A laptop is a really crucial piece of hardware. We use it to browse the Internet, to store our photos, to play games, or for work. It’s easy to start panicking when your laptop starts to glitch, especially when you realize that you don’t quite have the budget to buy a new one. But you don’t have to freak out. There are a lot of common laptop issues that lots of PC users have, and many of them have quick fixes that’ll have them working perfectly again in no time. Here are a few easy fixes for common laptop issues.
Can’t Connect to the Internet
One of the most common and frustrating PC issues is when you can’t connect to the Internet. Grrr! How dare you restrict my God-given right to the Internet, glitchy computer!
Thankfully, Internet connectivity issues can be pretty easily resolved. First, just make sure that no one in your household changed the Wi-Fi password. There are several different ways you can find the Wi-Fi password if you’re a network administrator. Also, make sure that your Wi-Fi on your laptop is turned on—it’s a very easy thing to forget about.
If neither of those is the case, then try moving your laptop closer to the router, or move your router to a more central location that’s closer to where you typically use your laptop. Most of the time, that solves any Internet connectivity issues you may have. If it doesn’t, it could be that your Internet service provider is just having an outage.
Laptop Running Slowly
If your laptop is running slowly, try clearing up the storage space. When your laptop has too little storage space, it’s prone to run more slowly. Get an external hard drive and store files on it that you don’t need to access frequently. Or, you can store some of your files on cloud storage programs, like Google Drive.
If your computer is running slowly, but you have at least 50GB available, you might need to run a factory reset. A factory reset will basically bring your laptop back to its factory settings and eliminate any malware or faulty drivers that may be causing it to run slowly. Read this article on how to factory reset a laptop if you’re not sure how to do it. If you’re a Galaxy user, be aware that you can also factory reset a Galaxy phone if it’s running slowly!
Laptop Won’t Boot Up
If your laptop won’t boot up, try plugging in the power cord and see if it just needs to be charged. Let it charge for about 20 minutes. If it still won’t boot, there might be a problem with the laptop’s BIOS battery. BIOS stands for Basic Input/Output System. Basically, it’s the firmware that’s responsible for booting up your computer and controlling some of your laptop’s base functions.
The BIOS is powered by a small battery called the CMOS battery. When the CMOS battery runs out, your BIOS won’t work and you’ll have difficulty booting up your computer. Thankfully, it’s easy to replace the CMOS battery. You can find a new one online for a very cheap price. Then, just open up the laptop, remove the old battery, and pop the new one into place. This should solve your booting issue.
Before you replace the CMOS battery, try resetting your PC BIOS.
Loud Fan and Heating
This is one of the easiest problems to fix! Most laptops are designed to be used on hard, flat surfaces. If you’re using your laptop on a surface that’s not hard or flat, the key ventilation areas could get blocked and the heat won’t be blown out of the computer. Your fan will work extra hard to cool the hardware, and your computer will start overheating. Some computers overheat faster than others, but your hardware should be safe so long as you always work on a hard, flat surface. It also helps to only run one or two programs at a time.
Blue Screen of Death
The Blue Screen of Death is one of the most frightening error notices for Windows users. But before you prepare to lay your laptop to rest and beg your family for a new laptop for your holiday tech gift, try some of these tips:
- Use System Restore
- Scan for Malware
- Install Updated Drivers
The Blue Screen of Death may ultimately require you to take your computer into the shop, but you can save yourself a lot of time and money if you troubleshoot to the max before you pay for repair services. For more information, read this article on how to fix the Blue Screen of Death.
Hopefully, that helps! If your laptop isn’t working properly, you might be able to use some of these tips to make it work well as new. And if your laptop is working fine, keep these tips in mind just in case you have to use them later on!