• Laptop Program:  Care and Maintenance

    General Care and Maintenance Tips

    Notice: Students are responsible for the laptop they have been issued. Laptops in need of repair or damaged must be reported to the help desk. Failure to report laptop repair issues will result in disciplinary actions.
    1. Keep liquids and food away from your laptop. Spilled liquids and/or crumbs may damage the internal components or cause electrical issues for your laptop. 
    2. Use only approved wipes for the screen.   Cleaners that are designed for LCD screens (regular glass cleaner cleaners that contain alcohol or ammonia and will cause damage).
    3. Never spray cleaners directly on your computer.   While the computer is turned off, you may clean the keyboard, trackpad and surfaces with a lightly damp cloth.
    4. Always have clean hands when using your laptop.  If your hands are clean, you will help reduce wear and tear on the coating of the laptop and make it easier to use the touchpad. 
    5. Never use a pencil, eraser or other object on the touchpad. The touchpad can be damaged if not used properly.   
    6. Do not place stickers on the inside/outside of the laptop.
    7. Don’t place heavy objects on top of the laptop.   This may cause damage to the screen.  In addition, don’t place anything between the screen and the keyboard when you close your computer, as those items will cause damage to the screen. In a pile the laptop must be on top!
    8. Be careful with the screen. Don’t touch the screen with your fingers or any other object.
    9. Use your laptop on a sturdy surface that allows for adequate air circulation. Placing the laptop on a pillow or your bed during use or blocking the side air vents can cause it to overheat.
    10. Take care of your power cord. Do not bend the AC adapter wire.  Leave plenty of room for the wire to reach the computer.   Don’t pull, tug or roll over your computer. 
    11. Insert drives/accessory devices carefully. Insert all removable media/accessories carefully and at the correct angle. Do not force anything into a device slot or accessory as it may damage the device or portable media.
    12. Don’t expose your laptop to extreme or fluctuating temperatures.   If your laptop is exposed, let it come to room temperature before turning it on, as condensation could form inside the machine causing damage.
    13. Always carry your laptop in the school-issued/approved laptop case. Transporting your laptop properly will protect it from scratching, squeezing, dropping and other incidental damage. 
    14. Never attempt repair or reconfiguration of the laptop PC. Under no circumstances are you to attempt to open or tamper the internal components of the laptop. Nor should you remove any screws; doing so will render the warranty void and will result in disciplinary action.
    General Battery Tips

    1. Check your battery charge level.  Without opening your computer, turn your computer over and press the battery button located on the battery. (The LED lights indicate the level of charge- four lights means the laptop is fully charged).
    2. Shut down completely for prolonged periods of inactivity.   This will help to conserve the battery.
    3. Dimming the LCD brightness of your screen will extend the battery run time.