Computer Tips for the New Year

how to improve the health of your computer
A New Year
Many of us make new year resolutions about our health. But  have you ever considered the health of your computer? After all it does store some of your most important information. So now is a good time to do a quick check up on your computer. Here are 3 tips we suggest you do to ensure your computer doesn’t fail unexpectedly.

Clean It Up!

Is your "desktop" computer more likely a “deskbottom” computer sitting on the floor? If so, the amount of dust and dirt it sucks into the case dramatically increases. Dust and dirt will clog cooling systems causing critical components to fail prematurely. Cleaning the internal case of your computer twice a year will go a long way to keep your computer running smoothly.
How to do it: Completely disconnect your computer, take it outside, open the case, stand down-wind and blow it out with compressed “canned” air. Be sure to focus on the fans as they are the main source of drawing in dust. Keep blowing until you don’t see any more plumes of dust or dust bunnies. Don’t have compressed air? Bring in your computer in to us and we will do it while you wait for $19.75. It takes about 15 minutes to do a thorough and proper cleaning. Or if you would like us to come to you, please call us to discuss options.

Calibrate Your Battery (Laptops)

The battery in your laptop will eventually need to be replaced. Some laptops will tell you to replace the battery. Don't ignore the message as a battery can bulge and damage your laptop.  Another indicator to your battery's health is how much time ON battery you have left. But when is the last time you calibrated your battery to know if these readings are accurate?
What do we mean by calibrate you battery?
Many manufacturers actually recommend calibrating the battery every two to three months. But don’t fret if you have never done it before. You can start now and put it on your calendar.
How to do it: Recalibrating your battery is simple: starting from 100% capacity, disconnect your power adapter and let your battery run all the way down (you can use your laptop during this time) to the point the computer shuts off by itself. Then plug in your power adapter and fully recharge the battery (again you can use your laptop during this time). That’s it. The battery’s built in power meter will see how long the battery actually lasts and report a more accurate idea of how much capacity the battery has left when it’s unplugged.

The other benefit of calibrating your battery on a regular basis is you discover when it’s time to replace your battery. If it starts out with a 4 hour charge and then a year later it only gives you a 2 hour charge, then it might be worth your while to replace it.
Some modern devices may not require battery calibration at all. For example, Apple recommends battery calibration for older Macs with user-replaceable batteries, but says it’s not required for modern portable Macs with built-in batteries. Check your device manufacturer’s documentation to learn whether battery calibration is necessary on your device or not, or call us for help!

General Tune-Up

Just like your car needs regular service to keep it running smooth, so does your computer. If it has been longer than 6 months since you had the (Windows) registry cleaned, removed unwanted programs, removed temporary files, removed spyware entries and defragged your system, then chances are your system is not performing as well as it could and it’s time for a Tune-Up.
As noted above, optimizing your computer involves several steps making the process fairly time consuming and typically best if 3rd party software is used. If you’re not sure what to do or don’t have the time, then we suggest bringing your computer in to us. And for the low price of $79.00 not only will we get your computer optimized, we will also run scans and check the integrity of your hardware and let you know of any potential issues that may be around the corner.

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