If your trusty laptop feels like it’s about to give up on you, it is best to remedy the situation at the soonest possible time before the problem gets any bigger. Over time, both desktop computers and laptops may develop problems because of overuse or abuse.
This is why it is always a good idea to back up all your important files every so often in case your pc or laptop suddenly crashes.
However, there are basic laptop problems that you might be able to solve on your own.
One of the most common problems with laptops is the battery. It’s either dead or not charging properly. If this is the case, you can immediately isolate the problem and still be able to use your laptop through your power outlets.
Battery Doesn’t Work
After you have unplugged your laptop from the power outlet and your laptop suddenly goes dead, this could be a simple case of battery problems.
Turn your laptop back on and check the battery icon. If it says it’s charging and you also see that the meter shows the battery is connected and charging, but it doesn’t work when you try to power on your laptop through the battery, it could be that your battery is not fitted properly into its slot.
It could also be that the battery is not connecting with the motherboard properly. Try taking out the battery and firmly re-seat it again on the slot. Do this several times if it doesn’t work the first time around.
If the battery still doesn’t work, you may need to replace the battery.
DVD Drive Isn’t Working Properly
This is also a common problem with laptops. Usually, the DVD drive can read audio CD’s but cannot play DVD movies or plays the movies rather poorly – the video and audio are breaking or choppy.
Before you replace your DVD drive or increase the laptops memory, check first if the software that plays your DVD is working properly. To do this, simply run restore CD to see if this fixes the problem. Oftentimes, it’s a simple case of faulty software that causes the DVD drive to malfunction.
Now if the problem persists, this is the time to check if it’s a lack of memory that’s causing the problem. In this case, attach another memory stick and try playing your DVD again.
Your last resort should always be to get a new DVD drive especially if your laptop is not under warranty anymore as this can be pretty expensive.