For almost everything imaginable a plethora of tips and how-tos are already available across internet. You too can add steps to your notebook maintenance regime, because certain foundational hacks are proven through the test of time. But if you are hesitant to do it on your own, don’t be afraid to seek professional technical help for your notebook. There are plenty of services to ensure that your portable computer not only lives longer but also always performs at its best.
Online and local stores across all sectors will tell you that the life of any product strongly depends on the manner of use, as well as the amount of care that the user is exerting when using it. Ordinary wear and tear is unavoidable, but with responsible use, you can maximise the use of your PC without necessarily causing part deterioration. Below are some insights your computer device will thank you for.
The shelf life of most laptops sold in Australia are up to 4 to 5 years, once a laptop reaches this timeframe (especially if maintenance and service has never been performed), it’s then common for the device to experience some sort of problems or even become nonoperational.
Common laptop and notebook issues include but are not limited to: battery not holding charge, boot process taking too long, unresponsive keyboard (or key out of its socket), dreadful Blue Screen of Death, slow or unresponsive software programs, device taking a longer than usual time to start or shutdown, unfamiliar noises coming from within the device (especially if using HDD instead of SSD) or internal fans not operating correctly (especially when the CPU needs to cool down during Queensland’s subtropical summer months).
Good to Knows > Difference Between a Laptop vs Notebook
Although both terms today are used interchangeably, the difference between a notebook and a laptop is size and functionality. Notebooks are smaller than laptops, as a result, laptops are packed with more internal parts giving users more power and performance.
How to Maintain Computer Devices
Unfortunately, most of us Aussies never take the time to service our computer devices until its too late. Meaning, prevention is the key. The fact is, with regular maintenance, cleaning, and ensuring proper use of your device will drastically improve its lifespan. Not to mention the chances of you needing to call upon professional laptop and notebook repairing services in Brisbane Australia will be less when you adhere to best practices of usage. So here’s what you can easily do to your device:
Notebook or laptop, they are both the same, really. So, as the name suggests, we meant to place these devices on top of our lap, or carry it around as they are lightweight to do so. However, today in 2022 some of us simply place our notebook devices on top of desks and hardly move the device around.
Basically, what you can do is to make sure there is enough space underneath the device for air to circulate (instead of heat being trapped overheating the device) and also ensure fans are working correctly.
Second thing you can do to better maintain your notebook device is to ensure that files and programs that you hardly ever use (or installed previously but forgot to uninstall) are deleted completely. For example: you’ve downloaded a program or a game, used it few times last year but now you forgot all about it. Over time, Windows operating system gets over cluttered and bloated like a puffer fish. Ensuring at least once a month emptying Recycle Bin, removing unused programs, cleaning Windows registry, disabling unused startup programs will do wonders in the long run.
Just as fresh air is good for our lungs, dusting will ensure fresh air circulates much more efficiently. For desktop computers, you should at least once a month dust the internal components (fans, inside the computer case, motherboard, CPU FAN, around Power Unit). The main reason for this is quite simple, because dust accumulates interfering with electrical currents and burdening operations of all internal components.
Detach all cables (including power cable) before you open the case.
Warning: image shown as illustrative purposes only. Power must be turned off completely before you work on desktop computer internals.
Although you can carefully use a vacuum cleaner, soft duster is a great tool to loosen the dust. Whenever you work with desktop or notebook computers, always wear anti-static glove, or ground yourself first to avoid static discharge which can damage the components.
For notebook computers: this we suggest you do not attempt yourself unless you are highly experienced. Its tedious work and requires you to disassemble (take apart) the notebook or laptop to get around the components. However, should you attempt it yourself, then at least make sure to detach the power cable off the wall socket and remove the battery.
You may reason as to say "well, The Electronic Fix in Brisbane offers computer maintenance services hence suggests to bring in your device for us to give it a thorough clean". Surely, this is smarter option if you live in Brisbane Australia. But think of it like so: although I am a fully qualified and highly experienced computer technician myself, I would rather have my boss "John (owner of The Electronic Fix) " take care of my Dell Alienware Area-51 laptop (I recently sold this great PC to visit my elderly father due to his health issues) because John is more experienced. Furthermore: if I opened the back casing of my previous Dell laptop at home, I would automatically void the manufacturer warranty.
As you know, some high-end notebooks, Apple MacBook Pro, Lenovo, or gaming laptops can cost well over $4000+ in Australia, and thus, warranty becomes very important to have. Nonetheless, even if you were to dust off around the keyboard and external ports regularly without opening the notebook case, that will be better than not dusting at all. At the end of the day, 2 things "Heat and Dust" are extremely bad for delicate devices such as notebooks, computers, laptops and game consoles, and it must be taking care of to avoid problems.
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