A laptop can slow down over time. What was once a speedy high-performer could begin to act up in many ways, often at times when you need it the most. Can you blame it though? This gadget takes up your workload, whether you’re using it to make a PowerPoint presentation, edit videos or play a game.
Laptop lags and other tech issues can be frustrating, but they’re hardly a reason to toss out your old laptop for a new one. Most laptop problems can be solved with some quick fixes. Here are a few ways you can troubleshoot them yourself.
When Your Laptop Is Slow
More often than not, your laptop slows down because of malware issues, an over populated hard disk or too many programmes running in the background. You can improve the laptop speed by checking each of these problems. Begin by freeing more space on your hard disk. If you just can’t let go of some files, back them up on an external hard drive. In case it's a malware issue, make sure your anti-virus is always updated so you don't face such issues in the future. And finally, to limit background data, go to Task Manager and end the background processes you don’t need.
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When Your Laptop Gets Noisy
Don’t ignore that buzzing sound your laptop makes, it could be a sign that something’s amiss. The sound is usually caused by the cooling fan or the hard disk. Open the back of the laptop to check the fan. If you find that the fan is at fault, give it a good cleaning and if it still doesn’t function well, replace it with a new one. However, if it is the hard disk that’s making a sound, you may want to back up your data in an external hard drive since the sound could be an indication of an upcoming crash.
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When Your Trackpad Stops Working
A lousy trackpad can be annoying to deal with. Begin tackling it by first checking that the keyboard is working, to rule out the possibility of a hung OS. Usually, the trackpad option gets disabled and you can fix it by simply turning it on. Go to Windows and search for Trackpad Setting. Mac users can go to System Preferences and click on Trackpad. If this doesn’t work, there is a possibility that the drivers are out of date, in which case you’ll have to go to Device Manager, locate your trackpad option and update the drivers. In the worst-case scenario, you can always use an external mouse to control your laptop too.
When Your Laptop Keeps Shutting Down Suddenly
Sudden shutdowns are caused due to heating issues. When you’ve been using your laptop and it seems fine but then it shuts down for no reason, check the bottom of the laptop if it is hotter than normal. If it does feel like it’s overheated, you can solve this problem by opening the back and cleaning the fan. Investing in an additional laptop cooling pad can also help deal with overheating issues.
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When Your Laptop Does Not Turn On
The simplest reason for your laptop not turning on is that your laptop is out of battery because of a loose connection or a faulty charging plug. You can unplug and then plug it back properly to make sure everything is in place. You can also remove the battery and clean all the connection pins as dust and dirt can also cause this problem. Then plug in your charger and reboot it. If none of this works, it could be your motherboard at fault, which means this is where your tech expertise end and you’ll have to contact an engineer to come replace it, unless you want to buy a newer and better laptop.
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