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For repairing a laptop you should have various screw driver to take the covering off. Like a Phillips screwdriver or hex screwdriver. Even a digital multi-meter can test things on your motherboard or related to things electricity wise. When cable wise things like wire strippers or crimpers are of a lot of use when needed. Even keeping your laptop clean is of importance like as simple as using a can of compressed air to clean off your keyboard or dust anywhere. Also even making sure it doesn’t overheat will keep your laptop functioning. While repairing even keeping an anti-static wristband will keep you safe and protect you from electricity.

To take care of software on your laptops things like a disk management tool, CHKDSK and defrag are important things to take care of your software. It is also very important to keep your firewall running so it keeps the right packets in and out at all times and all actions safe (traffic flow). Also formatting which helps prepare the hard drive to store information is a way to keep your software up to form.

Power related: making sure the battery on the laptop is functioning. If any of the LEDS are lighting up. Test the ac power adapter.

Motherboard related: It could even be just a broken dc jack. It could also be your motherboard completely not working but you can test it in several ways even by using the digital multi meter.

LCD/no image: failing ram can result this try replacing the ram with a new one. Or even trying taking out the ram and putting it back in.

Making noises: related to hard drive or a bad cooling fan. Test the fan to see if it spins correctly and is functioning correctly.

Fan related/overheating: making sure to clean air vents because they are more compacted in laptops making it overheat. Also updating your bios. Like previously if it is making noises make sure it’s functioning correctly.

Hard drive issues: If your having issues with a slow hard drive definitely use defrag which defragments things like folders and files on hard drive and creates more optical space and organization. If it starts making loud clicking noises when accessing information on the hard drive replace it for better function.

Power related: making sure the battery on the laptop is functioning. If any of the LEDS are lighting up. Test the ac power adapter.

Motherboard related: It could even be just a broken dc jack. It could also be your motherboard completely not working but you can test it in several ways even by using the digital multi meter.

LCD/no image: failing ram can result this try replacing the ram with a new one. Or even trying taking out the ram and putting it back in.

Making noises: related to hard drive or a bad cooling fan. Test the fan to see if it spins correctly and is functioning correctly.

Fan related/overheating: making sure to clean air vents because they are more compacted in laptops making it overheat. Also updating your bios. Like previously if it is making noises make sure it’s functioning correctly.

Hard drive issues: If your having issues with a slow hard drive definitely use defrag which defragments things like folders and files on hard drive and creates more optical space and organization. If it starts making loud clicking noises when accessing information on the hard drive replace it for better function.

If your computer’s problem isn’t obvious, try looking up the symptoms on your favorite search engine. That’s how I discovered the LCD screen inverter needed replacing on one of my old laptops: the screen was flickering and occasionally going dark, but I could still see what was written on it very clearly. Having learned about the risks of replacing an inverter (it’s a high-voltage component), I took appropriate precautions, then removed a couple of screws on the bottom of my laptop’s screen and ventured inside. It was easy and cheap to order a new part from eBay and I fitted a replacement in about thirty seconds. I was amazed and delighted that I’d turned a useless machine, destined for the garbage dump, into something as good as new with virtually zero effort. And the repaired machine is still working well over 10 years later.

Once you know what’s wrong with your computer, you’ll generally need to replace one or more parts. Locating the right part is half the battle when you’re making repairs. Assuming you can get at them, fitting spares is often much easier than it sounds. The parts most likely to go wrong are the ones under the little flaps on the base of your machine. Simply read off the part number and type it into Google and eBay and see what you find. Often, you’ll find an official replacement from the manufacturer and maybe cheaper equivalents made by other companies. You’ll find secondhand bits recovered from broken laptops on eBay. There are also lots of broken laptops for sale on eBay and it may be cheaper to buy a “spares and repair” version of your exact machine and salvage appropriate parts than to worry about finding one specific part. Then you’ll have other spare bits ready for future failures as well.

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