Spill the Drink, How to Clean and Save Your Laptop

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                Great Tips – How to Care for Your Laptop

                   Great Tips - How to Care for Your Laptop                   give it multiple fractures. But, hey! That is a wire
                                                                              so you don’t care much. And then, the day comes
                Is your laptop working slow and you are at the verge          when your beloved, ahem, laptop doesn’t respond
                of throwing it against the wall? Don’t blame the lap-         to you and goes blank like it breathed its last, you sit
                top and don’t blame the company that manufactured             there praying to God to make it come back to life. It
                it! It may be your fault. Yes. Our sneaky habits cause        may not be your cord pulling routine, but the way
                problems in laptops over time. Let’s learn together           you have been taking care of your laptop, you have
                about how to take care of your laptop.                        definitely been taking it for granted. Now, you don’t
                                                                              intend to cut its life short so, learn how to care for
                                                                              your laptop, here.

                                                                              Tips to Care for Your Laptop

                                                                              Don’t Pull the Plug: I just mentioned it, how you
                                                                              pull the battery charger by the cord to unplug it.
                                                                              Don’t be so lazy, you fool! Just to avoid taking 2 leaps
                                                                              to switch off the plug, you pull the cord. Very soon,
                                                                              you will need to empty your pockets to buy a new
                                                                              charger because this one will stop working due to
                                                                              loose wiring. That is why I told you, blame yourself
                                                                              if the laptop is not working properly now. You are
                                                                              educated and you are mature enough to care for
                When I was in college, one of my friends showed               your laptop, so get up and switch off the plug. Now,
                up late for a presentation. As he sat beside me and           disconnect the charger from the socket using the
                switched on his laptop, I noticed that it had glowing         plug, not the cord! If you subject the socket and the
                spots on the screen while the rest of it was relatively       cord to such shock, they will both stop working and
                darker than usual. I was perplexed because I did              there might be a short circuit someday. Also, try not
                not know that something like that could happen to             to trip over the cord or rest furniture on it, even
                your laptop! When I asked him about it, he told me            when not in use. I’d suggest that you either tape it
                that he had accidentally spilled cola over hislaptop          to the floor or tie it up.
                screen! Poor thing, the laptop had crossed its war-
                ranty period 2 months before the incident. Good
                heavens, how does anyone be that careless with his
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                laptop? But, let’s face it. Most of us give in to lethargy
                after 6 months of buying our beloved MacBook, Dell,
                Vaio or HP. The power cord that was once pulled
                out oh so gently like you could snap its bone if you
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                were a little harsh, is now pulled out like you could


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                It’s Not Your Theater: Yes, your laptop is not your        heart and burnt a huge hole in my pocket. Learn
                personal movie theater. I know, we all love watching       from my experience and immediately take it to the
                movies on the laptop because it is so multipurpose         service center without shutting down. Apart from
                and I am not going to stop you from doing so. But,         that, you should always wait for your laptop to shut
                you better keep a check on yourself and keep the           down completely. Yes, wait for it to complete the
                food away from the laptop. It deserves that kind           updating process too. Then, gently close the LCD
                of respect. Keep your colas, ketchup bottles, water        monitor like it was a bubble that would burst if you
                and all greasy food away. You never know, a little         handled it a little too harshly. Make sure, there is
                drop might trickle down the keyboard or you might          no stationery or cellphone or iPod or anything else
                share the same fate as my friend in the above inci-        between the monitor and the keyboard.
                dent. Your laptop might end up being a victim of a
                short-circuit and you will lose all the data. In fact,     Antivirus Protection: Has your antivirus software
                once my laptop just gave up out of the blue and            validity expired? Did you even have one? The In-
                when I went to the company’s service center, they          ternet is full of viruses, malware and trojans. Then,
                told me it was the moisture that had corrupted the         you also download so many things. Your laptop can
                motherboard. This is when I hadn’t even brought            easily get infected by a virus. If you don’t want your
                any liquid near it. But, it was the monsoon season!        files to get corrupted, your laptop software or the
                Make it a rule, no food, especially liquids, at least      hardware to malfunction, it’s time to give it some
                within a 5 feet radius of the laptop. Forget about         strong antivirus protection. Update it time to time
                your coffee dates with your laptop.                        as well! Always keep your firewall on, too.

