Computer Care Tips

Here are a few tips to help keep your computer in good working order:

Shut your computer down when leaving for the day. This ensures that your work is "saved" and saves the university money!
Always "shut down", "suspend", or "hibernate" your laptop before moving it. This allows the hard drive to "spin down" which prevents potential data loss when moving the laptop.
Always use your carrying case when moving your laptop. Even a short fall can damage the hard drive and result in the complete loss of your data!
Do not use Windex, alcohol, or ammonia to clean LCD screens. Microfiber or very soft cloths are the best options for cleaning LCD screens.
Avoid extreme heat or cold. Computers operate best in the same temperatures that you do. Never leave your laptop outside or in a car for extended periods.
Avoid getting the computer wet. Never power on a wet machine! If the machine does become wet carefully unplug the power from the wall and contact the Help Desk immediately!
Keep the computer away from strong magnets or equipment that generates magnetic fields. In extreme situations this can cause data loss.
Do not block or push anything into the air vents. This will cause the machine to overheat.
Do not leave your laptop or case unattended. Laptops are easy to spot and prime targets for theft!
When traveling, do not check your laptop with your luggage, always carry it with you.
All machines have CD/DVD writers to make backups easy. Backup your data frequently and store the backups in a safe place.
  • Shut your computer down when leaving for the day. This ensures that your work is "saved" and saves the university money!
  • Always "shut down", "suspend", or "hibernate" your laptop before moving it. This allows the hard drive to "spin down" which prevents potential data loss when moving the laptop.
  • Always use your carrying case when moving your laptop. Even a short fall can damage the hard drive and result in the complete loss of your data!
  • Do not use Windex, alcohol, or ammonia to clean LCD screens. Microfiber or very soft cloths are the best options for cleaning LCD screens.
  • Avoid extreme heat or cold. Computers operate best in the same temperatures that you do. Never leave your laptop outside or in a car for extended periods.
  • Avoid getting the computer wet. Never power on a wet machine! If the machine does become wet carefully unplug the power from the wall and contact the Help Desk immediately!
  • Keep the computer away from strong magnets or equipment that generates magnetic fields. In extreme situations this can cause data loss.
  • Do not block or push anything into the air vents. This will cause the machine to overheat.
  • Do not leave your laptop or case unattended. Laptops are easy to spot and prime targets for theft!
  • When traveling, do not check your laptop with your luggage, always carry it with you.
  • All machines have CD/DVD writers to make backups easy. Backup your data frequently and store the backups in a safe place.