Laptop or computer - whatever it is, you need one of them, at every aspect of your life. And it’s obvious. These devices bear the workload for us all day long, and in the process, they get sick. Reason? Many folds. But that’s not the issue here. Although ‘common laptop problems’ is the key expression in today's discussion, we are more concerned about the solution part rather than elaborating on the problems anymore.
Now, the common laptop problems. They can arise in either hardware or software domain or even be a concern of both matters. So, we will start by exploring the most common grounds, those bothering your laptop in both ways.
Hardware & Software related Common Laptop Problems
Overheating leading to sudden shutdown
Overheating is a common issue for almost all types of laptops, especially the ones older than five years. Because the fans and air vents of these devices become dusty with time. Generally, six things lead to an overheated laptop. Even among the best laptops in the market, this is one of the most common laptop problems that every user experiences once in a lifetime.
- Dusty cooling system: Especially for a city-bred laptop, where the air is polluted, the cooling systems of your devices tend to accumulate comparably more dust and debris with time than other places. That leads to the common laptop problems of overheating. Check the following facts here:
- Is your PC clean including the radiator?
- Are all the fans spinning under an intense workload?
- How long is it been since you applied fresh thermal paste? If it’s past 3 years, it’s time for you to apply it again between the CPU and the cooler.
- Does the CPU cooler perform a higher cooling capacity than the TDP rate of the CPU or not?
- Size of the device: If you are using an ultraportable notebook or an SFF (Small form factor) PC, chances are, the CPU cooler isn’t adequate for a long period of high-end usage. And most portable notebooks, even from the best laptop brands come with compact cooling solutions that can take care of a sudden high-load performance but slows down quickly when you use the machine for an extended period. Only gaming laptops and full-sized desktop PCs contain a complete heavy-weight cooling system that can sustain day-long intense work pressure. So, that’s a drawback for portable laptops that they all face these common laptop problems of heat dissipation during continuous usage.
- Age of the laptop: Older devices fire up to a high temperature quickly due to an unclear cooling system, since it gathered a lot of dirt through its performing years. That slows down the efficiency of that laptop.
- Maintenance: Cleaning a laptop and using it with appropriate care is more desirable than we do for a desktop. Because laptops are slimmer and smaller than desktops, especially portable ones. They are more prone to heat up quickly due to space shortage and smaller air passages. If the cooling system can’t expel the hot air produced inside, that can damage the other essential components like CPU, GPU, motherboard, hard drive disk or SSD, and even the screen of the device, let alone losing its efficiency with time.
- Intense Multitasking: Every device is born with a specific capacity. If you force your laptop to do more than it is capable of (according to its specifications), the system will cry out and let you know its limitations by all possible means. In this case, the most common laptop problems are overheating and slow performance.
- Malware attack: Yes, that is also considered here. Some virus or any other malicious software like spyware or ransomware invades too deep in your system that without your knowledge, they play in the background, collect your personal info, or do something harmful that may lead to a system crash. Early symptoms? Slowing down and heating up. This is one of the most common laptop problems that our experts in the NSS laptop service center deal with almost every day.
One of the common mistakes most people make is that running the laptop on the lap or soft surfaces like a sofa or bed. Of course, it is expected to work on ‘lap-top’, but you must remember that they are very sophisticated compact forms of large computers, intended to carry around everywhere. So, they work and they heat up, pretty simple. They have methods to expel the hot air and that works only when the pathway of the air vents are open. So, try hard surfaces like tables or desks if you want to work without any intervention of any common laptop problems. Doing that already? Then probably you didn’t clean or check its health for long. Here, let’s get you some DIY tips on how to do that.
- How to clean the fans and heatsink: Let’s apply the following tips below:
- First, boot your laptop to read the baseline temperature for the CPU. Free tools like NZXT’s CAM, or Core Temp help with that. You may notice the idle temperature of your notebook around 45° celsius as average.
