How To Operate a Laptop Computer

Level of difficulty: Easy

The proper operation of a laptop computer ensures that the laptop not only works properly but also protects the user from any injury or harm. Improper ways of operating a laptop computer and not following the prescribed operating procedures and safety issues can lead to irreparable damage to the laptop computer. An improperly operated laptop can also cause injury to the user such as a laptop burn. A laptop computer has different operational needs as compared with a desktop computer hence should be handled and managed in a more delicate manner as that of desktop computers.

Materials Needed:
- Laptop Computer
- Internet
Step 1
The laptop computer has to be shut down whenever it is not in use to prevent it from overheating. Every laptop user must remember that laptop computers generally warm up faster than desktop computers. To help the laptop computer avoid overheating when not in use even for short durations, the user may make adjustments on the power options provided in the laptop computer. The user can program the hard drive and display to turn off after preset time duration. Another option for the user is to set the computer into hibernate or standby mode.
Step 2
The user should shut down the computer before placing the laptop in its carrying bag since the laptop can melt when left on, particularly when the notebook is placed in a container where no air or limited air is allowed to circulate.
Step 3
The laptop’s air vents must also be periodically inspected and cleaned to keep these air vents free from debris. However, the user must not force anything into the air vents to clean its inside as this may cause damage to the laptop computer. The laptop fan should also be checked since an improperly working laptop fan can be a cause for overheating. To test the laptop fan, the user may download the software from the laptop manufacturer’s website or online support. In some cases where the laptop fans are controlled through BIOS, the user may check online from the manufacturer’s website for any BIOS updates.
Step 4
The user must also ensure that the laptop is operated on a hard surface and preferably one that provides ventilation. Users are not advised to use a soft material between the user and the laptop since soft materials can block the flow of air and thus create overheating. A heat sink base could be used if the use of a soft surface is unavoidable.
Step 5
The user must also unplug any accessories whenever the laptop computer is not in use. These accessories not only consume power but they could also lead to overheating of the laptop.