Question about Compaq Presario Notebook
I have a hp notebook 2 years past buying.
1. To "Calibrate" the battery, go to "Start" > "Control Panel" > "Power Options" and set the appropriate time-outs for display-off, hybernate etc. (Set "Turn-off Hard Discs to "Never" - I have known it to cause problems.)
2. You can do things yourself to "Clean" your computer. In Internet Explorer, go to "Tools" > "Internet Options". In the "General" tab, under "Browsing History", click "Delete..." and delete Temporary Internet Files, Cookies and History (You may want to keep form data and passwords if you're forgetful!)
Go to "Start" > "All Programs" > "Accessories" > "System Tools" > "Disk Cleanup" and run a complete scan. you may also want to run "Defrag" (Located in the same place as cleanup).
Go to "Start" > "Control Panel" > "Add/Remove Programs" and Uninstall any demo programs, toolbars (like Yahoo, Google) and other useless programs you don't want. (Keep things like Microsoft programs and updates, Java, Shockwave, Flash, Adobe, MSXML, .NET Framework and IE7)
You may also want to disable Notification Tray icons. (The things next to your clock) Right-click them and find the Properties. Ususally, in the "General" or "Advanced" tabs, there is an option to disable tray icon.
Remove anything from "Start" > "All Programs" > "Startup" other than what you want to run at startup.
3. If you would like to use BlueTooth, there may be a button on the panel above the keypad or on the front or side of the laptop to switch it on/off or you may have to go to "Start" > "Control Panel" > "BlueTooth Devices" (I don't have it on my computer, so I can't be too sure where exactly to go) you should have an option there to turn it on/off.
4. The recovery disc is only for when it all goes seriously wrong. Like when the computer repeatedly fails to start and you're getting post errors. But if you do need it, just put the disc in the drive and switch the laptop on. It'll probably ask you to press a key to boot from CD, or you may have to press something like F10 repeatedly during boot until the recovery console appears. Then just follow the on-screen instructions. Once done, you'll need to load your drivers (from driver CD), install updates and reinstall your programs - the whole thing takes about 4 hours, depending on what you need to install.
Hope this helps!
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