The DIY guide to common laptop problems

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.

5 things to do when you have cracked your phone screen

We’ve all had at least one friend who goes around with a phone screen that looks like a spider’s web. But what would you do if those cracks suddenly appeared on your phone? Sometimes, even in this world of “Cornering Gorilla Glass” and “Tempered glass screen protectors”, there’s no guarantee that your phone will come out of a fall in pristine conditions. That’s why we’ve come up with this list of things you can do when your phone gets crackin’! (sorry)

Check the damage

The first thing you should do is figure out how bad the situation is. The size of the crack, where on the screen, etc. Usually, a small crack in the corner isn’t too big an issue. But if it’s a deep crack and in the middle of the screen, there could be damage to the actual touchscreen beneath the glass or risk of damaging the internal parts of your phone in the future.

Back up your data

Okay, so either your phone is in a manageable condition or you need to repair it straight away. Either way, you need to get on a cloud or your computer and back up all your data as soon as possible. This way, all your contacts, photos, music and everything else you have on your phone is safe and recoverable even if you send it to the shop for repair or it gets damaged further in the future.

Stick it out

In a lot of cases, it’s only the top glass that breaks instead of the actual touchscreen. You might just be able to make your phone work long enough till you gather up enough money to get it fixed or buy a new phone. We recommend sticking on a new tempered glass protector on top to avoid getting any dust or moister into your phone though. It’ll even protect your fingers against the sharp glass!

Find a Local Shop

Warning! This step needs you to step out of your house and make an effort!

All kidding aside, finding a local shop to fix your phone might seem easy enough but you need to make sure your device is in safe hands. Research the shop through friends or online sources, get a clear quote before handing over your device and make sure you’ve backed up your data. Keep in mind that some of these shops might not provide an after-service warranty or use the best of parts.

Call HelpForSure

Now for the easiest method. All you need to do is book our Mobile repair service in Bangalore and Hyderabad and our technicians will be at your doorsteps within hours! Screen repairs are completed on the same day! You don’t even need to leave your house or stay too long without your phones. All this with a 90-day warranty and a completely hassle-free experience!

Which one of the above methods helped you in dealing with your cracked phone screen? Let us know in the comments!

Looking to repair your mobile? HelpForSure can help simplify your life

Mobile phones have become lifelines in today’s day and age. A day without your phone, for whatever reason, seems incomplete. Whether you need your phone for work, gaming or just to stay connected with a loved one, its need remains undiminished. In such a case, when your device breaks down, you need an instant cure for the problem. That’s where HelpForSure comes in for your mobile repair needs with three easy steps: Book, schedule and relax.

But why should you choose HelpForSure for your precious mobile phones? Here’s are a few reasons.

A host of mobile repair services for you

HelpForSure offers an extensive range of services for your smartphones. From screen replacement to camera, charging pin, fingerprint sensor and speaker/mic repair. We even take care of your water damaged smartphones and fix any network and software related issues. All this, at affordable prices.

Trustworthy technicians to take care of your phone

Your mobile phones are precious on both financial and personal fronts. We know you want the best care for them when it comes to repairs. At HelpForSure, all our technicians are highly trained and have the experience of 100,000 completed repairs behind them. With the verification part covered, you don’t need to worry about your phone, its data and its safety at all! d

Hassle-free services at the click of a button

Book, schedule and relax: the three easy steps to simplify your life. All you need to do is place a service request online or by calling 9980879514 and our trained technicians will come to pick up your device at your doorstep. Then all you need to do is relax while we diagnose and make sure your phone is fixed and running smoothly before delivering it back to you.

Transparent Pricing, easy on your pocket

The best thing apart from the convenience of our services is that our pricing is completely transparent. With clear and upfront pricing, there is no element of surprise awaiting you at the end of it all. While others may charge a higher repairing fee followed by a spare parts fee charged separately, our all-inclusive pricing ensures a 30-40% cheaper bill for you.

Warranty: Assurance of superior service

We assure best-in-class mobile repair service to our customers and thus provide a warranty for each of our services. The warranty depends on the type of repair and parts used, and the details of the warranty are communicated to you before we begin servicing your mobile phone.

Better services than authorized service centres

Some of the biggest mobile phone brands do not offer a lot of services that we do, especially with the convenience and affordability of HelpForSure. Xiaomi, for example, only offers some basic component level repairs and screen & motherboard replacement. Whereas HelpForSure offers the entire range of mobile phone services and repairs. Moreover, while you need to go to a service centre to drop and pick up your device, HelpForSure comes to your doorstep.

With the widest range of services, trustworthy technicians and added benefits of convenience and pricing transparency, HelpForSure offers superior mobile phone services and repairs in Hyderabad and Bengaluru. Give us a call on 9980879514 or book a service request on our website and, as we say, relax.

The water-tight method of saving your water-drenched smartphone!

Water: a basic necessity of life and the bane to your smartphone. Unless you have one of those fancy “waterproof” (they really aren’t) high-end phones, you’re probably worried about your precious handheld device coming in contact with water, especially during this monsoon season. So what would you do if you somehow managed to get your smartphone drenched in water? Well, after you’re done panicking, follow the steps below and hopefully, you’ll manage to save it!