- Then, start some intense activity like video rendering or gaming to monitor the maximum temperature score for each core of the CPU. Generally, the performance reduces at around 90° score or so, and if the processor hits 95°, the laptop shuts down. When you see the score reaching 90° or beyond, it is time for you to clean the system to return the adequate cooling mechanism of your PC. Otherwise, you may suffer from some symptoms of common laptop problems today or tomorrow.
- To clean the PC, we need 1. Isopropyl alcohol, 2. Thermal paste, 3. Screwdriver, 4. Compressed air, 5. Cotton cloth or kitchen roll, 6. Cotton buds.
- Now, you have to remove all power connections, batteries, and external components. Also, remove the CD/DVD drive pallet and then unscrew the backplate. Before taking the plate off, check if there remains any extra wire connecting it with the motherboard or not. Be careful.
- Now, you see the fan connected to the copper heatsink. Undo the screws of the sink at a diagonal order, then unscrew its connection over the processor and graphics cards. Then remove the fan screws and unplug the wire connecting it to the motherboard. Now, gently separate the fan and the heatsink from the laptop body. Clean them using a cloth or kitchen roll and cotton bud. Use compressed air to clean the inaccessible parts.
- Make sure to remove the dried thermal paste from both the heatsink and its connecting point to the motherboard. First, use the kitchen roll for this purpose. Then, dip a bud into the alcohol and wipe off the remaining paste from the sink and its surrounding area. You must be very careful not to leave any liquid in the motherboard. Not confident enough? Then don’t do it. Otherwise, you may worsen the condition rather than solving your common laptop problems of overheating. If you need an expert hand, we are always there for you.
- Dry off the excess liquid. Put the fan back in. Then, squeeze a small portion of thermal paste into the CPU and GPU contact points. Too much paste may also damage your system, so take the right portion as per the sink size. Level the points and then put the sink back to its place.
- Before attaching the backplate again, use compressed air (if necessary) to remove any extra debris from the air vents and the motherboard. Lastly, attach all other components you took off before. Power on the laptop and take the temperature reading as before. It should be reduced by 5°-10° at least and one of your common laptop problems would be solved.
- How to clean inside a portable laptop: The process is the same as before, although more complicated. Unless you have any prior training, it is recommended to take expert advice before cleaning it by yourself.
- What to do with an old laptop: if your laptop is more than five or seven years old, you should:
- Always keep it clean and maintained once in a while.
- Use an external cooling pad for your laptop.
- Try to reduce the load of multitasking on heavy applications and keep your peripherals minimal at a time.
If it’s still unable to rise to your required speed, check if you can upgrade it or not.
- If nothing works, check its resale value and other factors to decide whether you need to go for a laptop repair or replace it now. Again, you need to verify the laptop repair cost on the issue you are facing. If you don’t take any action, you may start experiencing multiple common laptop problems in that device.
- If your laptop is not in the condition of working anymore and your budget isn’t cooperating yet, you can always go for a refurbished laptop from an authentic store. Modern-day refurbished laptops come packed with all the latest gen features, power, and warranty under reduced price criteria.
- What about the old one? You can still use it for various purposes such as media center, storage center, external display, or webcam screen, Wifi hotspot, etc. You can also harvest the reusable parts to assemble them into another one. Need some expertise on that? Ask us anytime.
- If you are thinking about selling or donating it, don’t forget to factory restore before that. And lastly, if it’s not in any above conditions, don’t trash it anywhere but in a government authorized recycle center.
- How to increase longevity: There are plenty of ways to enhance the lifespan of your laptop. If you take good care of it from the beginning, your chances of confronting the common laptop problems are minimal. Regularly check the health condition off your laptop. All modern-day OS provides sufficient troubleshooting and auto-recovering systems to keep your laptop up and running all the time. Also, there are tons of free software like CCleaner that constantly health-check on the machine and provide you with detailed reports.
