encryption that will keep your data safe.
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#9 Free up your hard drive
Once you’ve made a back up of your data, it’s time to clear out your hard drive of anything unnecessary. Uninstall programs you never use, run a disk cleanup, find duplicate files and delete them.
#10 Get Rid of Old Files.
Get rid of old files you don't need anymore. Use Disk Cleanup to delete temporary files, files in the recycle bin, and other files you don't need anymore.
To access Disk Cleanup:
- Click Start
- All Programs
- System Tools
- Disk Cleanup
You should also clean out your browsing and download history if you don't need them anymore.
If you're using Mozilla Firefox, go to:
- Clear Recent History
If you're using Google Chrome, go to:
- Settings (wrench icon on the right)
- Edit items
- Clear all browsing data
Maintenance will determine how your laptop would serve you.Ensure to clean up and care for your laptop using the tips provided above.
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