[Request] Guides for taking care of laptop

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  1. followtheflow

    followtheflow Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'll be purchasing a laptop next month near Black Friday. This will be my first time having a laptop, so i am clueless on how to take care of one.. Can I have guides to these?

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    1. How to take care of the battery/charge correctly
    1a. Is it okay to leave the charge your laptop while using it? (even if it's 100% battery)

    2. How to remove old thermal paste/ reapply new thermal paste onto the CPU and GPU
    2a. Does it differ with each laptop?

    3. How to get the most battery life out of your laptop

    4. How do you overclock your CPU/GPU? Should I do it or should I not?


    5. Any other guide/tips you can give me.
     
  2. tocirahl

    tocirahl Notebook Consultant

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    I don't know if I can write an entire guide on each of these topics but:

    1. It's ok to leave your battery charged at 100% for a couple days, but leaving it there for an extended amount of time will degrade your battery. Ideally, you want to keep your battery at 50% (although 80% works fine) when you're leaving it plugged in for a long period of time.

    2. Varies from laptop to laptop, but the general idea is to remove the cooling assembly, remove the old thermal paste, apply the new. You have to be careful, since some manufacturers use thermal pads instead of paste to fill in gaps, so if you remove a really thick thermal pad, it's possible that you won't be able to bridge the gap with thermal paste alone and end up with overheating.

    3. In the long term: take care of your battery, don't leave it for too long at 100% or 0%. In the short term, turn off any wireless capabilities/hardware you're not using. Kill unnecessary background processes. Decrease screen brightness. Throttle your CPU.

    4. Highly depends on your laptop. Generally, this isn't a good idea since laptops have a hard time dissipating heat and overclocking generates a lot of it, but it can be safe to do for certain laptops. Furthermore, most non-gaming laptops have their CPU and GPU clocks locked, so it will be very difficult anyways.
     
  3. Ellyidol

    Ellyidol Notebook Evangelist

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    Hi,

    I currently have a gaming laptop and we know how short their battery lives are when gaming on battery mode. Should I still follow these steps when using my laptop? My laptop battery is also built in so removing it is not an option.

    Also, I'm not sure if I understand this correctly. If I'm not gaming and using it for school work, should I unplug my laptop (if it's at 100%) and just plug it back in when it's low again? So basically using up and charging the battery as often as possible?
     
  4. J.R. Nelson

    J.R. Nelson Minister of Awesome

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    No. Excessive charge cycles will wear down your battery sooner than you'd like. This sort of staying plugged in thing is only a concern if you literally never let the charge drop. If you use it on battery once every week or two, you'll be fine (more is okay, but there is zero benefit to doing it more than you need just for the sake of doing it).
     
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    Ellyidol Notebook Evangelist

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    Thank you for the clarification :)
     
  6. Lacker

    Lacker Newbie

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    Perfect, i was just looking for some informations about a repaste !
     
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