Did you know that 93% of adults in the U.S. use a computer everyday? Sooner or later, almost every computer user is going to run into a problem. Whether it’s a blank screen, a strange noise, or a virus, it’s usually safe to say that it’s happened to someone else before, and it’s possible to access information on how to fix it. Need some basic computer tips to help you through? Here are three basic facts.
1. Computer Repair Tips
Without knowing what kind of computer you have, it’s impossible to get too specific with computer repair tips. However, for common issues, there are certain steps you can follow. Spill a drink on your laptop or computer? Turn it off immediately and zip it up with uncooked rice. Rice will absorb moisture. Don’t be tempted to try and see if it will work– water will connect pathways to each other and cause even more damage. If you find out a repair is required, such as a harddrive replacement, first look for local options rather than going through the company. You can often save $100 or more this way.
2. Laptop Buying Tips
Many people have no idea what to spend on a good laptop. These days, you can easily find a slim, mainstream laptop with good processing in the $800 range. Rarely will you need to crack $1,000, unless it’s for a new Mac. You can also get great deals on new laptops by buying them “refurbished”; often the only issue was a dented box or a scratch on a panel. Dan Ackerman, the CNET technology reviewer, advises new buyers to go with design over specs, since most laptops are powerful enough to handle any task.
3. Laptop Care Tips
Almost all of us have a friend who ruined their laptop by spilling a cup of coffee on it, or another friend whose laptop works, but the battery has a running life of barely 20 minutes. Taking care of your laptop properly is key to making sure it lasts as long as possible. To begin with, never keep drinks around your computer; don’t set it down near where drinks will be. It sounds simple, yet the longer you have it, the more chances you will take. Not only can it damage your machine but it will negate any warranty coverage you might’ve had. Most batteries today use lithium, and it’s important to keep them from overheating if you want a longer life. Keep laptops on an even surface that allows for optimum cooling, and if you’re plugged in and using the AC, shut down the computer and work without the battery for a while.
Do you have any laptop care or computer repair tips?