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3 Laptop Maintenance Tips

Looking after your laptop properly will greatly increase its lifespan as well as help to keep its performance and efficiency up-to-scratch. Because laptop computers tend to be moved around far more than desktop computers, they are subject to a great deal of wear-and-tear. A buildup of dust inside the machine can also occur very quickly. This can eventually cause problems with performance and even cause damage to the components. In addition to laptop-specific maintenance, you should also run the standard maintenance procedures as on any computer. This includes regularly scanning the hard disks for errors, defragmenting data and checking for viruses.

1 - Clean the Laptop
Keeping a laptop monitor clean not only makes it look better, but it will also help to prolong its lifespan. It is very important that this is done correctly, however. Using certain household cleaning products can permanently stain and damage the monitor. You should always use specialized cleaning tissues for computer screens. These typically come in dispensing packets or bottles and are covered in a special cleaning solution that is safe for your monitor. Cleaning the other parts of your laptop such as the keys and the case is best done using a specialized foam cleaner.

2 - Clean the Keyboard
Cleaning the surface of the keyboard is one thing, but dirt and debris also builds up beneath the keys over time. This can cause problems with some of the keys if left unattended. When cleaning beneath the keyboard, things get a little more complicated. For some laptops, you will need to remove the top section of the case and pry the keyboard out. Every laptop is built differently, so there are few general instructions. If one key in particular is sticking down when pressed, you can simply pop it out with a knife. If you do this carefully, you should not cause any damage. This way, you can clean the area beneath that key and remove any grease which may have been causing the key to stick down. To put the key back, simply press it back in place.

3 - Clean Inside the Laptop
The time will probably come when your laptop is starting to run extremely hot and its performance becomes intermittent due to clock speeds being automatically put back when the computer reaches a certain temperature. Excessively high temperatures in a laptop are often caused by a buildup of dust inside the machine. In some cases, this dust can entirely block the vents and the heat generated will have nowhere to go. To remedy this, you may want to try spraying some cans of compressed air into the vents to dislodge the dust. This will probably be ineffective, however.
Normally, the only way to clean the interior of a laptop computer effectively is to actually access the inside of it. Most laptops have a cover on the bottom which can be unscrewed and then pried up. In most machines, this will give you access to the fans and the vents. Using a can of compressed air, you can easily give the interior of the computer a thorough clean before returning the case cover.


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