Tech Tips: How to extend the life of your Computer?

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I was scanning through my email newsletter and one caught my attention. It is basically an article on “how to extend the life of your computer” just like what the title suggested.

The life span of a particular computer varies from model and make. But it can be anywhere between 2 ~ 5 years depending on the usage. But if your computing needs are surfing the Web, organizing digital photos, reading email and simple word processing, then that old yet reliable computer is more than enough for you. Like what they say “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. I don’t see any reason why change a computer that is in good running condition.

Let me give you the juice of the topic.

1. Keep your computer cool. It is always important not to let your computer over heats and keep your computer out of direct-sunlight, since this can burn and cause problems to your computer.

2. Keep it clean. Dust and other dirt can clog up your computer and trap heat inside the computer. Dust can also cause the CPU fans to work harder causing heat in the resulting frictions, giving more problems to your comptuer than keeping it cool. Also make sure that your computer is free from any obscruction like books, folder, bags covering the air vents of your computer to keep the air flowing for a cooler computer.

3. Unplugged. Since laptops and netbooks are becoming more common nowadays, it is best that you take care of it’s battery. Some battery requires to be removed when you plugged the laptop directly to ythe power-outlet, this is to avoid the battery from over charging or from literally bulking up and speed up the wear & tear process of Lithium-ion battery. Another thing Lithium-ion can have as many as 300 ~ 500 charge but eventually will lose it charge capacity. So rather than getting a brand new laptop/computer, a suitable battery replacement will do just fine.

4. Restart/Reboot for a healthy computer. Aside from the routinary anti-virus/malware scans, defrag and scandisk. Restarting or rebooting your computer your computer is one of the best thing that you can do to keep your computer healthy. This will free up system resource that will slows down your computer. If you like take is a notch higher, you may want to shut down your computer when not in use than keep it running idle and consuming all that electricity, shutting the computer will even save you some $$/Peso (depending on your location) on your electric bill.

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Last modified: March 16, 2010

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