Maintain and keep a Healthy Laptop/PC

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Most of us own a Laptop or a PC; we in general use it, for Gaming, getting into the Web, personal usage. Yet few of us take proper care of our device, either in Hardware perspective or software wise. It is a very wide topic, with so many things to watch for, in here I will try to cover as much as I recall of those aspects, and shall amend this article upon recalling new issues, and should any of you dear readers find a missed point, please kindly put your comment, and I shall amend accordingly.

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The Article will be sub-branched into two branches, 1- Hardware wise, 2- Software wise.

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Hardware Wise

Dusting and Heat issues

One of most overlooked issues is dusting and cleaning your Laptop or PC. If you hear a strange sound from your PC during running – Or if your computer shuts down unexpectedly after a short period of running, then it is time to take this step. It is most likely that your PC is overheating due to non-active Processor Fan. PC's especially will accumulate a lot of dust particles from the surrounding environment. It is an easy task to clean it. You simply are going to need a hair dryer.

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    Unplug all cables and peripherals attached to your PC, START with power cable, then others.
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    Unscrew the fasting screws of the side of the PC case. You need to do that for the side opposite to your motherboard (opposite to where you hook all the peripherals like the monitor jack, or keyboard). Slide out the cover.
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    Set your hair dryer to a cool position and fan out all the accumulated dusts.
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    Make sure to dust the Processor Cooling Fan thoroughly, for most of the cases, in there is where the dust will accumulate.
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    You may also apply a tiny drop of Light Oil to the CPU fan shaft.
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    DO NOT over do it, a very tiny drop, for best results, use a medical syringe. Also make sure to dust all around the case for dust balls.
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    Vacuum clean the outlet of your Case power supply (if you can), or at least fan it with your hear dryer from inside out.
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    Be careful not to hit any components of your PC with the hair dryer.
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    As for Laptop, they will collect dust particles, yet the airing inlet holes are much finer.
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    The most overlooked issue with Laptop is that, we tend to block the air-inlet holes and/or the fan outlet. Always make sure you are NOT blocking your Laptop inlet and outlet holes when placing your Laptop on your thighs, or on the bed linens. It is advisable to place the Laptop on a solid tab, like a wooden tab, an old screen filter will do.
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    Don't over use your PC / Laptop in very hot weather.
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    You may also try to provide an auxiliary fan to help cooling your device. For Laptop, you may purchase a Universal Cooling Pad to place your Laptop over, those use USB power cord to supply power and contain auxiliary fans to help cool down your Laptop and supply fresh air in hot weather conditions. In addition, you may use a regular home fan to blow directly on your Laptop.
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Other Hardware issues you should pay attention to

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    Grounding your Device.
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    If you are barefoot, and when you touch your PC case with your fingers you feel a slight electrical nudge, then your home electrical wiring is not grounded. It is advisable to ground your PC. A simple way to do that, is to get a single ½-1mm single core electrical cable and attach one end to any screw on your PC case; the other end, you need to attach to a ground object, like near a heating radiator, or a water tap. Make sure the brass of the wire is in contact with an unpainted part of the radiator. If needed scrape the paint from a small area to uncover the metal base, into where to attach the wire.
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    Clogged Wiring and Twisted Wires.
    Peripherals have a very thin core wiring. Mostly they do not withhold any excessive tension, and they might break from the inside at any point if we pull them with force, although the insulation might not show any indications. After a while, especially if subjected to direct sun light or heat, the plastic (synthetic) insulation will wear-off. Over twisting the wire will cause it to break from the inside too. Don't pull your mouse cable to set it free; try to work out where it is clogged, rather than pulling it.
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    For kids, get them a joystick to avoid using the keyboard for gaming, or even better a separate keyboard for them to use.
    Most of the time, kids will get so excited during a game, that they put excessive force to keyboard keys. You will find yourself with a broken keyboard when you most need it to finish a work you need on the PC.
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    Periodically, flip the keyboard upside down and tap on the back, you will be astonished of what might fall off from in-between the keys.
    You can also use the vacuum cleaner to vacuum it. Ensure that the vacuum is on blow setting.
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    Unplugging a Flash-Pen (also called a flash-disk), after copying to it, without using the safe un-attach service can be tricky.
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    For sometimes, the copying job is not finished, and we might lose or corrupt the information we are copying. So it is best to use that, for it will warn you if an operation or program is still using that flash-pen and it will advise you if it is safe to unplug it.
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    To maintain your Laptop battery, do not keep the Laptop hooked to an electrical supply.
    Drain your battery until the Laptop shuts down at least every 2-3 days.
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Software Wise

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    Once you get your Laptop set and configured to your need, make a backup of the OS and C drive using a backup program.
    Several applications are out there in the market, some are free too. I use the EASEUS Todo Backup program. You can download it for free from the web EASEUS Todo Backup
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    When you have an abnormal shut down, you need to start and use a cleaning program to look for and clean temp files residuals.
    I use "CCleaner", CCleaner. You may also Google it to download and install it; it is free and does the job.
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    When you experience an unexpected error or behavior, first try to recall what you have installed, updated, or removed.
    Most of the times, there is a conflict in programs. Try to uninstall the newly installed program, or roll back to a previous version of your newly updated program or service, then reboot and check if the error is cleared. To view your update history, go to "Control Panel" then Click on "Programs and Features".
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    Then click on "View Installed updates". There you can find your latest updates. You may tab on the "Installed On" column to sort those in Date order.
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    Keep updating your Laptop, using the Windows Update System; periodical updates are issued.
    To setup your Laptop for updates, go to "Control Panel", then "Windows Update".
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Questions and Answers

Hardware problem is related to motherboard?

Hardware problem in motherboard.

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If your hardware problem is caused by your motherboard, make sure all of the latest updates are downloaded and installed. Find out your motherboard model by downloading and installing CPU-Z. Once you've installed it, open it up and click the Mainboard tab. You will find your motherboard information here. Then, search for your model online and download the latest software. If that doesn't fix your problems, or if your motherboard is completely dead, you will need to take your computer in for service or fix the problem yourself by purchasing a new motherboard.

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