Maintenance is always key for gadgets. Gaming laptops are not an exception. As a matter of fact, they require great maintenance strategies to keep them in working condition. In the guide, we would be looking at these maintenance strategies to follow so your gaming laptops remain in good condition. Read through this guide to find out what these steps are.
With the high powered gaming laptops of today, it’s finally possible to take your serious PC gaming on the road without lugging your desktop PC and monitor around. But there are always certain compromises to be had when putting a lot of power into a relatively small package and in the case of a gaming Laptop, that compromise is heated.
This How-To will outline the main causes of Laptop failure and decreased performance, as well as giving you some handy hints on preventing these and getting your Laptop running as smoothly as possible.
Importance of Gaming Laptop Maintenance
It seems there are a lot of people who prefer to utilize laptops rather than desktop personal computers. As a matter of fact, many have even totally replaced their PCs with laptops. While for some people, a Laptop is a very handy device, which they can use for work, socializing, and communication, for others, Laptop is their main gaming gadget.
Since more and more people are using laptops for their gaming ventures, it is indeed crucial for certified gamers to know the proper maintenance techniques in order to keep the healthiness of their gaming laptops.
A majority of hardware support engineers suggest that proper maintenance of gaming laptops is the key to ensure that it will be in good condition. Even though they are aware that the maintenance steps of laptops are very easy to follow, it seems some people are too lazy to do so.
Below are some gaming Laptop maintenance techniques, which are shared by Laptop manufacturers. These techniques can aid in leveraging the Laptop’s life. Even though the Laptop is designed for heavy gaming, the fact still prevails that it is a delicate gadget, and it requires gentle care.
Heat Damaged Components
You have probably noticed that in the middle of a game, your Laptop can get warm and the sound from the fan inside suddenly becomes more obvious, this is the Laptop trying to cool itself as intensive processes start to generate a lot of heat.
Heat damage can be caused by inadequate airflow, poor maintenance, or excessive use at high temperatures. (The risk of this increases as the Laptop gets older.) Below are a few simple steps that will help you prevent heat damage.
- Although it’s called a Laptop, never actually use the Laptop on your lap, a pillow, the bedsheets, or any other surface that is not solid and flat.
Doing this can block vents for fans and passive airflow which can lead to overheating. The ability of the Laptop to dissipate heat naturally is also greatly reduced when it is not placed on a flat surface.
- Avoid running the Laptop in high-temperature environments.
For some, this might mean using it in a cooler part of your home or office. If you are in a tropical or a very hot and dry climate, then invest in a cooling pad for your Laptop. This will not only elevate it from any surface it is on, which increases natural airflow, but it will also provide additional direct airflow to the vents below the Laptop.
When choosing a cooling pad, check the bottom of your Laptop for vents and choose a pad that has fans lining up to these vents or choose one that has manually adjustable airflow.
- Check for dust blocking any vents on the Laptop.
A quick visual examination will reveal any dust blocking the vents around the Laptop. It’s a good idea to keep a can of compressed air on hand in case you need to clean the vents. Compressed air can be purchased from most computer stores or your local hardware store.
- If you are noticing excessive heat (try using the software in the section below) while gaming, especially if you notice it only in certain games, try turning the graphics settings down.
Running games on high graphics settings with mid-range hardware can cause excess stress on the Laptop components.
Impact and Pressure Damage
Impact or Pressure Damage. A Laptop, being portable, faces a higher risk of receiving shocks and bumps. In addition to this, your hands are usually resting on the chassis and keyboard which can cause internal damage from excess pressure.
- Handle With Care.
This one goes without saying, but it’s something that should be stressed. Your gaming Laptop contains both moving and non-moving parts that can be damaged or dislodged even with the slightest impact. Take care when moving or transporting your Laptop and use a Laptop bag or sleeve when possible.
If the Laptop is running and you need to move it, shut it down or suspend it first, as some components are especially sensitive when in use. The hard disk surface for example can be permanently damaged if it takes impact while spinning.
- If you’re at a desk or table, consider using an external keyboard and mouse.
Gaming on a Laptop can be an intense experience and can be cause for some less than delicate use of the keyboard and touch-pad. If you use an external mouse and keyboard, you will reduce any shocks and bumps that the Laptop would receive (which can cause internal or chassis damage). Alternatively, if the game supports a game-pad then consider using one instead.
Avoid fully draining the batteries:
Gaming laptops require a high amount of energy to operate. That’s why these types of portable computers tend to have a shorter battery capacity compared to their office-use counterparts. When your laptop’s battery starts alerting you that it’s already low, quickly plug it into an outlet and charge it. Constantly draining the laptop battery decreases its capacity and shortens its lifespan.
Monitor the system:
Laptops come fully equipped with unnecessary startup programs and other utilities we don’t really use. All that extra baggage can really put a dent in PC performance. Configure these programs to run only when needed and close any background apps. Remember to keep drivers and Windows updated. Monitor the CPU, especially in the event of overclocking, to ensure that it doesn’t reach dangerous temperatures.
Remove the battery when using the laptop while plugged into a wall outlet:
Using the laptop while charging also decreases the lifespan of the battery because it doesn’t get its battery cells properly charged. Plugin the batteries when you’re planning on gaming on the go.
Avoid installing unknown software applications:
Ambiguous applications tend to hide malware, which can infect your computer system once it’s installed. Check the Internet and do a little research first about the software you’re about to use before installing it on your laptop.
Install an anti-malware application:
Anti-malware applications, like antiviruses and firewalls, can protect your gaming laptop from any possible infections. It can prevent serious threats from causing damage digitally to your gaming laptop that can jeopardize important files and media saved on your computer.
Run diagnostic scans:
Gaming laptops are susceptible to infections such as adware, malware, and other viruses that can take up some of your usable memory or even cripple your operating system. Take all the necessary measures to keep your system safe by finding those viruses and removing them immediately. There are a wide variety of antivirus software programs and anti-malware applications to choose from.
Shut off when not in use:
One of the biggest mistakes a gamer can make is leaving a laptop on when not in use. All devices need downtime. After an intense day or night of gaming, power down the laptop to save on power. You can also adjust the power settings to set sleep times and better maintain the battery.
Perform routine cleanups:
You can salvage some performance by cleaning up your laptop every once in a while. Delete any temporary files, browser cookies, the recycle bin, and anything else that’s contributing to clutter. You should also keep your notebook free from dust. Utilize canned air every three to six months to prevent dust buildup from impacting your PC components.
Use keyboard covers:
Gaming laptop keyboards take the same abuse as their desktop counterparts, only they’re not easily replaceable once they break. Use keyboard covers to prevent dust from dropping and squeezing between the tiny gaps found on your keyboard. Keyboard covers can also help prevent key labels from rubbing off and getting erased.
Tips, Tricks & Warnings
- If in monitoring, temperatures drop below the minimum ideal value, don’t worry – the colder the microchip, the more efficiently it can run.
- When blowing compressed air in the Laptop, always make sure the unit is powered off.
- Background programs can cause a decrease in performance. Make sure you close any unnecessary software you have running before gaming.
Following these simple tips can keep your laptop running and work for years to come and prevent you from having to spend more money for a replacement.