For the first time after seven years, personal computer sales grew by 2.7% in 2019. By the end of 2019, computer makers shipped a staggering 266.69 million units.
Many experts believe that this has to do with the end of Windows 7. With support no longer available for this OS version, many had to upgrade to Windows 10.
What if your laptop does have the latest operating system but then it suddenly acts up? Does this mean you need a brand new laptop as well?
Not necessarily. Depending on the type of issue you’re encountering, you may only need to repair your laptop. Keep in mind that although laptops have a short lifespan, they should still last for three to five years.
Ready to learn all about the signs that it’s time to bring your gear to a professional technician? Then let’s dive right into it!
1. It’s Become Snail-Like
Lack of memory (RAM) and disk space (hard drive) are the most common reasons for slow computers. RAM, which stands for “Random Access Memory”, is a group of chips in your laptop. Every task that you perform with your laptop uses up RAM.
For instance, the moment you turn your laptop on, it loads data into the RAM. Your RAM also stores every file and program you open and are currently using. As such, having too many things running at once can deplete this resource.
The result is slow laptop performance.
The same thing happens if you have too many files and software stored in your hard disk drive.
Before you panic, restart the laptop first. This will remove all items in the RAM, so 90% of the time, it’s the solution for low memory problems.
If it’s disk space you’re low on, move some of your laptop’s contents to an external hard drive. You may also move important files to the cloud. Uninstall all programs that you don’t use, as these only eats up valuable disk space.
If none of these work, it’s possible that your hard drive is failing. It may also be a faulty connection within the drive’s enclosure. Either way, get it checked by a professional computer technician ASAP as they may still be able to revive it.
2. Accidental Liquid Spills
If you’re like 65% of US employees, then you likely eat at your desk, by the computer. Unfortunately, this is one of the biggest reasons for computer spills.
In such an accident, you need to power off your laptop and remove its battery immediately. Don’t take the time to power it off properly either, you need to perform a “hard shutdown” right away. This is an important step on how to repair your laptop keyboard after a spill.
Once the battery is out, blot up the remaining liquid with paper or microfiber towels. Tilt your laptop over and gently rock it from side to side and from front to back. This helps any excess liquid to exit the device.
A can of compressed air will help further dry out the laptop. If you don’t have one handy, you can use a hairdryer set to the coolest level. Make sure that there’s a 20 cm gap between the dryer and the keyboard and keep moving the dryer from one side to another.
Next, adjust the screen of your laptop so that it forms a V shape. Turn it upside down on a level surface, so that it looks like an inverted “V”. Wait for at least 24 hours to ensure that the keyboard is completely liquid-free before you turn it back on.
Check if all the keys on your keyboard work. If not, you should bring it to a certified computer technician. They may still be able to salvage the keyboard rather than replace it.
3. Laptop Doesn’t Turn On After a Spill
If your laptop fails to turn on after an accidental spill, some of the liquid may have entered your battery. The first step to repairing your laptop battery is to determine if there’s still power in it. For this, you need a multimeter to check its voltage.
If you don’t have this device, bring it to a laptop repair professional. They’ll check your battery and find out if they can still save it. If not, then you’d need a new battery.
4. Noticeable Heat and Sudden Shut Downs
Extreme slowing of your laptop may also be due to an overheating processor. The longer and the more times your laptop overheats, the bigger the risk of hardware failure.
Apart from the tangible heat and reduced speed, this issue may also make the laptop’s fan go on hyperdrive. If you suddenly hear whirring sounds coming off your laptop, that’s a fan running at max speed.
An overheating processor may also force your device to shut down on its own. It does this as part of its fail-safe protocol to prevent serious hardware damage.
If this is the first time you’ve encountered this problem, an extra (external) fan may help. If not, pay your computer repair shop a visit now.
5. Sticky Keys
Sticky keys are most often caused by food and liquid spills too. You can try the same steps above to repair your own laptop keyboard.
If your problem is actual missing keys or keys that show an incorrect character, it’s time to bring it to a tech. There may be a loose connection or the button inside (under the key itself) has already worn out.
6. Dead Pixels
A dead pixel often shows up as a dot or a dark spot against a light or bright background. They could be manufacturing faults, but they can also be due to physical damage. One or two of these may not be enough to distract you, and in some cases, they go away after restarting your laptop.
If not, then the only way to repair your laptop screen is to have it replaced. Depending on the brand and age of your gear, the manufacturer may cover it under warranty.
7. Weird Noises
Dirty fans are often to blame for swishing or clicking laptop sounds. However, loud clicks may also indicate that your laptop’s hard drive is about to fail. Both require opening the device to access its internal parts, so it’s best to take it to a technician.
Notice Any of These Signs? Have a Professional Repair Your Laptop ASAP
There you have it, your ultimate guide on the signs that you need to repair your laptop as soon as possible. This is especially true in case of spills and hard drive sounds. You’d want to bring your laptop to a technician right away, while your hard drive is still working.
This way, the laptop repair expert can still retrieve and salvage your files. If you wait too long, you may end up losing all your data, so don’t put this off!
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