Jun 25, 2010
When you have a laptop computer, it’s important to take good care of it. Here are 15 things you can do to ensure that you’re giving your laptop the care and consideration it needs to run its best for many years to come.
1. Defrag your hard drive regularly as it puts less strain on both your hard drive and your laptop battery.
2.) Cut down on programs running in the background constantly. All of these programs add to the CPU load your computer has, which makes it perform slower.
3.) When you use your laptop on the go, be sure to use a laptop desk that’s designed to encourage ventilation. Any of the laptop desks from LapWorks at LaptopDesk.net are made to help cool your computer so that there’s less strain on its pars.
4.) Keep food and drinks away for your laptop. This may seem like a no brainer, but you wouldn’t believe how many people forget this rule only to spill something on their laptop. Any spills, no matter how small, run the risk of damaging sensitive circuitry inside.
5.) Don’t touch the screen, unless your laptop is designed to be a touch screen. If you need to clean your screen, use approved products that are designed to gently clean the screen without damaging it.
6.) Don’t let your computer run for days on end. Your laptop will be more prone to overheating if it doesn’t get a break. Try shutting it down at night or have your power settings set to shut your laptop down when it’s not been in use for awhile.
8.) Always carry your laptop in a laptop bag that’s big enough to accomodate your laptop and any accessories that you may need. If you can, look for one that has enough padding so that your machine stays protected.
9.) Don’t close anything inside your laptop. Even sheets of paper can put stress onto the screen.
10.) Never put anything onto your closed laptop.
11.) Don’t leave your laptop turned on if you’re moving your laptop more than a few feet away. When you forget to put your computer to sleep or shut it down before moving, you actually put a lot of extra stress on your hard drive.
12.) Make sure you use your laptop’s battery at least once per week by letting it run on battery power only until it says to recharge. This improves your overall battery life.
13.) Keep your laptop clean and neat. Rid the keyboard of any dust or grime and clean your laptop using only products that are approved for such use. Don’t try to improvise with harsh chemicals that can actually damage your laptop.
14.) Make sure to perform regular software updates and operating system updates. This will ensure that your laptop runs at its best.
15.) Always have anti-virus, anti-malware, internet security, and firewall software running.