Laptop Computer Tips and Tricks

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June 26, 2012

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 lnygaard from Billings, MT

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A recent brainwave made me think to put two small sized Command hooks on the lid of my laptop. At the end of every day, I pull out the cable from the laptop then try to find somewhere to keep it until the next day. After I put the two self-adhesive-backed hooks next to each other on the left-hand corner of the closed lid, now this simply and safely stores the laptop cable and my glasses.

Why did it take me so long to think of this solution?


That's what I'd like to know!

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I am using a lid from a storage container to keep my laptop from overheating. I have found that it works very well. I don't want the ventilation area under the computer to be blocked.

A laptop computer with a storage container lid underneath it.

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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 2, 2005

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

Phillip from Wales


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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By zanhero (Guest Post)
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 3, 2014

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

By Pam H.


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 24, 2010

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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May 1, 2017

If your laptop gets too warm you can buy a special cooling pad or get creative and make something yourself to help dissipate the heat. This is a page about keeping your laptop cool.

A person using a laptop computer.

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