Many times people complain that there notebook computer dose not run like it used to. It really depends on how and where you use it as to whether or not it continues to function as it should. Below are 5 tips to keep your notebook computer running well.
1. Keep it on a flat and level surface so the air can flow through the computer to keep it cool. If the air cannot pass through the computer then the mother board will get hot and cause the system to over heat and cause damage. In some cases the computer will shut off and not reboot until it cools off. If this happens there may be some permanent damage but the computer could still run but you may notice it runs hot more often and slower than normal.
2. Depending on your notebook computers configuration you may notice a jerky motion while viewing items on your screen. Like viewing videos, playing music, or just opening up a spread sheet. This may be a problem with the capability of the video card. If you have a screen saver set and a desktop back ground picture on you will need to change them. Set both of them to “None”. Now shutdown the computer, wait 15 seconds and turn it back on. You should see an improvement now.
3. While using your computer do you run out of drive space? Check to see how many videos and pictures you have saved on you computer. These types of files take up a lot of room on your hard drive. Move them to a thumb drive or burn them to a CD and delete them from your computer. This also goes for any large data file you may have. Then check your recycle bin. The files you delete are all in the recycle bin and this takes up drive space. Go to the recycle bin and empty it. This permanently deletes these files. Now you should not have a problem with running out of drive space.
4. Some programs are memory hogs. They will take up all the memory that you computer has and then the system uses your hard drive for virtual memory. This means that the system will take some of your hard drive space and use it like it uses your memory chips. This works for most application and normally does not effect the operation of your computer. But if you notice after launching a program and then using it for a short time the computer starts to get slow then you need to do a memory up grade. You may need to consult with a computer expert for this.
5. Some notebook computers have rather small hard drives installed in them from the factory. These drives are just enough to hold the operating system and some data files. But if you are running more on your notebook then this and you find yourself always running out of drive space then you simply need to upgrade your drive. This is not an easy one to do in a notebook. You will need to consult with a computer expert on this one. Be sure to let them know you what to keep all your data files on the computer. This lets them know they need to back the drive up before the upgrade. A drive upgrade for a notebook computer usually means the existing drive is removed and a new one is installed. I always ask for the old drive to be returned to me. The reason for this is that if your new drive goes bad you can put the old one back in.
Tim Kaelin is a computer user and does most of his own IT work. He likes the idea of saving money by doing the repairs on his own computers. More information can be found on how you can benefit from repairing your own computer at: http://becomeacomputerexpert.com/articles/?p=5