Some days a laptop feels like an extension of the body. Our tech supports us through work, recreation, and relaxation. Ideally, your laptop will function correctly and run smoothly; it can go unseen and sometimes taken for granted. However, just like the body, issues can arise. In this age of technology, laptops are used for hours at a time, and we ask a lot of them. They are overworked and sometimes they require maintenance to operate at their best. Sometimes the keyboard will stop working or the battery won’t last. Just think, these are only some of the common laptop problems you might encounter! Some issues can’t be fixed, and you’ll just need to spring for a new laptop. However, many common problems can be fixed with the help of a professional IT team like Computer CPR.
Short Battery Life
Laptops are ideal for working and traveling because they don’t constantly have to be plugged in. This and their small size make them very portable. However, your laptop may be less of a convenience to you if the battery drains every thirty minutes. This is very frustrating when no outlets are available or when you forget your charger.
There are a couple of things you can try at home to extend the life of your battery. First, check your charging cables. If you handle them roughly when you pull them out of the outlet, they can start to tear. Try plugging the cable into your laptop and outlet in different angles. If this doesn’t work, use another charger. If the cables aren’t the problem, you can try another solution. Drain the battery of your laptop before charging it. This is done by leaving your laptop on until it dies on its own. It’s the laptop’s equivalent to a good night’s rest. Sometimes the fix can really be this simple.
If none of these solutions work, there might be a bigger problem- your laptop needs a battery replacement. This need arises naturally over time.
Black or Cracked Screen
This is one of the most common laptop problems out there! Your laptop screen is one of the most essential parts of your computer. When it doesn’t work properly, all your work and research is obscured. If you open up your laptop and the screen won’t turn on, either the graphics driver is corrupted or there is a problem with the LCD display backlight. At Computer CPR, we can attach an external monitor and restart your laptop to test its display. If an image appears on the external monitor, then your laptop is still running but there’s a problem with the display.
If you accidentally drop your laptop or close it when there’s an item inside it, your screen may crack. This can make the screen go black, or you could see a series of colorful lines decorating your screen. Although it may still work, the lines get in the way of the content. If the screen isn’t replaced, the lines will continue to expand, and eventually, the screen will be unreadable.
Computer CPR will perform all the necessary steps to get the screen up and running again. We offer screen replacements, as well as run tests through your laptop to figure out what’s causing the screen to remain black.
Keyboard Stops Working
A key on the keyboard is stuck or the whole board doesn’t work. A common reason is crumbs or debris get in the cracks. Canned, compressed air is a great solution for removing these unwanted particles. If you accidentally spill a drink on the keyboard, the keys become sticky. Gently use a damp cloth or some rubbing alcohol and clean between them.
If you are still experiencing a frozen keyboard, you may need to get a replacement. At Computer CPR, we offer a single key replacement or the whole keyboard. Don’t hesitate to reach out to get your keyboard fixed.
Computer CPR Resolves Common and Complex Laptop Problems
Computer CPR has a team full of IT professionals that can solve any laptop issue that may arise. It doesn’t matter if it’s a common laptop or a unique issue. If your laptop isn’t working properly, we can help. Visit our website to see our full list of IT support and services or give us a call today. No problem is too big or too small for our team.