Computer Tips #3: Store In Static Guard Bags

Store In Static Guard Bags

Store In Static Guard Bags

Computer electronics use almost imperceptibly small wires, many of them on printed circuit boards. Because they’re so small, these wires are very susceptible to electric shocks—like the static electric shock you sometimes feel when you touch a metal doorknob in winter.

Even a tiny electric shock can damage one of these wires and ruin the entire electronic device. Happily, you can easily protect against most static electric shocks by storing your electronics in a special bag. The bag has wires traveling through it, making it into what electrical scientists call a Faraday cage. (Many science museums have a great demonstration of a human-sized Faraday cage where the demonstrator stands inside a cage which deflects bolts of lighting right in front of the audience.)

All store bought electronics that go inside your computer come inside these bags. I usually save them for when I need them, but you can also buy static-proof bags for cheap in any computer shops or outlets.

Computer Hardware Maintenance Tips #2: Clean Inside

Clean Inside

Clean Inside

The same advice that goes for cleaning vents applies to the inside of your computer too. I know opening a computer case is a pain—but if you don’t clear out the dust that accumulates under the computer processor and optional graphics card processor fans, these two vital components will eventually over heat.

To clean inside your computer, turn off the computer and unplug its power cord, then open its computer case and use the compressed air to blow away any dust. Make sure you cover your eyes, and try not to inhale until the dust settles. If you’re really serious, use swimming goggles and a face mask.

10 Tips and Tricks for computer hardware maintenance

10 Tips and Tricks for computer hardware maintenance

If you don’t have money in the budget this year to buy a new computer, then it’s important you learn how to keep your current computer in top shape using our 10 tips and tricks for computer hardware maintenance. We always seem to mention computer maintenance but never maintenance on the computer hardware. We even have an entire computer maintenance checklist but computer hardware maintenance is only mentioned briefly.

Tips and Tricks for computer hardware maintenance

 

Computer Hardware Maintenance Tips

Computer Tips #1: Clear Vents

Hot computers die quickly. You probably know from elementary school science class that most materials expand when they get hot. There are various ways to stop a computer from overheating. Computers are built to exacting measurements—your computer processor has parts that are measured in nanometers and other parts of the computer just as precisely built, so when your computer gets too hot, and things expand too much, your computer is likely to die.

The part of your computer that usually dies first is your hard drive. Inside your hard drive are tiny ball bearings that rotate thousands of times a minute in tiny tracks. When they expand from heat, they rub against their tracks and quickly wear down. Once a disk drive ball bearing wears down, there’s no replacing it—your disk drive is toast. You should also watch for dust build up in your power supply.

The easiest way to keep your computer cool is to make sure its vents are clear. First, check to see if anything is obstructing the vents—too often I find computers that are pushed all the ways back against a wall so that their vents are blocked. Second, check the vents for dust and clean them if necessary. Computer vents are usually large, so you only need to check for dust every year or two (more often if you smoke near your computer).