With the amount of workload our laptops face every day, it’s bound to run into a few hiccups now and then. After all, it is just a machine. So, we thought to put together a list of common issues most people have and ways you can troubleshoot/resolve these laptop problems yourself.
Problem: Your laptop refuses to start no matter how many times you try
Reason: Although a booting issue can be caused by myriad reasons, the most common ones can often be traced back to the battery.
Troubleshoot: Check your power cable and adaptor for any signs of damage. If they seem good, the next step would be to check the battery. Depending on the make and model, battery replacement is often simple and the method would be mentioned in the instruction manual that came along with your machine.
Problem: “I spilt coffee on my laptop!”
Reason: Clumsy hands!
Solution: Quick action is key. Immediately remove the power cable, switch your laptop off with the physical button and dab the excess liquid from the keyboard and wherever else there might be a spill. Avoid using hair dryers or any sort of heat to dry the water at all costs. It can damage your components further. Give it a few days to dry before attempting to power on your device.
Problem: Laptop gets hot enough to make a dragon wanna retire
Reason: Lack of ventilation and an overworked laptop will cause overheating of the system.
Solution: Give your laptops some space to breathe. Work in cooler environments, prop it up a little to give the base some ventilation and make sure the cooling vents at the sides are left open. Cooling pads are also a great option.
Problem: Battery running out sooner than expected
Reason: Overheating, erratic charging, a rouge software or simply: an old battery.
Solution: We’ve already covered overheating above and an old battery can be replaced. Erratic charging can be caused due to a faulty charger or wall plug. As for the software issue, malware and viruses scan can help.
Here’s a quick video on how you can recalibrate the battery life estimates on your windows laptop.
Problem: You can make a cup of coffee by the time your laptop opens Google Chrome
Reason: An over-occupied RAM and a cluttered HDD are usually the culprits for this issue.
Solution: Try decluttering your hard drive by clearing unnecessary files with CC Cleaner (Not a promotion, just a recommendation!). Defragmentation can also help but your best bet would be to look into upgrading your RAM and your HDD to an SSD. And if the recent predictions are accurate, it might be the best time to make this decision.
Problem: Poof! Your data is gone
Reason: A corrupted, damaged or dead HDD can cause a lot of grief through data loss.
Solution: Sometimes, it could be a bad cable instead of a dead drive. Replace the power/data cable. In case of data loss, you can find data-recovery software online. Although, these often cost a ton of money and require some basic software knowledge. It’s always best to leave this issue to experts.
Problem: Can’t get online
Reason: Getting online might be a problem for a lot of laptops, especially with wireless internet.
Solution: Check the router positioning. WiFi works best when there is an uninterrupted line of sight between the laptop and the router. The “Troubleshoot” option in windows will also auto-resolve many network problems you face.
Problem: You can hear your laptop’s fan from across the room
Reason: Apart from the overheating problems mentioned above, dust can also lead to the laptop fan to overwork.
Solution: Clean your device regularly and avoid keeping them in a dust-prone environment. You can use compressed air or a small air blower to clean out the insides through the small vents in your laptop.
There may be a lot of other laptop problems that you might face, the Solutions to which may not be as easy as those suggested above. Well, you still have HelpForSure which offers superior laptop services and repairs in Hyderabad and Bengaluru. Give us a call on 9980879514 or book a service request on our website and relax as we fix all your laptop problems.