The First Steps In Solving Laptops Problems

Laptops problems can be quite frustrating but they don’t have to mean the end of the world…even if it sometimes seems so! Of course there are plenty of laptops problems that are beyond the capabilities of most users, and these complex issues are best brought to the attention of qualified technician. In any case, some of the tips that we outline below should help you know what goes on behind the scenes and may even help you get started on solving some of the easier laptops problems.

The first step in solving laptops problems is diagnosis. For instance, many people assume that the cause of their laptops problems is a dead battery when it is something else entirely. For example, a dead LCD screen could be caused by anything from a bad motherboard, memory problems or video adapter issues. These laptops problems–although by no means simple–could be repaired easily enough by a competent technician. More serious laptops problems are caused by a damaged inverter or backlight, which can take a long time to repair, depending on the model of your computer. If your laptop has been discontinued for a while, it can take several months for a repair to be completed. In the worse case scenario, you may even have to ditch your laptop entirely due to lack of parts.

A malfunctioning LCD screen could be the result of a crack in the glass or dead pixels. As for laptops problems regarding unreadable CDs, these may be caused by bad discs or dirty read/write heads in your drive, for which the solutions are trying different brands of CDs or a cleaner kit respectively. In these cases, it may also be a good idea to check the power and data cables before throwing out the old drive for good. Keep in mind also that it would probably be cheaper to simply get a new drive rather than having your old one repaired, even if it were possible.

Regardless of what laptops problems you are facing, accurate diagnosis is the first step in solving the problem. If you can’t seem to get to the root, it may be time to take your laptop in for servicing.

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3 Comments so far

  1. Mr D Scarth on August 30th, 2010

    My packard bell laptop disc player has suddenly stopped working eg dvds cds and discs for mobile phones etc. The computer crashed a while back but was repaired. But i cant recall if this coincides with the problem. I tried downloading a dvd decoder but that did not help. Anybody any ideas what could be wrong.

  2. Admin on September 2nd, 2010

    Did you try re-installing the CD/DVD drivers?

  3. Ruth on January 18th, 2014

    I have lost the sound on my laptop. Is this fixable?

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