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KEEP YOUR PC COOL

Does your PC hang very often? Or does it seem to stall, or takes longer to process a request. One of the reasons that this happens (apart from inadequate software or hardware configuration) is that your system must be heating up. It is very important that your PC has adequate ventilation because with faster processors serving you today, your system is getting hotter than it did a couple of years ago. A cool air-conditioned room is most recommended but not always possible. So if you feel that your system is getting heated up then try to get hold of a table fan or cooler and direct it towards the PC.
 
SAVE, DESPITE A POWER CUT

Do you often find that you’ve lost a lot of information from a recovered document after a power cut? You can minimize this problem by making a few changes. First let us tell you why this happens. The amount of new information that the recovered document contains depends on how frequently Word saves the recovery file. For example, if the recovery file is saved only every 15 minutes, then up to 15 minutes of work can be lost if a power failure or similar problem occurs. To change the Auto Recover, save interval open Microsoft Word like you would always to open or create a new file. Then go to the `Tools’ function and select `Options’ from the menu. Select `Save’ in the dialog box that appears. Then enter or select the number of minutes in intervals of which your
document will be automatically saved.
 
TURNING YOUR PC ON AND OFF

PC users who have a problem machine, especially a system that hangs, often tend to just turn the PC on and off to make it work. This is simply DISASTROUS and will only cause the system to deteriorate rapidly. When you turn the power off always wait for at least a minute before turning it on again. This allows the hard disk to settle down before it is made to spin up again. Otherwise the hard disk goes through jerks and you are reducing its life and performance efficiency significantly. Also, do not forget the `Reset' button on your PC. It is better to use this than to turn the PC--and therefore the power--on and off.
 
NOTHING ON YOUR PC PLEASE


Not enough disk-space? What do you do? Load your files, books, etc. on your PC. Don't! The PC, remember is very fragile. Like precious cut glass. That's because it has the most vital parts--the hard disk--stored within it. Putting something on your PC is like placing something heavy on your chest. Would you be able to breathe easily that way? That's exactly what happens to the PC when heavy stuff is placed on it. So if you've got a library building up on your PC, unload it right away! Or face the consequences of frequent hard disk crashes.
 

PROPER VENTILATION IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR PC

It is very important that the ventilation in and around your PC is adequate, otherwise it can lead to overheating of the PC components and therefore damage to them. The best PC environment is one where the entire room has a regulated temperature, air conditioning and active ventilation. The most important aspect of proper ventilation for your PC, however, is to mainly make sure that you provide adequate space for the power supply fan (located at the back end of your PC) to blow. In other words it would be foolhardy to push your PC against a wall, or to place it inside a box. So be especially careful if your PC is placed under your desk, especially if it is a closed unit. Removing the metal cover of your PC will not help. Instead it will only make things worse as the power supply fan can no longer blow out the hot air from the PC components as the air flow will get spread out. Equally do not place papers on top of the ventilation grating of your monitor.
 
A Stitch In Time Saves Nine

One of the basic (but most important) factors that generally get ignored while buying a computer is voltage. Before installing the machine, do get your electrical circuitry checked by a certified electrician. What works for one device might spell disaster for another.

Remember, your computer system has a lot of 'delicate' components that can get seriously damaged by the slightest voltage fluctuation.

A voltage stabilizer comes into play at this stage. Do check to see if the stabilizer indicator lights are working properly and to be on a safer side by a product that is certified.

However a stabilizer alone cannot guarantee complete safety for your system. The stabilizer can cut off the flow of current in a fraction of a second and the SMPS (switch mode power supply) can be easily damaged. This happens mostly during brownouts.
The safest bet would be to install a UPS (Uninterrupted power supply) along with a stabilizer to the system. A UPS might seem costly, but there is no compromise when it comes to safety. In case of a power outage, the UPS gives the system a standby time (usually 30 minutes or so) when one can complete work and save it properly on the machine, before switching it off. This guarantees safety of data.
 


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