Frequent laptop problems
Many people have a laptop in addition to the desktop PC (or instead of it). Laptops are loved for compactness, but this compactness can do a disservice: the constant dragging of the notebook back and forth and careless handling can lead to breakdown. However, not all problems with a laptop – the user’s fault.
But still, in the overwhelming majority of cases, problems with a laptop are the result of careless handling.Probably, the leader of the “hit parade of problems” is a breakdown caused by spilled liquid on the keyboard. If it were a normal PC, only the keyboard would suffer, but in a laptop the liquid can leak more deeply and damage the “insides”. The extent of damage and the cost of repair depend on your luck. So the best way to avoid this problem with a laptop is to keep cups (glasses, glasses, glasses) with liquid away from it. If they did, immediately turn off the laptop and remove the battery.
If you are too hard “tarabanite” on the keyboard, may fall off the “caps” of keys. Sometimes it is the fault of the manufacturer who used poor-quality components, but it is better to temper your ardor. A very common problem is a broken matrix (screen). This detail is more fragile than it may seem, so cases of damage to the matrix are not so rare. Let’s say you left a pen on the keyboard and closed the lid – here you have a crack on the matrix. A replacement matrix is quite expensive.
Inaccurate transportation can lead to scratches on hard drives or loose cables from connectors on the motherboard, and inaccurately removing connectors from USB ports can lead to mechanical damage to the ports.
Common laptop problems include overheating. Very often, the cooling system becomes clogged and fails due to the user’s fault. Molting pets, fleecy clothes, frequent work with a laptop on your lap or without taking it out of the bag contribute to the blockage.
Therefore, try not to let your pets to the laptop, not to work with them in “shaggy” sweaters, and when working to put it on the table or on a special cooling pad. And regularly clean it from dust, if you do not know how or do not dare to do it yourself – take your laptop to a service center.
Of course, not all hardware problems with a laptop happen through the fault of users. For example, a power supply failure is a fairly frequent problem that a user may encounter. This may mean that the power supply has simply outlived its own or was initially of poor quality. If the laptop does not charge, the problem may be in a faulty battery. If the battery is good, the problem is in the power supply: the charge voltage simply does not flow.
Problems with a laptop can be not only hardware, but also of a software nature. The most common problem is the lack of drivers. The operating system may not “pick up” all the devices of the laptop. Usually the necessary drivers can be downloaded on the official website of the manufacturer by selecting the desired laptop model, and then they need to be installed as a regular program.
Sometimes problems arise with a laptop when trying to install the Windows XP operating system on it. This is due to the fact that the old distributions of this operating system are “not familiar” with the new SATA-controllers. One of the ways to solve the problem is to enter the BIOS and transfer the hard disk controller from Native Mode to Compatible Mode, or from AHCI to IDE (depending on the BIOS version, it can be indicated differently).
Sometimes it happens that the same problem can be both hardware and software in nature. For example, if the touchpad does not work, the reason may be either in the absence of drivers or even banal disconnection of the touchpad, and in its mechanical damage. Therefore, when solving a problem with a laptop of this nature, you must first eliminate banal and obvious reasons, and only then contact the service center.
Hardware problems with a laptop on their own to solve quite difficult – to disassemble it, and even more so to assemble back, harder than a desktop computer. Therefore, it is better to take the laptop to a trustworthy service center. Note that not all laptops filled with liquid or a broken matrix can be repaired. Well, it goes without saying that such failures are not subject to warranty repair.
Many laptop problems can be prevented. To do this, you just need to carefully handle it when working and transporting, keep containers with liquids away from it, do not leave small objects on the keyboard. Laptops have become so familiar that we have forgotten that this is fragile electronics. If you keep this in mind, the laptop will last you much longer.