If given a choice between computers and laptops, what would you choose? We’re guessing a laptop because they’re light weight and portable, unlike computers. In fact, if you’re constantly on the go, you’ll know the importance of a laptop and also some common problems that often arise in a laptop. Apart from a laptop warranty, what can really save you from these common problems are some tips listed below…
1. When Your Laptop Slows Down
This usually happens when there are too many files and programs saved on the laptop, as a result of regular use. This slows down your laptop’s response time, making daily processes take longer than usual to execute.Find time over the weekend and free up some hard drive space. Delete temporary files, clear up the desktop and get rid of programs you don’t use.Transfer all the not-so-important files on an external hard drive and update and run your laptops virus scanner to get rid of viruses and spywarefor an improved performance.
2. The Laptop Automatically Shuts Down
This is most likely due to overheating, which is usually caused due to dust build up in the case and around the heatsink fan. If your laptop keeps shutting down more often, try cleaning it thoroughly to get rid of dust. The simplest way to do this is to blow air into the side vent, which will blow air outward on the bottom fan/heat sink exhaust, and other open areas around the casing. Just make sure you do this when the laptop is turned off completely. If this doesn’t help, you can either temporarily get a cooling fan for your laptop, but if you plan to use your laptop for a longer duration you’ll need help from a professional technician.
3. Battery Keeps Draining
Laptops usually have a good battery life of over 3-4 hours if you use it at a stretch. But if your laptop’s battery drains out quickly, the first thing you should do is reduce the number of open tasks. This puts an additional drain on the battery. Use only what you need at any given time instead of keeping multiple windows open and run simple applications that don’t use much RAM, disk drive, or processing power.Also, disable the bluetooth option to avoid draining your laptop battery. Lastly, switch on the ‘Energy Saving’ mode. You can also keep the brightness low. If you’re using Windows XP, click “Power Options” in your control panel. On a Mac, look for “Energy Saver” in System Preferences.
4. Unable to Connect to WiFi networks
This is the most common problem in laptops and also something you can easily fix at home. Check if the airplane mode on your laptop is switched off and WiFi is switched on. Next, re-install the drivers of network adapter. All you need to do is…
a.Open Device Manager – right click on ‘My Computer’ and click ‘Manage’ or ‘Open My Computer’. Next, click the ‘Manage’ option on the top menu under the ‘Computer’section and click on ‘Device Manager’.
b.Now, click ‘Network Adapters’ and under this menu look for your wireless adapter, right click on it and hit install.
c.Once that is done, click ‘Scan for hardware changes’ and your drivers will be re-installed.
5. Battery Doesn’t Charge
Batteries die and sadly, there’s no solution to this. When your battery stops charging, all you can do is replace it because even if your laptop is under warranty, batteries are not covered. But most modern laptops do not sport removable batteries. In that case, you’ll have to replace the laptop, forget the battery.
6. Laptop Doesn’t Turn On
If the laptop does not turn on at all, despite the effort, may be the battery has completely drained because of a malfunctioning AC adapter. If not that, the DC jack might have to be replaced because it makes no contact with the motherboard. The worst scenario by far is the one with the failed motherboard. If that is the case, and your laptop is 2-3 years old,you should consider buying a new laptop rather than spending extra on replacing the motherboard.These tips can help you fix minor issues at home but if that doesn’t work, then you will have to visit a service center for professional help. We’d recommend buying a laptop warranty while purchasing the laptop or within 11 months of buying the device. The laptop warranty plan (or extended warranty) covers all the defects and malfunctions that is covered in a standard manufacturer’s warranty. So you wouldn’t have to worry about the repair cost, when your laptop needs repair a year after the manufacturer’s warranty expires.