Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Common Mistakes People Make While Using Their Laptops

When you are placing the laptop on the bed, the first thing you are doing is blocking the vents and increasing the temperature inside the laptop.  In addition, the soft cotton materials of your pillow and bed are sucked in to the laptop through this vents and it will be dispersed on the motherboard.  When mixed together with the humidity in the atmosphere it acts as a short circuit path there by damaging the electronic components inside the laptop. So you can see that the trouble is two fold. It causes temperature issues as well as short circuits in future.
So what is the work around for the solution? I will advice you to stop using laptops on your bed. In addition to damage to the laptop, it is also causing problems to your health as you are maintaining odd positions when you are using laptops on your bed. So it will be much better to use laptops just like a desktop and use a proper workstation for your laptops. But if don’t care about your health and just care about the health of your laptop only, try constructing a mini laptop ‘workbench’ where you can place the laptop for proper ventilation. Let me call it “Laptop Bed Stand” with adjustable height. 


To me one major reasons someone will lift a laptop by holding the laptop by screen and not by the base is pure IGNORANCE, teach him the basics of the internal parts of the laptop and he will never do it again . Naturally the laptop base will be heavier than the laptop screen area. By lifting the laptop by screen you have exerting heavy pressure to the hinges of the laptop and risking the chance of breaking the TFT-LCD and more importantly the CCFL lamp on the top portion of the LCD. If you look at your laptop screen very well even by touching it gently, you will find out that the LCD screen is so delicate that even an improper pressure on the top portion of the screen can damage it, let alone the case of lifting the laptop by that portion.


Normally you will turn off your desktops when there are thunder storms and will unplug the power and internet outlets to the desktop. But most people thinks that it is safe to use laptops during thunder storms as the laptops are working from battery and most of the time the internet connection will be wireless. But just think about this, “if that heavy electric discharge can travel all the way from the clouds to the ground through a di-electric medium called AIR, what will it do good if you  disconnected the power cord or not. If the lighting strikes in your vicinity, it will develop a highly charged atmosphere which will fry the chips inside your laptop. The fact is that even if your laptop is turned off there is a chance of damage to the components if you kept it in an open area. So if possible or at your disposal, keeping the laptop inside a metal container will be more effective according to the gauss theory of electricity.

When taking your laptop from one room to the other mostly in cold period, don’t turn it on immediately. Instead, let it warm to room temperature first. This will avoid any potential damage to the disk drive from condensation forming inside the machine.

Tugging your power cord out from the power socket rather than putting your hand directly on the plug in the socket and pulling can break off the plug or damage the power socket. If you have the power point near your feet, avoid constantly bumping into the plug or you could loosen it and eventually break it.

One of the most common mistakes people make with their laptop is carelessly leaving liquid such as water bottles, coffee, tea and other forms of liquid open and sitting near the laptop. It wouldn't take much to knock it over and spill all over your computer. When this happens, there is no going back. Within seconds of the water making contact with your laptop, it can short circuit many internal components of your laptop. When that happens, it won't take long until it burns out or shuts out and could possibly corrupt data saved on your laptop or may even fry it on the spot. Another fatal mistake people make with their laptops is eating over them. While you might have the drink else where, food can get stuck in your keyboard. You can use dust canisters to occasionally blow crumbs off your laptop but if something gets stuck in between the keys one night - you might have to remove the whole keyboard/motherboard to repair it and that may cost you money if you don’t have the knowledge to fix it.

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