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Malfunctions are pretty common when it comes to laptops as a result of the fact that these portable computers are more prone to damage then regular desktops. Whether you like it or not, sooner or later the day will come when something bad is going to happen to your laptop. So it's best to know a little bit beforehand about what kind of problems can occur with these devices. Unless, of course, the masochist inside you actually likes talking to a tech support representative.

A lot of things can go wrong with a laptop but it's always a good idea to check for the obvious and simple things before panicking and thinking something serious is going on. Most times a laptop will simply refuse to start because the battery is dead. And the is one of the first things you will want to check.

If checking around the battery case reveals no obvious problems, then check for a manufacturer installed lock. Many laptops have them in order to prevent the machine being accidentaly turned on. Simple enough in principle to correct. It's always a good idea to have a look in the manual and check for teh safety lock and its actual location on your computer.

A lack of Speed is one of the other common laptop problems. If yesterday your PC was a rocket to the moon and today it's performing like a 20 year old V-8 on 4 cylinders, there are a few possible culprits. The first one, surprisingly, is YOU! You have too many unused programs installed. Thus, your hard drive is clogged up and everything is in “turtle mode. " The solution is the obvious one. Blast all those unused programs into cyberspace! Then run your choice of cleaning/anti-virus utility to get rid of any electronic bad guys that may be contributing to your “molasses in January" performance.

Keep in mind also that anti-virus utilities are not all created equal. Some guard against certain threats, but not others. It's not particularly a question of quality, but rather a function of what the software was designed to catch. Bottom Line: No one anti-virus can guard against all possible computer threats. So, best to have at least two. One for viruses, and the other for spyware/malware, etc.

It's one of life's little “true-isms" that whenever you need a product or service the most -whenever it's absolutely critical for your program, that's the time it's not available. Nowhere is this more true, or more frustrating, than with computers. But the good news is that most of the time lack of internet access can be restored without having to call tech support. Your solution will relate, naturally, to your mode of connection. If you're on WIFI, head on over to the bottom right and right click on “network settings. " This will tell you if anything has been changed you weren't aware of.

If you're “wired" in the conventional way, check not only the obvious - to see if everything's connected, but also for any frayed connections. If nothing results from this, you need to consider the possibility that there may be a break inside one or more of your connecting cables with free laptops . This happens more often than you would think. For that reason you should avoid storing any type of electric/electronic cable coiled up.

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