Common Laptop Problems and Repair Solutions
If you are like many people, your laptop has become an indispensable personal and business tool. You use it for school, work, watch movies, stream YouTube videos, and to store some of the most important days of our life in pictures. A laptop in many ways is an extension of our personality. How would you feel it the unthinkable happens? What do you do when your “workhorse” starts to slow down or worse gets damaged? Because of their frequent use, laptops are subject to normal wear and tear use so, damage is likely at some point.
The main components of a laptop are the LCD display, random access memory (RAM), battery, keyboard, and hard drive. Other than the LCD display, the other parts of a laptop can easily be replaced. Laptop hardware problems usually start with the power connector or power supply. The electrical connection to the motherboard becomes loose and the laptop does not charge. This is when many people feel they need a new laptop. The fix is simple, quick, and inexpensive compared to the price of a new laptop. Let's look at several other problems you may experience.
What problems have you experienced with your laptop?
Common Laptop Computer Hardware Problems
Here is a list of common problems laptop users experience:
- Broken case or hinge as a result of a drop
- Power connector damaged or will not charge the laptop
- Laptop Overheating - The production of heat can be the cause of computer shutting down unexpectedly. Some laptops automatically shutdown when excessive heat is generated to protect the computer. May also be related to a fan failure.
- Damaged LCD screen or does not display the image properly - The screen may look distorted or some of the pixels may not display properly indicating damaged pixels.
- Failure of the backlight - a faint image on the LCD screen is a key clue
- Sticky or broken keys on the keyboard - spilled beverages
- Loose or broken LCD hinge
- Damaged USB ports - improper insertion of USB devices into the port is the major source of damage
- Hard Drive failure - malfunction are usually caused by vibration and shock associated with the portable nature of how laptops are used
In addition to the above, laptops can become our personal digital assistants where we store, bookmark, browse, and download so much “stuff” that our computer becomes bloated with nonessential temporary and image files stored in various caches. The result is our laptops run slower and slower until we get to the point where we think we need a new laptop. However, this is where with a little knowledge, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars (unless you really want a new laptop), but for many of us buying a new laptop may not be an option.
Common Laptop Computer Software Problems
Here is a list of common software problems laptop users experience:
- Computer will not boot up or start
- Data on hard drive is corrupted or cannot be accessed
- USB ports do not recognize devices - corrupted USB drivers
- Running Slow
- Computer viruses & malware
- Internet browsers popup
- Unable to connect to the Internet
- Blue or Black screen of death
- Damaged of corrupted Operating System
In many cases these problems can be repaired remotely as long as you can connect to the internet.
Laptop Computer Repair Solutions
Many of the problems listed above can be repaired for less than the cost of a new laptop! If you are handy, replacing a keyboard, a hard drive or adding memory to a laptop is not difficult. Before starting any major repair work, don't forget to backup your hard drive. If you don’t feel comfortable performing these tasks, there are many repair shops available that are reasonably priced, but stay away from retail stores because guess what … they will try to sell you a new laptop.
Our recommendation is to look for fixed price repair shops. In our experience, they do a terrific job and offer fixed prices for many of their repairs and can turn around your computer in a few days depending on your location. In the event, you do decide to buy a new laptop, consider donating your old computer to a local school, family member or friend (don't forget to wipe or remove the hard drive). It is better for the environment and your contribution will be appreciated.
Join the Conversation
If you have experiences, thoughts, or comments about this story? Please tell us! For more ideas and information about computers, visit our blog. Here are a few questions to start the conversation:
How would you feel it the unthinkable happens ... your laptop fails? What do you do when your “workhorse” starts to slow down or worse gets damaged? Do you have a plan to backup your data on a scheduled basis? When is the last time you checked your virus protection software? All rights reserved 2016 Tech360i Computer Services