Don’t you just hate it when you are about to dump your Notebook or Laptop just because it’s no longer in working condition. Reason could be anything, starting from hardware to software. In last few years laptop prices have dropped considerably but they’re still a expensive pieces of equipment which might cost you anywhere in between $600 to $3000.
Years ago, it was virtually impossible to replace a laptop’s hardware and you are forced to buy a new machine. However, in recent time we had revolutionary achievements in respective field which provide us options to reconsider our old machines. Here in this Article, we’ll look at some fine tips by which you can significantly extend the life of your laptop.
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There are some common ways which help your laptop’s life last longer. However, by following these way it might possible that you cannot able to see results immediately but you still able to achieve your goal.
It’s always necessary to have enough information about your notebook and related applications which includes both hardware and software. For example, you should know most memory is located under a panel in the bottom of the laptop. Sometimes it’s found beneath the keyboard. All laptop comes with a detailed manual which is not meant for just keeping into laptop box after you done purchasing your laptop. Try not to avoid reading the manual properly. At lease the part which shows the complete assemble of your laptop. It helps you a lot when you get into minor troubles.
Try keep your laptop’s memory always above your requirements. Generally windows XP requires 256MB (megabytes) of memory to run quite comfortable. But 512MB is always better for odd situations. If you are a designer and developer like me and you do photo or video editing or play games, go with 1GB (gigabyte) or more.
This will allow you to process more with the memory your laptop has, rather than relying on virtual memory. Virtual memory results in hard drive use, and is much less power efficient. Note that adding more RAM will consume more energy, so this is most applicable if you do need to run memory intensive programs which actually require heavy usage of virtual memory.
You also can refer some online memory guides like Crucial, Kingston and PNY which offers quite a good online memory assistance guide. You just need to enter your laptop’s make and model in the configurator and it will automatically show which memory to buy and your laptop’s capacity. These type of upgrade start at $50, but could exceed $200 or more according to your requirements.
It might be possible that you never aware of the fact that the hotter your notebook runs, the more likely it is to suffer some kind of component failure. And if you routinely plop down on a bed or couch with a pillow as your table, you may be blocking the machine’s air vents—thereby causing it to run even hotter which can leads you to more damage than you ever imagine. Although there’s not much anyone can do to cool a notebook from within, but you can definitely tackle the problem from without.
You can take a page out of the extreme gamers’ handbooks, and have your system perform more optimally by keeping it cool. Make sure your air vents (inflow and outflow) aren’t blocked by anything, which often occurs by poorly positioning your notebook on your lap or bad. Use a can of compressed air to blast the dust from all your notebook’s air vents once a month or so, to allow the fans to operate at peak efficiency. Also try using cooling pads, which draws heat away from the system via two or more USB-powered fans. You can pick good cooling pads for around $30, from Antec, DataStor, or Targus. As a bonus, your notebook’s internal fans won’t have to run as long or as often, so you’ll be extending their lifespan.
When i was in my 3ed grade i love superman and so his mythos. I still remember “Kryptonite” which generally has detrimental effects on Superman. In any computer, the hard drive is an Kryptonite, which you can’t avoid on any cost. When you bought your computer, the hard drive may have seemed vast. But your favorite movies, music files and video clips chew space. So replace your current drive with a more capacious one. Also if possible than try replace it with a solid-state drive or SSD because a single knock or drop can put a drive out of commission. And of course, standard hard drives generate quite a bit of heat. And Of Course, you don’t want to caught yourself in the situation when you need to say bye bye to your all the important data. These SSD drive built with non-volatile flash memory, in which there is no moving parts, meaning they generate significantly less heat. And most importantly they’re much less susceptible to shock, vibration, and extreme temperatures.
The only fallback here is that SSDs currently come at a premium and have lower storage capacity. Also you have to pay more in compare to normal hard drive. They approximately cost around $15 per gigabyte and top out only at 128GB.
An external hard drive is an alternative. These hard drives plug into USB or FireWire ports. Expect to pay about a dollar per gigabyte.
Swapping hard drive is simple task. But moving your data can be a hassle. Apricorn (www.apricorn.com) and Hitachi (www.hitachi.us) offer upgrade kits. These kits include a drive, an external enclosure and data exchange software.
I really get irritated when i am using my notebook or laptop and suddenly I get the message on my screen that my battery is ‘critically low’? Don’t you? Laptops tend to lose their charm quickly when you’re constantly looking for the nearest power source to charge it up. You can make your laptop run longer on its battery by turning off or reduce all the things that expend power in your computer. If you planning on going a long trip, or just taking your notebook to a local coffee shop, try use some optimization tips to help your laptop’s battery power last longer. Here are few easy tips to do so.
How much you can increase the life time of battery depends on how well you care for it. According to an Expert advice from Batteries Plus, a typical notebook battery lasts for around 500 charge/discharge cycles—between 18 months and three years of normal use. If you want to get as close as possible to the latter number, remove the battery whenever your notebook is plugged into an power outlet (as when you’re working at the office, home or the local coffee shop). If you leave it in, the AC power could cause the battery to overheat and overcharge which is the most common cause of premature failure. When running on battery power, try use your machine until you get a low-battery warning bubble, then let the battery recharge fully. That’ll keep the total number of recharges (which is about 500) to a minimum.
Many of us dump our laptop just because it’s unusable due to some specific parts like keyboards, touchpad or webcam. Remember, there is always a good replacement available for any part of your laptop in market. Try not to fret if a key no longer works. You can replace your keyboard. Sometimes you snap out the old keyboard and slip in the new. But don’t expect to find a wide variety of choices. You’ll probably have to go through your computer’s manufacturer.
Also, If you don’t care for your touchpad, use a mouse. Any USB or wireless mouse will work fine. But mice designed specifically for laptops are smaller as they’ll take less space in your laptop’s carrying case.
Do you use your laptop as a desktop replacement? Then go get a docking station. These devices plug into your laptop’s USB port. You can then plug a keyboard, mouse, printer and other accessories into the docking station. When you take the laptop out, everything remains connected, awaiting just for your return.
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