If you need specific suggestions on troubleshooting, it’s not possible in this short span, although our other resources will tell you more details on that. How to troubleshoot through Windows 10, Linux, or Mac, or which software should you use on them, how to increase the life of your battery, why is it important to power off the laptop instead of leaving it in a sleeping mode, how to use limited peripherals or multitasking through heavy software so that it can run for long, find out all the answers with us and avoid the issues of common laptop problems, especially overheating and slow performance?
- How to manage Multitasking: Even if your laptop is expected to manage to multitask pretty well, you must not make it work hard for long. Activating the turbo boost frequently isn’t really a wise way of using a laptop. Go ‘sympathetically’, your laptop will cooperate in a better way. Select the minimum number of applications to run at a time. If possible, reduce the external peripherals if you are using them all day. And don’t forget to remove them before you switch off the machine. Your understanding will surely breathe more life into it for the long haul and your headache of common laptop problems of overheating will be reduced as well.
- How to remove malware: Ok, I get it. You tried all the processes to get a good performance out of your laptop, and still nothing. You’re practically clueless. These conditions generally occur when your machine is held captive under malware such as a virus, spyware, or ransomware attack without you having any knowledge of it. They play in the background, very ‘deep in the sea’ for you to notice before. If you are experiencing the symptoms of common laptop problems including overheating and slow performance very recently, you must not waste any more time taking an expert suggestion. Because someone may be waiting to plunge into their last attack and you won’t be able to recover your PC anymore, let alone all the data security. An expert group can help you get rid of the attacker and implement the best security walls of anti-malware or antivirus applications suitable for your device. But without examining your device thoroughly, it’s hard to give you any useful suggestions on this issue.
Common Laptop Problems of Slow performance
Another most discussed topic among the common laptop problems is the slow performance of the PC. You may find that your laptop isn’t providing the same speed it did before. With time, every computing device loses its performing edge. There are various reasons for this to happen. Let’s talk about it to understand the common laptop problems of slow performance.
- Slow hard drive: When your laptop takes excessive time to load files or file transfer takes ages to complete, it’s a symptom of a slow hard drive. The reasons are space shortage, disorganized file arrangements, or even some malware attack or equipment failure that can cause the same.
- Slow bootup: This is another one of the common laptop problems we see in most devices after a certain period. The main reason behind it is an excessive number of start-up applications. And sometimes it’s just because the outdated hard drive is unable to take much load anymore.
- Multitasking: If you are running lots of applications together, think again. Your device may be taking tons of workload at once, hence playing slowly as time passes by.
- Outdated software: Always update the software you are working on. Otherwise, they may not work properly. Another crucial factor is the security issue. The updated versions are protected with a better security system than the older versions. It may seem like the device is running slow, but that’s not it. Outdated versions even run slower and most people mix it up with the common laptop problems of slow performance of the laptop.
- Outdated hardware: Yes, that too can lag your laptop’s performance behind. If your laptop is old and you are using the latest applications in it, chances are the hardware you have may not be the right resource for that.
- Malware attack: Sometimes, malicious software runs in the background without our knowledge. Besides other harmful activities, these applications slow down your device.
Well, we talked about the various reasons for the common laptop problems of slow performance. Let’s learn about the solutions to all of them.
- How to clear out more space in the hard drive: Firstly, clean all the unnecessary files from your drive.
- Type “cleanmgr.exe” in the Run window to clean the disk. Or you can use free tools like CCleaner for that. Remove the old programs you don’t use anymore.
- Disorganized data also takes more time to access, since the program takes a long-time on searching your desired file out of that ‘jungle’. So to get better performance and eradicate the common laptop problems, we must organize all the data at least once a month, especially if you do a lot of downloading, uploading, moving, installing, and uninstalling of programs and files. For Defragmentation and error checking, troubleshoot and repair the PC using Windows built-in utilities such as Disk Defrag/Defragmenter or ScanDisk. Go to Programs, then System Tools or Accessories, and press the Analyze button. This application will tell you if your drive needs defragmenting or not. If yes, start the Defragment program and wait for a while to finish.
