People often encounter many issues when using their laptops. Some of the more common problems include scratched laptop screens, broken screens, liquid spills, a cooling fan that stops working, damaged power cords, cracked laptop cases, and more.
For many of these cases, laptop owners choose to rather replace their laptops instead of trying to fix the problem. Here is a list of the methods used to solve these laptop problems. You may find that you can find a solution to your laptop problem rather than having to replace it.
Problem 1: Scratched Laptop Screen
- Dip a lint-free cloth in a bit of water
- Rub gently over the scratches
- Now use a dry lint-free cloth to wipe away the moisture and buff away the scratches
- If the screen only has light scratches, try using an eraser. Rub the scratches until they disappear
- For deep scratches, you can try petroleum jelly. Rub a small amount of the jelly into the scratches, and then wipe the excess product away using a clean lint-free cloth. The jelly will fill in the scratches leaving behind a scratch-free screen
Problem 2: Liquid Damage
- First, shut your laptop down
- Remove any cables that are currently attached to the laptop
- If possible take the battery out
- Turn your laptop upside down which will help the liquid to flow out
- Place a dry towel over the keyboard and leave it overnight
- The last step is to use a hair-dryer on a cool setting for around 15 minutes
Problem 3: Broken Laptop Screen
It is impossible to repair your laptop when the screen is broken. This type of repair work requires a professional company that handles these types of problems.
You can, however, retrieve your data from your broken laptop. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do this:
- Connect the laptop to another computer using a DVI socket or a VGA socket. This socket is not compatible with all laptop models. Use a cable that is compatible in order to attach your laptop to an external monitor.
- Once you connect, copy the files that you want onto an external hard drive.
- Once you have retrieved your data, you can either have the laptop repaired or replace it.
Problem 3: Damaged Power Cord
Most laptops have a detachable AC power cord, that is available for sale online or from computer stores. If you would prefer not to spend money on another cord, here are a few tips on how to repair your broken one:
- Wrap the cord with duct tape or electrical tape
- Or use a silicone sealant over the damaged areas of your cord
Problem 4: Cracked Laptop Case
- First, clean the case making sure there is no dirt or broken pieces left behind
- Mix the 2 ingredients that come with Epoxy putty
- Use a cylinder to roll your putty down until the mixture turn grey or white
- Apply the mixture to the broken parts of the laptop case
- Use a blade to flatten and smooth the putty
- This will fill in the cracks in the laptop case
Problem 5: Cooling Fan Has Stopped Working
- First, establish where the air passes through
- Insert a straw into the fan and blow out all the dust
- Open the case of the laptop and blow any dust away
- Inspect the fan to make sure nothing is lodged inside
- Gently rotate the blades using your finger
- If the fan makes a strange noise while it is spinning, it will need to be replaced
- Order a new fan for your laptop
- When your new fan arrives, remove the faulty fan along with the power connector
- Attach the new fan with care and reattach the cables
- Replace the case and start up your computer
These are a few of the common issues that are actually easy to fix. But when you encounter issues like an unmountable drive, your computer dies, or a corrupted HDD, these are repairs left to the professionals like Hove Laptop Repairs.
You can still use Remo Hard Drive Recovery software to retrieve data from a laptop that has died or has a corrupted drive so that you can move all your data to a new device without problems.