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Laptop battery usage tips

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Customers often ask about their laptop batteries and how to get the best performance out of them.  A lot of people don’t realise that the laptop battery, much like the battery in any other device, is a consumable item.  After a couple of years it will not hold charge for as long as it used to, or maybe it just won’t charge at all.

There are some myths saying that its best to remove your battery or let it drain to the end then fully charge back again to keep its long life. But it’s only a myth.

First of all battery should be used so forget about removing it. You end up with loosing best laptop function – mobility.

Don’t let it drain completely, as it will only shorten its life.

Don’t keep it plugged with power cord all the time you use it.

Let the battery work, this way you can be sure getting the best out of it.

And one more thing you should keep in mind. Most manufacturers give 1 year warranty on their laptop, but only 6 month on a battery!

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November 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm

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Create a System Restore point in Windows 7

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System Restore is turned on by default, creating restore points regularly for you. In case you want to create your own System Restore point, here’s how to do it.

Click on the Start button and right click on Computer.  Select Properties from the context menu and the System window will open.

Click on System Protection and the System Properties window will open, with the System Protection tab automatically selected.

Click Create and you will be asked to provide a name to this System Restore point.  Use a meaningful name so if ever you need to restore your system, you will recognise the name you used.

Finally, click Create and the System Restore point will be created.

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November 7, 2010 at 3:36 pm

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Should shut down your computer properly

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Sometimes we are asked by customers what is right: shutting down their computer by just pressing the power button for a few seconds, rather than going through the Windows shutdown procedure. Holding the power button for a few seconds appears to shut down the computer immediately, whereas a proper Windows shutdown takes maybe 20 to 30 seconds.

Basically it is a very, very bad idea to shut down a computer by holding the power button.

What effect does this have?
Any files that Windows was writing to may now have incomplete or corrupt data, because you didn’t allow it to finish writing properly.
If Windows was writing to the registry, the system registry may now have incomplete or corrupt data because you didn’t allow it to finish writing.
The hard disk arm, not being allowed to park by the side of the disk, may scratch or damage the spinning disk, causing data to become corrupt.

So if you care about your data and want to avoid a costly repair, take a few seconds at the end of the day to shutdown Windows properly.

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November 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm

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‘Laptop thigh’ skin rash warning

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Very interesting article about safety use of laptops. If you work a lot with your laptop on your lap you better read this.

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October 11, 2010 at 7:47 am

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IMAP mail notification not working in Outlook 2010

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I’m using an IMAP account and since I upgraded to Outlook 2010, I no longer get any new mail alerts. I was using that feature in Outlook 2007 or previous. I want it back!!

This is a bug in Outlook 2010 but only if you are working with IMAP account. And there is no fix for that issue at the moment but you can do a workaround.

Until a fix is released, you can create an alert rule as a workaround;

  1. Select the Inbox folder of your IMAP account.
  2. On the Home tab, click on the Rules button and choose Manage Rules & Alerts…
  3. Click on; New Rule…
  4. Select: “Apply rule on messages I receive” and press the Next button.
  5. Verify that no condition is selected and press Next.
  6. A warning will pop-up stating that this rule will apply to all messages. Press “Yes” to indicate that that is correct.
  7. Select one or more of the following actions;
    • play a sound
      at the bottom, click on “a sound” and browse to
      Windows 7 and Windows Vista: C:\Media\Windows Notify.wav
      Windows XP: C:\Media\Windows XP Notify.wav
    • display a specific message in the New Item Alert window
      at the bottom, click on “a specific message” and type your custom message. For instance;
      New IMAP messages
    • display a Desktop Alert
  8. Click Next and then Next again to skip the exceptions dialog.
  9. Specify a name for the rule and press Finish to complete the rule.
  10. If needed move the created rule all the way to the top.

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October 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Tips: Use your laptop safe in a hot weather

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Over last few weeks we had really nice and hot weather here in Birmingham. It is known fact that laptops get hotter than other computers and they need special care. If you don’t do that you can seriously damage you laptop. There are some makes and models that are more at risk then others (like HP dv2000, dv3000, dv6000, dv9000 series).Some overheated laptop symptoms are slowness, sluggishness or crashing. Most laptops run safely at 50-95 degrees. But do not leave your laptop in over heated cars as it will cause damage. Here are some tips for helping your laptop to keep its cool.

  1. Go Green and keep it cool.
    For usual tasks like browsing internet or word processing switching to energy saving mode is a great idea. It conserve energy and keeps your laptop cool. To change current power saving scheme simply right-click on battery icon on a right-down corner and choose Power Options.
  2. Get a Cooling Pad.
    Most gadgets are useless and brings nothing good for you laptop but Cooling Pad is different. It is a pad that your laptop rests upon and has a fan that cools the bottom of your computer. So if your only computer at home is laptop and you need to work long hours in a hot day – get one. It’s worth its price unless you don’t mind paying big bill for laptop repair.
  3. Turn it off.
    When you are done and you are not using it – turn it off. This should be a common sense given these days to conserve and not waste energy.
  4. To help ventilate your laptop system don’t block places where your laptop vents are located. Make sure vents are clean and free of dust. You can get a can of compressed air and blow some through radiator and fan once in a while(remember to turn it off before doing so).
  5. Stay out of direct sun.
    It’s better to be safe (and cool) than sorry. It’s very easy to make your battery life suffer because they are not heat-friendly. Just few direct sun exposures and don’t get surprised you will need a new one.
  6. Back it up.
    Backup is crucial – you should know that if you value your data. At least it is a good idea to have it in a habit. Or you can keep your important files on an external drive.

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July 20, 2010 at 9:37 am

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