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Common Laptop Repair
Laptop Users do have their fair share of agony and frustration using the Laptop of their choice. Similarly to a desktop PC System, the most common fault that a Laptop user usually encounter consist of the followings :
1. Keyboard Issue
2. Hard Disk Drive Issue
3. Screen Display Issue
4. Battery Issue
5. Power Supply Issue
Unless you are a qualified technician of Laptop repair, my advice to you is that you should leave it to the Manufacturer of the Laptop to make the money. However, there are some portion of the repair functions that you can capitalise on, should you encountered any one of them. For instance :
A. The Laptop failed to start up and your prognosis tells you that it must be the Software issue. You can do a Software Recovery function without the need to "strip" the laptop.
B. Your prognosis tells you that the Hard Disk Drive is faulty and you make the recommendation to change one. Most of the Hard Disk Slot on a Laptop are easily assessible and allow easy dismantling and replacement. All you need to decide whether the Hard Disk Drive is IDE or SATA based and What size Hard Disk Drive the customer wish to upgrade to.
C. If your prognosis determined that the Battery used by the Laptop is no longer capable of supplying the power to the laptop for 15 minutes or more, this usually means that the Battery should be replaced. You can always order a new one or buy from the original Manufacturer or you can even purchase it from any Computer Store that provide the actual part you are looking for.
D. As for Power Supply Adapter, I observed that many Laptop Users even attempt to use others Adapter designed for Laptop of other Models or Manufacturer as an alternative to their faulty one. This is very dangerous. As the specification of the output may varies, it can even "burn" the motherboard of your Laptop. The best way to solve this problem is to buy the exact Model from the Manufacturer or any Computer Store that provide the actual part.
E. As for Memory upgrade or replacement, it is easily carried out by removing the encasement that hold the Memory Module on the Laptop motherboard. Determined the type of Memory it requires and whether their is available slot for any Memory Module to fit in. As the price of Memory Module is very cheap today as compared to few years old, it is advisable for you to upgrade it to the maximum allowable Memory Size that the laptop can accomodate. However, you need to see the Specification of your Laptop Model to know about its limitation.
As for the others ( including Keyboard or Screen ), I strongly urge you to refer the repair job to the original Manufacturer for 2 reasons :
1. They, most often, have the Spare Part that is required to service your Laptop.
2. You might not accidentally VOID the Warranty of your Laptop especially if it was purchased recently.
3. You are almost assured that your Personal Data will not be compromised as these legitimate business owners will ensure that such practice will not be condon with.
4. Your Servicing Charge, if any, will be justificably billed and you can be assured that your servicing requirement to be provided by the Manufacturer will not be short-changed.
5. Peace of Mind. There is always a cool-off period by the Manufacturer for the Service Job carried out and in the event that it re-occurs, you can always refer it back to them without incurring unnecessary cost.
Always remember this, your Laptop unit is not designed to behave like a Desktop PC system and for that matter a Server unit. I have seen many Laptop Users leaving their laptop ON 24/7 and when it breaks down, question the credibility of the laptop manufacturer or branding.
To have a knowledge of the differences between the usage of a PC System or a Laptop unit is beneficial to you so that you can make wise decision when about to purchase a new computer unit for yourself or your family.