• Essential laptop maintenance tips for students who taking online class: Covid 19 edition

    Reporter: vijayan
    Published: Thursday, August 27, 2020
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    Might be like no other crisis, COVID-19 has highlighted the role of technology in education in particular, online technologies. With almost all of their students out of school, over 90 percent of the world’s high-income countries and 60% of upper-middle income countries turned to online learning to provide educational continuity to their students. No other distance technology medium combines so many “channels” of learning—text, audio, video, multimedia. No other distance education medium can approximate the classroom experience and connect learners in real-time to their teacher, to each other, and to expertise across the world.
    However, online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has struggled under the weight of such expectations and failed to live up to its considerable potential.
    Online learning has been indeed been “disruptive”, but not in the ways technology companies and educational futurists had hoped. Many of our students, long presumed to be digital aficionados, are not enamored of online learning.




    Minimum recommended system requirements for attending online class effectively.

    You might think you just need the machine with an active internet connection. But, that is not completely right. The best ones for online schooling depend on many things, but there are a few factors you should look for.
    We are looking for a laptop with best-in-class performance, multitasking capabilities, and portability.

    How do you pick the best one to help you with learning things online?

    1. Portable,
    2. Performance,
    3. Long lasting,
    4. Processor,
    5. Storage,
    6. Display,
    7. Battery,
    8. Graphics.
    Online learning definitely on its peak, but it’s not for everyone. There are some common complications that many online students faced not everyone is capable of buying new laptops that’s depends upon their budget and wish but we have to maintain the laptop whatever we own it may be new or pre-owned laptop maintenance is compulsory .
    Here we are going to see major segments of the laptop maintaining tips.



    When it comes to maintenance and tune up tasks there are two broad types which include.

    1.       Hardware maintenance
    2.       Software maintenance

    Here lets we see about laptop hardware and how can we maintain those parts very easily. Sometimes laptop hardware’s also needed to be maintained for working efficiently. Laptop hardware's also making some problems related to lack of maintenance.

    1. Laptop power supply unit precaution tips.

    We always need to cautious about our laptop because it tends to sudden power of your laptop during online class. Power Supply Units (PSU) contains components that convert Electricity from Mains Alternating Current (AC) to regulated Direct Current (DC) at the correct voltage levels to suit Computer requirements. PSUs may have short circuit protection; overpower (overload) protection, over-voltage protection, under-voltage protection, over-current protection, and over temperature protection. PSUs can break down during use.
    Some brands are considered to be of higher quality than others and last longer on average and come with longer manufacturer warranties. Power Supplies are typically replaced when they break down.

    2. Hard disk repair and tips.

    Some online courses consist of pre-programmed software that has the student read or listen to a lecture and then take a test or quiz. And it will take large space on your hard disk your information including the operating system is normally stored on your Hard Disk (HDD).
    At the point when the Laptop is turned on, the HDD works consistently until the laptop is closed down. The HDD is comprised of mechanical and electronic parts incorporating turning platters with attractive covering. On the off chance that your HDD separates and you don't have reinforcement, you may wish to have the significant information recuperated utilizing Data Recovery Services. The recuperated data can be set onto a substitution Hard Disk or other stockpiling media. So hard disk is important part of a laptop and we have to store lot information about your class proper maintenance of hard disk brings you good experience over the class.

    3. Mother board maintenance tips.

    Motherboard is a basic segment inside the PC. Each and every other part is associated with the motherboard. There are a couple of hardware fix shops that can fix a mother board shortcoming, for example, supplanting a flawed motherboard part. For the most part, motherboards having a place with personal computers are supplanted if an issue is found, while in workstations (where motherboards are undeniably increasingly costly comparative with the complete expense of the PC), certain motherboard fixes are conceivable (contingent upon the idea of the deficiency).mother board is the important part of a laptop and also its more expensive so we have to deal with it very carefully 

    4. Battery maintenance tips.  
       
    Well we got more inquiries related to the PC battery charging issue. This is one of the basic issues which typically observed all over the place, to determine this issue keep perusing this blog or contact the specialists at laptop service center in Chennai. The battery comes with fast charging tech that pushes the battery to 60% juice in 49 minutes. Of course, the battery would drain faster if you are watching full HD videos or streaming all day. Still, 14 is a great place to start. With weight 4lbs. However, online learning suffers from a more fundamental issue: Students dislike much of the product itself, extra sleep time notwithstanding.


               Minimum system requirements – 7 hours                        
               Recommended system requirements – Up to 10 hours

    5. Lack of RAM-RAM upgrade in Chennai.

    RAM stands for “Random Access Memory” is important for laptop performance if you will have a little size of RAM you would face lot of problems related to performance. You might notice system notifications informing you that your system's memory is running low. You might also have difficulty running multiple programs at once. When your computer has a lot of RAM, it helps your computer to perform complex tasks—such as running a game—without suffering from any performance issues.

               Minimum system requirements – 8GB
               Recommended system requirements –16GB


    Storage upgrade is another common type of Laptop upgrade that people carry out. There are two main methods to do this.
    The primary technique is the least difficult. Here you just include an extra high limit Hard Disk (HDD) to your laptop. Once included, you can quickly start to utilize the extra space to store additional information that you couldn't fit on your current HDD. Be that as it may, this choice isn't constantly conceivable, especially with PCs where you are regularly physically restricted to a solitary inside hard plate.
    The subsequent technique to build space is to clone the current circle to a bigger plate and afterward utilize the bigger plate rather than the current plate. There are a few programming apparatuses that enable you to clone circles and afterward alter the plate format with the goal that you can utilize the full limit of the new circle. The first circle shouldn't be tossed out as it could be put into a fenced in area and utilized as an outside plate.

