Every computer generates lots of heat, but laptops are especially susceptible to overheating due to their small size and lack of ventilation.

Don't place one over the exhaust vent, as that's where hot air is supposed to flow out of the system quickly.

If the cloth doesn't work, you may want to update your system's BIOS, which controls the laptop's hardware.

You can access this program through the Programs menu in the Accessories or System Tools folder.

Simply click the Analyze button to see if your disk drive requires defragmenting, and then click Defragment to begin.

Vista users might also want to pick up a Ready Boost-enabled USB drive from the likes of Corsair, Kingston, Lexar, or San Disk.

These devices can improve some programs' startup times by using free space on the USB drive as a temporary memory cache.

Whether you're a frequent flyer or you just take your notebook from room to room at home, your portable gets subjected to a lot more punishment than desktops do.

With this in mind, notebook manufacturers construct their systems to stand up to everything from violent jostling to occasional spills.

They use switches and circuits to translate a person's keystrokes into a signal a computer can understand.

In this article we will explore keyboard technology along with different key layouts, options and designs.

Many retailers, however, charge hundreds of dollars for a new battery.