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How to take care of your laptop in Summer?

Hot SUMMER is here and laptop is heating too much ....... It's something almost every laptop owner has experienced at one time or another. When technology cram that many computer parts into such a small space, without a lot of room for airflow, things are going to get hot. Couple that with a heat-conducting case—like the aluminum one on modern MacBooks—and you've got a computer you could probably cook an egg on. (Well, maybe not.) It doesn't necessarily mean your computer is having problems, but either way, there are a few things you can do about it.

The first thing to do is to get the right covering for your laptop, So buy a waterproof which ensures to keep your laptop dry under whatsoever bad weather conditions you may face. Cases that come as default with most laptops usually do not make the grade when it comes to the Indian rains. It might be a good idea to put aside your favourite (and oft gauche) leather laptop case during the rains and opt for a water-resistant backpack. In addition to being easier to carry around, these backpacks can also pack in and protect your other assorted electronics like PDAs / MP3 players.

Going for a long meeting trip? Options are available in water-resistant carry/wheel along bags that can protect your laptop from leaks that may spring up in car boots (yes, leaving laptops in car boots is an absolute no-no). These are usually casings to cover the laptop while it is inside the suitcase. The casings may be part of the bag or available off the shelf as standard items.

More than the rains, it is the associated humidity that can put many a micro-circuitry out of action. This is why it is time to take a leaf out of the book of those who have been engaged in the fight against humidity for decades now photographers. These professionals face the dangers posed by humidity in multiple ways that are applicable as much to laptop users. Since most of these protection mechanismsare easily available off the shelf, it should be easy to procure and cheaper to implement. One of the first means of protection is to line the inside of your laptop case with packets of silica gel. These packets are easily available at photographic equipment shops. Make sure to pick up silica gel that changes colours to indicate when it has exhausted its moisture absorbing capabilities. It is always advisable to replace the packets with fresh ones before it completely changes colour. Next comes the highly inexpensive and simple plastic way. Wrap your laptop with a soft towel and encase it in a plastic bag. This ensures that moisture does not get past the plastic layer. Another 'plastic' way to protect your laptop is to use the clear plastic kitchen foils that are readily available to wrap up your laptop. Before you get a stomach cramp from laughing too hard, it is good to be aware that this method was used effectively by journalists covering the Iraq war. Environments usually don't get more extreme than that.

When everything fails....

There is always chance of glitches even after taking the best of precautions. So what do you do if your laptop gets wet? First of all, always have regular backups in place. Be prepared for the disaster that may occur. I know that this sounds as exciting as the spiel your office's system administrator dishes out. But there is no other alternative if you value the information. A removable external USB hard disk is a useful utility to have such backups. These disks along with automated backup software can ensure that the data in your laptop is safely backed up in case the worst strikes. Other options are to use the in built CD/DVD writer or a portable USB thumb drive. The nearest equivalent of switching on a wet laptop is throwing it into the nearest puddle. So do keep that finger off the power button in the eventuality of the laptop getting wet. In this scenario it is best to take your laptop to the nearest service centre. If is not possible to take the laptop to the service centre immediately, try to dry the laptop as much as possible. This can be done using methods like placing it near a dehumidifier like an AC or a hair dryer on low heat setting. However, refrain from switching on the laptop till a technician has checked it properly.

Keep devices unplugged when not in use in order to avoid short circuits and shocks.

Remove the batteries of all the devices when not in use. This is especially true for the monsoon season that can damage devices.

It is recommended to unplug laptops whenever not in use , and don’t keep them in high humid places .

Enjoy this monsoon and take care of your precious gadgets .