Whether you’re a frequent traveller or you just use your laptop in different rooms around your home, your portable device gets subjected to far more punishment than a regular desktop.
With this in mind, majority of laptop manufacturers construct their systems to stand up to the odd bump or occasional spill.
Despite their relatively hardiness, laptops are often quick to show signs of wear and tear, and not just on the outside.
Any one of these issues can cost you time and money in not just lost productivity, but on tech support calls and shipping labels as well.
Thankfully, majority of your laptops problems can often be resolved with a quick fix.
We’ve provided solutions for getting your laptop back up and running with minimal effort.
Overheating can cause problems with your laptop performance and can often cause other issues, such as freezing, system crashes and unexpected shutdowns.
Every computer generates a lot of heat, but laptops are especially susceptible to overheating due to their small size and lack of ventilation.
Excessive dust build up can clog air vents and heatsinks, depriving your system of fresh air to cool off the CPU and GPU.
You can often solve overheating issues simply by cleaning out these air vents with an air duster but in some cases laptop will need to be opened up to clean out heat sinks and fan.
Sometimes the thermal paste can harden over time and reduce the cooling efficiency.
Cleaning the CPU and GPU dies and applying a fresh quality thermal paste can greatly increase heat transfer to heatsinks and out of laptop.
Regular maintenance and cleaning out vents can help reduce further dust buildup.
You may also want to check if there is a BIOS update for your system BIOS from the manufacture website.
Most manufacturers offer an installation file that updates BIOS files automatically, which often address heat management issues.
Just make sure that your notebook is connected to the power supply and battery is at least at 50% charge when updating the BIOS.
2. Slow Hard Drive
3. Battery Won't Hold a Charge
Over their lifespans, lithium-ion batteries can lose the ability to hold a charge.
After a few years, some batteries will last only a fraction of the rated runtime.
Replacing a battery is relatively simple on most laptops and can simply be removed from the bottom or back of the laptop.
Unfortunately some manufactures have made it difficult to replace batteries by gluing them in place.
Great care should be taken when replacing these as damaging the battery housing can cause a fire.
In some circumstances replacing a battery may not resolve charging issues and in such cases may need a motherboard repair.
4. Need More Memory
If your laptop takes a long time to boot up, you may want to check what programs are being loaded at startup.
To do this, place your cursor over the icons in the taskbar at the bottom right of the screen.
If you rarely use any of these programs, right-click and disable them.
To take more control over what programs load when you boot up. You can also check what programs are hogging memory in task manager.
On some newer laptops the RAM is no longer upgradeable as it has been integrated and directly soldered onto the motherboard.
5. Hard Drive Failure
Obviously, the best defense against a hard drive failure is a good backup solution.
Fortunately there are many solutions for backing up your hard drive from local backup to online in the cloud.
Time machine from Apple off a seamless backup solution as well.
Even if you do go the online route, a hard drive failure will make your laptop unusable.
Fortunately some hard drive manufacturers offer software that can test your drive for problems.
If a hard drive replacement becomes necessary, be sure to back up as much data as possible and then switch out the hard drive.
You can find step-by-step directions for the replacement procedure on most manufacturers’ support sites.
If you want to preserve the data on your old drive and make switching to a new one as painless as possible, we recommend using cloning software.
This would usually be a good time to upgrade to a SSD which are also more reliable than the ageing HDD.
6. Faulty Keyboard
7. Can't Connect to Wireless Network
Part of taking your laptop everywhere on the go is expecting to be able to connect to any wireless network, whether in an airport, coffee shop, or hotel.
But wireless networks, by their very nature, are finicky beasts.
Some laptops come with an external button or switch, separate from the software settings, to enable wireless connectivity.
Always make sure this wireless toggle is switched on.
Also make sure that the network you’re connecting to is broadcasting its network name or SSID.
8. Stuck or Dead Pixels
Dead, red, green or blue dots on your notebook’s screen
9. System Crash
It can be very stressful when your laptop refuses to boot up.
More often than not, however, the problem is as simple as a missing system file or a bad sector on the hard drive.
To determine if that’s the case, you can remove your hard drive using the instructions from the manufacturer and place the drive into an external USB enclosure.
Connect the enclosure’s USB cable to an open USB port on a working PC.
If the file system is still intact, the hard drive should show up as an external drive and allow you to transfer data to and from the drive.
Next, try running Checkdisk on the drive by opening a DOS prompt (Start/Programs/Accessories/Command Prompt) and typing in X: where X is the letter of your external drive. Then hit Enter. Now type “chkdsk /f.” Your system may ask you to dismount the drive; this is okay, so type Y and then hit Enter.
Your laptop will now display some information about your drive (file system type and serial number) and then scan the drive, fixing any errors it encounters.
An error report will print out, so you can see what changes were made to the drive.
If all went well, you’ll be good to go once you plug the hard drive back into the crashed laptop and power it on.
10. Virus or Malware Problems
Install antivirus and malware removal software, use free online virus scan
11. Faulty Graphics or Driver Issues
Corrupt or distorted video