MAXIMIZE NOTEBOOK LIFESPAN WITH MAINTENANCE TIPS
- If notebook is left in cold temperatures for extended periods of time, allow notebook to “warm up” to room temperature before operation.
- Always use your notebook on a clean, flat open surface for proper ventilation.
- Do not drop or throw your notebook.
- Always store your notebook in a safe place. Your LCD panel is very sensitive to shock and impact, as are many other components inside your notebook. Treat your notebook as you would any desktop computer.
- NEVER operate your notebook from inside the carrying case.
- Do not leave your notebook exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time.
- Always store your notebook in a dry place.
- Always ship or transport your notebook in it’s carrying case.
- Do not pile heavy objects on your notebook (such as luggage, a monitor or heavy books).
- If exposed to fumes or airborne dust particles, clean notebook surface and ports/openings with compressed air.
- Keep notebook away from strong magnetic sources such as television sets and large magnets.
- Do not tap or press on the LCD Panel
- Keep the Eurocom driver disks, and Windows install disk with your notebook at all times
Never spray any cleaning solution directly on any part of the notebook. If you do use any type of cleaning solution, spray it in a cloth, and then clean the notebook.
LCD Panel – Clean the LCD panel with a warm dampened, soft cloth. Do not use a soaking wet cloth. If necessary use a mild soap and water solution. Do not use excessive pressure. Also, do not open the display panel more than 120 degrees (from the closed position) as this may damage the LCD top cover.
KEYBOARD – From time to time use compressed air to remove and dust and dirt that may have accumulated between the keys.
TRACKPAD – Use a soft damp cloth or if necessary you can also use a mild soap and water solution to clean the trackpad. Once cleaned, wipe the surfaces with a dry cloth to prevent water from running into the notebook’s internal electronic components.
PLASTICS – Use a soft damp cloth or if necessary you can also use a mild soap and water solution to clean plastic parts. Once cleaned, wipe the surfaces with a dry cloth to prevent water from running into the notebook’s internal electronic components.
FLOPPY DRIVE – Due to the fact that the heads on the notebook’s floppy drive are much smaller than on a desktop unit, they are also more sensitive to dust accumulation. Therefore your floppy drive may require an occasional cleaning. This can be accomplished with a 3.5″ Floppy Drive Cleaning Kit available at your local computer or business store.
BATTERY MAINTENANCE TIPS
Li-Ion Smart batteries, generally do not require any maintenance. However as a rule of thumb they require twice as long to charge as they take to discharge. As well in some cases any smart battery (Lithium or Nickel metal) may need to be drained through the bios once at the beginning to work at full capacity. Click here for details.
The life of a Ni-Cad or NiMH battery is totally dependent on its use or abuse as well as its charge and discharge regimes. During its life the battery also suffers capacity loss through chemical wear out. The end of the effective life of a battery is usually deemed to be 75% of its original capacity and depending on all the above contributing factors, this can be from 500 – 1000 cycles, which if achieved, is equal to 1 to 3 years good use.
If regular battery maintenance is not performed, the battery may lose the ability to keep a full charge – resulting in decreased battery life. Also, the computer may begin beeping (which normally means the battery is about the run out) prematurely, even though the notebook is not actually about to run out of battery life. Performing regular battery maintenance can help fix and prevent these problems.
Memory Effect? (FOR NICKEL-CADMIUM/NICKEL-METAL-HYDRIDE)
The ‘memory effect’ is a condition during which the capacity of your battery becomes “depressed” and is less able to store a charge. This condition occurs when a battery is only partially discharged before recharging on a repeated basis. Fully discharging and recharging your battery periodically will ensure maximum performance.
Follow these steps a at minimum of once a month.
1.TURN OFF POWER MANAGEMENT in the System Bios AND BATTERY LOW SUSPEND – You must disable power management on your notebook during battery cycling so that the computer will use all of its battery life. If power management settings are not turned off, the notebook will shut itself down (or go into suspend mode) before the battery is completely exhausted.
2.DISCHARGE YOUR BATTERY COMPLETELY – Leave your notebook powered on (and not plugged into the wall) until the battery is fully drained This will prevent any problems with Windows shutting down improperly, and potentially causing errors.
3.ALLOW YOUR BATTERY TO COOL DOWN – Unplug the AC adapter, and allow the battery to cool
4.RECHARGE THE BATTERY – Plug in your notebook, and completely re-charge the battery to maximum capacity until the battery LED below the LCD shows green, do rely on windows to give you an accurate reading of the battery charge.
5.UNPLUG THE AC ADAPTER – Unplug the AC adapter and then plug it back in again to ensure that the battery is indeed at maximum capacity (Battery LED is Green).
6.REPEAT STEPS 2 – 6 AT LEAST 2 MORE TIMES.