In this age of technology, the one thing that we absolutely cannot have issues with are our laptops. Undoubtedly they are one of the most used devices in our daily lives. Even now that you are reading this article, you are most probably doing it on your laptop. It goes without saying that the article itself was typed on a computer.
However, as we know, life is never fair; our laptops, too, need maintenance for performing optimally. Even if we maintain our laptops properly, there are a few common laptop problems that are bound to poke their heads out. These issues are mainly of two natures; either the hardware of your laptop is facing a failure or the software of your computer has been compromised with. These elementary yet fatal problems can potentially render your laptop useless.
Under such conditions, the first thing that strikes us is that we need to take our laptop to a service station. Immediately after that, the question of how expensive or otherwise it will turn out to be. What if you were told that you need not worry about those petty details? Sometimes the most primitive form of issues, if left unchecked or unrecognized, can prove to be very heavy a burden on us. That is to say, you can quickly troubleshoot your problems away while sitting at your couch, sipping on your morning coffee.
In this article, we are going to look at some of the most common laptop problems and their solutions. So let’s begin. First, we will look at some of the most common laptop hardware problems and their solutions.
Common Laptop Problems and Solutions
Problem: Laptops are always being carried around wherever their owners tend to travel. This means they accumulate a lot of dust particles along with other debris. This can often lead to our laptops crashing down and/or freezing due to overheating. This essentially robs off a computer from performing optimally. Moreover, due to the lack of ventilation because of their small size and design, they tend to overheat. This can also lead to screen freezing.
Solution: There is a straightforward solution that you can start out with; simply take a clean and dry cloth and clean the air vents of your laptop. Using laptop cleaners are always recommended. This also helps to prevent further dust clogging as well. You can consider updating your BIOS if simply cleaning air vents with a cloth doesn’t work. Most manufacturers provide users with an installation file(s) for updating your laptop BIOS as it controls the hardware itself.
Problem: You turn on your laptop, and you can hear the system running, yet all that you can see in front of you is a black screen. At first glance, it seems to be a really dreadful situation, but nine times out of ten, it is a simple issue with your hardware.
Solution: If you are faced with a black screen in front of your device, try plugging out your laptop from the power source and pull out the battery. Then hold down the power button for 30 to 60 seconds. Now plug in your computer, reboot your system, and shut it down again. Now put the battery back in the laptop and turn it on again.
If your issue doesn’t fix even after following the above steps, then you are that 10th unlucky person; for now, you really need to consider buying a new laptop. But before you do that, make sure to take your computer to a service center, though.
System Blue Screen Error
Problem: This is one of the most dreaded hardware issues as far as laptops are concerned. Most of the time, the laptop screen suddenly turns blue. It can happen as soon as you have opened the computer or even when you are in the middle of an important project on your laptop. It most probably occurs due to two reasons, a hardware failure and/or a driver problem.
Solution: If you are facing a system blue screen error, you can try reinstalling the driver. Also, you should troubleshoot the hardware problem and try to solve it. In case neither of the solutions is working, you may consider backing up all your data and re-formatting your Hard Drive, and then try reinstalling your Operating System. This is sure to get you out of the mess.
Automatic Shut Down
Problem: Sometimes, it happens that you are working on your laptop for quite some time and realize that you are not plugged in, and your battery’s charge is falling. Now, as you plug it in, your laptop automatically shuts down. This is most probably due to either overheating or due to some issues in your charging port.
Solution: In case your laptop is overheated, you already know what to do. However, if that is not the case, then it is very likely that your charging port is getting short-circuited somewhere, somehow, and you need to locate the source so that you can fix the issue. It is highly likely that the laptop maintenance guy at the service station will follow similar approaches.
Battery Draining out Quickly
Problem: Have you ever faced a situation where you are already halfway through your project, and your laptop battery just gives out on you? I know it is a very aggravating situation, and if you feel like just throwing away your laptop from the balcony, no one can blame you. However, at the same time, that is not a rational response. What is, however, follows…
Solution: The very first thing that strikes our brain in such situations is that we need a new battery. Just wait up before you start pondering your options to buy a new battery. Try checking your cables and connections. If any of those doesn’t fit snugly, then you can stay rest assured that your battery is not faulty; instead, your connections are. But if they do fit comfortably, then drain out your battery entirely up until the moment your laptop dries out. Now plug it in to charge. If your issue isn’t fixing even after this, you can start looking for a new battery.
Common Laptop Software Problems and Solutions
We’ve seen some of the most common hardware problems that plague our trusted laptops, along with the possible solutions to these common yet dreading problems. It’s time to look at some of the most common software problems, and of course, their solutions.
Problem: This is a prevalent software issue that can happen to anyone’s laptop. It’s a very generic problem, but at the same time, computer viruses are the nightmare of every laptop owner and user. They can seriously cripple the functionality of our laptops. You will understand your computer has a virus infection when you see strange behaviors from your OS or when you have some non-responsive applications or just an overall slow performance of your laptop.
Solution: The most obvious solution to this problem is to get yourself and your laptop and anti-virus software. There are various such service providers with multiple pricing schemes. Just choose the one that fits your requirements and get it installed, and your laptop will be fine against most of the known viruses out there.
Problem: This is yet another very generic software problem that any laptop may face. While viruses may enter your computer from just visiting any malicious website on the internet, malware generally enters your computer through mail attachments. Worms and Trojan Horses are the most common malware examples.
Solution: The solution to get rid of malware is not that easy or generally accepted. It is suggested that you perform a full system restore and reinstall your entire Operating System or OS. You can also opt for installing anti-malware applications like anti-viruses.
Problem: Your laptop can pick up spyware from just about anywhere. The most widely known symptom of your laptops being affected by spyware is system slowdown. Also, you may notice some applications on your computer that you have never seen before.
Solution: Like with every other software issues, the answer lies in the various anti-spyware softwares present in the market, just chose one that satisfies all your needs and install it to keep your laptop spyware free.
So, we have seen some of the most common laptop issues, and we also saw how to diagnose your laptop problems as well. We have also seen some common laptop screen problems like the blank screen and blue screen errors. Now that you know what symptoms to look out for and what they mean, and how to solve them, get down to business. If you find any of the listed problems on your laptop, you know what to do.