Ben Bond, and this is Maintaining Your Notebook Computer.
Performing routine maintenance and taking some common-sense actions
can go a long way towards keeping your notebook computer in optimal
condition. This is important because just about every assignment,
project and exam you complete will be done on your notebook. You
cannot afford to have your computer inoperable for any long period
of time. That is why performing routine maintenance, as well as
securing your computer (which we’ll cover later) is important to
First, avoid keeping food and drink around your laptop computer.
Drink spills and food crumbs falling into the keyboard of a notebook
computer are much more damaging than if they were spilled in a
regular desktop computer. This is because in a desktop computer, you
can simply replace the $10 keyboard. But in a notebook computer, the
keyboard sits on top of the hard drive, processor, and wiring. Drink
spills on your notebook ruin not just the keyboard but all these
important components underneath. Keep food away, and try to drink
from containers with lids or caps.
Second, keep your notebook temperature cool. Some of the internal
parts of your notebook are sensitive to extreme temperatures. Take
these steps to avoid overheating your notebook:
1. Keep your
notebook away from the Texas heat. That means never leaving your
notebook in your car or your car’s trunk for too long. Also, avoid
placing the notebook near windows for too long a time.
2. Be sure to
keep your notebook on a flat surface. This keeps the fan from being
blocked, allowing it to remove hot air from the internal casing of
the notebook. Avoid putting the laptop on soft surfaces, such as
pillows, because they can block the fan outlet. This can lead to
parts of your notebook overheating.
Next, we will cover a couple of helpful tools that are included in
the Windows operating system. They can help your computer run more