Notebook tips

General notebook maintenance

General laptop maintenance:

  • Avoid putting your laptop in spaces with high humidity levels, extremely high or low temperatures, vibrations, direct sunlight, or a lot of dust.
  • Don't leave heavy objects on a Notebook as this may damage the screen.
  • For good functioning of the touchpad you should occasionally remove dust and greasiness of the surface by using a piece of adhesive tape.
  • Wipe the Notebook occasionally with a soft, moist towel. Just use a little bit of water. Never use soap or liquid cleaning agents on the screen.
  • Whenever external connectors are not used, you need to apply the caps that go with these to prevent possible damage by dust or static electricity.
  • To clean DVD Rom players a special cleaning set is available in the shop. It's a DVD you can put in your DVD Rom player.
  • Never wrap the electricity lead around your adapter when you put it away.

How to use your battery

  • Never touch the electrical connections of the battery. If you touch these grease may get on it which interferes with the conduction or causes corrosion, or you risk electric shock.
  • Consider buying a second battery. A battery has a limited operating life and it happens that the type of battery you need is no longer on the market.
  • Never use another type of battery that seems to fit. This is very bad for your battery as well as your laptop.
  • A battery discharges by itself (the higher the temperature, the sooner.) So there's no point in fully charging a battery and then putting it away for
    “later”.
  • If you think you won't be using a battery for a while, then charge it up to 98% and recharge it completely after about 3 months (in a cool 25-27 degrees and dry place.
  • Never leave your battery in the heat or in the cold. Extreme temperatures can seriously shorten the battery's operating life, or even make it useless.
  • Never charge a battery that feels hot. First wait for it to cool down.
  • It's best to return old defective batteries to the manufacturer. Here they can be recycled. (sometimes you even get a discount when buying a new one.)

How to save energy

  • To use your laptop longer without an electric point near, you can use energy control (power management).
  • You can change the settings of this in BIOS. Your processor for instance will work at a lower pace (more economically) if you don't overload it. When you haven't used your hard drive for a couple of minutes you can switch it off.
  • Usually settings such as Maximum safe, Maximum performance, etc. have been configured already.
  • Don't randomly start changing settings, but think over the possible consequences first.
  • The most energy consuming parts of a laptop are the screen, the CPU, the CD-ROM player and the hard drive. (Usually in this order.)

To lengthen battery operating time you can do one or several of the following things:

  • Adjust your screen clarity to the lowest possible setting. In that way you do not only save energy, but it will also lengthen the operating life of the "light bulbs".
  • Switch off your screen when you're away from it for a moment. Or set up a screen saver. (Do try to use an economical screen saver. Windows-logos that move about are not economical: You don't save any energy, you're actually using extra power of your processor. )
  • Adjust the volume at a lower level or use head phones.
  • Remove any CD's from the CD-ROM player when you're not using them. In some laptops the CD continuously keeps spinning around which uses up a lot of energy.
  • Remove PC cards (PCMCIA, Cardbus) when not using them. When you buy these cards check whether they can be adjusted to an energy efficient mode.
  • When you are not using your computer use the sleep mode or the hibernation (Suspend To Disk) mode, or just switch off your computer.
  • Switch off the BIOS external connectors (Serial, parallel, infrared, USB, ...) when not using them.