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Basic computer maintenance


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  • 1. Basic Computer Maintenance
  • 2. CPU
  • 3. LCD Monitor
    • Do not touch or attach items to the screen.
    • Turn off to clean.
    • Spray mild window cleaner on a soft cloth.
    • Do not spray directly on screen.
    • Do not use paper towels.
  • 4. Wires
    • Avoid pulling or putting stress on your wires.
    • Avoid putting objects on top of wires.
    • Always disconnect cords by grasping the plug, not the cord.
  • 5. CPU
    • Turn power off before cleaning.
    • Any type of household cleaner for outside.
    • Once a month take off cover and gently blow off dust.
    • Always disconnect power cord by grasping plug- not cord.
  • 6. Surge Protectors
    • Use a surge protector to protect electronic devices from power surges.
    • Will not offer 100% protection.
    • To be safe, never use computer during a storm.
  • 7. CD-ROM Drives
    • Always use the button to open and close the drive.
    • Do not use compressed air to clean the floppy diskette, CD, DVD or Zip drives.
  • 8. CDs and DVDs
    • Use a soft cotton cloth
    • Wipe against the tracks starting from the middle and wiping outwards
    • Never wipe with the tracks
    • Water w/ soap or rubbing alcohol
  • 9. Keyboard
    • Do not eat or drink while typing on your computer.
    • Turn off before cleaning.
    • Spray Windex onto cloth, not on keyboard
    • Compressed air
  • 10. Mouse
    • Clean the top of your mouse like your keyboard
    • Scrape guck off bottom with your fingernail
  • 11. Installing Software
    • Do not use “bootleg” software
    • Be sure to reboot after each program is installed
    • Test your computer for problems before installing another program
  • 12. Protect Against Viruses
    • Don’t open email attachments from people you don’t know.
    • If your computer suddenly starts acting strange, you should run a virus scan.
  • 13. Protect Against Viruses
    • Be careful about disks and CDs from other computers- not everyone has virus protection.
  • 14. Protect Against Viruses
    • Purchase anti-virus software.
    • Update the software at least once a month.
  • 15. Protect Against Viruses
    • Use a firewall.
    • A firewall is a piece of software or hardware that helps screen out hackers, viruses, and worms that try to reach your computer over the internet.
  • 16. Protect Against Viruses
    • Be careful about what you download from the Internet!
  • 17. Protect Against Viruses
    • Be sure that everyone who uses your computer follows these rules!
  • 18. Protect Against Viruses
    • Back it up!
  • 19. General Troubleshooting
    • If your computer does not start the first thing to check is the power source… is it plugged in?
    • If your computer locks up (freezes) the first thing you should do is restart the computer.
  • 20. General Troubleshooting
    • If your document fails to print you should check the-
      • paper supply,
      • power source,
      • paper feeder.
  • 21. General Troubleshooting
    • If you install a new software program on your computer and it does not work the most likely reason is that you do not have enough memory .