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importance of laptop maintainance

Take Good Care of
Your Laptop
Computer It is important to take
care of your laptop to
keep it in good shape;
prevention is always
better than cure. There are
a number of easy things that you can do to keep
your laptop in great
shape; following these
easy steps will help to
ensure that it lasts longer
and will need less maintenance. As an added
bonus, many of the steps
will also maintain your
laptop's speed.

liquids away from your
laptop . As tempting as it might be to
drink coffee, soda,
water or any other
liquid near your
laptop, accidents can
happen all too easily. Spilled liquids may
damage the internal
components or cause
electrical injury to
the laptop. Short
circuits can corrupt data or even
destroy parts. The
solution is very
simple: Keep your
drinks away from your computer. Even
if you're careful,
someone else might
bump into your desk
or you. Or you can
use a cup with a cover on it, so even
if it does spill, the
liquid doesn't go any
where! Having an
available antivirus
software would
help . Even if you know what you
download, it may
contain a virus that
can lead to a circuit
error in your system
hardware or slowness in the
software. Keep food away
from your laptop . Don't eat over your
laptop. The crumbs
can go down
between the keys in
the keyboard and
provide an invitation to small bugs. The
crumbs can also
irritate the circuitry.
Worse, it makes the
laptop look dirty if
there are crumbs and food stains on it. Always have clean
hands when using
your laptop . Clean hands make it easier
to use your laptop
touchpad and there
will be less risk of
leaving dirt and
other stains on the computer. In
addition, if you clean
your hands before
use, you will help
reduce wear and tear
on the coating of the laptop caused by
contact with sweat
and small particles
that can act upon the
laptop's exterior
underneath your wrists and fingers. Protect the LCD
display monitor . When you shut your
laptop, make sure
there are no small
items, such as a
pencil or small ear-
phones, on the keyboard. These can
damage the display
screen when shut;
the screen will
scratch if the item is
rough. Close the lid gently and holding
from the middle.
Closing the lid using
only one side causes
pressure on that
hinge, and over time can cause it to bend
and snap. Hold and lift the
computer by its
base, not by its
LCD display (the
screen) . If you lift it by the screen part
alone, you could
damage the display
or the hinges
attaching it to the
base. The display is also easily scratched
or damaged by
direct pressure –
avoid placing
pressure on it. Don't pull on the
power cord . Tugging your power
cord out from the
power socket rather
than putting your
hand directly on the
plug in the socket and pulling can break
off the plug or
damage the power
socket. Also, if you
have the power
point near your feet, avoid constantly
bumping into the
plug or you could
loosen it and
eventually break it. Don't roll your
chair over the
computer cord . Stick the cord onto
your desk with tape
or a special computer
cord tie which can be
easily undone when
you've finished using the laptop.
Always try to keep
most of the cord
away from the floor
or your legs;
sometimes you can be so engrossed in
what you're doing
that you move your
legs and forget the
cord is there. Plug in accessory
devices into their
proper slots . Always look at the
symbols on the
laptop carefully
before inserting
devices. Jamming a
phone line into an Ethernet port or vice
versa could damage
the sockets, making
it impossible to use
them again. It is
very important to observe this step. Handle any
removable drives
with care . Floppy drives or CD drives
that have been
removed from your
laptop can easily get
crushed, dropped or
pressed if you are careless. Put them
straight into a bag or
a storage box/case
for safe keeping if
you are not putting
them back into the laptop. Insert drives into
their slots
carefully and at
the correct angle . Pushing the wrong
drive into a socket,
or at an angle, or
even upside down
can jam it. Check to see if
labels are affixed
securely before
inserting media
into your laptop
computer . Media such as CDs, DVDs or
floppy disks should
not have any loose
label parts that
might jam inside the
laptop drive. Never insert undersized
CDs, as these can
damage the disk
player permanently. Don't expose your
laptop to rapid
fluctuations . When bringing your laptop
indoors during
winter, don't turn it
on immediately.
Instead, let it warm
to room temperature first.
This will avoid any
potential for damage
to the disk drive
from condensation
forming inside the machine. Avoid heat
from sunlight as
well. Don't leave your
laptop in a car . Not only do the insides
of cars experience
large temperature
swings that could
damage a laptop, but
a laptop (or laptop bag) is an inviting
target for a smash
and grab thief. Have the unit
cleaned once a
year to remove
internal dust . Get this done by a
professional. If dust
accumulates, the
system cannot cool
itself correctly. Heat can destroy the
motherboard. Avoid placing
heavy materials,
such as books, on
top of your laptop
and keyboard . This can push the LCD
screen into the
keyboard, and will
eventually damage
it. Also, the CD-ROM
insert will also be squished and,
eventually, will
break. Use a properly-
sized laptop case . Whatever you use to
carry your laptop
around in, be it a
case, a bag or
something you have
made yourself, make sure that it it large
enough to contain
the laptop. This will
avoid scratching,
squeezing or even
potentially dropping it. Look into getting
a laptop bag . Many breaks happen
because of laptops
being dropped or
bumped. A bag
greatly reduces the
risk of damage. Use and store in a
area. When you are using your laptop,
do so in a place that
has a constant air-
circulation. Lots of
people ruin their
laptop by using it in an enclosed area and
thus making the
laptop overheat. It
also helps if you
store it in a well
circulated area. Use an old tooth
brush to clean the
area around the
exhaust fan
screen . If that gets plugged up, air flow
is diminished and
overheating can
most certainly occur. Try and keep the
laptop on a flat
surface . This prevents damage to
the laptop. This step
can be hard,
particularly if you
are going out with
your laptop, but if there is a flat surface
available to put your
laptop on then do so. Don't use your
laptop on the bed . Repeated use of the
laptop on the bed
will cause the fans to
suck up the dust and
further debris which
lies in the bed, ultimately blocking
the fan. Refrain from
this by using the
laptop somewhere
else than the bed.

