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Let’s be real. Laptops are expensive, and with powerful laptops releasing daily, if you can afford one that’s awesome, but getting one will mean you having to gain critical skills and knowledge on ways to take care of it.

Here are 5 tactics to help you see problems and see how to prevent them from happening.

1. Overheating

This is a common problem. As you use the laptop for long periods of time don’t your hands feel warm when you rest your hands on the keyboard?

Don’t worry, you won’t get burnt but you need to note. There are components inside that heat up, so a cooling fan installed to reduce overheating.

It becomes noticeable when either the laptop suddenly shuts down during use or it stops powering up entirely.

To minimize that from happening, you need to keep your laptop well ventilated and elevated at all times whilst using it. Take note of the following:

Place your Laptop on a Hard Surface.

The cooling unit is positioned at the bottom of the laptop, so it is important to always place your laptop on a hard, flat surface.

Soft surfaces such as pillows, cushions, carpets, fabric, etc., all cling underneath the surface and cut off possibilities of ventilation. The more ventilated and elevated the laptop is, the less likely it will overheat.

Get an Adjustable Laptop Stand with a Cooling Unit.

It is not expensive, it will keep your laptop elevated, and well ventilated.

2. HD Drive Breakdown

The hard disk market is currently pretty competitive as we consumers want more space to store info and data. Manufacturers are focusing on supplying hard disk drives with more quantity of space, but end up making sacrifices of quality.

Unless they have come up with a way to increase the quality, the bigger the number of storage offered, the more hard disk problems you will experience in the future.

Here are some options for you:

Less Storage is Best.

When buying a laptop or notebook, get one with either a 500 GB or a 1 TB HDD or SSD. Most of them nowadays come with less than 500 GB of storage because now we have access to cloud storage.

Know your Product.

Consider doing research to find out the name of the hard drive manufacturer, and check out product reviews to find out if the device is of high quality.

3. Power Unit Problems

The power unit is responsible to help convert manage overall power and voltage in your laptop. Any changes in the voltage can cause damage to your power unit which will damage the laptop.

To prevent this, here are your options:

Stick to using the AC adapter that comes with your laptop.

If it is gets damaged, you can purchase one from your computer dealer and make sure it supports your laptop brand.

Overheating will also cause damage to your laptop’s power unit. Check the information above to on methods to minimize or prevent overheating.

Get a Durable Laptop bag. Dropping the laptop will also cause damage to the power unit. It happens unfortunately to the best of us. I suggest getting a laptop bag, which has damage protective features, or places it inside your laptop bag so that each time you finish working you will have to remember to slot the laptop into your bag.

4. Unchangeable/Dead Battery

If your battery does not charge in your laptop it could be that:
1) Your laptop battery is not working anymore and needs to be replaced
2) Your AC adapter is not working.

Both of these items can be replaced and are available for purchase from the laptop manufacturer.

Modern laptops today, especially the 2-in-1 laptops and Chromebooks do not come with removable batteries as they have better battery power and long battery life. As a result, it is best to get a new laptop.

5. Touchpad Sensitivity

If you are experiencing problems with your touchpad being too sensitive, try doing the following:

1) Click to open ‘Control Panel’ on Windows and find ‘Hardware and Sounds’
2) Under ‘Hardware and Sounds’, click ‘View devices and printers’
3) Right-click on the laptop icon, a menu will appear then click on ‘Mouse Settings’
4) Choose the ‘Device Settings’ tab on top of the window and navigate to find the Sensitivity settings and adjust according to your preference

Final Thoughts

Now that you have some information on common laptop problems, you are in a better position to know what to do to protect it and prevent common problems.

What common laptop problems are you experiencing? What have you done to resolve it? Let’s discuss it by leaving your comment below.

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