Notebooks let you do anything on the go, from working on assignments to keeping in touch with loved ones. Follow these handy tips from Harvey Norman to keep these versatile devices running perfectly.
Backup regularly – This will make life a lot easier if something goes wrong — say, your data is wiped out by a virus. You’ll easily be able to pick up where you left off on another machine. Data can be backed up onto external harddisks, online file-hosting services or even email accounts. Backups can be scheduled automatically.
Keep it clean – Prevention is better than cure, so install antivirus software on your Notebook and scan your system regularly. Don’t forget to update anti-virus software regularly, so new viruses don’t slip through the cracks. Be wary of downloading suspicious files or programmes. As far as possible, try to download files only from trusted sources.
Keep it cool – Excessive heat can damage critical components like harddisks and graphics chips, so keep your Notebook away from direct sunlight. Make sure your Notebook’s cooling vents aren’t blocked either.
Defragging – As programmes are downloaded or uninstalled, files on harddisks gradually become fragmented, meaning they’re stored at different physical locations on your harddisk. Defragmenting rearranges all the files so they’re stored in unbroken segments. This makes recovering data much easier if the need arises.
Declutter – Delete unnecessary files like those in your browser’s cache — these take up harddisk space and slow down your Notebook. Some programmes also launch immediately when a Notebook boots. These startup programmes won’t be visible on your desktop but run in the background, using system resources. Disable them if they’re not needed immediately.
Memory boost – Sometimes, all that’s needed to make your Notebook run smoother is extra RAM, especially if you use resource-intensive programmes such as image-editing software, or need to run several programmes at the same time.
Magnetic fields – Don’t use laptops next to devices — such as televisions, large speakers and refrigerators — that generate strong magnetic fields. Magnetic fields that are too strong can erase or corrupt data on harddisks.
Handle with care – Handle Notebooks with care. Components such as keyboards and LCD screens are integrated. If they’re damaged or spoilt they’ll be more difficult to replace, and also more costly to repair. Remove the battery if the Notebook is connected to a wall socket most of the time. Leaving it plugged in after the battery is charged reduces its capacity.
A wide range of Notebooks, from S$499, is available at Harvey Norman. Models listed are SONY VAIO SVE11116FGB Notebook, ACER Notebook V3-471G-53218G50MN, LENOVO Notebook Z480, TOSHIBA Notebook L840-1027, HP Ultrabook Notebook ENVY 4-1026TU, ASUS Notebook N46VZ23I7N75D7PM, TOSHIBA Ultrabook Notebook U840-1008X, SONY VAIO Notebook SVS-13116FG/B, ASUS Notebook K45VM23I7N75D7PM-2V3C, HP Notebook G4-2009TX, HP Notebook G4-2039TX, ACER Notebook V3-571G-73614G75MN and SAMSUNG Notebook NP530U3C
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