1. Overheating

Symptom: Computer crashes, freezes

2. Slow Hard Drive

Symptom: Excessive program load times, slow file transfers

3. Battery Won't Hold a Charge

Symptom: Your notebook runs only a few minutes when unplugged

4. Need More Memory

Symptom: Sluggish performance when using multiple applications, hangups, excessive bootup time

5. Hard Drive Failure

Symptom: Loud clicking sounds whenever the computer accesses data from the hard drive

6. Bad Keyboard

Symptom: Missing or Loose Keys

7. Can't Connect to Wireless Network

Symptom: No Internet connection, frequent time-outs while Web browsing

8. Stuck Pixels

Symptom: Green or red dots on your notebook's screen

9. System Crash

Symptom: Notebook won't boot up

10. Virus or Spyware Infestation

Symptom: Excessive pop ups, slow downloads

11. Outdated Video Drivers

Symptom: Garbled or distorted video

Other common problems

  1. Problem: Loud fan or heating up followed by shut down. Laptops get moved around a lot. This can lead to limiting air intake to the fan. It also gives them plenty of opportunities to drag dust and foreign particles into their cooling system via their fan portal.

  2. Problem: Laptop running slowly. This happens quite often and could be related to hard drive space, malware or the first signs of equipment failure. 

  3. Problem: Battery doesn't last. One of the best features of a laptop is that it's wireless. But, we live in constant fear of draining our battery and running out of juice, so we are constantly hard on our battery. 

  4. Problem: No internet. Laptops are notorious for losing connection to the internet, which can be a major hassle. Before assuming some sort of equipment failure, try some basic steps.

  5. Black Screen.  You open up your laptop, power it on, hear it running, but the screen is black.