When the idea of a laptop first came out, people loved the idea and demanded more. Soon until now, laptop has evolved so much that it can deploy the same amount of performance a desktop can provide. Due to laptop’s incredible flexible nature and various performance aspects met users demand, laptops are one of the highly sold device in the market. Cons are they are more roughly used than a desktop since they are easily carried out side. Other than environmental factors from outside, just like any other technology, laptops wear out as well and can show occasional hiccups.
Differences between fixing a laptop and a desktop computer
Troubleshooting laptops requires same precautionary measures as of its sibling, desktop computers. For instance, you need to take care of the ESD factors involved while disassembling the laptop as well as while handling the components. Documenting and labelling components will save you during reassembling. You also need to organize each of the part and screw locations and so on. This not only will save your time and from puzzled hours, will also save the laptop from getting patched up with wrong components or screws. Let’s see some of the other common hiccups and their fix so far.
One of the most common portable device issues are how well they do or do not run in time. Often you want to start looking at power, performance and heat in such case.
Laptop is not powering up
If a laptop fails to power up, there is no power at all, you want to verify the AC outlet on the wall by plugging in another device into it. If the device is getting the power, the outlet is good. If the device do not get the power, outlet is damned. In case you are using a power strip, also known as extension cord, power cord and some other names around the world, you want to try plugging the laptop to other ports and see how it goes.
In case both of the outlet or power strip ports are okay but the laptop has no LED lit up, you are probably looking at a bad AC adapter. If you have any AC adapter in your house, you might want to try that out on your laptop.
An erroneous peripheral device might interfere with your laptop and prevents you from powering up. You may want to remove any peripherals like USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt or any such devices.
One of the typical catch of having a poor performance is the running applications and processes which may be consuming incredible amount of resources. Some high consuming applications are high likely to slow down the computer. Every Operating system come in with such way to check and monitor all the applications running inside your computer. Task manager in Windows operating system allows you to see and take an action on each of the application is being processed. One of the common action you can take is to close the application by ending the task.
If the performance issue is quite extreme, will likely to lead you into a frozen system. If they do not resolve on their own and you can’t interact with the system at all, you may have to deploy a hard reboot. In such case, you will lose any unsaved work and mourn for an hour. To do so, typically you have to hold down the power button for 10 seconds or so. Though, this may vary based on the make and model. Refer to your manufacturer provided resources like – manual or their website.