Some useful laptop troubleshooting guides for newbies
When you use your notebook computers, you may come across different little ‘troubles’. If you know some useful laptop troubleshooting guides, you’ll fix these little ‘troubles’ on your own. Take a look at them below!
Power: Is the slow computer actually plugged into a working electrical outlet? If plugged into a power strip, make sure it is actually working. Check the LED Power Indicators to see the computer’s power status. Sometimes we do a childish thing but most time it works.
Connections: Check all the cables to make sure that there are no loose connections anywhere. Check for indicator light as well and unplug any peripheral devices like pen drive and data cable if connected; sometime laptop stuck finding these peripheral devices if there is any problem in it.
Brightness: Check the brightness of the screen by adjusting the brightness. Keep in mind that some laptop’s display even turn off the display when brightness put to zero, it is common in Linux and Mac systems as well and may vary based on different laptop brand.
Power savings: Make sure that the system is not in Hibernate or Standby mode by pressing the key combination for your laptop or by pressing the power button, to wake-up the system.
Display choice: Make sure the system is not set to “external only” display. In Windows based system you can switch it using Windows + P button. Check out more windows shortcuts here.
Boot drive: Make sure there are no CD disks in the drive when you start up your machine (this is a common cause of the message “Invalid system disk – Replace the disk, and then press any key”). If nothing works perform a clean boot as there might be chance of software issues.
Laptop won’t boot up properly.
There are many things that can go wrong with the operating system and other software on laptops. Many laptops have customized software installed according to a person’s needs.
One easy trick is to try to go into Safe mode by pressing the F8 key on your keyboard during startup and try to clean up your laptop using antivirus. If the need arises to reformat the laptop, reinstall the operating system from the CDs that were supplied with the laptop. You will need all the drivers CD’s at the time of installation.
One of the drives are missing?
If you turn on your computer and cannot see the CD-ROM or any other removable drives like DVD-ROM drive in the Computer window. This problem is common for laptop and notebook computers, and it may be caused by a failed drive or by corrupted software. If it’s a removable drive try taking it out and plugging it in again. Failing that you may need to reinstall the drivers. A quick search on the internet and you should be able to find the latest ones.
Unfortunately dropping a laptop can cause numerous problems, from cracking the case to smashing the screen. Many older laptops have modular parts that can be replaced, but now the newer and smaller laptops have almost everything integrated on the motherboard itself, and that makes them very expensive to repair.
In some cases, depending on the damage done and age of laptop, it can be cheaper to replace the whole laptop than have it repaired.