It is important to take care of your laptop to keep it in good shape; prevention is always better than cure. There are a number of easy things that you can do to keep your laptop in great shape; following these easy steps will help to ensure that it lasts longer and will need less maintenance. As an added bonus, many of the steps will also maintain your laptop's speed.
- Develop a preventive maintenance schedule to prevent problems rather than fixing them after they happen.
- Keep a record of your laptop computer details, such as serial number, make and model so that you can report theft or loss promptly.
- If you are working, you may have an opportunity to choose your laptop computer based on your requirements - for example, a sturdy model for rough use or a light one for frequent travel.
- You can make an easy screen protector from a thin piece of floppy foam cut the size of your screen. Place this between the base and top of your laptop each time that you turn off the laptop and close it. Do not leave it in there if the laptop is only sleeping or is not turned off. If the laptop overheats, this foam may cause the laptop to combust.
- You can make your own laptop case simply using items such as 2 pieces of cardboard joined together with strong tape and insert bubble wrap, or even a pillow slip, in between the cardboard. Make sure you get the measurements accurate! Or recycle an old bag - pad it well and size it down to fit your laptop securely.
- Look into laptop insurance. Look for sites on the internet but beware the "Zero excess" or "no excess" claim of a few.
- Put a label with your name, e-mail, cell phone number or other contact details on the laptop, the powercord and any other removable parts.
- Keep your laptop in a open area that has air circulation, when in use.
- Keep your laptop away from little kids ages 4 and under.
- Press the buttons softly so that they do not get peeled off.
- Avoid putting your laptop on a carpet. The air vents on the back of the laptop help air to travel in and out. Anything which blocks the air vents is preventing hot air from escaping and only invites it back in again, which can result in overheating; leading to excessive lag and potential damage.
- Be aware of the "no excess" or "zero excess" of some laptop insurance companies; while it appears to be free of excess, you may have to pay again for the year in full to restart your insurance after a claim.
- Pets (like parrots that fixate on clicking, shiny objects) and children should be supervised when within a close proximity of your laptop.
- If you are not going to use the laptop or the computer for the next two hours, better shut it down. The energy it takes to start it up is far lesser than the energy it will take if the laptop is running continuously.