- Sometimes, Registry cleaning helps enhance the performance, but you should not indulge in it unless you have more knowledge on that. So it’s better to take some expert opinion on that, otherwise, you may affect your PC badly.
- You should also clear the caches and cookies from the device and the browser regularly for a better experience. Use commands like ‘prefetch’, ‘%temp%’, ‘temp’ from the Run window and delete all the junk there (you will be informed which are deletable).
- You may find Firefox and Chrome as more efficient browsers than Internet Explorer to solve the common laptop problems of performance.
- Format the PC, reinstall the OS if you can, or let some experienced hand do that if you haven’t done it before. Keep your license keys close, otherwise, you may not be able to activate the OS without that.
- Windows 10 users may enhance the performance even better and prevent the common laptop problems of slowing down by changing some settings in the extra visual features like mouse shadows, window shadows, thumbnail settings in-built with the OS. Write ‘System’ in the search bar and then choose ‘Advanced system settings’. In the ‘System properties’ window, you can customize the visual effects and other ‘Settings’ in the ‘Advanced’ tab by selecting ‘Adjust for best performance’, ‘Adjust for best appearance’, or other available options and then click ‘Apply’ and ‘OK.’
- You can also adjust the screen resolution for even better performance and improved battery life.
- Disable or uninstall (if possible) the unnecessary default apps that come equipped with the OS.
- Reduce start-up and background items: An excessive number of start-up apps in the background creates common laptop problems of boot-up issues in your device. Go to the Taskbar and right-click into it. Or, press ‘Ctrl+Alt+Delete’ together to reach the ‘Task Manager’, and from its ‘Startup’ tab, disable the unimportant apps which you don’t need at the time of opening.
In ‘Task Manager’, you can see all the applications running on your PC currently. Disable all of them you don’t need anymore. Ensure you know about it well, otherwise, you may disable some system apps necessary to run the laptop properly. Before and after stopping the extra programs, check the ‘Performance’ tab. You will surely notice some difference here, that supports you in solving the common laptop problems of low performance.
- Use a minimum number of programs at a time: Your laptop may come equipped with several outstanding features that you expect it to multitask throughout the day. You are right. But you must understand that the constant pressure of heavy programs and external peripherals together may reduce the efficiency of any device. After all, everyone needs some rest, right? So, it is recommended to use programs as little as possible together when you are running the machine for a long haul.
And when you use an extra screen, USB drive, or external hard drive, cooling pad, and mouse, keyboard, or headphone, that’s a pretty long list for one slim laptop to handle. Try to reduce the external accessories at once so that your laptop can stay efficient for long, without the symptoms of common laptop problems.
- Update the software, driver, and OS: Constantly check whether your programs are missing any new updates or not. During the time, many applications store several corrupt files, errors, and out-of-date systems with possible security breaches. These are the reasons for your apps to run slow or in some improper way. The new updates come with solutions for all of them. That’s why it’s necessary to keep each software up to date.
For similar reasons, you need to update the drivers as well. Without that, components like the camera, keyboard, sound system, even the screen may not respond as they should. Check for updates on the manufacturer’s website and download and install the video driver, keyboard or touchpad driver, network, camera, and sound driver when required.
Again, outdated OSs also give rise to tons of common laptop problems in your notebooks, especially in modern-day devices pre-installed with the latest operating systems. Because they are made of a firmware system that controls all the software and hardware activities in your laptop.
- Upgrade the hardware and storage capacity: Especially, when you are running an old laptop with a similar hardware structure, you may face some common laptop problems while working on some latest applications. It is possible that you don’t have the required specifications in your device these programs demand. In that case, you may upgrade the OS and other software to make it work again, but how do you know they will work well in the old system? If they do, you don’t need to worry about anything else. But if they don’t, you should consider upgrading the hardware system first.
- Try to install extra RAM capacity on your laptop. First, you need to find the right one compatible with your PC. It’s always better to add the exact same RAM module with the same capacity if extra slots are available. You may check your RAM type from your laptop’s Property section or from the Performance section of the Task Manager. If nothing gives you all the data, check from the manufacturer’s site using the model number of your notebook.
