Below are a list of tips that will help increase
the life of your laptop and hopefully save you some money too!
- Make sure that you always use a surge protector. An electrical surge may not
affect your laptop the fist time it happens, but over time it will destroy it!
- Don't get into a habit of
leaving your laptop on the floor. Things that are left on the floor are free
game for pets, small children and big feet.
- Never leave your laptop in a cold environment. Once it gets cold, then you
bring it into a warm environment, it will build up condensation on the circuitry
and cause the laptop to short itself out.
- Never keep your paperwork between the screen and keypad. Paper is very sharp
and will eventually cut into your screen.
- Avoid placing your laptop
on soft surfaces. This will block the air vents and
overheat your system.
- Be sure to purchase a good quality carrying case for your laptop's
protection. Dropping and bumping a laptop is common. If it is in a quality case,
it usually is not a problem. Also, make sure that the case has plenty of
additional storage compartments to avoid scratching your laptop.
- Never drink liquids when working with your laptop. If you must, then make
sure that the cup or glass has a wide bottom that will not be easily overturned.
Be very careful, spilling liquid into your laptop will mean almost certain
replacement. That's a costly cup of coffee!
- Never work on your own
laptop unless you are a qualified professional. Laptops are much different
from desktop computers. They have very small parts that are stuffed into tight areas.
Laptop travel tips
- Make sure
that you are familiar with your laptop before you depart on a trip.
Ensure that you are able to connect to the Internet and that you
have all of the necessary software to conduct your work.
- Carry your
laptop in a bag designed for laptop computers. If you accidentally
drop your laptop while it is in a good carrying case, you have a
good chance that it will not be damaged.
- In hotel rooms,
many of the devices (alarm clock, hair drier,
television etc.) contain magnets that can damage your data. Do not
store floppies or zip disks near these devices for extended periods.
- Use extra
caution when drinking anything near your laptop computer. Avoid
using small base glasses that can easily tip over. Spilling liquid
into a laptop can ruin it.
- Never check
your laptop computer as luggage on an airline, bus, etc. Always
carry-on your laptop computer to avoid damage and theft. Keep your
laptop in hand at all times when in public areas. Be extra careful
in busy locations like airports, where many laptop computers are
- The x-ray machines
at the airports will not damage your computer or your media.
However, many people have had their computers stolen as it comes out
of the conveyer belt. Be sure not to leave your computer unattended.
- On long
trans-Pacific flights, ask to be seated at an emergency exit. Not only do you
get more leg room, there is, believe it or not, a hot 110 Volt/AC
outlet right in front of each exit door in the outside wall of
Boeing 747s where you can plug in your notebook's A/C adapter and
work/play the hours away without worrying about batteries.
- If you use a
PC card modem, (1) always carry one as a spare even if your laptop
has an internal modem, and (2) either use one with an X-jack
connector or bring an extra dongle. I have heard from people who
have unplugged their modems and left the dongle connected to the
phone cord, either at home or in a hotel. It's near-impossible to
find a dongle in a computer shop while you are on the road.
- Take your
purchase receipt along if you're traveling to a foreign country.
This way you can avoid paying import tax if a customs agent
- Make sure you
know the power type and the plug type requirements for the country
you are traveling to. You will need to get the necessary adapters if
you are going to be using your computer while plugged into a power
source (other than battery power).
- Charge all your
batteries before you leave on a trip. You never know when they'll
get the next charge.
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