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Laptop Computer Tips and Tricks

Laptop computers can be a challenge to use for all your computer needs. This guide is about laptop computer tips and tricks.


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May 15, 2012

When I use my laptop on my lap, it gets very hot even with the fan running and the vents clear. Using it on the desk or table, it also gets very warm and sometimes shuts down because it over heats.


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June 26, 2012 Flag

I made (knit) a simple rectangle shape to put under my laptop. This computer cozy helps to slide the computer and it distributes the battery heat.

By Louella from Billings, MT

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September 18, 20120 found this helpful

Brilliant idea how many stitches did you cast on with. My laptop burns my legs I have tried various things but doesn't help.

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October 24, 2008 Flag

Hot glue things, such as a row of pencils or a medium size bead (like beaded car seats are made of) or clothespins or any other thing, to each corner of the underneath side of your laptop to give way to circulation. It can be cool rather than buying a product made especially to do the same thing. You wouldn't even have to go so far as to glue it - you could cut a sponge in 4 pieces and sit the laptop on it or to use it over and over. Attach with velcro if you feel it isn't secure enough for you.

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October 24, 20080 found this helpful

Like your idea. To keep my laptop cool, I purchased a $1.00 clipboard from Dollar store. At opposite end of the clip, I taped two small pieces of wood. This keeps my laptop cool without glueing anything to it. Very handy because now I always have a clipboard handy if I need it or a hard surface to write on.

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January 23, 2012

In February, I accidentally spilled water down the fan side of my 2 week old brand new laptop. The computer tech told me to take the battery out ASAP!

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November 3, 2014 Flag

I have a camera in my laptop, and I don't know how to use it. What should I do?

By Pam H.

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November 5, 20140 found this helpful

Are you referring to the camera that lets other people see you when you are "talking" to them? In any case, computers are different so you will have to find this in your laptop manual.

If you do not have a manual then research it on line. You will just have to have your laptop "name" and model number which is on your laptop. Usually you can find a manual to review on line or maybe print it out to keep for future reference.

You can also just Google your question (include laptop name and model) and maybe find an answer that way.

First - find the name and model number as this is necessary for anyone to be able to really answer your questions.

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November 2, 2005 Flag

How can I recharge a battery for a laptop computer that has gone dead?

Phillip from Wales

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November 3, 20050 found this helpful

I don't think you can, they loose cells. Sorry, you may have to buy a new one.

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March 27, 20060 found this helpful

i don't know, i'm also looking for some information about this...

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October 28, 20070 found this helpful

Old rechargable batteries can sometimes be saved by repeated discharge - charge cycles.

If not, they are Kaput!

You can get darned good batteries from a place called


for very reasonable prices.

I ordered one and it is all new NIMH inside!


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February 9, 20090 found this helpful

Yeah, you should buy a new one. Its not good every time you are using your laptop it turns off because of the battery. It can cause you a lot of trouble. it might harm your laptop. You dont have to worry, there are cheap batteries you can buy with good quality as well. Try here at

They also have special discount on their laptop batteries until Feb. 14.

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June 6, 20090 found this helpful

You can try freezing it there have been many cases where this works I'm actually freezing one right now.

Put the battery in 3 zip lock bags then put it in the freezer on a towal for 13 hours take it out pat it dry then let it warm up to room temp THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT NOT DOING THIS CAN CAUSE THE BATTERY TO EXPLODE then put it in your computer and charge and discharge is for 4 cycles its known to give you battery from none to an hour charge.

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November 24, 2010 Flag

I have a desktop with a monitor which has a 4:3 ratio display. I have a new laptop which has a widescreen display. I would like my photos on the laptop to display at the 4:3 ratio. Is there any way I can adjust the laptop to display at 4:3?

By June from Brisbane, Australia

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November 27, 20100 found this helpful

http://windows.  y+ratio&prd=

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