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Ten things not to do with your laptop

Ten things not to do with your laptop
Ten things not to do with your laptop
Authors: Anton Muchychka
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So, 10 "no"s for laptops:

  1. Do not open (or close) the lid from corners, instead try to do it from the center of the matrix. When you misalign 14-15 inch matrix, bending forces are quite considerable. Ten, hundred, three hundred openings - and hinges loose, then the lid starts to break and then the hinges crack. Decent "swift movement" and the stress shifts to the body of the matrix.
  2. Do not turn the laptop on immediately after it left the sizzling cold and was placed in a warm room. As with any electronic devices, laptops need to adjust to the new temperature (temperature equalization of the outside and inside of the laptop). Otherwise, the interior will experience "dew point" - cold laptop will condense moisture contained in the surrounding "hot" air. Have you noticed those cloudy glasses after the cold? The same happens inside a laptop. It's water, and the water, as you probably know, is a conductor, and a short circuit in a complex electronic device results in a system failure (so it's better to wait 30-50 minutes before switching it on).
  3. Do not connect to the laptop to non-factory charger. Even if the voltage and current match the original charger and it is possible to plug it in, there is a high probability that the circuitry board for battery control will fail. Or worse, if they don't match, anything can burn, including the motherboard.
  4. Do not let your laptop work after spillage. Usually the situation is like this: droplets of rain, a cup of coffee, splashes of sea water while on the beach, as a rule people wipe the keyboard and the problem is fixed. Oh, forgot to mention, laptops have a motherboard under the keyboard, gradually the moisture corrodes wires (corrosion) and in two-three months or so your laptop had passed away to another level of transcendence. Therefore, my advice: after the spillage, as soon as possible, save your beloved friend from the close encounter with another realm, and turn it off, remove the battery and take it to service center. There, it will be carefully unscrewed, cleaned, removed of any would start rust and it will serve you for a long time. You can read more about this in the article Water, crystal-clear water.
  5. Do not plug in if the power supply is connected to the outlet - this is one of the most common reasons why laptops crash. And people have been doing this for years - probably because their devices keep working, and they think they go by the book! Yes, you can do this 100 or 1000 times, and nothing will happen (Whew, not this time!), but when it comes to the number 1001, either power supply or the motherboard will BURN. Therefore the sequence goes like this: first connect the charger to the laptop - only then connect the charger to the power network.
  6. Do not leave your laptop connected to any network ( I mean any network, including the Internet) during a thunderstorm. Too often devices in this condition were brought to me. Usually, the victims are the network card or modem, they are located on the motherboard and look like modules. Motherboard repairs are too expensive, so in the future, if you didn't follow my advice, you'll have to do with an external network card (or modem), connected to PCMCIA or USB.
  7. Do not work on power supply with not fully discharged battery, better discharge it completely. No big of a deal, of course, nothing will happen, but if you regularly repeat this operation, the battery can get quickly damaged. It might seem that the lithium-ion batteries have no "memory effect" (according to the press), but from my experience - not quite so true. Hysteresis loop has not been canceled - it's better to be cautious.
  8. Do not use sleep mode (in Window it's called Hibernation). Yes, a certified product, and it's an official Microsoft development, but in practice, very often I have to deal with the unpleasant consequences of the sleep mode (laptop goes to a deep “sleep” and then it turns out that the sleep was too deep and the only thing that wakes up is that black screen). Whether it is in some weird stage of alpha-version, or the conflicts are associated only with laptops, but the bottom line is - it doesn't matter, just don't use it - your headaches will be less severe.
  9. Do not leave out preventive maintenance for your laptop. The money is usually small, but this may save you from any severe consequences. Example: you take it to the service, there they wipe the fan, vent the system - thus preventing CPU overheating and system failure.
  10. Finally, in case of an emergency do not try to fix the laptop - bring it to professionals. Too many times I had to deal with cases of lame internal laptop interference, which were much more difficult to fix (and surprise, surprise - it was also more expensive). If the laptop has a warranty - even more so, you run the risk of losing your warranty. The fact is, that even seemingly minor problem, can cause a chain reaction and require a very time to deal with.

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Discussion (total 2 comments)

August 07, 2013 at 10:51 pm
What about if you leave your laptop on your bed for long periods of time, or place it on your lap while working? Will any damage occur?
Anton Muchychka
Anton Muchychka
August 20, 2013 at 09:35 am
Everything depends on the placement of the vents (if they are at the bottom of the notebook and air flow is blocked, the cooling system will work at full capacity and the laptop will overhea, which in turn reduces the life time of your device).

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