When you think of computer maintenance, the image that springs to mind is a professional dealing with the inner workings of a computer. This type of maintenance requires the expertise of a tech with extensive knowledge and skills in the area. This could be an expensive venture for those just starting out, but it can provide invaluable information for those who are already in business.
In a nutshell, computer maintenance is all about keeping your computer working at its best. It is one of the most important parts of operating a computer – and it has to be done. If you haven’t done it in a while, then now is the time to get it done.
We will examine some of the types of computer maintenance that people perform on a regular basis. First, the seemingly obvious – cleaning of the computer. You might do this by hand or use a vacuum cleaner with a microfiber filter. Whichever method you choose, do it regularly, preferably once per week.
A computer’s environment will help determine which method of cleaning will work best for your system. If your computer is being used for several different applications (multitasking), then the use of a vacuum cleaner may be a better option than doing it manually.
Using one hand to hold the monitor and the other to activate the printer, using a dedicated printer for printing can keep your computer running smoothly, but the cost is significantly higher than that of manually cleaning the unit. Unless you have extremely heavy printing, this may not be necessary.
As far as systems go, the average computer is not very difficult to maintain. You only need to look at the components of the system – the motherboard, CPU, motherboard chipset, memory, hard drive, video card, and a modem/router. Many of these parts are fairly easy to replace if they become a problem.
Since the computer is the central hub of your home network, you should take the time to keep your system up and running properly. If you find any problems with any of the components of your system, it is important to notify your hardware vendor immediately.
Most hardware problems will happen because of either improper installation or poor wiring. Regardless of the cause, it is a fairly easy task to fix. Contact your hardware vendor and have them perform any needed repairs to ensure that the problems don’t get worse.
If you own a laptop or other form of portable computer, then you may have to do a little computer maintenance for yourself. While the components may be more lightweight than desktop models, it still requires attention to detail. There is no need to spend the money to hire a professional.
Before attempting computer maintenance, be sure to turn off the system before you begin cleaning it. If the system doesn’t turn off when you attempt to change the battery, the system may also need to be unplugged. Carefully read the manual and follow the directions to ensure that your system is in optimal condition.
Remember that a software application can corrupt a hardware component. If you cannot diagnose the problem, seek out a professional to determine the root cause.
Computer maintenance can be very easy if you know what needs to be done. There are many books on the market that give details on specific products, and there are also numerous online resources that offer detailed information. Don’t get caught without knowing how to take care of your computer!