If you want to use your laptops for work, school or play, here are some of the most common laptop problems that we’re all likely to face. You don’t want to see one annoying problem when it affects another…
Paying a lot of attention to details is no easy task. So how can you avoid paying so much attention? Use this list, which contains the top 10 most common laptop problems and tips to fix them!
1). Docking issues & poor performance
This has been a massive pain in the backside of my laptop over the years, affecting productivity, battery life, even video calls. I’ve tried out various solutions without success… until now. My computer is running into something called “docking” or overheating issue (you can figure out by yourself what does it feel like… usually a little bit of heat coming from your device’s fans), causing a ton of extra weight on my keyboard (or even a tiny tear to my monitor’s screen). As my laptop gets bigger and more capable, the only way to get around this issue is to make an attempt at using multiple monitors and maybe buy a fancy mouse… but there is also an alternative solution available. This will require buying a second monitor or going through the process of purchasing two different computers. The best option is keeping your Windows OS intact and simply moving files to your internal memory. We recommend a simple flash drive with both USB 2 and 3 ports as a temporary measure until things improve. It won’t solve the underlying problem, but they work well enough for many people.
2). Screen resolution/monitor size
Many people struggle with working with screens that either have too big or small refresh rates. Since my monitor is rather large compared to other desktops, I used to find myself struggling quite often. Now I need to find ways to overcome this dilemma. Yes, I have used several software changes (e.g., F-Secure, EasyPanel) to resolve this issue. But the truth is, sometimes these fixes don’t succeed… especially if you’ve got a low graphics card speed as our case. Try playing around with the settings until you find something that works for you. Some desktop users may have problems with their processors instead, and some may prefer lower resolutions instead… just try changing your game settings and see what fits your needs. Another thing that might help is to purchase a higher quality monitor. Even though watching movies, web pages, playing games, etc. will take up all your precious battery, you may wish to enjoy the rest of your day at home. In that regard, I’ve bought a 4K NanoEdge QHD Monitor, which should allow me to watch as many movies as I need to, and I’ve also got a 7K IPS monitor for less frequent gaming. Don’t stress if you have a smaller display because larger ones tend to affect the performance of your PC. Also, in terms of CPU, try upgrading your core processor to get better results in both casual and intensive apps. Just remember not to overwhelm your system while doing so. I’m a fan of AMD systems, which allows me to run older versions of Microsoft office 2013. However, since my HP Omen 2060 doesn’t support any new version this year and I’m probably not going to get a chance to update to that OS, I would advise trying out Linux. It comes with a fast and stable operating system that will easily fit into the budget of most people. Although it was still very buggy a few months ago, it has become pretty solid. On the whole, since I have this system, my company mostly uses Ubuntu for everything. And I am absolutely fine with that.
If you haven’t noticed, sometimes your laptop makes noise. That could be annoying or otherwise irritating. To reduce the sound, set your speakers to normal mode, then turn off your lights, then change your wallpaper. For this, you should install some music player that takes care of that issue. Then go to the settings, and adjust your speaker level, volume, video output, sound output, speakers. All in this case it will just need to put your external speakers in order so that your laptop can emit sound if needed. Or install Wemo’s free app that will automatically detect and fix the situation based on the settings you’re setting. I’ve gone with Admix’s Free Mixer App (which is extremely easy, even though it supports only iOS 8 and Mac).
4). Display size
Sometimes, when you are working on a project and having trouble getting all the elements (images, videos, audio) on your screen, you need to increase the display size. Here are two options. One of those is to go for the ultra high setting and expand your display on your monitor. Second, you can buy a 32 inch laptop screen that is made up the entire width of your device (with or without the camera attached). Either solution will achieve your goals, but each method requires a $1500 investment and time on your part to configure. What’s important is finding a good screen protector and making sure that it blocks or prevents reflections! There are tons of great ones out there that will fit your specs, and I’ve used them all without realising. Other precautions include ensuring that if you have kids, they do not have access to the internet unless you give permission. As for me personally, I find the 16 inch LG UltraFine displays a perfect solution for this matter and my MacBook Air that is currently in my possession.
Another major one of mine is the amount of RAM the system offers. Too large of an amount of RAM can quickly drain your system’s resources. Luckily, I managed to get rid of at least 60GB after installing Xsplit and RAR. Not all my data will be saved, but this is not important. Still, I would suggest checking out what your current RAM capacity is. When configuring a new program, check the RAM memory that the application will consume at once… before you commit. After all, you’ll probably know what type… not something like “RAM”. Therefore there is definitely no harm in adjusting some factors to have more RAM, if nothing else. Sometimes, you can get by with less memory because you need it more for certain programs. At times, you need memory, however for such occasions, go for 128GB. I’ve heard people complain about that, but again, it isn’t worth it. Just remember that since you’re using a laptop right now, you should always keep the hardware in mind. Make sure that your laptop doesn’t hold more than 4 GB and then move on for a while. Remember that you should never have more ram then you need. A good rule of thumb is to have at least 6GB, which will be enough for whatever you need to do, and that will allow you to save space on your hard disk. I’m happy with my storage, and I always have enough space.
Speakers are a must-have for any kind of media streaming. No matter what you want to stream or what you want to hear, these devices are what will eventually decide the success or disaster of that activity. Besides regular computers, I’m a huge speaker lover. Fortunately for us nowadays, people who own modern wireless microphones are able to achieve decent streaming quality with ordinary headphones, regardless if you’re a professional or not. Speaking of headphone-makers, Google and Apple have teamed up to develop advanced digital amplifiers that are meant to boost the listening experience by 30 percent. These devices are available in numerous models and each is designed to suit the user’s preference. They are also compatible with almost every podcast that you’ll find on YouTube. Therefore you can have multiple streams on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Blackberry and other devices… depending on how much you’re willing to spend. The best part is that these products have lots of options for drivers, which means that their firmware will already provide automatic updates for any existing problems and bugs.
7.). Mouse and Mousepad
If you’ve ever had problems with the movement of objects and tracking objects, then you know exactly what it feels like. If you find that your mouse moves too quick or moves across the surface just slightly or is a bit blurry with your eyes, that’s no fun! Fortunately, I’ve found out that your mouse movements will directly determine how smooth your typing on the screen, so let the mouse do its job. That being said, there is another type of mice available (mousepads and trackballs, yes, there are many types out there), that you can easily place on your hand (or on the bottom of your keyboard), and have them do the work for you. Whether you like a physical pad or a remote mouse, they will perfectly serve you if you’re constantly moving across the screen… until you need to make adjustments. Unless you have no choice in that, I highly recommend sticking to the mouse for optimal motion handling. I’ve used Blue and black PnP (which is basically the same model as a normal trackball), although they are slightly heavier and thicker.
8). Keyboard and Keybinders
I’ve been writing on the wordpress for a long time and sometimes the keyboard sticks out all wrong. It happens so often that I have to start looking for alternatives. Fortunately for people like me, it’s actually not difficult to swap out your old keyboards with nice new ones. Do I recommend you move away from using Cherry MX brown switches? Hell no. Instead, stick with mechanical switches. Why? Well, because Cherry switches offer