Act fast!

The most important thing you need to do is remain calm and move fast to remove the phone from the water. Since most new models don’t let you take out the battery, shut down your phone and avoid pressing any buttons more than necessary. This could push the water further inside.

Continue acting fast and dry your Smartphone!

It’s time to dismantle your smartphone as much as possible. This does NOT mean take apart every screw in your device. Remove the sim card, memory card and, if possible, the back cover of your phone and keep them aside. Grab on to a clean, dry cloth or paper towel and start dab away any excess water. Do not wipe as this might push the inside towards the more delicate parts. Avoid using heat to get rid of the water. This means keep those hairdryers away and defiantly don’t listen to your friend who suggests a microwave. The heat can lead to bigger issues that you don’t want to face in this stressful time.

Now, before you do anything else, we suggest taking your phone to a professional at this point to maximize the chances of survival. Although, there is one more step you can take before doing this though.

The most difficult step: saying bye!

Just for 24-72 hours though. Yes, it’s important to let your wet phones dry out over a period of 2-3 days at least. You can either keep your phone on a dry tabletop for this or bring out the rice and Ziplock bag! Now, before you try this method passed down through ancient times, make sure you wrap your phone in a dry tissue or paper towel. This will prevent any rice or starch from going into your device and giving you another headache. After the 3-day period, take out your phone, switch it on and hope for the best.

This isn’t a 100% guaranteed way to bring your phone back to life, so don’t go throwing your phones in water every other day and expect it to live long. But instead of going through all this, a better method to ensure the survival of your beloved smartphones is to avail our mobile repair services (now available in both Bangalore and Hyderabad) as soon as possible and our skilled professionals will make sure you get Help For Sure!

How To Maintain Your MacBook in 2019

 

To many people, their MacBook is an investment purchase. While the cost of a MacBook or MacBook repairs and maintenance are typically higher than that of a basic PC, MacBook users claim to be happier with longer device life and fewer problems like malware and security that tend to hurt a lot of PCs. Many claim that once they go Mac, they can’t go back.

Since damaged MacBooks can be difficult and expensive to repair, here are a few preemptive tips to ensure that your Macbook software and hardware stays in tip-top condition:

Clean your MacBook regularly

Simply picking up a damp cloth and gently wiping your MacBook screen increases its longevity. In metro cities in India like Bangalore and Hyderabad, the dust from city pollution can kill your laptop. It can form a thick layer on the surface of the screen and keyboards and find ways to enter the internal parts of your device. There is no escaping dust in cities, but taking measures to maintain your MacBook will ensure it does not get damaged.

As per Apple’s MacBook care guidelines, it is important to shut down the MacBook before you begin to clean it. Under no circumstances should anyone use aerosol sprays, solvents or abrasives. While a damp cloth can wipe the dust away, liquids or sprays should never directly come in contact with the MacBook. Liquids and sprays can damage screens and internal hardware, making a screen replacement or keyboard replacement necessary.

Keep the Mac software updated

MacOS updates are absolutely free of cost. They fix bugs, general errors and enhance the user experience with every update. Upgrading to the new software updates as soon as there is a fresh release will generally increase the efficiency of the machine.

On the other hand, procrastinating the update by pushing it to a later date or working on older Mac software can slow a machine down significantly. In the long run, it will lead to requiring a RAM upgrade or a hard-disk upgrade. It is way easier to periodically update the software to make sure it is in top condition. If you have an update waiting for you, reboot your Mac and update it now!

Declutter your MacBook

MacBooks are high functioning, multi-tasking machines. The honeymoon period during which you feel like your machine can handle anything lasts longer than it does with most other laptops, but it does eventually end. Cluttering your MacBook with applications you have not touched in months and files that you would not notice if they were deleted can slow it down immensely.

Taking simple steps like clearing your desktop, reducing the dependency on the local hard disk and storing files on cloud, deleting applications that you don’t regularly use and getting rid of duplicate files can give a big boost to your MacBook. These can be done manually every few weeks or with the help of several standalone decluttering applications that will help you maintain your MacBook. Regular decluttering will give you smooth performance, reducing the need for any MacBook RAM upgrade in the future.

Shut your MacBook down periodically

The way we use laptops today, we forget that our machines also need rest. Shutting a laptop down every now and then is not new advice but it is forgotten so often. Computer technicians still recommend shutting down your laptop once a week at the very least. This allows the MacBook to reboot, rest and gives it a fresh start.

While this nominal act might seem unnecessary especially on newer MacBooks, it frees up RAM space. This makes the MacBook performance smoother and increases the life of the device greatly.

Replace your hard drive with an SSD

Traditional spinning hard drives can take a toll on your MacBook in the long run. If you are technically proficient or have access to a technician, replacing the hard drive with a solid-state-drive (SSD) is a game changer for your MacBook performance.

To ensure this is done right, it is better to hire a technician to ensure the new hard drive is cloned properly and integrates with your MacBook seamlessly. Call 9980879514 or fill out a form to get a quote.

Helpforsure provides Macbook General Service at an economical cost to help users have a longer device life.

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