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- Laptop screens are made of a mixture of glass, sheeted plastic and a liquid crystal compound (LCD) - all of which are fragile and easily broken. Often, once a screen suffers a trauma such as being dropped or cracked, the LCD will distort. If the screen has not cracked there will often be dead pixels found in the LCD. Screens are however fully replaceable and as long as there is no other internal damage to the laptop, should have no bearing on the performance of the computer. To prevent screens from cracking, always take care of your laptop. When mobile and not in use, keep the lid closed and within a padded laptop bag.
- Computers are not perfect & through constant use, can develop errors from time to time. These errors can develop for a number of reasons, most commonly just a software issue that can be repaired with a reformat of your operating system. However sometimes, as with any type of hardware, Hard Disks can wear through use and develop physical faults - in these cases, it is often a sign that your Hard Drive is broken internally or has developed bad sectors. Broken Hard Drives can be replaced & where possible data recovered and backed up onto the new Hard Drive. Replacements are more expensive, however offer a longer guarantee that things wont go wrong again in the near future.
- Laptops and computers are often encased in toughened plastic. Plastic is easily worn or broken. Nearly every part of your laptop can be replaced with a new part, including the top screen cover, the mousebay & underside.
- Keyboards on laptops are made of between 60 and 110 individual keys, all made of plastic and attached to the keyboard with little plastic clips. These keys and clips are easily and cheaply replaced. There are sometimes reasons why you will need to replace your entire keyboard, for example when one or more keys become unresponsive due to damage.
- Laptops and computers come with sophisticated software built in to regulate its temperature using an internal fan. As a fan is made of moving parts, these can sometimes become jammed or broken. If a fan is jammed, it can often be fixed with a good clean by using compressed air inside the laptop to clean away dust and dirt. Other times, the fan may need to be replaced. On very rare occasions, the software regulating the fan may be at fault - these faults are easily diagnosed and fixed.
- The motherboard is possibly the most expensive and important part of the laptop or computer. Sometimes due to liquid or general damage, the motherboard can fail. This is often fixed by replacement motherboard, however in some rare cases, the motherboard can be repaired.
- If your laptop has zero power, this is often a sign that you are in need of a replacement power jack. This is a part inside the laptop that connects to the charger port and takes in the electricity. These ports are replaceable and don't cost a lot.
- Laptops that wont charge are usually because of a worn or faulty battery. Most batteries will lose their charge over time - this is common and is fixed with a replacement battery. To help maintain your battery, never completely deplete your battery power. On the other hand, don't ignore your battery, it can wear when not used for a long period of time.
- Chargers are the source of power for the laptop, if these break, then it becomes impossible to get power to your laptop. Chargers typically have different connectors depending on make and model of your laptop, you should therefore never use a charger that is not designed for your laptop. Chargers usually come in 2 parts, the section that plugs into the wall - if this has failed, it will be a good idea to check the fuse. There is also a section that plugs into the laptop, if this has failed, then it is cheaply replaceable.
- Hard Drives contain all your photos, files and information. As HDD's can fail often, it is always a good idea to routinely back-up your information. This can be done by telling your laptop to do a routine backup automatically (For example, once a month). These files can then be more easily accessed in the event of failure. It is always best practice to backup your information to a separate CD. Data can however still be recovered from broken HDD's - albeit not easily depending on the problem.
- Laptops are comprised of RAM (Random Accessed Memory) which is mainly responsible for the level of speed at which your computer can run. This RAM can be upgraded to the maximum allowable by your computer manufacturer. Hard Disks are responsible for saving your data and information. Hard Disks are often upgradable to faster models with more memory. Other upgrades available are full customisation may be preferable, such as an upgraded processor (speed & performance) or upgraded operating system (such as Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7). In extreme cases, you may want to simply add style to your laptop by giving it a paint job or cover sticker with a design of your choice.
- Sometimes repairs are no longer economical - such as when you cant afford to replace a screen, or when a laptop suffers unrecoverable damage. In these cases, we would strongly recommend our sister site - www.sellyourbrokenlaptop.co.uk. Here you can sell your laptop, broken or not and get a free no obligation quote as to how much it is STILL worth, despite the damage. The site offers plenty of incentives, such as free courier delivery from any place you like.