Your laptop is like any other electronic device. The more you use it, the more its wear and tear. Much as you would like your laptop to go on and on forever without maintenance, it needs a few shots in its arms off and on.
Everybody wants their laptops to work at peak performance all the time, but that’s not going to happen if you don’t take proper care of your laptop. There are a million ways your laptop’s performance can go downhill and you can’t take care of all of them.
But, what you can definitely take care of is its maintenance. If you are able to keep up your laptop, you will be able to improve its useful life and its performance. Of course, some people will just tell you get a new one, if your current laptop is not performing as per your expectations. But what if you don’t have a budget for a new laptop? You can’t just work with a non performing laptop can you? Of, course you can’t! That’s the reason why you need to maintain your laptop. If you want to get the most out of your laptop, you need to take a look at these laptop maintenance tips. Let’s take a look at all that you can do to support your laptop.
This is not the be all and end all laptop etiquette, but we can summarized it into one sentence ‘You need to take good care of your laptop to make sure it’s well-maintained’.
Now, let’s move on to other things.
One of the core essentials of laptop maintenance is cleaning it. So, here are a few pointers you need to keep in mind while cleaning the laptop:
Whenever you clean your laptop, make sure you are gentle with it.
Now you might be wondering, cleaning the outside of your laptop is all well and good, but what do I do about all the dirt and grime that accumulates inside the laptop. Don’t worry, you can clean your laptop interiors, but for that, you will need to understand your laptop assembly. This differs across brands and models and in some cases you will be able to reach the CPU, RAM and fan without having to dismantle your device. But in other cases, you will have to partially take apart the outer casing of your machine to reach its parts. The question is, are you ready to do that. If you are, just consult your laptop’s service manual to check its layout. In most cases, all you need to do is unscrew a few panels to reach laptop interiors. By going through the service manual, you will know which screws to unscrew and which to leave as is. You might also need to detach a few cords or ribbons, but it’s really not that difficult to do this, once you get the hang of it.
After you access the laptop interiors, wipe the hard disk, RAM, heat sink, fan etc. with a clean soft rag and use your old friend, the can of compressed air to blow away all the dirt and grime. Don’t try too hard to remove every piece of dust and grime that you see. Just remove the big dust bunnies you see, and use a swab to try to pry out the dirt, dust and grime. At times, the dust and grime gets infused with a laptop part and trying to scrub away the dirt can lead to the part coming apart. So, be very careful.
Once, you done, make sure you screw in the unscrewed panels that you removed.
One of the critical components of a laptop is its battery. So, you need to maintain laptop battery as well. Here are a few pointers you need to keep in mind to maintain the battery life of your laptop:
Another aspect of laptop maintenance is upgrading your hard disk space and RAM regularly, if possible. Now this might or might not be possible, but there is no harm in trying. A hard drive’s performance is a result of its RPM (revolutions per minute) and upgrading your hard drive with a newer hard drive is not just about improving the size of the disc but also improving its speed. You could even think about boosting its memory by installing more RAM.
If you are looking to keep you laptop shipshape, trying to improve its performance is one aspect that you mustn’t forget. Regular hardware and software updates are a great way of doing that. The fact is, if you are happy about your laptop’s performance, you will be more inclined to take better care of it.
Something else that you need to do to maintain the high functional efficiency of your laptop is you shouldn’t smoke in front of it. Yes, the smoke that makes your lungs go bust over time is also something that will harm your laptop. Another thing is that your laptop must be virus protected. That’s also a part of its maintenance. There are so many laptops that have conked off or whose hard drives have crashed just because their owners did not give the much-needed importance to virus protection.
It’s also important to note that if you can’t stand a particular degree of heat or cold, then probably your laptop isn’t going to be able to handle it as well. So always use your laptop under normal temperature and do not expose it to extreme temperatures.
Cleaning your laptop will also prevent it from overheating, which in turn will help increase your battery’s shelf life and that of its other important parts like hard disk, RAM etc. The idea is to make sure that you don’t take your laptop’s maintenance for granted. Just because you think you are handling it well, doesn’t mean it will not need cleaning, and just because you are cleaning it regularly doesn’t mean you don’t need to think about hardware and software upgrades. You need to think in holistic terms while taking steps to maintain your laptop. When you are thinking laptop maintenance, everything is important and there is nothing that should be left to chance.
Something else that must kept in mind is you must guard against complacency. Don’t ignore laptop maintenance, just because you think it’s better maintained than those belonging to your friends and/or family. Also, make sure you take the help of people who know their way round maintaining a laptop or keep reading up on maintenance tips and tricks if you caught in bind and don’t know how to go ahead.