General Solutions to Laptop Problems
Although laptops are not perfect systems, they do offer tremendous advantages. Fortunately, what problems they do have can be ameliorated to a surprising degree. Table 1.13 summarizes the common problems and solutions covered in the following sections.
Table 1.13. Common Notebook Computer Shortcomings and Possible Solutions
Possibly Cheaper Than Desktops
A simple comparison of price tags suggests that desktops are less expensive than laptops. A more
Physical damage to laptops can be lessened by following two simple rules dictated by common sense. First, always transport your laptop in a well-cushioned bag
Even the most careful person, however, will occasionally subject the laptop to an environmental stress for which it was not designed. This could involve the system being dropped, dropped upon, run over, dunked, or a
Protection from System Loss
Just as with desktops, frequent disk backups are a must. In fact, because the rougher environment that the laptop has to endure, backups are even more
The increasing popularity of CD-RW and DVD+-RW disc drives on laptops may make this easier. It is a
People who have sensitive information on their laptops need some additional protection. Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP Professional offer a decent encryption facility, along with secure password protection. Most laptops also offer secure passwords for both the system (booting) and for the hard drive contents as well. Using one or all of these features can protect your data should the system be lost or stolen.
Upgrades Are Indeed Possible
Because of their small