Should you leave your computer on all the time?

A question we get a lot here at 365 Laptop Repair is “Should I leave my computer on all of the time?”  We have heard all kinds of reasons to leave it on or turn it off when not in use over the years, but what is really the best thing to do?

Our stance here at 365 is that you should power off your desktop/laptop when you aren’t going to be using it for long periods of time. If you leave your computer on all of the time it could cause problems in the short term and the long term.

If you leave your computer on lets say all night and then start using it in the morning, you could experience slower performance of both your hardware and software. Over time, errors could build up in your running programs or operating system itself, causing less than optimal performance. Starting up your computer fresh in the morning or if you put it to sleep at night, restarting it before working will ensure you are getting the best performance.

Heat is one of the biggest enemies of optimal computer performance and as long as your computer is on, it will be producing heat. This heat will be placing an unnecessary toll on your computer components if you aren’t using it. While modern computers are build to dissipate and withstand the heat of operation, unnecessary use should be avoided to prolong the life of your computer parts.

While leaving your computer unnecessarily should be avoided, that doesn’t mean you should be afraid of leaving it on when you need to to for tasks such as downloading, or if you are going to use it soon.

Some people worry that the constant on/off will damage their computer. This was a problem in the early days of computers, however with modern computers it is not worth the electricity and computer wear to leave it on.

Best practice for prolonging the life of your computer is to turn it off at night if you aren’t doing anything on it, and to restart it daily to ensure your computer is running at its best. We get many people coming in who’s problems can be fixed or prevented with proper computer care, and we wanted to share this info to save you the time and money of bringing your laptop to us.

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HP Elitebook Folio 9470m Repair / Disassembly tips

Welcome to the HP Elitebook Folio 9470m tips and tricks guide by 365 Laptop Repair! In this post we will go over some laptop repair basics and some specifics to repair this laptop. You could call this a Folio 9470m repair manual. You can then watch the video for how to take apart the laptop for many repairs such as DC jack, heat sink fan, damaged LCD screen, and video chip repair. There are a few things, which you will need to have to complete this repair.

If you would like to have your computer repaired for you, you can send it to us at 365 Laptop Repair and one of our experienced technicians will do it for you. Request a Free Repair Estimate or Start Your Repair. We also have a HP Elitebook Folio 9470m Repair Page for this specific laptop with repair pricing.

One of the biggest advantages of the HP’s Elitebook series is that it is completely user serviceable. The 9470m is no different. With the slightest amount of know how and the right tools, you could very well open up this ultrabook and take care of any repairs or upgrades yourself.

For instance in a situation when you are looking to max out the RAM of your machine, this will come very handy. Most of us upgrade RAM by buying it from the Internet for a much cheaper price than the official vendor. This however requires us to open the computer ourselves to install it. Thankfully with the 9470m, the teardown process is a fairly simple one.

Before you get started

First off, the 9470m disassembly requires you to take out a whole bunch of different kind of screws and to do that you will need a Philips head screwdriver & a T7 Torx screwdriver. Of course if you have a powered screwdriver, it makes the task a little bit easier. If you want the job to go smoothly, then keep a pair of tweezers and a prying tool handy as well.

HP Elitebook Folio 9470m Repair tools

HP Elitebook Folio 9470m Repair Tools

Before you start touching up the insides of the computer, it’s very important to discharge any static electricity from yourself. The easiest way to do this is to touch a grounded object (like a metal) before you get started. For this reason, do not keep any phones, cans or even paper around the open machine as those objects can generate static, which can in turn damage the components of the laptop.

Also make sure that your workspace is clean and clutter free. You will need remove a whole lot of components & screws from the HP 9470m and the last thing you want is to lose track of what you kept where. Keep notes if you don’t think you can remember where the screws go.

HP Elitebook Folio 9470m Repair Basic Guidelines

Just like many other laptops, when it comes to HP 9470m repair, you start by removing the battery. Everything you need to access inside the computer is available from there. As mentioned above, there are a whole lot of screws that are to be removed in the process. It’s worth noting that many screws (mostly the ones that need a Philips screwdriver) do not come out all the way, so you just need to loosen them to move forward.

When it comes to removing the ribbons and the small cables inside the body (like the ones connecting the keyboard) it’s best to use the tweezers to avoid damage and static generation. Similarly, use the prying tool to detach the frame at the bottom or to separate the LCD screen. Remember, working with the tools is much easier and better to use than just your hands.

Now that you are done with the prep and know the basics of HP Elitebook Folio 9470m repair, check out the tutorial video posted below! It has all the steps needed to take apart your 9470m! Do not forget to pause and rewind in case you are confused about a step. You can also use the YouTube video’s speed setting to slow down the video if you’re struggling to keep up.

Remember if you would rather have your computer repaired for you, you can send it to us at 365 Laptop Repair and one of our experienced technicians can fix it for you! Request a Free Repair Estimate or Start Your Repair! Visit our Folio 9470m Repair Page for our pricing!

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MSI GS70 Screen Replacement

Hi and welcome to 365 Laptop Repair. This is a tutorial on how to do a MSI GS70 2OD screen replacement. There are a few things you are going to need to complete this repair. In this tutorial we will be using tweezers, a prying tool, a philips head screwdriver, and optionally a power philips screwdriver. You will also need a replacement LCD screen for your laptop.

In order to easily work on the screen, we separate the screen from the rest of the laptop. See our teardown video below on how to do so.

You can check out our video tutorial for this repair below.

Screen replacement video

Teardown video

If you don’t have the required tools or don’t want to do the repair yourself, visit our Repair Page for this laptop and send it to us! One of our experienced technicians will fix it for you!

Tools Needed: Phillips head screwdriver (optional – power screwdriver), Tweezers, Prying tool

Old LCD screen removal

First you will have to remove the plastic bezel that surrounds the LCD screen. You can use your fingers to lift it up and then remove it.

Removing the bezel

Bezel 1

Bezel 2

Next remove the 6 screws at the red arrows shown in the picture below.

Removing the screen screen

Screws 1

Once the 6 screws are removed, you will be able to lift the LCD up slightly so you can access the screen bracket screws (blue in the picture below) on both sides of the LCD. Remove the 4 screws from both sides.

Side bracket screws


Then gently flip the screen over and on the back at the bottom you will find a gold connector attached to the screen. Loosen the tape covering the connector and disconnect it.

Gold screen connector

Gold Connector

Installing your new LCD screen

Attach your new LCD screen to the gold connector and flip it back up into place.

Reattach the LCD to the brackets on both sides, and then lay it down flat and replace the 6 screws holding it in place.

Then retrieve the plastic bezel and situate it properly on the screen. Finally, run your hands along the edges of the screen, snapping the bezel back into place as you go. Make sure it is fitted correctly or it won’t snap back into place.


MSI GS70 screen replacement complete

With the completion of this tutorial, you now know how to do a MSI GS70 screen replacement.

If you would like to have your computer repaired for you, visit our Repair Page for this laptop and send it to us! One of our experienced technicians will fix it for you.

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