How to Save Your Laptop Battery Life

Thanks to new power-
saving features and high-
capacity batteries, today's
laptops run much longer
on battery power than
notebooks from previous generations. However, few
laptops can last all day on
battery power when
pushed to the limit. For
maximum battery life, your
laptop may need a little coaxing from you. Avoid
usage that quickly drains
the battery, and use your
laptop in an environment
that allows the battery to
operate at maximum efficiency. Difficulty: Moderately Easy Instructions 1. Use an efficient power
scheme in Windows to
adjust several system
settings automatically for
maximum battery life.
Right-click the battery icon in the notification
area, and click "Power
Options." Click the
"Power Saver" radio
button and then close
the window. 2. Reduce the brightness of
the display. Laptop
displays use bright
fluorescent or LED
backlights for maximum
brightness, making the screen one of your
laptop's largest draws of
battery power. In a low-
glare indoor
environment, you likely
do not need to run the screen at its maximum
brightness level. 3. Avoid gaming and
watching videos while
running your laptop on
battery power. These
activities generate high
battery loads by increasing the usage of
your computer's
processor and video
graphics adapter. 4. Turn your laptop's
wireless adapter off if
you are not using the
Internet. Even if you are
not currently browsing
the Web, your laptop's wireless adapter remains
active, searching for
signal and maintaining
contact with the wireless
access point, causing a
slow trickle of battery usage. 5. Use your laptop in a
environment. According
to Apple, laptop batteries
function best in an
environment between 50-95 degrees
Fahrenheit. Using your
laptop outside of this
temperature range can
reduce the life of the
battery. A very hot usage environment also
causes the laptop's fan to
remain on, causing an
additional draw on
battery power.

