General Computer Maintenance Tips Carry your laptop in

General Computer Maintenance Tips Carry your laptop in
General Computer Maintenance Tips
Carry your laptop in a protective case, or bag, free from any
potentially harmful substances.
- Computers should be carried in a bag with lots of padding and protection.
- Alternatively, you can purchase a laptop sleeve to protect your computer.
Models with padding inside and a hard shell are preferred.
- Don’t place food, drink, or other potentially harmful substances nearby, or in a
bag with your computer, as liquid spills are all too common and often come with
a heavy price tag.
- Be sure to include accident protection in your warrenty, if you are concerned
about accidental damage or spills.
Always power down your laptop before moving it and at night.
- The hard drive, where your data is stored is a series of spinning discs with a
read/write head. Thus, transporting or moving your laptop while powered on
can cause corruption to the hard drive.
- To avoid long boot-up times, you can also put your computer into Sleep, Standby, or Hibernate modes.
- Shutting down your computer (or putting it in Sleep or Hibernate) will also
extend the life of the hardware.
Take care with the screen and keyboard
- The laptop’s compact design means sensitive components must be stored
directly below the keyboard.
- Avoid slamming or punching down on the keys with excessive force, as
this may damage the components underneath.
- The LCD screen is also sensitive, so avoid poking the screen too hard, or
placing heavy objects on top of your laptop.
Back up your data regularly and back up important files to
multiple locations
- Hard drive failure is difficult to predict and may even occur within the first few
months of computer ownership.
General Computer Mainenance Tips
Keep the laptop on a flat surface when in use and avoid blocking
air vents.
- Blocking air vents will cause the computer to operate above the normal
operating temperature range, which over time will decrease the lifespan of
your computer.
- Avoid using your computer in a particularly dusty area.
- Consider purchasing a compressed “air” canister and blowing out the dust
from the vents.
Install Antivirus Software, keep it updated, and perform scans
regularly
- Be sure to install Antivirus Software. Your computer may come with a free trial
of another antivirus, but we strongly encourage uninstalling the trial version.
provided and installing something more permanent like the one provided by
Auburn University (http://auburn.edu/software).
- Keep the software updated by setting your Antivirus to check daily for
updates.
Set strong passwords
- Be sure to set a strong password for your username, using numbers, letters,
and capitals.
Update Windows/OS X regularly
- To have the best patches and security updates available, be sure to regularly
update your computer.
Keep track of your software CD/DVDs and license keys
- Never discard the Windows, Office, or other discs that come with your com-
puter, these can invaluable in getting your computer running fast.
- Keep all official documents, receipts, and license keys for your software, which
are needed if the software must be reinstalled.
General Computer Mainenance Tips
Delete unwanted programs and files, and avoid installing lots of
‘extras’
- In Windows, there are many flashy programs that run in the background of
your computer (usually showing up as little icons in the task bar e.g. WeatherBug). Use ‘Add/Remove programs’ in Control Panel to move these programs or
any others not in use.
- In OS X, be sure to remove unwanted programs from your ‘Applications’ folder.
- Empty your Recycling Bin or Trash.
- Delete old files from your desktop or documents folders.
- Remove any excess user accounts that may be taking up space.
Avoid P2P software
- P2P programs often come bundled with adware or spyware.
- P2P downloads can sometime be bogus files and may contain viruses.
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