- Do you have extra slots for adding SSD? Then you must change your hard disk from a mechanical hard drive to a solid-state drive. They are always a better performer than the previous one. But check the compatibility first, try the manufacturer’s site for that. You can still use the hard disk as the storage memory in the machine.
- Scan for malware and implement anti-malware protection: If you are recently noticing a speed difference (reduced) in your laptop for a few days and you checked all other options to find them okay, it’s probably some malicious activity that is causing the common laptop problems of performance. Some other symptoms of a similar situation are slow download speed, excessive pop-up windows opening from time to time, etc. Here, the first thing you can do is to scan the system for any malware application. There are free tools for that, such as Spybot, Ad-aware, or House Call. Don’t go for a regular or quick scan, yet, finish a complete scan of your device and check if any virus or spyware is found or not. And then maintain a fixed routine of periodic scans for any malware.
If these tools are unable to detect and remove all these intruders from your device, you must need a deep scan and a thorough check for the harms they already made in your device. Can’t do it on your own? Try some professional help on that and make sure to install some antivirus or antimalware software after that.
Common Laptop Problems of System crash or laptop doesn’t turn on:
Another familiar situation among the common laptop problems is that your laptop doesn't turn on or boot up, a complete system crash. Yes, you power on your laptop one day and nothing happens, even when you can’t find any problem anywhere. It causes panic in most users. There are plenty of reasons behind these common laptop problems, and some of them are not so fatal at all. Meaning? Easily solvable at home.
Let’s check the reasons here:
- Torn AC adapter cord
- Damaged DC jack
- Display cable loosened
- Hard disk issues with bad sectors or missing system files
- Motherboard issues.
When your laptop is showing the signs of the common laptop problems of not turning on or booting up even in the safe mode, we must try the following steps mentioned below.
- If your AC adapter or DC jack is failing you to charge the laptop, then it’s not so big of an issue at all. Check the adapter with a voltmeter. If this one is torn somewhere, you can easily fix it with silicone sealant. And if the DC jack is to blame, you may not be able to repair it on your own. In any case, the repair or an original new adapter with the charging cable won’t cost you much, check out a topic detailing more on that.
- Now, screen. Connect an external display with your laptop. If it works, then what you are facing is the common laptop problems of screen ailments. If the display cable is causing you trouble, it’s a little bit of repair work, although you should let the experienced ones do that job. Check out our other topic on fixing a laptop screen for more details on that.
- If the above issues are fine in your notebook, let’s check the hard disk to learn more. Here, we have to remove the hard drive to use it somewhere else. Check the manufacturer's site if you need instructions on that. Now, store it inside an external USB enclosure.
Then, connect the enclosure’s cable with a fully functional computer or laptop through its USB port. If the disk is fine, its file system will be detected properly as an external drive and permit the data transfer option there. If it’s okay, then these common laptop problems are caused by something else. And if it’s not working as expected, we can check its health using the ‘Chkdsk’ command in the DOS prompt. Find and open the Command Prompt window from the search bar below and type X as the letter mentioning your external drive in that PC. Press Enter and type ‘chkdsk /f’ and Enter again. You will be provided with information about your disk drives such as the file system type and the serial number. Scan the drive for errors and fixes for that. The error report will display the details. If it’s repaired now, you may be asked to dismount it. Press Y and hit Enter. You can now use it on the previous device to see if it worked or not.
- If no above solution works in your case, you probably have gotten into some motherboard trouble. But, still, there is hope. We deal with these kinds of common laptop problems every day. And if the board isn’t completely burned out or caught some fatal damage, we can still repair it for you at an affordable range.
Common Laptop Problems of No Internet Issue:
We can imagine how helpless you feel when you are carrying your laptop everywhere to collect data for your project, and it’s showing no internet connection or maybe losing the signal frequently. That’s another one of the major hassles among the common laptop problems we all face almost every day. Let’s explore some basic tips before it gets out of our hands.
