How to Reconfigure a Laptop

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How to Reconfigure a Laptop
Laptop computers can be reconfigured by their users. (laptop computer image by Photoeyes from

A laptop computer is set up so it can be reconfigured with different memory, security, speed and other options. These different configurations can be key to how your laptop performs. The way the computer's internal components are set up can determine how long the battery life lasts and how fast the computer runs. There can be a trade-off between computer speed and battery power. It is important to evaluate your needs before reconfiguring your laptop computer.

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    Create a start-up password for your computer to increase security. To create a password, push the power button on the laptop to turn it on, then press the "F2" key. Hold down the "Alt" key while pushing the "P" key to scroll through the BIOS pages. Locate the "System Security" page. Adjust the value with the right and left arrow keys. Alter the primary password to "Enabled." Type in a new password and press the "Esc" button to leave the page and confirm the password.

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    Configure the laptop speed. Increase the computer's speed by upgrading the RAM. Replacing 512 RAM with 1GB will increase the computer's speed by 10 per cent while losing only about 6 minutes of maximum battery power.

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    Upgrade the laptop computer's speed even more by using a high-end hard drive. This could decrease your computer's battery life again but may be necessary if you want a faster computer. A high-end hard drive is appropriate if you use advanced programs that require high computer speed.

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    Install a 2.13 G Hz Pentium M Central Processing Unit (CPU) if you regularly work with multimedia. This is a high-end processor for advanced programs.

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