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Tips and Recommendations for PCs


Battery Best Practices


  • The more resources you use (ex. audio output, increased screen brightness, wireless, CD or DVD) the faster the battery will discharge.
  • Batteries are rated for a life of approximately 300-500 charge cycles). To optimize the life of your battery follow these best practices:
    • Whenever possible, connect to a wall outlet to conserver your charge/recharge cycle lifetime.
    • When you first receive your notebook computer, ensure that the batteries are fully charged by keeping them plugged in for 1.5-2.5 hours.
      • If Administrative Computing set up your notebook, then this step has already been done for you.
    • After fully charging, run the computer on battery power only to fully discharge it.
    • Perform this routine once per month.
    • If you have multiple batteries, rotate them occasionally.
    • If you do not use your spare battery regularly, store it at about a 50% charge.

Hard Drive Best Practices


  • Do not throw or drop your computer.
  • When you want to move your computer and it is on, close the lid and count to 10 before moving it, or wait for the hard drive indicator light to go out.
  • On a weekly basis, back up your data to an external hard drive or CD.
  • Store your data on your D: drive.
  • If you find OS freeze, slow, blue screen......, send your laptop to E318 ASAP to check the hard drive health and recovery the data if you have, never waiting the hard drive running "clicking" - it is too late to rescue your data.

Spilled Liquids


  • Don't pour liquids on your keyboard.
    • Your notebook does not get thirsty!
  • However, if you do spill something on, in or under the notebook, IMMEDIATELY turn it off, pull out the battery and bring it to us as soon as you can.
  • Never try boot your laptop again even "Dry it couple days" yourself.

Hair and Dust


  • Keep your notebook away from pet hair and excessive dust.
  • Feel free to bring your notebook in to us for cleaning.

Shutting Down Your Computer Best Practices


  • When leaving your computer for a few minutes, merely close the lid and the screen will turn off and go into Standby mode. To revive it, lift the lid, and the computer will quickly return to where you left it when the lid was closed.
  • You will normally lose your VPN connection when you close the lid when you are running wirelessly. You will need to re-connect to VPN by clicking on the VPN Client icon in the Task Tray and selecting Connect.
  • If you must leave the computer for an extended time (more than couple of hours), we recommend that you choose Shut down from the Start menu.

Physical Security of Your Laptop


  • NEVER leave your laptop unattended, even for "just a minute." Every year at least one or more laptops are stolen. It doesn't matter where you are; at your desk, in the student lounge, in the library. It only takes a minute for your laptop to "walk away."
  • If you plan to leave it laying out, then buy a security cable. Security cables are not perfect protection, but they will deter the casual thief.
  • Do not leave your laptop or laptop bag laying out in plain sight in your car. Put it in the trunk.
  • Always carry your laptop bag with you during trip, especially in airport. We receive lost report almost every year.

Internet Security


  • Always keep Symantec AntiVirus or Microsoft Security Essentials running on your Windows computer.
  • Never download or install untrust or unfamiliar programs.
  • Periodically run Microsoft Update.
  • Use Case's VPN Client when you are using any unsecured wireless network.
  • Never send personal information (SSN, birthdate, passwords, etc.) via e-mail.
  • Never reply to an e-mail request, asking for your personal information.
  • Do not open e-mail attachments from people you do not know or do not expect to receive attachments from.
  • University security resources website:

My Computer - Drives C:\ and D:\


We have divided your computer's hard drive into two partitions, called C:\ and D:\. Windows and all of your applications are installed on drive C:\, while all of your data including My Documents are on D:\ drive. We have done this to make recovering your data much easier, should there be a problem. This also makes re-installing things much easier.

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