What is Wrong with My Laptop?

Is your laptop malfunctioning? Finding a solution for the laptop should start with identifying the problem. Knowing the problem could help you tackle the issue yourself or get help from a repair service like uBreakWeFix.

But how do you even find out the problem? Well, you could start by asking yourself some questions.

Do you constantly need to plug in your charger?

Sometimes, your laptop might shut down or stop working if it’s not plugged in. If your laptop’s battery life only lasts a few minutes, you have a damaged battery.

An old battery can lose its ability to charge for more extended periods. So the primary solution for an old battery is to get rid of it and replace it with a new one as soon as possible.

Are your programs running slowly?

Programs should load within a few seconds, and any file you send or receive should transfer quickly. If you notice either of these processes slowing down, something’s wrong with your laptop.

Most of the time, it’s your hard drive that’s the culprit. Slower file transfers and programs can be because of slower hard drives and hard drives only slow down because they have fragmented data and bad sectors. The solution often is defragmentation to fix the unorganized data files on the drive.

You can do this yourself with the Disk Defragmenter tool in the Programs menu’s System Tools folder. You could also have a technician do it for you if it seems difficult.

Are you getting too many pop-ups?

Pop-ups could mean you have a virus issue in your laptop. If your file downloads start slowing down, it could also be a sign of spyware or malware in your system. In either case, you really need to get an antivirus scan before the virus affects all of your files.

Always be wary of pop-ups and immediately download or run anti-virus software. You should run virus scans and install ad-ware to prevent the malware from getting into your system in the first place.

Are there dots on your laptop screen?

Dots on your laptop screen can never be a good sign and usually if a screen’s pixels are stuck, you’ll see green and red dots all over the monitor screen.

Now, what does it mean when a pixel gets stuck? Pixels make up the image on your laptop screen, and if they start dying, or not working, they don’t line up or light up with all the other pixels.

If you have a few dots on the screen, you will need to rub the spot with a cloth in a clockwise motion for two minutes. If you have more than 10 dots, you can have a technician check out the screen or request the laptop manufacturer to change the screen itself.  

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If your laptop is giving you trouble, don’t worry, all problems have solutions. We might have one for you. UBreakWeFix technicians are available for online and in-store repair. Click here and let’s fix that laptop. 

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