The most frequent laptop computer hardware failures
Laptops are one of the most successful inventions of computer developers, concerning the functionality and compactness as well as price. As I have used a desktop computer for a while, I can assure that laptops are the irreplaceable instrument for a frequent business traveler or an executive whose main job is seeking clients and making presentations.
The bad thing is – they also break as every home appliance, especially being much more fragile than the desktops.
The main notebooks’ hardware break downs are these:
- Fractured laptop screen and broken hinges. I myself have not personally encountered such a problem, but judging from the Ebay offer and demand statistics – those are the most frequent spare parts for laptops. It always happens in homes full of children or pets, or anywhere where there is some party going on. If a power wire, attached to the power source and laptop jack, is not hidden and lies carelessly on the floor – the chances of catching it and smashing the whole laptop on the floor are even greater. Besides, people may leave their notebooks on the edge of a table or the surface might be slippery and even rubber padding wont help. There are some laptop manufacturers that pay much attention to the safety of their products and make hinges thicker and less likely to break, as well as reinforcing the whole screen lid, so it won’t flex. Still, those models are pretty expensive and they still can break. Therefore have in mind where are you placing your laptop and don’t let the wires stick around.
- Broken DC jack socket. The mentioned trouble with the wire brings every too often the second problem – broken DC jack. It usually happens when the power wire is folded near the DC socket area or the connecting socket holds the plug firmly. It usually is replaced by the new DC jack socket, though you will have to bring it to the computer repair shop anyway, as it is usually sweated on the main board.
- Spilled liquid on a laptop keyboard. As a keyboard is an integral part of the whole computer, the spill not only damages the keyboard, but also internal parts. Once you happen to spill over some water or alcohol, do not try to tint it, but pull off the wires and quickly turn off the computer. You can wait till the water evaporates or apply some heating device, not too close though, otherwise some parts would melt. If you can take out the keyboard (usually it’s not that hard to do) – do it, for it will ease and speed up the whole vaporization process. After the liquid trace has disappeared you can try to turn on the computer and if some keys are not functioning – try to heat it up more. If the keyboard is water resistant it might keep it out from touching the motherboard and other sensitive parts, however vast spill sometimes damages the inner parts as well. If this happens – you will have much more problems.
- The last and the least are broken or missing keys of a keyboard. This often happens with time, keys tend to break and kick off from a stronger tap or jab. They are not hard to replace – you can find any key on Ebay. The cost is approximately 1 – 5 pounds for one.