Many people think a non-working laptop is only fit for the scrapheap, but that is far from true. With many shops opening providing laptop repair in Dublin, you can often get your laptop repaired for a fraction of the cost of a new one.
Unlike PCs, laptops are less user servicable, so using a professional service is always recommended. Whether you have a broken screen, a keyboard that doesn’t work (or only works some of the time) or even a faulty charger port, a laptop repair service should be able to sort you out within 24 hours – perhaps a little longer if parts need to be ordered in.
So, your laptop isn’t working and you’re unsure if it can be repaired – the easiest way to find out is quite simply to take it to a repair shop, they should be able to check it over while you wait and let you know if it’s repairable or not, if it can, they should also be able to provide a price.
However, if you don’t have time to go to a repair shop on the off-chance it can be fixed, there are some simple things you can look out for which are easily repairable;
Laptop not charging;
If your laptop doesn’t charge, but still works whilst plugged in, you most likely need a new battery, whilst this is something you can order and replace at home, it’s often hard to ensure you get the correct battery type for your laptop.
If you plug in your laptop and nothing happens, no power and no charging light, then this would point to either a charger fault, or a fault with the charger port (also known as DC Jack) itself.
There is no easy way for a normal user to test this, unless you have a spare charger, or an identical laptop to test the charger on – this would need professional diagnosis, both possible issues can often be easily repaired.
No picture on screen;
A screen that shows no picture, but isn’t physically damaged (no visible cracks) may just have become unplugged, or the screen inverter which lights the screen may need replaced.
If the screen has been cracked then you will need a full new screen, this isn’t as expensive as it sounds, and the repair shop should be able to give you a price there and then.
Keyboard not working;
If your keyboard has some keys which are no longer working, or are typing the wrong characters, it is likely you wil require a new keyboard – this is generally a low cost fix.
If your keyboard has stopped working completely, then it may be a case of having it plugged back in, this generally requires some disasembly of your laptop, so if you’re not confident then don’t try – you could make issues worse.
If the keyboard appears to be correctly plugged in but still isn’t working, then it is likely the keyboard will need replaced.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of repairable faults, everything from fault hard disks to bad memory modules can be replaced by a professional repair service, or on occasion, by a DIY repairer, so don’t despair if your faithful old laptop has gone on strike, it may not be fit for the bin just yet.