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960_720A laptop at home means that you need to be aware of what problems it might pose usually. Ignorance on your part may be exploited by those who fix the computer. So, let us look at the 8 commonest laptop problems faced by consumers:

1. Computer not switching on:

  • Check whether all the cables are plugged in and switches are turned on properly.
  • Check whether the monitor is turned on and is properly plugged into the computer.
  • Change the fuse in the cable to rule out the chances of a short circuit.
  • Check your extension cord if using one. Try a different known working socket since sometimes the problem could be external and change power lead.
  • Check whether any button or switch is stuck and correct it.
  • The battery may be incorrectly installed and giving power problems. Check the battery and to be fully sure, take out the computer from the power socket, remove the battery, press the power button on the laptop and wait for 5 seconds. Replace the battery and plug in the power adapter. Switch on the computer. This should fix your laptop. But, in case, these don’t work, take it to your comp expert.

2. Computer is muted/speakers are not working:

  • First thing is to check whether your speakers are on and plugged in properly.
  • Check that the speaker is connected to the right port (Green to Green) because only then the audio blasts out of the speakers.
  • Check if the volume of the computer is turned up or if it is at the minimum level which would keep it muted as a rule!
  • Check if you have muted the speakers in the taskbar and unmute it if you have.
Well, if all these options do not work, then try plugging in earphones to rule out broken speakers. If you can hear through your earphones, then, it is not your dear laptop which is giving you troubles.

3. Monitor screen is blank:

  • Check if the monitor is correctly connected, plugged in and turned on.

4. Laptop turns off without warning signs:

This happens due to the following reasons:
  • A faulty AC adaptor was not being able to take in the right amount of power
  • Processor getting overheated.
  • There is a sudden increase in the power voltage getting into the adaptor which turns off the laptop automatically to safeguard it.
  • The battery in the system getting heated up.

5. Booting problems:

Make sure there are no CDs or DVDs in your laptop drive when you start your computer. This is the most common cause of the message, “Invalid system disk, Reboot drive.”

6. One of the drives is missing from the computer window:

If you turn on the computer and find that the CD-ROM or any other removable drive is missing from the computer window, it may be because of corrupt software or a failed drive.

7. Slow internet:

  • Reboot your router and restart your computer (reboot router by unplugging and plugging back in after 5 minutes)
  • Check for malware and spyware infections. Check for problems with your provider
  • Check other reasons for slow internet

8. Battery gets drained out:

If your operating system has power options in its settings, then check if you have a card device like the graphic card which pulls in a lot of power. The more you spend your time with the laptop, the more confident you will become of handling such situations. So, do not panic when your laptop is sick. Get over it with self-help and if it doesn’t give you results, you could always go to a pro!
The laptop has over the years evolved and ensured that we take a step ahead towards digitalization conveniently. Easy to carry, convenient to use, a laptop is indispensable in modern human life. However, every once in a while, if not vigilant, there arises a situation when the laptop’s battery is almost drained out without a power source in reach. In that scenario, if you are in the middle of getting some important work done, it becomes imperative to keep in mind the ways enlisted below to extract a little more out of your laptop’s battery life.
  1. Battery saver mode: All laptops are designed with this feature, which, when activated, adjusts the background component settings in such a way that the power consumption is minimized.
  2. Unused devices and accessories: All the components running within or attached to the laptop need power to perform. To save power, unplug some of the accessories and unused devices that take up much of the precious battery life. Detach any USB mouse, external hard disk drives not immediately being used. Devices such as Bluetooth, wireless network, graphic processors and optical drives are major power drainers that could be disabled, if not in use.
  3. Brightness, resolution and sound settings: 100% screen brightness and high resolution are not always required, especially when the battery life is dwindling. Adjusting the brightness to a comfortable minimum, say 50% and the screen resolution to 1366 by 768, enables you to work a little longer. Muting the laptop would also buy some time while not affecting the work at hand.
  4. Applications and processes: Multiple apps and processes keep running in the background that we mostly ignore. Checking the Task Manager and the Processes Tab helps us identify those that can be turned off without the system’s performance being affected.
  5. Single Tasking: Most often, we tend to multitask with many windows open at the same time. However, it would be prudent to work on a single task at a time to save power.
  6. Battery Care: Many of us are unaware of the way the laptop battery can be cleaned and maintained. Efficient power flow gets affected if the metal contacts where the battery is nestled in the system get dirty or damaged. Alcohol and cotton would instantly clean away the dirt from the contacts, but professional help is required to repair damaged contacts.
  7. Defragmentation of hard disk drive: Defragmentation(organized file storage) of hard disk drive,if done every couple of months,enables the system to spend lesser time searching for files. This would, in turn, strain less on the battery power.
  8. RAM: RAM helps the system to use computer memory as opposed to the hard disk drive for running program instructions. So a greater amount of RAM can help you save more power.
  9. Battery charging: A battery, when charged up to 85% instead of full, performs well and reduces long run battery degradation.
  10. Optimum conditions: Finally, working in optimum temperature helps keep the system cool and well-lit room helps reduce screen brightness, enabling lower pull on the battery life.