Whether you have invested a considerable or modest amount of money or even got your computer for free, if you want to keep it in optimal performance and health, you will have to give it a little more attention. We know that all systems degrade over the years. But small steps can help you keep your laptop for years to come.
So the question is how do you take good care of it? There are currently two types of maintenance that are essential to keep your computer clean, performing and healthy over the years. Here we will discuss everything related to external manual maintenance and the precautions to take.
Just follow these tips and tricks that will help you keep your device in top shape.
1- Keep it cool
Avoid exposure to heat or high temperatures as much as possible! Your computer does not like sunlight or any external source that causes it to overheat. This shortens the life of the components. Remember that a cool computer is a more durable computer.
Similarly, your battery should be kept cool, really cool (i.e. in the refrigerator) if possible. Today’s lithium batteries wear out no matter what you do, but you can put off the deadline. For example, if you’re playing with your PC or even doing ordinary tasks, simply remove the battery and put it in the fridge.
2- Avoid accidents coming from the outside
Many disruptive elements can be the enemy of your computer. Whether it’s dust, dirt, hair or coffee, these elements can prevent your laptop from working properly, especially since they can prevent the fan from doing its job.
The best practices are simple and consist of shutting down the machine when not in use and keeping away anything that can spill on it such as food and liquids.
Also, avoid placing objects that are heavy in weight, which can negatively affect the internal components.
3- Avoid improper movement
One simple fact is that no one likes to be disturbed while doing important work. Likewise, your computer doesn’t like it either. This can disrupt the various elements that run inside, such as the hard drive. Therefore, it is preferable that the computer is turned off or put to sleep before being transported.
For long journeys, pack it properly in a backpack or laptop bag.
Also make sure you hold it correctly, i.e. from the base with both hands and do not exert pressure on the screen, which is quite fragile. Thus, avoid abrupt movements and shocks when moving around.
4- Clean the keyboard properly
The keyboard is so stressed that it can at some point suffer from it. If you see any signs of alteration or deterioration from its original state, it is time for a cleaning.
You can do this by turning off the PC while keeping the computer open. Then flip it over and tap it very gently on its back to remove the items that have become embedded in it. You can then use a compressed air box available in the shop. Be sure to read the instructions on the box first. Finally, turn it over and gently tap it again to remove the rest.
5- Keep the power cord in good condition
This component is often neglected and is often given less attention. But the wire and connectors can be easily damaged. Therefore, avoid using them in an improper way such as a bad bend and make sure that they do not bend often.
In addition, use a surge protector whenever possible. You never know, you may get an unpleasant surprise. A power surge can really fry your laptop.
6- Clean the screen if necessary
A soft cloth is recommended, ideally made of microfibre (you can also easily find them in stores). For cleaning, you can gently use circular movements from the centre outwards for more efficiency.
If your screen still does not come out, make your own cleaning solution by mixing distilled water and white vinegar in equal proportions in a spray bottle. To do this, turn off the pc, spray this mixture lightly on the microfiber cloth, not directly on the screen. Then proceed as described above for cleaning.
7- Pay attention to problems that arise
If your laptop behaves strangely in an unusual way such as slow, screen making faces, etc., please contact your technical support or have it repaired. So don’t ignore small problems that can get worse, especially at the wrong time.
8- Protect it
It’s not uncommon to leave your computer somewhere while you’re busy with other activities. This is to be avoided all the more if there is a child on the premises who can play with it by breaking it or manipulating it. The same is true if there are animals around that can crush it or cause it to fall, among other things.
9- Plug the accessories in their place
It can often happen to confuse the port of a USB stick with that of an Ethernet cable. These actions, when repeated, can cause these ports to fail, making them impossible to use.
10- Do not place it directly on a flat surface.
It is very important to keep the computer in a space where air can circulate easily. Make sure that you do not obstruct the ventilation grilles and maintain a space where air can circulate under the computer.
When your computer is placed on a flat surface, this can block airflow and cause the temperature to rise very quickly and components could fail. This eliminates the habit of placing it on the bed, for example, without any support.
These tips are precautions for taking care of your computer hardware. They are very important to follow in order to avoid any premature problems that prevent you from taking full advantage of your computer’s performance. You can also read “how to improve the performance of your PC in terms of software”. Because software is just as important as external maintenance for a healthy PC.