102689395 5a42658d75 m How to Avoid Trips to the Computer Repair Shop
by Laughing Squid

Article by Computer Republic

Computer repair is pricey and time consuming. It’s your responsibility as the owner of a desktop computer or laptop to ensure its healthy condition, well before a computer repair technician’s costly services. Often problems occur due to carelessness and lack of insight about a computer’s needs.

Once owners learn what not to do, and how some of their bad habits can lead to equipment failure, then computer repair trips are likely to boil down to a minimum. It’s also important to know the steps that should be taken towards a smoother running computer. Here are a few key points to be mindful of, which will guarantee time and money is well spent.

1). The laptop power cord, or any cord for that matter should be treated with care. Often owners will ride over them with their chairs or accidentally step on them. Keep cords in a safe area, away from commotion. As well, laptop cords are often folded improperly and then hurriedly stuffed into a bag. Make sure you properly fold your cord and secure it nicely to avoid damage. The cord is not as sturdy as you might think. When taking the cord out of the power socket, instead of pulling on the cord from the middle, place your hand directly over the plug and then pull. By tugging at the middle you run the risk of loosening or permanently damaging the plug.

2). Desktop computer and laptop owners should buy or download antivirus software. A virus could seriously damage or slowdown your computer and even lead to data loss. Even if you are downloading content that seems relatively safe and which you are knowledgeable about, there is still the chance that a virus could appear. To avoid frustrating trips to the computer repair shop, take a few minutes out of your day to install antivirus software.

3). Lack of cleanliness can lead to serious computer problems in the future. Eating over your keyboard can cause crumbs to lodge themselves in between the keys, which can lead to their damage. This issue could also draw in the presence of small bugs. Also, make sure that your hands are clean to avoid leaving stains and other unwanted marks. Unclean hands can cause the exterior coating of your computer to fade.

4). Avoid placing your laptop on soft surfaces such as beds and tablecloths. The fans underneath your laptop are likely to absorb the dust and dirt lodged within soft materials. This can cause the fans to clog up and eventually overheat your laptop. Working on flat surfaces such as desks is the best choice.

5). Protect what you pay for. Look into getting a bag or case for your laptop. Many breaks happen because the owner accidentally drops their laptop with nothing to break the fall. A case will discourage unwanted scratches and even serious damage to your computer.

6). Temperature plays a significant part in the health of your computer. It’s important not to leave your laptop in the car, especially for long periods of time. Car interiors absorb heat from the outdoors that can affect your laptop in a negative way. During the winter, when re-entering from the outdoors, allow your laptop to warm up to room temperature. This will deter damage to the disk drive from condensation.

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