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How To Clean Your Notebook

000099_vaio-ar50-series Here are some suggestions to clean your notebook.

Step1:
Now that you’re inside the notebook, use a torch to look around for built-up dust and dirt. Using the eraser-end of a pencil or tweezers, pick off any nasty deposits you come across.

Start at the fan, then work your way to the ducts and vents. Look under the ribbon cables, around the hard drive, and near the tiny circuit boards. Grime can hide in the oddest places, like the processor’s copper-coloured heat sink, so make sure you explore all the notebook’s nooks and crannies.

Step 2:
You’ve done the detail work, and now it’s time to go big. Put on a dust mask, if you have one. Grab the can of compressed air and spray down the inside of your notebook. Just be careful to maintain the spray at least 8 in. from your computer because the spray comes really cold and that can burn the surface. Blow out all the dust you can find. It won’t be pretty, and you might want to have a vacuum cleaner running nearby to grab all the junk it as it comes out. Don’t be surprised if a lot comes out of that little notebook.

Step 3:
Now that you’ve made your first pass at cleaning out the inside, give your notebook a little shake to dislodge any particularly resilient dust and grime. Keep cleaning and shaking until nothing more comes out.

Step 4:
Now that the inside of your notebook is as clean as a whistle, it’s time to tidy up that nasty keyboard. Don’t be embarrassed by what you find: Most keyboards have enough crumbs to feed a flock of pigeons for weeks. Use the can of compressed air to blow it clean, but be careful not to break any keys off.

Step 5:
While you’ve still got the notebook open, give each of the major components a quick look to see if any are loose. A loose motherboard or hard drive can cause damage in the long run, so make sure all of the screws are tight and all of the cables are well connected. When tightening the screws, be careful not to overdo it — gently tighten until you feel some resistance. When you’re done, reconnect the access panels on the underside of your notebook.

Step 6:
All notebook screens are susceptible to nicks and scratches, and the latest glossy, high-contrast displays show off fingerprints. We like to give our screens a quick rubdown about once a week. You can use any brand of window cleaner so long as it doesn’t contain ammonia or any harsh detergents.

 

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Jayce says:
September 5, 2008 - ה' אלול תשס"ח

Yeah… With your tips, my laptop will be as clear as new. :)

dyohanan says:
September 6, 2008 - ו' אלול תשס"ח

Hi Jayce thank you for your visit and for your comment.

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