6 Awesome Gaming Guides for Cheats, Walkthroughs and FAQs

As games evolve and become
more complex, they start out
as fun, but they can often be
so challenging to the average
gamer that it becomes
frustrating. If you’re stuck on a level, have no fear,
we’ve pulled out 6 of the best
gaming guides you can find on
the Internet for cheats,
walkthroughs, and FAQs. 1. IGN IGN is the epitome of game
guides on the Internet, and
usually most people debate
whether it or GameSpot
possesses the better style
between the 2 giants. While GameSpot tries to preserve
the old-school feel of the
yesteryears with a touch of
personality and nostalgia that
older gamers can relate with,
IGN does away with the human aspect completely and
goes for a mechanical and
objective image. Its delivery
of content is sleek, modern
and efficient, all wrapped up
in bright lights, perfect sound placement, and shiny
packaging much in the same
way Apple does. Having said that, IGN excels
where it is supposed to, and
that is in its provision of game
guides, which are nothing
short of effective. They have
game guides for almost every game of every console on the
planet; and if you need extra
help, they also have numerous
video playthroughs, specific
strategy guides and reviews
on Youtube which may give insight into things you may
never have realized. 2. GameSpot/GameFAQs If you’ve been around in the
tech industry since 1996, that
means you’ve withstood the
tech bubble of the 2000s and
the recent financial collapse of
2008, which means people think you’re relevant. One of
the oldest names in PC gaming
guides, GameSpot has
managed to maintain its top
status in gaming by
constantly revamping their techniques to keep up with
the competition and what
users want. Their pages are updated daily
with game guides, reviews
and developer commentary,
and the range of guides they
provide are truly dynamic –
there are guides in the form of videos which walk you step- by-step through the game
(hover over the Cheats tab for
more options); while its sister
site GameFAQs is frequented by elite gamers who write
their own ‘wiki’ of guides for
gamers to peruse, so you
actually have at least 2 or 3
different walkthroughs to
consult for any one game. 3. CheatCC Back in the day, CheatCC
(Cheat Code Central) was an
absolute behemoth of a game
guide collection, with tons of
walkthroughs and cheat code
databases stored on their servers. It lost its top gun
status in the early 2000s by
retaining its 1990s grey-
against-white look while IGN
and Gamespot made major
cosmetic revamps, but that doesn’t mean that it lost the
terabytes of cheat codes and
guides still locked away in its
databases; and today, CheatCC
is still a household name in
providing cheats to gamers worldwide. Since then, CheatCC has kept
with the trends and updated
its look to suit modern tastes,
while retaining the essence of
the game guides that it has
long been known for. A quick search for Megaman X3 (a
game I played in 1998) reveals
that the guides are still there,
so if you’re looking for old-
school advice, you have some
form of assurance that you’re getting quality stuff. 4. 1UP 1UP.com is one of my favorite
go-to websites for gaming.
Unlike the heavy relevance of
user-contributed information
that its mightier brethren
employ, 1UP seems to write its own guides, so each game’s
walkthrough bear the same
distinctive style of the 1UP
trademark. It also means that
instead of being heavy walls
of text, the editors have some measure of control over how
their guides turn out; as a
result, it’s picture-heavy, with
some guides having more
pictures covering its real
estate than words. As far as usefulness goes, the
heavy picture reference
makes it easy on the eyes and
easy to follow, although the
non-traditional style keeps it
free of personal bias and hence useful perspectives which
many walkthrough
contributors usually pepper
throughout their work.
However, if you’re a fan of
clean, convenient help, 1UP will become a favorite of
yours soon enough. 5. SuperCheats SuperCheats does not boast
the massive library of
walkthroughs that the above
established sites have, but
where it excels is in quick-
and-easy gaming advice, cheat codes and short, helpful hints
in the same degree that the
bigger gaming sites possess.
Perhaps a blessing of its
sparser inventory of game
guides, it’s an in-and-out, no- hassle kind of place, where
you don’t have to wade
through deep columns of
menus just to find what
you’re looking for. For instance, if you’re just
looking for the location of
certain hidden items on IGN,
you’d have to wade through
a huge body of unnecessary
text and meticulously hunt for what you’re looking for
due to the enormous amount
of information they provide –
which is good for an overall
guide, but less so on a
contextual basis. On SuperCheats, you can
search for the name of the
game, choose from a menu of
perhaps ten cheat items, and
they’ll be listed out in a clean,
orange-against white interface. And then you’ll be
on your merry way again. 6. Mahalo Mahalo is something like a
hand-crafted Google, where
answers are provided by
humans as opposed to
software bots and crawlers
searching the Internet. It covers a wide variety of
topics, but I’ve never used it
much except for its video
games section, and for good
reason – it’s an excellent nest
for video game resources. Mahalo contracts game editors
and freelancers in the industry
to write and provide their
numerous guides, and
everything I’ve seen so far is
nothing short of spectacular. What especially draws me is
their play-by-play
walkthroughs with
accompanying thumbnails on
the sides, so if you’re the type
who switches back and forth between games and reading
guides, this is an exciting
alternative to the pause-then-
style of video guides, or the
boring wall of text of traditional game guides. Mahalo also makes excellent
video walkthroughs, which
can be found abundantly on
Youtube and other video
streaming providers. Their
clean narrative, thought-out delivery, simple style and
plain useful gaming advice
sometimes makes me wonder
why they’re not among the
top 3 already


