Use of laptops and notebooks has grown tremendously over time. With a vast array of brands to choose from over different price ranges, the further cut of laptop prices compared to a few years ago has encouraged desktop users to purchase laptops which are far more convenient and handy. As people switch more and more towards the compact version of the computer these days, users must understand that this miniature form is more prone to damage and is more vulnerable than the bulkier desktops that were prominent back in the day. With everything crammed into a limited carbon fiber casing and closely connected, malfunction or impairment of a single component could lead to damage of unexpected extent costing you dear on repairs. Today, we shall look at a few tips and some do’s and don’ts for proper maintenance of your laptop.
Food and Beverages
Your laptop depends merely on electricity for energy and not on coke or coffee, so avoid eating in front of your laptop. Unlike the desktop which has individual parts such as keyboard and mouse which come in contact to food the most, the entire computer is at risk in case of laptops. Solid food particles might get inside your keyboard and give you a tough time typing but greater risk is posed by liquids which seep into your motherboard through the keyboard in no time. Despite spill resistive technology available for keyboards, there is always room for error and uncertainty, and the underside of your laptop which has a clear opening to the motherboard is not spill-resistant. Besides the stains that the foodstuff and liquid will leave behind, worse, you’ll fry your entire system with your favorite drink.
It is always best to add a keyboard guard. Not only does it prevent crumbs from getting in, it also reduces the wearing of keys overtime. In addition, due to the indirect contact on the keys, the buttons remain stainless and have a longer life as pressure exerted by the keys while typing is reduced. Likewise, use of a screen cover or a clean plastic film can be of great resistance to scratches and other stains. Also, decent LCD protection films that are glued to your screen increases your LCD strength preventing breakage and increasing impact suppression. A word of advice for users is to check for any sharp edges or irregular objects lying on your keyboard such as pins, pencils, or even small earphones before covering the lid as they may cause harm to your display.
Laptops, due to their ultralight weight and limited dimensions, are easy to carry around. They easily fit in a bag or even briefcases, but very few people care about using the right kind of casing or bag— use a bag/carrier/case of suitable size and proper padding. Unlike your textbook, your laptop is vulnerable to shock and impact. Therefore, your bag must contain a proper padding all around the laptop compartment. Make sure the strap is fastened to prevent your laptop from wobbling around while moving. Since many instances of drops have been recorded as a result of bag breakage, a proper laptop bag is recommended. Aside from the draping, make sure the adapter cable is not very tightly rolled as it might cause loose wires or expanded ones. Similarly, make sure you lift the laptop from its base and not from its monitor when the lid is open.
It is necessary to keep your notebook clean. Abstain from cleaning and not only does it look old and filthy, but you will soon experience compromisedusability with sticky keys and non-responsive touchpads. In order to clean there are a few basic steps. Step 1: Do NOT use water. Water is not the ideal solvent to use for cleaning gadgets and devices. Instead use a cleaning agent recommended in computer stores. Apart from their cleaning ability, these agents are of volatile nature which makes them easy to vaporise quickly after the work is done. For cleaning your LCDs, and keyboards and also the framework of your laptop, such cleaning agents are highly encouraged for use. While using these detergents, make sure to use a microfiber cloth over regular cotton or any other material as it prevents scratches and absorbs the remaining detergent from the surface. You can also prepare your own cleaning solution using a mixture of vinegar and distilled water. As far as removing the crumbs from your keyboard, you can use a blower or a can of compressed air on an inverted laptop to blow off the dirt and food particles. Blowing air from mouth contains moisture and hence is not advised. Make sure you perform all cleaning tasks after shutting down your system.
The lap isn’t the ideal surface for your laptop and neither is your bed. The mantra is flat. A cool insulating surface like your desk works best. Using your laptop on uneven surfaces can hit hard on your laptops causing internal damage as devices placed at certain angles do not perform at optimum efficiency. Further, there is also a case of blocking air flow and most importantly, the bed feeds in a lot of debris which will eventually clog your CPU fan.
The Air Vent & Cooling
Computers, especially laptops, are very picky regarding their operating temperatures. You can lose out a lot on your processing simply if your PC is too hot. Similarly, exposing your laptop to rapidly fluctuating temperatures can also be equally detrimental. In terms of air flow, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. Make sure that the room or at least the surrounding of your laptop has proper air flow. Make sure the air vent is not blocked or exposed to heat. To curb the problem of air circulation and substantial amount of air flow, use of an external cooling pad is equally recommended. Not only does it provide the flat base recommended for using your laptop, but it helps equally in regulating your PC temperature by creating a proper airflow system. It is a very good practice to open the casing of the underside and properly blow off all the dust and dirt once a year to maximise performance and increase your laptop’s life. In you are unable to do this on your own, seek the help of a technician.
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Source: The Kathmandu Post