Laptop Care

Laptop Care

in Hardware Maintenance

Important Information on Laptop Care

If you don’t look after your laptop you can shorten its life and in extreme cirumstances experience complete data loss.

If you want your laptop to last, or want to make sure your employees are handling your computing assets correctly, there’s some simple information they should know. Laptop care is about prevention, rather than trying to find a cure to avoidable problems.

There really is some great info in this article so take time to read it and ensure you get the most life out of your laptop as possible.

Not only will your laptop last longer if you take care of it but it will also need less maintenance, which means less downtime for you. As an added bonus, many of the following steps will also maintain your laptops speed meaning you can work faster for longer.

Laptop Care

Critical Points

Take Your Time

If you have just shutdown your laptop give it atleast 20 to 30 seconds to completely shutdown before you move it or try put it away. This also applies to turning it on again, you must wait for the laptop to turn off completely and the hard drive platters to stop spinning.

This rule does not completely apply if you’re running an SSD , but always err on the side of caution if you’re unsure what type of hard drive your laptop has.

This also doesn’t mean hit shutdown on your laptop and wait, it means once it’s completely shutdown and turned off, wait 20 or 30 seconds then.

Not following this rule can damage your hard drive because the hard drive needs to spin down properly once it is shut off

Sleep Mode is NOT Hibernation

There is a chance that if your computer is in sleep mode it can kick into action while in your laptop bag.  By nature sleep mode loads everything into RAM which is fine, but if your laptop turns on in an enclosed space it could overheat and cause damage.

If you are going to close your lid to put your laptop to sleep to move around please do not, put it in hibernation mode to do this. Also do not forget when putting in hibernation or sleep mode you still need to wait for 20 to 30 seconds for your hard drive to spin down once it has shut off and hibernated.

We always recommend shutting down your laptop properly instead of putting it to sleep or hibernation if you are transporting it. It’s just good practice. If your laptop is slow and takes a long time shutdown, then you have other issues and should talk to an IT specialist.

Not following this rule can damage your laptop and shorten its lifespan

  No Carpet or Beds

Avoid putting your laptop on the carpet or your bed. The air vents on the back of the laptop help air to travel in and out. Anything which blocks the air vents is preventing hot air from escaping and only invites it back in again, which can result in overheating; leading to excessive lag and potential damage.  Repeated use of the laptop on the bed will cause the fans to suck up the dust and debris which lies in the bed, ultimately blocking the fan.

Not following this rule can damage your laptop and shorten its lifespan

Laptop Care Guide

The following steps are not as critical as the previous ones but still need to be followed to try keep your laptop running smoothly.

1. Use and store in a well circulated area. When you are using your laptop, do so in a place that has a constant air-circulation. Lots of people ruin their laptop by using it in an enclosed area and thus making the laptop overheat. It also helps if you store it in a well circulated area.

 2. Keep liquids away from your laptop. As tempting as it might be to drink coffee, soda, water or any other liquid near your laptop, accidents can happen all too easily. Spilled liquids may damage the internal components or cause electrical injury to the laptop. Short circuits can corrupt data or even permanently destroy parts. The solution is very simple: Keep your drinks away from your computer. Even if you’re careful, someone else might bump into your desk or you. Or you can use a cup with a cover on it, so even if it does spill, the liquid doesn’t go any where!

 3. Keep food away from your laptop. Don’t eat over your laptop. The crumbs can go down between the keys in the keyboard and provide an invitation to small bugs. The crumbs can also irritate the circuitry. Worse, it makes the laptop look dirty if there are crumbs and food stains on it.

 4. Protect the LCD display monitor. When you shut your laptop, make sure there are no small items, such as a pencil or small ear-phones, on the keyboard. These can damage the display screen when shut; the screen will scratch if the item is rough. Close the lid gently and holding from the middle. Closing the lid using only one side causes pressure on that hinge, and over time can cause it to bend and snap.

 5. Hold and lift the computer by its base, not by its LCD display (the screen). If you lift it by the screen part alone, you could damage the display or the hinges attaching it to the base. The display is also easily scratched or damaged by direct pressure – avoid placing pressure on it.

6. Don’t expose your laptop to rapid temperature fluctuations. When bringing your laptop indoors during winter, don’t turn it on immediately. Instead, let it warm to room temperature first. This will avoid any potential for damage to the disk drive from condensation forming inside the machine.

7. Don’t leave your laptop in a car. Not only do the insides of cars experience large temperature swings that could damage a laptop, but a laptop (or laptop bag) is an inviting target for a smash and grab thief.

8. Use a properly-sized laptop case. Whatever you use to carry your laptop around in, be it a case, a bag or something you have made yourself, make sure that it it large enough to contain the laptop. This will avoid scratching, squeezing or even potentially dropping it.

9. Use an old tooth brush to clean the area around the exhaust fan if needed. If that gets plugged up, air flow is diminished and overheating can most certainly occur.

10. Try and keep the laptop on a flat surface. This prevents damage to the laptop. This step can be hard, particularly if you are going out with your laptop, but if there is a flat surface available to put your laptop on then do so.

11. Placing The Laptop. Hard drives work on the property of magnetic flux, so any electrical field may damage the hard disk and the data on it. Make sure your laptop is at least 13 cm away from any electrical appliance that generates a strong magnetic field – such as a microwave oven.

12. No Hard Booting. You may sometimes be tempted to turn your laptop off by simply holding down the power button until it powers down. Although quick, this method is harmful to the laptop and could cause data loss.  A hard reboot should only be used as a last resort. Sometimes this is inevitable, for instance,  when Windows hangs. But this should not be a regular practice.