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Northwest Missouri State University


Student Uses Campus Notebook in Residence Hall

Student Notebook Computer Guide

Protecting Your Notebook Computer

Protecting your university-provided notebook computer from damage and theft is important. Here are some guidelines:

Cleaning Your Notebook Computer

To clean the LCD screen, use LCD screen solution, eyeglass cleaning solution, or 1 part isopropyl alcohol and 1 part water (50/50 solution). Do not apply solution directly to screen, but pour onto a soft clean, white cloth and then apply to your LCD Screen.

To clean the keyboard, use a soft, clean, white cloth, cotton swabs and a can of compressed air. Do not spray cleaning solutions onto keyboard. A 1 part isopropyl alcohol and 1 part water (50/50) solution is all that is needed. Do not spray or pour the solution directly onto keyboard. Pour a small amount on a cloth, squeeze out excess, and gently apply the cloth to the keyboard. Use cotton swabs and compressed air to clean between the keys. Turn the keyboard upside down and gently shake to dislodge any particles stuck between keys.

Back Up Personal Data on Your Notebook Computer

Information Technology, the Jon T. Rickman Electronic Campus Support Center (ECSC) and Northwest Missouri State University are not responsible for supporting or backing up personal files on university-provided notebook computers. The user is solely responsible for backing up (copying) personal files to an alternative storage device.

Alternative storage devices are not provided by Northwest or Information Technology. The user is entirely responsible for purchasing such a device with personal funds. Such devices include, but are not limited to, USB Flash drive and CD/DVD.

Since Northwest owns the university-provided notebook computer and its software, Information Technology reserves the right to format and reload the hard disk without the user's permission once it is returned to the ECSC. Consequently, all users are encouraged by Information Technology to back-up their important personal files on a weekly basis to prevent loss of data in case of hardware or software failure.

If you need instructions on how to back-up (copy) personal files to an alternate storage device, check out the back-up how-to guides on the Computer Care Online Support page.

If you need further assistance, contact the Information Technology-Client Computing Help Desk at 660.562.1634.