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With hybrid and working from home becoming more popular, it’s no wonder that many of us are now relying heavily on laptops to get our work done. Whilst they’re great for flexible working, there are common laptop problems that do occur. Whether it’s a problem with your laptop battery or a laptop keyboard not working, we look at some of the most common issues and offer practical advice about what you can do to quickly resolve the problem.
It could be that certain keys on your laptop will not register when you type, or your laptop keyboard keys are loose. Whatever the problem, it’s frustrating trying to get on with your day when your laptop keyboard is not working properly.
Your laptop keyboard unfortunately does bear the brunt of much mistreatment, from spilt coffee to stray lunch crumbs. So it’s no wonder that a laptop keyboard not working features highly in common laptop problems.
A thorough clean will determine if you need a replacement keyboard. Try gently shaking your keyboard upside down and wiping with a dry cloth to dislodge dust particles and debris to see if that resolves the problem.
A battery running down quickly is another common laptop problem. The first thing you can do is check that you don’t have too many programmes open, as this is the main culprit for draining your battery power.
Try not to have many windows open at once and disable the Bluetooth option to further protect your battery. Finally, try setting your laptop to a power saving mode which you can access in the settings menu.
If your battery is still quickly losing power, it is probably because your laptop is more than five years old. Unfortunately, this is a natural cause of an ageing laptop. If this is the case, you’ll be looking at a replacement as a solution rather than a laptop repair.
Slow laptop problems usually occur when your laptop has too many files saved or programmes installed on it.
Firstly, we recommend getting rid of any files or programmes that you no longer use. Try transferring any old files that you may still need access to on to an external hard drive to help speed up your laptop. Delete temporary files from your hard drive and tidy up the files stored on your desktop.
If your laptop has a habit of shutting down automatically, it’s most likely due to a problem with overheating. Laptops are prone to overheating due to their size and lack of ventilation, and many of these issues are usually caused by a build-up of dust in and around the fan.
Overheating can also cause other common laptop problems such as system crashes and freezing. Try switching off your laptop and cleaning it with a dry cloth, paying particular attention to the vents. Use a cloth or a can of compressed air to remove dust.
Part of the appeal of using a laptop is the flexibility of being able to work and connect to any wireless network, so a laptop that can’t connect to the Wi-Fi network is extremely frustrating.
Check that the airplane mode on your laptop is switched off and that your Wi-Fi is switched on. Make sure that the network you’re trying to connect to is broadcasting their network name or Service Set Identifier (SSID).
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