Do you have a physical button for the wireless internet connection in your notebook? Then, always check it first. If it’s on, check if the router is detectable with the SSID network name in your PC or not. If not, reboot the router by switching it off for 20 seconds and then power it back on.
If your router is ok or you are outside in some external Wifi zone, the reason behind your notebook not being able to discover the connection lies inside the machine itself. First, go to ‘Network & Internet settings’ and troubleshoot the problem. If nothing works, select the ‘Advanced network settings’ according to your problem. Make sure your driver is updated. For that, go to ‘Device Manager’ from the search bar, and under the ‘Network adapters’ option, you will find the particular connection you are concerned about. You can select the ‘Update driver’ option or disable or uninstall it so that it can re-install the updated settings when you restart the machine.
You don’t need to panic if all your efforts fail here. Our experts deal with these internet-related common laptop problems every day and we can assure a quick and affordable fix within no time. But before that, an expert technician should be able to diagnose the PC first.
Common Laptop Problems of Freezing or Hanging:
It happens all the time. No one is immune to this incident. You’re focused on some important project, or maybe landed yourself on the site of an action movie, or it’s just that you are roaming through the web pages aimlessly. Suddenly, everything stopped, ‘no life’ except the mouse cursor. These common laptop problems of freezing or hanging irritate or eat up the precious time of netizens every other day.
In most cases, the basic reason behind this is too much load on your PC. Other than that, these common laptop problems of freezing can even be caused by some hardware issues. On that note, you will experience the same problem frequently.
So, what to do? Let’s begin the steps here.
Let’s go by the following order:
- The first step is to do nothing but wait for a while. Didn’t work? Let’s try something else.
- It’s the old trick. Press the Alt+Ctrl+Delete keys together to open the Task Manager. if any program shows the ‘Not Responding’ option, select ‘End task’ for that.
- If these episodes of common laptop problems of freezing happen frequently for some specific programs, it indicates an incompatibility of your system for them. That said, you may need to upgrade the hardware.
- If you can’t open the task manager, hold the power button until it turns off the PC. Wait for a while, then power it on again.
- Check your browser task manager for the troubling webpage or extension. Removing them will do the work. Strike Shift+Esc combo in Chrome and click Menu > More > Task Manager in Firefox for this purpose.
- Reinstall the drivers to eradicate any corruption.
- Check the RAM capacity and upgrade it when you need more space.
- Open mdsched.exe from the Run window and select ‘Restart now and check for problems’ for a thorough memory check.
- Type sfc /scannow command in administrator cmd window for any system file corruptions.
- Regulate the PC temperature at a medium range.
- Sometimes, the common laptop problems of frequent freezing are caused by virus or malware attacks. Check for them as before and take necessary actions.
If nothing works, your PC may need some professional advice on this matter.
Common Laptop Problems of Turning on and off
Let’s say you turned on your laptop and it responded without a fuss. Well, it worked for a while and suddenly, turned off on its own, and then on again. Please do not underestimate these common laptop problems of turning on and off since they may indicate hardware issues or even virus infiltration in your laptop.
So, what to do.
As we have discussed solutions before, we will be briefing similar ones here.
Troubleshoot the overheating issue
- Solve any overheating issues
- Try reducing extra loads of applications or external devices
- Hard reset or reboot the laptop
- Disable the fast startup feature if it’s still active
- Reinstall your drivers
- Check for the health of the motherboard, hard disk, and memory modules
- Scan for any malware introduction and clean the PC if needed.
Hardware-related Common Laptop Problems
Common Laptop Problems of Blank or black screen
This situation seems terrifying. Right? You power on the laptop or computer and hear the start-up noise and wait, and wait. Yet, the screen remains black without any sign of life. These common laptop problems may or may not be caused by the screen only. If an external display works fine with your machine, it’s a screen issue such as a loose display cable or something. Otherwise, it is probably your motherboard or hard disk.
