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  1. Performing a Laptop Power Drain

    Performing a Laptop Power Drain

    Performing a controlled power drain for your Dell laptop can be a helpful process for your system's health.

    Flea Power Explained
    Term for residual electrical charge on components
    Laptop can retain residual charge even after powered down
    Charge can also linger after battery/adapter disconnected
    Can interfere with laptop when powering up

    Removing Flea Power

    1. Remove all peripherals/USB devices
    2. Remove battery if possible (check user guide)
    3. Disconnect AC adapter from laptop

    Power Button
    4. Hold power button down for 15 seconds, then release
    5. Connect battery back if it was removed
    6. Connect AC Arapter > turn PC on

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  2. Reducing PC Temperatures

    Reducing PC Temperatures

    1. Use on flat, hard surface. Avoid cushions or beds
    2. Clean fans, reduce dust, allow airflow
    3. Use cooling pads (notebooks)
    4. Update BIOS to improve fan control
    5. Remove obstructions, airflow is key

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  3. Repairing and upgrading versus buying new IT hardware

    Repairing and upgrading versus buying new IT hardware

    Repairing and upgrading existing IT hardware versus buying new?

    In times of financial austerity for individuals, organisations and the public sector, we are all looking at ways of making cost savings and stretching our budgets further. When it comes to decisions on repairing or upgrading existing IT hardware we can have some tough choices to make.

    It seems like new systems are brought out almost every quarter by the big computer companies such as Dell, Apple, Compaq and Lenovo and keeping up with technological advances can feel like a losing battle. Ask yourself if you actually need these latest systems, and if they will improve your capabilities to a level that warrants spending a chunk of you or your organisations hard earned money on them? Can you just upgrade or repair where needed?

    If your system is not broken, the most frequent issue that people experience is a slow running machine. This problem can be encountered for many reasons such as an inadequate hard drive or system memory, unused programs running on your system; and overheating hardware. All of these issues can be fixed at a relatively low cost.

    To help you ascertain what area of your system is under performing, Windows includes a number of performance-monitoring tools. You can run these before and after making changes to observe how well they have worked.

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  4. Find parts by Dell part number

    Find parts by Dell part number

    The Partsfrog guide to finding your relevant Dell part number.

    It can be difficult finding the correct Dell part for your system, and there is nothing more frustrating than ordering an incorrect part when your system needs to be repaired in a hurry. Here at Partsfrog we believe in giving our valued customers the tools and information that they need to get the parts they require first time. We do not hold back valuable part numbers in the hope that you will reward us with your loyalty and custom.

    Listed below is a guide to finding the relevant information and part number for the Dell part that you need…

    1. Ascertain which part needs replacing in your system.
    2. If you do not know the model of your system, look it up here by your service Tag (It will be a seven character code found on your machine, which when inputted into the above link will tell you what system you have).
    3. If you are feeling confident, safely remove the part from your system that needs replacing and move to instructions 5 through to 6 to find your Dell part.
    4. If you do not want to remove the offending part from your system, or you do not have the part to hand to get the relevant part number from, either enter the name of the part (for example: laptop keyboard) and model that you got from step 2 above (for example: Latitude E7250) into the Partsfrog search bar, or click on the Partsfrog category that you require and filter the relevant shopping options to get to the part you need.
    5. If you have safely removed the offending part from your system, you can now get the relevant Dell part number from the hardware. This part number will be contained within a white bar coded label on the part (examples of which are below) and will contain a serial number usually starting with CN (but other derivatives can include DPN / DSN / KR / IE and AC). Ignore the first CN-0 or CN0 - the next five characters are your product code (again examples of this are below).
    6. Take this part number / product code and enter into the search bar on the Partsfrog website and within the returned results will be the part that you need, or a suggested alternative.
    7. If the part is in stock, place your order. If it is not listed as in stock, contact us to request a quote and we will be back with you within 24 hours (Monday-to-Friday).
    Find Parts by Service Tag here

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