How to Fix Common Laptop Problems

In this article we have provided advice on how to fix common laptop problems.  Most of the fixes provided are simple fixes and they will not always solve the problem.  However before you call in mobile computer technician or take your laptop to a computer repair workshop we suggest that you have a read below and see if you are lucky and the quick and easy fix works for you.

Examples of How to Fix Common Laptop Problems

Laptop won’t Boot

A common cause for a laptop not turning on is the laptop battery, but there are also other causes such as faulty hardware or software problems.

Firstly check the battery.  Check that the battery light comes on, if it doesn’t then you need to check that the power adaptor is securely plugged in at both ends.  If this does not solve the problem you may need to replace the battery.

If the light is on, but it is red then your battery power is too low to perform a startup.  Simply leave the machine for a few hours to charge.  If the battery doesn’t charge then try using a new AC adaptor.  If this does not work then you likely have a faulty motherboard and you will need to take your laptop to a reputable repair business.

Laptop does not Wake Up from Standby or Hibernation

Firstly the easy potential solutions to this problem:-

  • Check your laptop manual, some machines have special keys to wake up the laptop.
  • If it is an older laptop, you may just need to wait a while, some of the older machines can take half a minute or so to wake up.
  • Try pressing and holding the power button for at least five seconds as some laptops are configured to hibernate with a press of the power button.  In these cases if you hold down the power button as described the machine will usually reboot.
  • Remove the laptop battery and the power cord.  Wait 30 seconds and then replace them.

There maybe an underlying problem that is causing this problem such as a disagreement between the power management feature of the laptop’s bios and Windows.  To check this out try different settings in the BIOS – you could also check the BIOS setting with the value configured in Windows.

Laptop Randomly Turns Off

There are several causes of this problem:-

  • An overheated processor
  • A faulty AC power adaptor
  • Clogged internal cooling system
  • Faulty battery causing overheating
  • An overload of power drain picked up by the a power adaptor
  • A short-circuit or open connection

Firstly you need to identify which is the cause of the problem from those listed above, then you need to either replace the faulty part or remove the build up of dust etc within the machine which is causing an overheating problem.  This is obviously not a quick and easy How to Fix Common Laptop Problems solution and if you are not experienced in laptop repair then we recommend you take you laptop to a repair shop.

Laptop is Slow and Continually shows Internet Popups

The most likely cause of this problem is that the laptop is infected with spyware.  Spyware is a program which is often installed on your computer when you download free (questionable) software or when you link to free music internet programs.  To remove the spyware and return your laptop to normal operations you will need to use an anti-spyware software program.

Liquid Spills

We have repaired customers laptops after an accidental spill of liquid on a laptop.  The most important thing to do is shut down the laptop immediately and undertake the cleaning/repairing processes asap.

After turning off the laptop, turn it upside down and leave it to drain for around half an hour.  Then, remove any leads, the power unit and the battery.   Allow the laptop to dry overnight.

After the laptop has dried overnight the next step is to remove the keyboard and using cotton buds to further remove residue of the spill.

Liquid spills may result in the need for replacement of some components due to short circuits.  Soft drinks can also cause corrosion.

Laptop is Frozen

Sometimes this problem is rectified by following the short steps provided below:-

Unplug the power cord – Remove the laptop battery – Wait for around 10 seconds then replace the battery and reconnect the power cord – Turn the laptop back on.

If you are lucky, the laptop will start normally once again.  If not, there is something more serious underfoot and you will need to take the laptop to a computer repair company.

Laptop doesn’t Run as Fast as it Used To

The accumulation of software, music, videos, document and photos etc will slow down your machine.  Running a defrag may help speed up your laptop in this instance.  You can also do a disk cleanup.

A virus or spyware may be the cause of a slow machine and its important to regularly update your anti-malware programs and scan your computer.

An easy solution to a slow booting laptop is to reduce the number of programs that open on startup.

Laptop Battery doesn’t hold a Charge as long as it Used To

After a period of time batteries durability goes down and they tend to drain quicker than they did previously and take longer to charge.  A good way to extend your battery’s life is to allow it to drain fully and then recharge it to its entire capacity.

You can also extend the length of time your battery lasts by turning of the backlight, operating in power safe mode and reducing the brightness of your screen.

After a while, however you will need to purchase a new battery.

We trust this information on How to Fix Common Laptop Problems has been of some use to you, if you still have a problem with your laptop, you may want to visit our Laptop Repair Page.

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