Sometimes, these common laptop problems are not so severe and some DIY tricks on fixing a laptop screen can help you with that. We need to check for the BIOS, system RAM, and motherboard for better clues on these problems.
- Turn off the device and disconnect all the power sources including the battery.
- Long press the power button for 30-40 seconds and then reattach the power cord to reboot. It will reset the BIOS.
- After a while, switch off the device to attach the battery again.
- If this doesn’t work, de-activate the device similarly and open the RAM panel at the bottom.
- Clean the modules then check.
- For multiple RAM sticks, use them one by one to check for the actual issue.
If none of the above tips work, the symptom may indicate a requirement for laptop motherboard repair. Contact a trusted source for expert solutions, or you can always try us here for any laptop repair issues.
Common Laptop Problems of blue screen error
Again, another screen-related issue, Blue screen error or the Blue screen of death (BSOD). This is also one of the common laptop problems that may occur in any computer at any time. In this case, the device turns on properly, but you see nothing but a blue screen, sometimes displaying only a hexadecimal error code on the screen.
Try to use an external display to check whether it’s a screen problem or not. If you experience the same thing on the extra screen it’s probably an OS issue or some hardware hindrance.
- Restart the computer and hold the F8+Shift combination or just the F8 key for a while. It boots the device in safe mode.
- After that, update your OS and drivers to their latest versions.
- If you see error codes like 0x0000000A, 0x0000003B, 0x00000133, 0x000000EF, etc., and if they don’t disappear after all the updates you take, you should contact for expert advice to get help on troubleshooting these common laptop problems.
Common Laptop Problems of Battery power doesn’t stay long
Laptops are meant to work without a power source, to accompany you while traveling. Now, the low-lasting battery power defeats the very purpose of these devices, and it’s just another one of the common laptop problems you see in most laptops after using it only for 2-3 years.
Before proceeding to the current solutions for these common laptop problems, we must remind you to take care of your device from the beginning. This way, you will be able to postpone a replacement longer than the usual cases. That said, you shouldn’t leave your laptop charged on all the time even after it is fully recharged. Although modern Lithium-ion batteries are even smarter than before, it’s better to use the battery power under its 80-40 percent range. Meaning, starting the electric source after the battery shows less than 40 percent and cutting the source off after it recharges more than 80 percent.
Now, let’s come to the current condition. Check all the cable connections, if they are ok or not. Then use up the battery power completely until your laptop dies and then recharge it again. If the problem reappears, it’s probably the time you need a replacement for the battery.
Common Laptop Problems of Liquid spill
Well, it’s a no-brainer that electronics don’t really like any liquid stuff on them. And even when we all know that it’s fatal on your laptop, accidents still happen. And the consequences of these common laptop problems of liquid spill generate several internal issues, even some severe ones.
After a sudden liquid spill on your device, it is better to be able to remove the power sources before it shuts down on its own. Otherwise, it can lead you to the common laptop problems of major hardware failure.
- Immediately cut off all the power sources, remove the cord, and also the battery as well.
- Carefully dismantle the device and try to clean all the components separately.
- Wait for at least 10 minutes before putting them back together. Check if everything’s alright or not.
- If it’s just water you spilled, then your worries should be less than the situations involving sticky liquids.
- Whereas you need to dry off the water from your PC components, sticky liquids require a thorough cleaning, even with warm soapy water in some cases. But that is better to be left for experts to deal with.
- After cleaning, you can use a blow dryer or compressed air following some specific instructions. It’s important to dry off all the liquid before you reassemble the device. If required, you must not hesitate to wait for 24-72 hours to get it all dried before making it work again.
Common Laptop Problems of key stuck on the keyboard or Unresponsive keys or touchpad
It happens to all of us. The common laptop problems of keys occur after long-term use or voracious typing for a while. And there are solutions as well.
There are ways to fix a few keys stuck on the board. Some laptops, especially MacBooks offer such individual choices, although expensive.
- To replace or fix the keys or the entire keyboard, you need to disassemble the keyboard first.
