How to Fix Common Laptop Problems

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Common Laptop Problems

Laptops are just one of those things that takes a lot of abuse. You carry it around and use it for many different purposes. Your use your laptop more than your desktop computer. So when your laptop breaks, you’re unsure what to do to fix the problem. Here are some of the more common computer problems you may face by being a laptop owner and how to fix them.

Frayed or Broken Charger Cord

This problem should go without saying – buy a new one! They are relatively cheap through the internet or at a local store, and you can fix the problem within the time it takes you to get there and back. You’re able to find the laptop power adapter that is a perfect match for your computer, as well. Never use a cord that has exposed frayed wires since this can be dangerous. Not only to you by causing electrical shock, but you can end up frying your laptop or starting a fire.

Fixing a Bad Fan

If your laptop cooling fan does not work correctly, you may be facing a lot of overheating problems. This is bad if you’re in the middle of work or a game. You can replace the fan yourself for around $15. You need a new fan, compressed air, and a screwdriver. Using compressed air to blow out the inside of the computer completely may fix the fan problem. This cleans out the debris from inside, so the fan can move again. If it doesn’t fix the problem, you’ll have to replace the fan. Carefully open the case with the screwdriver and replace the original fan with the new one. Once you close it back up, the fan will cool the computer again.  This is a more advanced task. So if you are uncomfortable opening up the laptop, you should contact a computer repair technician.

Laptop Doesn’t Start

When the laptop doesn’t start, you may feel panicked inside, but don’t. Plug it in and see if there is a light on the side of the laptop. You want to find out if it can get a charge. See if there is a light, and you can turn it on, and it should work properly. If you unplug it while it is in use and it shuts off – you may need a new battery. If the light doesn’t come on while it is plugged in, then you may just need to buy a new cord. Of course, if none of these solve the problem – ASK A PROFESSIONAL!

My Laptop is Running Slow

When the laptop is running slow, you might be feeling anxious. The reason for this is that over time; laptops get a lot of data stored in them. This data slows the computer down over time because of how many junk files are inside it.


Windows added a defragmentation option to help with this. Go to the Start Menu, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and Disk Defragmenter. This should solve the problem. It moves your items, compacts them, and cleans your computer from any clutter that is no longer needed. You do not have to feel like a hoarder anymore!

If you have tried everything that we recommended and you still cannot get it to work, consider speaking with a professional laptop repair specialist. They can fix the laptop and get you back on your way to having the freedom of using it for all of the needs that you may have.

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