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.