- Some laptops are equipped with locking bars protecting the keyboards from above or below at their places.
- After pulling it off, you need to unscrew the pins and disconnect the ribbon-like cable connecting it with the motherboard.
- Then remove the board and replace it with a good one or fix your keys as required.
- Rearrange it in a similar manner and you’re done.
- Before installing a new board for your PC, make sure to check all the keys for their proper functionalities. Otherwise, you’ll be haunted by these common laptop problems as before.
Software-related Common Laptop Problems
Common Laptop Problems of Virus or malware attack:
These are tricky, these are smart. You may be experiencing some kind of common laptop problems on software-related issues, and trying lots of ways to fix them, but nothing seems to be working. Why? Are you sure the problem is what you are thinking it is? Maybe not.
Besides the direct attacks of intruders, the common laptop problems like slow performance or even slower download ability, laptop turning on and off, corrupted files or applications, hard disk errors, excessive pop-ups, even excessive heat generation may be caused by virus or malware attacks, as we have discussed earlier. These are some indirect consequences that you are not alone. So, yes, these silent attacks may cripple your computer in unimaginable ways.
The best way to solve these common laptop problems is to prevent them before entering. So, taking the precautions of antivirus or antimalware software is a must.
- If you can’t afford a fortune right now, you can try free tools as well. They may not be that effective for your PC, but it’s better than having nothing at all.
- Ensure regular check-ups at least once a week or so.
- Not only the basic scans, but you must also schedule for complete scanning for viruses from time to time. You can set the time when your PC is left idle.
- You may use free tools like Spybot: Search and Destroy and Ad-Aware to build your defensive wall to prevent malicious attacks.
- Spybot helps best in tracking down malicious code, especially pop-ups and Ad-Aware is good at removing cookies. You can go for periodic scans using each of them and disable the other one as per requirement.
- No need to install multiple antimalware software just because they are free. Otherwise, they will slow you down and do more harm than help in the process. Trust one but research well before that.
- There is another option you can try, which is Trend Micro’s free HouseCall. It has outperformed many others along with its amazing offer for a free database of viruses and useful info on their manual removal tips.
- If you are able to spend a bit, you can try a Norton 360 subscription for better protection, performance, and file backup.
Common Laptop Problems of Spyware
As we all know already, Spyware is a kind of malware that targets especially sensitive data and your personal details. This information is then sold or fed to another entity or organization to provide them full control over you in a harmful way in most cases. They work more silently to violate your privacy or compromise your device's security. Sometimes you won’t be able to notice that you are being monitored for how long.
Since these are other types of malware, the solutions for these common laptop problems are just the same as before. You don’t need to install anything extra for any virus, spyware, or other malware activities. One fully functional anti-malware software is enough for all of them. Just select wisely along with proper research, purpose-wise requirement, and of course based on the savings you can spend on them.
Common Laptop Problems rising after an OS update
These common laptop problems can arise in any OS, whether Windows, Mac, or Linux. Now, we all know that OS updates are necessary to fix old issues you are already facing in your operating system. Moreover, they come with important security features and advanced features you can’t deny. But what if the same update disrupts your PC performance? This can happen for many reasons, especially due to some compatibility issues. Sometimes, much older systems remain unable to cope with the advanced software.
If your PC is acting weird after an OS update such as all the components are not working properly, it’s better to go back to the previous version and check whether it’s an update issue or not. If that is so, you must find out why your laptop isn’t working with the new one. It can be some hardware incompatibility or even some software preventing some features from working on your device. Check in the OS’s official page for essential requirements and see if your PC meets up with that or not.
Sometimes the bug remains on the update itself and it can arise in a number of computers in a similar manner. Try to check online if it’s happening only in your machine or there are others out there facing the same as you. In that case, you will be able to find some solutions in the official forum or you can always ask your OS provider for help.
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Here, we have discussed the most common laptop problems we face every day. But there are always more. Our today’s discussion may cover your issue or not, we ask you to always contact us whenever necessary.