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Great Tips – How to Care for Your Laptop
It’s Not Your Theater
: Yes, your laptop is not your
personal movie theater. I know, we all love watching
movies on the laptop because it is so multipurposeand I am not going to stop you from doing so. But,you better keep a check on yourself and keep thefood away from the laptop. It deserves that kindof respect. Keep your colas, ketchup bottles, waterand all greasy food away. You never know, a little
drop might trickle down thekeyboardor you might
share the same fate as my friend in the above inci-dent. Your laptop might end up being a victim of ashort-circuit and you will lose all the data. In fact,once my laptop just gave up out of the blue andwhen I went to the company’s service center, theytold me it was the moisture that had corrupted themotherboard. This is when I hadn’t even broughtany liquid near it. But, it was the monsoon season!Make it a rule, no food, especially liquids, at leastwithin a 5 feet radius of the laptop. Forget aboutyour coffee dates with your laptop.
It Needs a Fan Too
: Okay. Your laptop is not a person
but it radiates heat and needs cooling too after allthe long hours you have been using it. You shouldgive it a 30 minute rest after every 2-3 hours of use.
If you need to use your laptop for longer durations,
get a laptop cooling pad for it. It is a small one-timeinvestment that will help prolong your laptop aswell as your battery’s life. It prevents condensa-tion of moisture in the atmosphere on its surfaceby maintaining a low temperature. The laptop’smotherboard will also survive longer because theheat can damage the internal components of thehardware causing your laptop to run slow and/ormalfunction.
Shut it Gently
: One of the stupidest things I haveever done with my laptop is that after it fell off mybed, I picked it up and shut the display against the
keyboard. This was when I was half-asleep though.
Next morning, as I switched it back on, I was gree
-ted by a screen that looked like a spider’s web. My
laptop’s LCD monitor was in shambles! It broke my
heart and burnt a huge hole in my pocket. Learnfrom my experience and immediately take it to theservice center without shutting down. Apart from
that, you should always wait for your laptop to shut
down completely. Yes, wait for it to complete theupdating process too. Then, gently close the LCD
monitor like it was a bubble that would burst if you
handled it a little too harshly. Make sure, there isno stationery or cellphone or iPod or anything elsebetween the monitor and the keyboard.
: Has your antivirus software
validity expired? Did you even have one? The In-
ternet is full of viruses, malware and trojans. Then,you also download so many things. Your laptop caneasily get infected by a virus. If you don’t want your
les to get corrupted, your
laptop softwareor thehardware to malfunction, it’s time to give it somestrong antivirus protection. Update it time to time
as well! Always keep your rewall on, too.
Cleaning the Keyboard
: Do you care for your lap-
top keyboard? No? Then, I bet you don’t know that,
your laptop and cellphone contain more bacteria
per square inch as compared to a public bathroom’s
toilet seat! Hence, you should clean both every single
day without fail with a disinfectant. Don’t spray itdirectly. Instead, spray it on a soft cloth and then
use it to wipe off the entire surface. Also, it will pre-
serve the outer coating of your laptop that can be
damaged due to dirt and sweat. Better yet, get your
laptop laminated. It will really protect your laptop’sexterior and you can replace the lamination coating
anytime, maintaining your laptop’s appearance asthough it was new, for years.
Don’t Eject the Battery
: This is a common faux pas
that even I am guilty of committing. When my laptop
is taking longer to respond, I don’t wait for more
than 5 minutes for it to show some activity. I directlyhit the eject button of the battery and restart it. Thiscan really screw up your laptop and you might need
to restore it to its factory settings, losing data on it.