                Minimum system requirements – 128GB SSD or 1TB HDD
                Recommended System requirements - 256GB SSD

    7. Processor Upgrade.

    This is less a common type of upgrade that people carry out and it requires some degree of skill to avoid damaging the processor, motherboard and the cooling fan assembly during the upgrade. One must make sure that the processor purchased is compatible with the motherboard that it will be connected to. Some online courses consist of pre-programmed software that has the student read or listen to a lecture and then take a test or quiz. So we need a good processor to load the software and it gives some good user experience.
    At least dedicated graphics card with at least 2GB if you want a high performance machine that comes with the high-end CPU+RAM+GPU then you are fine with the one that performs and multi tasks as well.

             Minimum system requirements – Intel’s integrated Graphics with at least 2GB VRAM
             Recommended system requirements – Dedicated graphics card with at least 2 GB 

    Graphics card is important factor that improves the performance of the computer you can easily load all kind of files very quickly.

    9. Protect the LCD display monitor.

    Students don’t like learning alone; they don’t like spending so much time in front of a screen; they find being online “distracting”; and they see online learning as “low quality”, “a dumbed-down version of face-to-face learning” so we have to provide video quality . When you shut your laptop, make sure there are no small items, such as a pencil or small ear-phones, on the keyboard. These can damage the display screen if the laptop is shut on them; the screen will scratch if the item is rough. Close the lid gently and holding it in the middle. Closing the lid using only one side causes pressure on that hinge and over time can cause it to bend and snap.
    Hold and lift the computer by its base, not by its LCD display (the screen). If you lift it by the screen alone, you could damage the display or the hinges attaching the display to the base. The display is also easily scratched or damaged by direct pressure – avoid placing pressure on it. These are some mistakes usually done by new laptop users so try to avoid these simple mistakes.

              Minimum system requirements- 13.3 inch FHD
              Recommended system requirements-15 inch FHD IPS

    Students who have a small size of display who has chance to distract from the class so you can use the better size of display.

    Software Maintenance tips:

    Online courses are dependent on technology and the reality is that technology isn’t always reliable .Here we see about laptop software and how can we maintain those parts very easily. Sometimes laptop hardware’s also needed to be maintained for working efficiently. Laptop software's also making some problems related to lack of maintenance.
    Due to poor maintenance overtime laptop will tend to suffer from number of software related problems such us.
    1. Slow start up time
    2.  Unnecessary programs using up laptop resources
    3.  Junk files using resources
    4.  Various missing windows
    5.  Third party software updates.
    So as to defeat previously mentioned issues it is significant do occasional programming upkeep. In Windows there are sure settings just as certain outsider utilities that can be utilized to do things, for example, accelerate your laptop's beginning up time, expel pointless projects, evacuate garbage documents and introduce missing updates. Always check that your laptop does not have too much of software and bloat-wares running around as they keep eating the precious memory which is required for playing games or doing other high-end tasks.
    You might think you just need the machine with an active internet connection. But, that is not completely right. Using laptop for online schooling depends on many things, but there are a few factors you should look for.

    1. Beware of unwanted Installers.

    When a site was down and we do not give ourselves enough of a cushion to deal with it those frustrating situations served as a lesson to never procrastinates. So ensure that while downloading from the web you do not download unwanted installers which are usually created to install unwanted software’s which are provided as freeware for providing the file which you require.  Also it’s preferable that you use cleanup software like tune up utilities or c cleaner etc. for maintain your computer under constant surveillance from the unnecessary programs installed during various activities.

    2. Operating system.

    If doable do a clean install of the operating system you use once every 2 to 3 years. This will really help the laptop to start from the scratch and maintain everything in a very organized and effective manner. This is very helpful to clear junk files from the computer Students should be provided accesses to support devices that can help them solve technical problems via call, email or live chat. You should concentrate to your instructor during the process of solving the issues. So you should need proper operating system maintenance.

    3. Use Clean up software’s.

    Also it’s preferable that you use cleanup software like tune up utilities or c cleaner etc. for keeping your computer under constant surveillance from the unnecessary programs installed during various activities. Always check that your laptop does not have too much of software and bloat-wares running around as they keep eating the precious memory which is required for playing games or doing other high-end tasks.
    These are some basic tips to maintain laptops by hardware and software wise and this can improve your life of laptops.


    Final thoughts :

    Computer knowledge

    Lack of computer education is a major problem in today’s world. There are many students who still cannot operate basics like MS word and PowerPoint. And whenever some technical issues emerge, they find some difficulties to solve the problem in such a scenario. They face some struggles with live classes like usage of appropriate icons, MS office, communication-related apps and websites, browsing study materials, etc. Sometimes they do not know basic proficiency like login, live classes, creating and submitting work, communicating with teachers and friends.



    Communication

    Perhaps lack of communication skills of the students during online class. Usually teachers provide assignments for improving reading and writing skills but there is a possibility that they might not be able to write so convincingly that educators understand the concept behind their assignments. It could happen due to lack of interest and feel very shy, poor technological skills with apps and video calls or unable to express themselves via live chats, emails or text messages.

    How to overcome the challenge?

    You should become aware of the importance of communication for better learning. Online learning enhances your learning experience. It provides a platform for communication and interaction with others. In this way, you are able to learn from them and improve their knowledge and skills. If you have any issues in communication, then seek help from teachers and friends. Ask them tools that can help you improve your communication skills. You read, write and interact for better communication.