You never want to have to worry about your computer dying when you least expect it.
However, sometimes that’s exactly what happens – and it almost always happens at the least opportune moment!
Pretty expensive to replace (even though prices on PCs are dropping significantly across the board), you’re still going to want to make sure that you get every single drop of life and performance out of your computer as humanly possible.
Thankfully, when you equip yourself with these tips and tricks, that’s exactly what you’re going to be able to do!
You’ll be able to figure out exactly how to extend your computer’s life (most of the time dramatically), squeezing all kinds of extra performance and power out of your computer at the exact same time.
These are the same kind of tips and tricks that professional computer repairmen all over the world take advantage of every single day of the week (usually charging a few hundred dollars per client to implement them), and you’re going to be able to put them into play for free!
Make sure that you pay close attention to the inside information below, and really focus on doing everything you can to maximize the longevity of your computer. After all, you don’t want to have to worry about dropping $500 or more on a new machine every other year or so!
Let’s get right to it.
Keep your computer squeaky clean
One of the most important things you can do to dramatically improve the lifespan of your computer (or any electronic product you own, for that matter) is to keep it as squeaky clean as humanly possible.
Now, obviously, this doesn’t mean that you’re going to want to spend time running your computer under the shower any time soon (for obvious reasons), but it does mean that you need to do some regular maintenance on your machine if you want it to last for as long as humanly possible.
The first thing that you’re going to want to do is get your hands on a six pack of compressed air. This is probably going to set you back $10 (at most), but it’s going to help save you hundreds of dollars in the future.
Power down your computer and remove the side panel or the base of your laptop so that your motherboard and internals are exposed.
Make sure that the cord running from the outlet to your computer is removed as well, and give it at least 30 seconds without power to make sure that it really is shut down.
From there, you’re going to want to hit your computer with as much compressed air as it takes to completely clean every surface of the dust, dirt, and debris that has collected on it.
Depending upon a number of different factors this might only take a single can of compressed air or the entire six pack (more), but it’s vital that you get this dust off of your computer components.
The more dust your computer collects on these components the hotter it is going to run, and heat – more than anything else – is the enemy of your machine. The hotter your computer runs the faster it is going to die out, so make sure that you keep it squeaky clean!
Give your computer a bit of space, man
The second thing that you’re going to want to do to dramatically improve the life span of your computer is to give it as much space as it needs – at least as far as ventilation is concerned!
The more airflow that you can promote in, on, and around your computer, the better off it is going to be for the exact same reason as outlined above. You want to strip away and eliminate as much heat as humanly possible.
Ventilation is absolutely everything to the lifespan of your computer, especially around the heat-sink and the fan systems that keep your computer cool. If your computer ever feels hot to the touch you need to make sure that it is getting the space it needs to stay nice and cool, though some heat is (always) going to be expected.
It’s also a great idea to make sure that you keep your computer as far away from heat sources as humanly possible. The last thing that you want to do is forced hot air into your set-up – it’s only going to cripple your machine from the outside in!
Organize your files
No, we’re not talking about cleaning up and organizing all of those files that you are (for some reason) keeping on your desktop.
Instead, we are talking about running specific disk applications to run through your hard drive and detect any and all errors, damaging files, or any other issues that need to be addressed immediately – or at least in the short-term future – so that you can keep your machine up and running.
Your hard drive is going to be the location where you store absolutely everything on your system (unless you, unlike many others, have an adequate backup system in place – which isn’t a bad idea, either), and you simply can’t afford to lose it.
Run any of the disk check programs you have installed on your system (or get your hands on an after-market solution, if you will) regularly – at least once a month – to jump ahead of any and all disk issues that you may not have otherwise detected.
You need to make sure that your files are neatly organized (according your or hard drive and your system), or you’re going to be putting too much stress and pressure on your computer components.
Pressure bursts pipes, never forget that!
At the end of the day, it’s probably a lot easier to take care of your computer that you may have thought.
Definitely take advantage of the tips and tricks outlined above and you should have no trouble whatsoever making sure that your computer lasts at least two or even three times as long as it would have otherwise.