How to Take Care of Your Computers and Laptops
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How to Take Care of Your Computers and Laptops

These are the factors that can affect computers and laptops physical integrity. As simple as they may seem, they really affect how computers and laptops perform.

Probably the most ignored aspect of computer care is taking care of it as a machine itself. Like any other machine, computers and laptops demand thorough physical check–ups now and then. Timely examination and maintenance of its physical parts ensure that these wonders of technology perform at par with their installed software.

Being electronic items, computers and laptops are more vulnerable to the elements compared to its more brawny cousins, the mechanical machines. There are a host of factors that can make them work with limited functions, or worse, render them inoperable.

Dust and Dirt

Particles that may get lodged inside a computer or laptop can actually cause a laptop from running as it should. These can get inside through the ports and vents of the computer. It is not also unusual that food particles can get in between keyboard keys if its user frequently snacks while working.

Whatever size these particles are, they can either cause corrosion or invite insects to the computer. Dust in particular can accumulate between contact points which can sometimes lead to buttons and keys not working. Build-up in vents can prevent the laptops cooling system to work which can eventually cause automatic shutdowns.

Ants trapped inside the laptop or computer case sometimes lead to electrical shortages, frying the whole motherboard itself.

To prevent this from happening, a soft brush, a small vacuum and sometimes tweezers may come in handy. Regularly vacuuming over the keyboard and between vents can help limit dust from building up. A soft brush can be used to clean the surface of the computer itself; whilst a pair of tweezers come extra valuable when a stubborn particle refuses to budge.

Liquid

Liquid and electronics have never been a good combination. In case of computers and laptops, it will be a quick death for their parts if liquid manages to seep through while they are turned on—not to mention very dangerous to anyone around them while that happens. Drenched computers while turned off are entirely a different matter. Depending on the liquid, there just might be a glimmer of hope for them to work again.

Desktop computers are less likely to be subjected to accidents involving liquids compared to the more portable laptops. Any work station with an electronic gadget should be a no-any-kind-of-beverage zone.

Acts of nature are inevitable. The best way to avoid ruining your computers during storms and possible flood is to unplug them and put them in a much higher ground. Cover them with plastic or put into big plastic storage boxes.

While on the move, always have a couple of Ziploc bags in your laptop bag. There should be enough to cover the laptop and its peripherals. Also have a cotton rag at hand to absorb most of the liquid away from the laptop. If your laptop is turned off, instantly remove the battery and don’t ever try to turn it on. Let it air dry for at least a day.

High Temperatures

Ventilation is one of the most important factors in keeping your computers working efficiently. The taxing requirements that speed demands of its processors mean temperatures constantly rise on newer computers today. Laptops are also prone to this as well. Without proper ventilation, heat is trapped inside. Your system has an automatic tripwire as it becomes too hot. It will shut down. Constant improper shutdowns can also affect the other parts of your computer; hard disks for example.

It is important that computers and laptops have a working ventilation system. Computers should not be positioned too close to the wall to allow heat circulation. Learn where the vents are positioned in your laptop to ensure that they are not blocked by dust or any other item. If you can’t feel your computer’s fan whirring, have it replaced by an adept technician. A temporary solution would be to work on an air-conditioned room or have a stand fan directly blowing at it nearby.

Video intensive applications almost always overwork your video card and processor. A key to making sure your computer doesn’t crash is not allowing temperatures to rise to dangerous levels.

Pressure

Pressures due to computers being jostled around can also affect the performance of your computer system. Laptops are almost always easily bumped into surfaces. Even when put inside the most trusted laptop bags, they can easily be pressed between objects.

Hard disks and monitors are especially vulnerable to these pressures. A simple fall can crack the lid and the monitor and make the hard disk inoperable. If a user is not attentive when the lid is closed, something left between the keyboard and the monitor can permanently damage the display.

Pressures can also displace parts from its rightful place. A misaligned memory card is enough to stop a computer from booting up. Screws displaced from their positions can cause electrical shortages or keep contacts from operating.

Because laptops have smaller parts, they can be easily damaged. As much as designers would love to make everything shock-proof, some level of compromise has to be reached to make sure they are still portable. With less protection, additional care should be given.

Always make sure that you work on a level surface. Avoid packing too much inside laptop bags. Check before you close the lid for objects that might damage the display. If possible, buy a plastic case for your laptop sturdy enough to withstand an amount of pressure but fitting enough to be not too bulky.

Crazy Tinkering Hands

It is absolutely all right to be familiar with your gadgets. Curiosity is always the best quality of a learner. However, if you’re not confident with your skills yet, stop yourself from practicing on your computers and laptops. Computer technicians you should trust are those who allow you to watch while they work. Not only is it a learning experience but it also ensures that they are helping and not exacerbating anything further.

But if you must take a peek, always watch out for that warranty seal. Remember if you break it you forfeit the chance of having it replaced, diagnosed, and fixed without the additional charges. But if you have the budget, why not, right?

Although newer models come out every three months, if you’re a real tech-savvy computer user, you would always try to eke out as much as possible from your investments. Computers are machines that need tune-ups once in a while. Knowing what makes them perform less reliably allows you to avoid putting them and you under unnecessary stress.

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Comments (3)

Great advice here.

Thanks Michael!

Laptop computers have smaller parts compared to desktop computers. This means that these computers should be taken care carefully. Thanks for sharing this informative article, voted and shared.

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