Laptop Care

Tips for avoiding damage to your laptop:

  • Shut down, hibernate or put the computer in standby before moving it. Not doing so may damage the hard drive and result in loss of data.  The laptop can also run hot when stuffed into a bookbag and not powered down.
  • Transport laptops in individual, well-cushioned bags. Do not put books on top of the computer.
  • Do not pick up a laptop by the display (LCD). This can cause hinges to weaken and could crack the display. Subtle damage to the pixels may also occur. Excessive weight in a bookbag such as large textbooks, may cause compression when being transported and cause damage to the LCD or other internal electronics.
  • Do not leave the computer in a parked car during hot summer or cold winter conditions. Extreme temperartures (below 41 degrees or above 95 degrees Fahrenheit) may result in damages to the laptop case and internal components.
  • Liquids and electronics do not mix well, so keep liquids away from the laptop. Liquid spills damage the internal components, the keyboard, and may possibly cause electrical shock.
  • Do not pick up the laptop by the palm rest or a corner. Doing so may cause the system board to flex then fail.