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Laptop care!

Updated on October 11, 2009
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Taking good care of the physical components your laptop can significantly increase the lifespan of you device. Be regular and thorough and you will be rewarded with long-lasting companion.

One of the worst nightmares that anyone could face is something going
wrong with the laptop (especially at critical moments). Software related
problems aren’t very serious as they can be rectified, but a problem with the
hardware can be as simple as a loose contact to as terrible as replacing an
internal component. Being an electronic device you cannot say when your laptop
will let you down. But as they say, prevention is better than cure, you can
do a lot to keep your laptop healthy. Here are some tips for cleaning your laptop,
maximizing the battery life, and more.

Getting more from your battery
Battery care begins right from the day you unpack your brand new laptop. New
battery packs have some charge in them, so drain it completely by using it all and
then charge the battery for 12 to 14 hours to fully top up the battery. Do this for the first three or four times. After that you can charge the battery normally—plug in the adapter and let the battery charge for around two hours until it is full. If you want your battery to last longer, avoid unplugging the adapter when the battery is not charged completely. Also, don’t put the laptop to charge until the battery level has reached less than 20 percent. Keep an eye on the battery indicator in the notification area to monitor the battery level when the laptop is running on battery.
Many users don’t bother to adjust the display brightness and keep it set
to full at all times. Lowering the display brightness to a lower level (depending
on the lighting condition) will make a difference. Also switch off the Bluetooth
and Wi-Fi adapters when not in use.
Optical drives and 2.5-inch external hard drives consume a lot of power. If you need to access a particular CD/DVD very frequently, copy the entire contents to the laptop’s hard drive. Remember to disconnect any external storage devices when you don’t need to access them.
Windows Vista has an option to switch between power plans (Balanced,
Power saver and High performance). Choose the Power saver plan for best
battery life if you’re just surfing the web or using office suite. Remove the battery
and clean the contact points with a cotton swab dampened with alcohol
once every three months.
If you will not be using your laptop for more than a week’s time, detach the
battery and keep it separately.

Keep your laptop clean
Laptops with glossy screen and surfaces attract stains and fingerprints.
Use a microfiber cloth to clean such stains. Synthetic cloth or denim can
scratch glossy surfaces. If the stain is stubborn use a damp cloth and then use
a microfiber cloth to clean the moisture.
Keep food and drinks away from your laptop. You never know when an accident will take place.
Always clean your hands before using your laptop.
Warranty
Most laptops come with a warranty period of one year. If anything goes
wrong with the laptop (except physical damage) within the warranty period, the
manufacturer will rectify the problem free of cost. Some brands offer extended
warranty period for the price of a few thousand rupees. _ If you’re buying a laptop from abroad, make sure that the laptop is backed by international warranty.
Make sure that the bill mentions the correct date of purchase and the serial
number of the laptop you’re buying. Remember to get the warranty card stamped by the dealer.

Other tips:
Open and close the lid gently by holding it from the middle or both the
sides. Holding the lid from one side stresses the hinge of that side. The hinge can bend or snap over a period of time.
Avoid using your laptop on soft surfaces such as bed or sofa, as it will
sink in causing the exhaust vents on the sides and base to get blocked. The
hot air will get trapped within and your laptop will heat up.
Don’t keep the adapter on the floor. You might roll your chair over the wire
or someone might stumble upon it and fall.
Don’t slip the laptop in the bag immediately after switching it off. Let
it cool down for 15 minutes and then pack it up.
If you use your laptop as a desktop replacement and leave it on the table,
cover it with a piece of cloth to protect it from dust.


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