Laptops tend to lose their
charm quickly when you’re
constantly looking for the
nearest power outlet to
charge up. How do you keep
your battery going for as long as possible? Here are 15
easy ways to do so. 1. Defrag regularly - The faster your hard drive does its
work – less demand you are
going to put on the hard drive
and your battery. Make your
hard drive as efficient as
possible by defragging it regularly. (but not while it’s
on battery of course!) Mac OSX
is better built to handle
fragmentation so it may not
be very applicable for Apple
systems. 2. Dim your screen – Most laptops come with the ability
to dim your laptop screen.
Some even come with ways
to modify CPU and cooling
performance. Cut them down
to the lowest level you can tolerate to squeeze out some
extra battery juice. 3. Cut down on programs
running in the
background . Itunes, Desktop Search, etc. All these
add to the CPU load and cut
down battery life. Shut
down everything that isn’t
crucial when you’re on
battery. 4. Cut down external
devices – USB devices (including your mouse) & WiFi
drain down your laptop
battery. Remove or shut
them down when not in use.
It goes without saying that
charging other devices (like your iPod) with your laptop
when on battery is a surefire
way of quickly wiping out
the charge on your laptop
battery. 5. Add more RAM - This will allow you to process more
with the memory your laptop
has, rather than relying on
virtual memory. Virtual
memory results in hard drive
use, and is much less power efficient. Note that adding
more RAM will consume more
energy, so this is most
applicable if you do need to
run memory intensive
programs which actually require heavy usage of virtual
memory. 6. Run off a hard drive
rather than CD/DVD - As power consuming as hard
drives are, CD and DVD drives
are worse. Even having one
in the drive can be power
consuming. They spin, taking
power, even when they?re not actively being used.
Wherever possible, try to run
on virtual drives using
programs like Alcohol 120% rather than optical ones. 7. Keep the battery
contacts clean: Clean your battery’s metal contacts
every couple of months with
a cloth moistened with
rubbing alcohol. This keeps
the transfer of power from
your battery more efficient. 8. Take care of your
battery – Exercise the Battery. Do not leave a
charged battery dormant for
long periods of time. Once
charged, you should at least
use the battery at least once
every two to three weeks. Also, do not let a Li-On
battery completely discharge.
(Discharing is only for older
batteries with memory
effects) 9. Hibernate not standby – Although placing a laptop in
standby mode saves some
power and you can instantly
resume where you left off, it
doesn’t save anywhere as
much power as the hibernate function does. Hibernating a
PC will actually save your PC’s
state as it is, and completely
shut itself down. 10. Keep operating
temperature down - Your laptop operates more
efficiently when it’s cooler.
Clean out your air vents with
a cloth or keyboard cleaner, or
refer to some extra tips by LapTopMag.com. 11. Set up and optimize
your power options – Go to ‘Power Options’ in your
windows control panel and
set it up so that power usage
is optimized (Select the ‘max
battery’ for maximum effect). 12. Don’t multitask – Do one thing at a time when
you’re on battery. Rather
than working on a
spreadsheet, letting your
email client run in the
background and listening to your latest set of MP3′s, set
your mind to one thing only.
If you don’t you’ll only drain
out your batteries before
anything gets completed! 13. Go easy on the PC
demands – The more you demand from your PC.
Passive activities like email
and word processing consume
much less power than gaming
or playing a DVD. If you’ve
got a single battery charge – pick your priorities wisely. 14. Get yourself a more
efficient laptop - Laptops are getting more and more
efficient in nature to the point
where some manufacturers
are talking about all day long batteries. Picking up a newer more efficient laptop to
replace an aging one is usually
a quick fix. 15. Prevent the Memory
Effect - If you’re using a very old laptop, you’ll want
to prevent the ‘memory
effect’ – Keep the battery
healthy by fully charging and
then fully discharging it at
least once every two to three weeks. Exceptions to the rule
are Li-Ion batteries (which
most laptops have) which do not suffer from the memory effect. Bonus Tip #1: Turn off the
autosave function . MS- Word’s and Excel’s autosave
functions are great but
because they keep saving
regular intervals, they work
your hard driver harder than
it may have to. If you plan to do this, you may want to
turn it back on as the battery
runs low. While it saves
battery life in the beginning,
you will want to make sure
your work is saved when your battery dies. Bonus Tip #2: Lower the graphics use. You can do this
by changing the screen
resolution and shutting off
fancy graphic drivers. Graphics
cards (video cards) use as
much or more power today as hard disks – Thanks Andrew Update 7/7/07: Bonus Tip #1
to give caution about turning
off autosave, tip #8 to change
information about discharging
batteries – thanks to all who
pointed it out. Added Bonus tip #2, Tip #1 to add in clause
in regards to Mac OSX, Tip #1
about the spinning of hard
drives – thanks to all who
pointed it out

