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Fix your computer without leaving your house part 2: maintenance and prevention

Seth Reinhardt - Friday, September 24, 2010

Earlier in the week James talked about that hopeless feeling you get when you turn your computer on and are faced with a fault of some kind. Even the most mundane faults and instabilities can be frustrating and time consuming to deal with, which is why we offer troubleshooting and hardware repair services. Let’s talk about how to avoid these situations in the first place through general good practices.

Even the most mundane faults and instabilities can be frustrating and time consuming to deal with, so what can you do to avoid them?

First of all – heat. Computers generate a lot of it and have to work hard to dissipate it. Keeping your desktop or laptop out of the sun, in a cool location and with plenty of breathing space will help it stay cool. Be particularly careful using laptops in bed or on a surface that will cover up their ventilation.

Dust is a big contributor to heat in a computer. If your desktop lives on the floor, or is just generally outside of a controlled environment, it is going to end up full of dust sooner or later. Dust does two things that computers don’t like. It bears particles that can conduct electricity and it impedes a computer's ability to cool down – it insulates. Computers are always happiest when they are cool (and not short circuiting), so keeping them free of dust will extend their lifetime and reduce the likelihood of a hardware fault. You can reduce the amount of dust that gets in a computer by keeping it in a clean environment, off the floor. If your computer has been around for a long time, it could be time to seek preventative maintenance.

Clean power is important – buy a surge protector and use it for your computer and monitor. Daisy chaining power boards together may work fine for most of the time, but may also result in cooked components. High quality surge protectors protect your gear and some brands even offer insurance if something does go wrong. Also consider shutting down and unplugging your gear if you are away for a few days: it not only protects your gear while you aren’t around, but it’s environmentally responsible as well.

On a related note: the hibernate modes in Windows Vista and Windows 7 work very well. They reduce your power consumption and running costs, are kind to the environment and are snappy to get back to desktop when you need to use your computer.

If your computer is showing signs of instability, such as being slow and unresponsive, or generally instable, give us a call on 1300 732 850 and take advantage of our troubleshooting service. If there is an issue with your computer, we have years of professional servicing experience to draw on in finding it and resolving it quickly and efficiently before something goes properly wrong. We also offer IT home tuition, in which we demonstrate good habits that will keep your computers running their best.

 

 

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