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How to take care of your laptop.


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1) Avoid dust at all costs

Dust is the nemesis to a laptop. It'll work its way inside the chassis and risks clogging fans and overheating your laptop's components. The easiest way to reduce the chances of dust finding its way into your laptop is to keep it safely concealed in a case or sleeve when not in use. If dust does work its way inside though, you can blast it free using a small can of compressed air, available from computer stores.

2) Laptop Battery Care

Don't leave your battery unused for long periods of time. Even if you use AC power most of the time, use the battery regularly to keep it in good condition. Switch off your AC adapter when the laptop is not in use. This prevents overcharging. To extend battery life, you can try decreasing the LCD brightness while using your notebook. You can activate the ‘Standby’ and ‘Hibernation’ power-saving modes, too, for better battery life. If you do not use your laptop for extended periods of time – a week or more – remove the battery pack from the laptop, but only after discharging it fully. The batteries should be stored in a cool dry place, removed from heat, humidity and dust as well as metal objects.

3) Backup your files regularly

This maintenance tip might not solve any problems straight away, but it's the handiest insurance measure you have against an accident or virus wiping your data. There are lots of ways to backup your files, from DVDs and Blu-ray discs to external hard drives such as the Toshiba StorE Steel, and even online backup services.

4) Keep your laptop cool

Laptops generate a surprising amount of heat, and are engineered to extremely tight thermal tolerances. That means even the shortest period of prolonged heat can harm them. To best take care of your laptop keep it out of direct sunlight and away from heaters. A cooling pad may always help.

5) Make the power cord neat

Trailing cables can be easily yanked free from your computer, and the laptop's power cord is a prime candidate for unintentional tugging. Always tuck it away neatly, to avoid passers-by tripping over it, but if it absolutely must snake across the floor try looping it around a table leg before plugging it into your laptop. That way, any sharp yanks will be made to the table, not your laptop.

6) Pick a laptop with shock protection

Increasingly, laptops come with built-in shock protection. Many Toshiba PCs branded with EasyGuard certification have this feature, and are able to park the hard drive's moving head as soon as they sense movement. If your laptop doesn't have hard drive protection, you'll need to be extra careful.

7) Use proper cleaning materials

Some laptop owners use household cleaners to give their laptop a fresh sheen, but it's an unwise move and could risk ruining that precious laptop. Standard household cleaners can be damaging and dangerous to sensitive screen coverings, and risk marring the plastic shells of portable computers too. Always use specific screen cleaners. They're available as sprays or wipes. In a pinch you can use a damp lint-free cloth, but be aware that you'll find it hard to achieve a streak-free finish, especially on screens coated with plastic rather than glass.

8) No smoking

If you smoke near your laptop, it'll breathe in the same chemicals you do, and they're just as bad for its health. Over time the noxious fumes from cigarettes can clog up the innards of your laptop. It's almost as fast to cause damage as dust. To find out more check out online tech .


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