unlocking a huawei usb internet modem

It’s not difficult to look for
unlocking service for Huawei
USB 3G modem online. Most of
the time however, these
unlocking service comes with
a small fee. Some forums do offer such service for free—
but you would have to wait
for the kind soul to respond
to your request, and God
knows how long they will
take. If you rather go for
something that can unlock your Huawei modem
within seconds for free instead, check out the
following three unlock code
generators. Online Unlock Key
Generator On this site, getting your modem’s unlock code is as
simple as entering your
modem’s IMEI, enter the
CAPTCHA code and click on the
“Calculator” button. Within seconds, it will return
you with your modem’s
unlock code and flash code. Supported Huawei modem
models: E1550, E155, E156, E156G, E160,
E160G, E161, E166, E169, E169G,
E170, E172, E176, E180, E182E,
E196, E226, E270, E271, E272,
E510, E612, E618, E620, E630,
E630+, E660, E660A, E800, E870, E880, EG162, EG162G, EG602,
EG602G Universal MasterCode As its name suggest, Universal
MasterCode is capable of
generating unlock codes for a
wide range of device, which
of course includes most of
Huawei’s modem. E156 E155, E1550 E1552, E156G
E160, E160G E161 E166, E169
E169G, E170, E172, E176 E1762
E180 E182E E196 E226 E270,
E800,E870 E880 EG162 E880
EG162 EG162G EG602 EG602G, E271, E272, E510 E612 E618
E630 ,E620 E630+ E660 E660a As you can see, the unlock
code generated is the same as
the one generated by the
online unlock key generator
above. There is no limit how
many unlock codes you can generate, meaning as long as
you have this generator on
your computer, you can
unlock as many modems as
you wish. No installation is required. Just
download and start the
application. Download Universal
MasterCode: MediaFire | RapidShare (243 KB) Huawei Unlocker Huawei Unlocker is another
simple and straight forward
free unlock code generator.
Enter your modem’s IMEI, hit
the “Unlock” button and
consider yourself done. Again, no installation required. Download Huawei
Unlocker: MediaFire | RapidShare (196 KB) Unlocking The Modem
with The Unlock Code To make use of the unlock
code, insert an unauthorized
sim card to your Huawei
modem. Unauthorized sim
card meaning sim card from
any operators other than the one the modem is currently
locked to. When you do so, you would
be prompt for the modem’s
unlock code. Just enter the
unlock code you have
received earlier and voila, you
can now use your Huawei USB modem with sim cards from
any other operator. I have tested it on my E1762
and it worked perfectly. Huawei Modem Code
Writer Tool If your modem doesn’t
prompt for the unlock code
even after you have inserted
an unauthorized sim, you can
use any of these two code
writer tools: Download Huawei Modem
Code Writer: MediaFire | RapidShare OR Download Huawei Code Tool: MediaFire | RapidShare P.s: SheepTech shall not be
liable for any loss or damage
caused by the following the
guide above. Unlock at your
own risk.

