How to Prevent Common Laptop Problems

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Let’s be real. Laptops are expensive, and with more powerful laptops or notebooks releasing if you can afford one that’s awesome, but getting one will mean you having to gain some knowledge of how to take care of it. I would like to share with you some common problems to look out for and solutions to help you prevent them.


Laptop or notebook overheating is one of the most common. As you use the laptop, there are components inside when in use they heat up, so there is a cooling fan installed to prevent it from overheating. It becomes noticeable when either the laptop suddenly shuts down during use or it stops powering up entirely. To minimize that from happening to take note of the following, keep your laptop well ventilated and elevated at all times whilst using it.

The cooling unit is positioned at the bottom of the laptop, so it is important to always place it 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.

Another solution is to purchase an adjustable laptop stand with a cooling unit. It is not expensive, it will keep your laptop elevated, and well ventilated. Here are some to look out for and pricing options.

Hard Disk Breakdown

The hard disk market is currently pretty competitive as we consumers want more space for storage if information an 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 a way to increase the quality, the bigger the number of GB or TB offered, the more hard disk problems you will experience in the future.

When planning to purchase a laptop/notebook, I suggest going for a one with a 500 GB or a 1 TB hard disk drive, and consider doing a bit of research to find out the name of the hard drive manufacturer, check out product reviews to find out if the device is of high quality.

Power Unit Problems

The power unit is responsible to help convert AC power to low voltage DC power. Changes in the voltage can cause damage to your power unit which will damage the laptop. to prevent this, stick to using the AC adapter that comes with your laptop. If it is gets damaged, you can purchase one from your computer dealer.

Overheating will also cause damage to your laptop’s power unit. Check the information above to on methods to minimize or prevent overheating. Dropping the laptop will also cause damage to the power unit. It happens unfortunately to the best of us. I suggest getting a laptop sleeve, 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.

Unchangeable/Dead Battery

If your laptop’s battery does not charge 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 tablets do not come with removable batteries. As a result, it is best to get a new laptop.

Touchpad Sensitivity

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

1) Search for and click to open ‘Control Panel’
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 to adjust

Final thoughts

Now that you have some information on common laptop problems, you are in a better position to protect it and prevent common problems. What common laptop problems are you experiencing? What has done to resolve it? Let’s discuss it by leaving your comment below.

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