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Taking Care of your Laptop

January 10th, 2009

With the integration of Linux Operating System in the market, laptops are becoming so reasonably priced that owning one is available to just about everyone. However they are not toys and need some thoughtful care. Here are some tips on how to keep your beloved machine in tip-top shape.

1. Do not use your laptop in extreme heat or cold weather.

Your laptop is sensitive to extreme heat or cold. Extreme cold may produce condensation that can short circuit the notebook if it’s turned on. Operating in extreme heat can cause warp in casing or ruin internal component. Pressure stresses can also decrease you batteries life. Avoid leaving your laptop for a long period of time under a direct sunlight or inside your car.

2. Don’t eat or drink near your laptop

Food particles may get your keyboard sticky and water particles may damage the computer component and may induce shock hazard. Keep in mind this, most of the common case of laptop repairs are drink spilt on the keyboard.

3. Avoid areas with a lot of dust or smoke

Both dust and smoke can damage the notebook. Heat produces by you laptops integral parts while it is turned on can attract dust which can clog your laptops exhaust system. The laptop’s internal fan draws a lot of air through the computer and buildup of any sort can short out sensitive connections.

4. Carry the laptop properly.

Always use your laptop bag when carrying it. The extra padding is crucial in every laptop bag for protection if dropped. Handle your laptop with both hands at all times. Never handle a laptop by the screen. Pressure can ruin screen pixels and bend the display frame. When picking up your open computer, hold it by the keyboard half. Don’t place the notebook where it may fall like stack of books or overhanging edge of a table.

5. Try not to move your laptop when it is on

Make sure to shut down, put to sleep, or suspend when moving your laptop. Moving your laptop while it is turned on can potentially damage the hard drive.

6. Keep It Clean

Oil and dirt from your skin can ruin the screen’s film coating. LCD screens have a thin protective film. Don’t scratch, twist, hit or push the surface of your computer display. Use only a soft, lint free cloth and if necessary, lightly moisten only with water. Chemicals or abrasion will ruin this coating and avoid cleansers that can damage the screen and other finishes.

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