convert a bitmap image to a format supported by wikihow

Open your file
using the Paint
application . This can be found
under Accessories
in the Programs
menu. Click on the File
menu and select
Save as ... Click on the pop-
down menu for
Save as type . Select JPEG or PNG . For most images,
JPEG is a good choice. Type in a new
name for the file . Be sure to save
the new version
of the image in
the directory of
your choice. Click on Save


Decide what you would
like to do. Are you going to reinstall your
operating system
because of problems,
upgrading your
current version, or
are you installing an operating system on
a new computer?
Make sure that you
have the new
operating system
install program. Windows and Mac
require that you
purchase a CD or DVD
Rom(s). Ubuntu and
other Linux are free
and can be installed from a flash drive
too. Back up your data . If you are
reinstalling your
operating system, it
is likely that you
will need to wipe
the disk. Back up your data before
doing so, as
everything on the
disk will be
destroyed. If you
are simply upgrading, it is okay
to skip this step, but
it is advisable to save
at least the most
important files on
your computer. Completely wipe
all information
from the hard
disc . This will ensure that you do not
carry problems over
into the new install.
For instructions on
how to do this
watch the video at http://
v=OfICZMMr0JM New installations
of Windows and
Linux offer to
replace all data on
your entire hard
disk. So completely
wiping it prior to
installation is
unnecessary. Boot up . Turn on your computer and
quickly enter the
boot menu. The
owner's manual for
your computer or
motherboard should have instructions on
how to do this. It
will show on the
screen for a brief
moment too. Select
the drive that contains the setup
disk (and be sure
you have inserted
it). Save the setting
and exit. Start the
installation . It may take the install
program a few
minutes to load, this
is normal. Once it has
loaded, follow the
onscreen instructions. If you
are installing a new
operating system on
a new computer or
reinstalling due to a
problem, wipe the disk. Be sure you
have saved
everything that you
would like to save
before starting this
process. Sit back and relax . The installer may ask
you for some
information while
it's installing, but for
the most part, just
waiting is okay. Near the end of the
installation, the
installer will ask you
for last-minute
information, like
your name, the name of the
computer, sign in
name, password,
time zone, etc. Do
not be alarmed by
this, none of this information can be
used to identify you,
it's all for personal
preference. Enter the product
ID. If you are installing a consumer
operating system
like Windows, it will
probably require
you to enter a
product ID. Look at the back of the CD
case for the product
ID or, indeed, on the
case of the computer
if the computer came
with an OEM version of Windows. If you
are installing Linux,
this will not apply to
you if it is an open
source variant of
Linux (for example: BackTrack, Ubuntu,
Fedora), but will if it
is a closed source
variant of Linux (for
example: Red Hat,
HPUX, SuSE etc). Reboot . Once you reboot, the
computer will
finalize everything
and log you in. At
this point, you may
need to install drivers. Insert any
disks that came with
your computer or
it's parts that are
NOT an operating
system, and allow the drivers to be
installed (if
necessary). Allow updates . This is especially
important in
Windows. Allow the
computer to seek
updates and install
them. Look for a "top 10 things to do"
list for that
operating system. Install antivirus
software . If you are using Windows
without antivirus
software while on
the web, you are
vulnerable to all kinds of malicious
programs. Before
you do anything,
even installing
Firefox, install
antivirus. If you don't have any, look
for avast! Antivirus,
it's free. Use it ! You're done, now what you do is
totally up to you.
Set a password,
install programs,
customize, create
user accounts, etc. If you have any files
you backed up, you
may restore them
now. Or, just enjoy
the clean slate and
redo everything, whatever you like.