                It Needs a Fan Too: Okay. Your laptop is not a person      Cleaning the Keyboard: Do you care for your lap-
                but it radiates heat and needs cooling too after all       top keyboard? No? Then, I bet you don’t know that,
                the long hours you have been using it. You should          your laptop and cellphone contain more bacteria
                give it a 30 minute rest after every 2-3 hours of use.     per square inch as compared to a public bathroom’s
                If you need to use your laptop for longer durations,       toilet seat! Hence, you should clean both every single
                get a laptop cooling pad for it. It is a small one-time    day without fail with a disinfectant. Don’t spray it
                investment that will help prolong your laptop as           directly. Instead, spray it on a soft cloth and then
                well as your battery’s life. It prevents condensa-         use it to wipe off the entire surface. Also, it will pre-
                tion of moisture in the atmosphere on its surface          serve the outer coating of your laptop that can be
                by maintaining a low temperature. The laptop’s             damaged due to dirt and sweat. Better yet, get your
                motherboard will also survive longer because the           laptop laminated. It will really protect your laptop’s
                heat can damage the internal components of the             exterior and you can replace the lamination coating
                hardware causing your laptop to run slow and/or            anytime, maintaining your laptop’s appearance as
                malfunction.                                               though it was new, for years.

                Shut it Gently: One of the stupidest things I have         Don’t Eject the Battery: This is a common faux pas
                ever done with my laptop is that after it fell off my      that even I am guilty of committing. When my laptop

                bed, I picked it up and shut the display against the       is taking longer to respond, I don’t wait for more
                keyboard. This was when I was half-asleep though.          than 5 minutes for it to show some activity. I directly
                Next morning, as I switched it back on, I was gree-        hit the eject button of the battery and restart it. This
                ted by a screen that looked like a spider’s web. My        can really screw up your laptop and you might need
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                laptop’s LCD monitor was in shambles! It broke my          to restore it to its factory settings, losing data on it.


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                Preferably, charge your battery when it is almost           lead you nowhere as the battery drains out faster
                fully drained out. Don’t ever over-charge your bat-         while multitasking, since it gives a lot of load to the
                tery. It severely affects the life of the battery due to    CPU. Do one thing at a time and close all the other
                overheating and doesn’t give you any extra power            applications that are not important.
                storage. Proper laptop battery care can ensure that
                your battery life is maintained at an average 3-4           3. Cut Down on the External Devices
                hours for up to 2 to 4 years. Else, it won’t last more      Using USB devices, DVD drives on laptop consumes
                than a few minutes and you will end up changing             a lot of battery when your laptop is unplugged. Shut
                it every 6 months.                                          these applications when you are not using them.
                                                                            Even the USB mouse that you might use at times,
                7 Great Tips on Laptop Battery Care to Make it              will lead to faster battery drainage. Hence, cutting
                Last Longer                                                 down on external devices like USB, DVD drives, USB
                                                                            mouse, Bluetooth and Wi-fi help to a great extent
                                                                            when it comes to laptop battery care.

                                                                            4. Hibernate or Stand-by?
                                                                            This is the most frequently asked question in lap-
                                                                            top battery care and the answer is hibernate! The
                                                                            reason behind this is that stand by option does save
                                                                            laptop battery but not as much as hibernating does!
                                                                            Hibernating your laptop will save it in a condition
                                                                            the way it is and completely shut itself down, hence
                                                                            saving more battery.

                                                                            5. Battery Cleaning
                                                                            It is very important in laptop battery care to clean
                                                                            your laptop’s battery. You must clean your laptop
                1. Dim Your Screen                                          battery’s metal contacts once every two months.
                Almost all the new laptops come with an option              Use a soft cloth and rub it with alcohol to moisten
                of dimming the screen. Some of these laptops also           it. This will help in keeping the transfer of power
                have an option by which you can control the CPU’s           from the battery more efficient.
                cooling performance. Cut these to their lowest levels
                so as to make the most of your battery savings. This        6. Defrag Your Hard Drives
                is one of the most basic tips in laptop battery care        Defragging your hard drive will make it work more
                and is sure to yield some extra battery back up!            efficiently. An efficient hard drive always works
                                                                            faster and eases the load on the laptop’s battery,
                2. Cut the Extra Programs                                   reducing its consumption and leading to battery
                When you are working on your laptop on its battery,         savings! But make sure you do not carry out de-

                make sure you cut down on all the extra programs            fragmentation of your hard drive while working
                that are running in the background for no important         on laptop’s battery!
                reason. Sending an email to your client while wor-
                king on a spreadsheet and listening to a new album          7. Set Power options
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                of Justin Timberlake, all on your laptop battery, will      Laptops come with various options for their power


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                settings. Make sure you keep your laptop’s power set-
                tings to “optimized use” or in “power saver” modes
                while working with battery on. It will increase the
                battery back up for your laptop.

                These are some quick ways to take good care of your
                laptop and maintain it. If you haven’t been taking
                good care of your laptop, start now. It’s never too
                late. Never ever be harsh on electronics because
                then, they will refuse to function at all. Changing
                your habits to care for your laptop can ensure that
                it functions smoothly and for years.

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