Laptop Maintenance Top Tips
These laptop maintenance tips are all based on my experience of repairing laptops over the past 6 years. Here we go...
Do not carry your laptop around with the mains adaptor plugged into the socket on the laptop. I have seen many people bring their laptops in for repair with the adaptor still plugged in, it is a sure way to break the DC socket off in the laptop and once this happens the laptop will not charge and you could be faced with the choice of throwing out the laptop a lot of money to get it fixed. So always unplug before carrying your laptop anywhere.
USE THE BATTERY
Many people use their laptop on mains power nearly all the time. It is the best way to waste your battery. If you do not use it, you lose it. So some simple laptop maintenance is to make a point of least once a month of fully charging the battery then use it on battery power until it is nearly fully depleted then charge it again. If you get a new laptop it is advisable to repeat this process a number of times initially.
Laptops are after all called LAP TOPS for a reason but plenty people will stick them on the bed or on a cushion while using them, this may be more comfortable but you risk overheating the laptop. So it is advisable to keep good airflow around the laptop which includes under it too. Otherwise you could find it switching off when you least expect it, and if that persists you can seriously damage your machine.
SHUT DOWN PROPERLY
Prolong the life of your laptop and save money on electricity by always shutting down your laptop properly. If you are not going to use it anytime soon do not leave it on stand-by, this is a simple laptop maintenance tip - shut it down!
Cleaning the screen is common laptop maintenance so always use anti-static wipes or a lint free cloth. Never spray anything directly on to the screen as liquid could run down into the workings of the laptop or the inverter. A coarse cloth could mark the screen or leave little fibres behind.
OPENING AND CLOSING THE LID
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This point mostly applies to larger screen laptops, when opening or closing the lid either hold both corners of the screen lid or grab it in the middle. Why? If you continually pull the screen open or shut from one side you could be putting unnecessary strain on the screen by twisting it, I have had to replace screens on laptops because of users doing this very thing!