Over the past 10 years laptops have become an essential part of everyday life for many people in the UK. A recent OFCOM survey found 56% of the population owns a laptop, which puts the total number of laptops in the UK at well over 25Milliion.
As the number of laptops and laptop users increases so does the number of broken laptops. As more and more people use laptops for more and more tasks, it is reasonable to expect the amount of broken laptops will also rise.
All electrical devices have a range of components that are essential for its functionality and laptops are no different. If a part of the circuit board or power supply is faulty, it is likely the entire laptop will appear to be broken. Fixing issues with a laptop’s circuit board probably not going to be suitable for most home users to attempt but there are some very simple techniques which may just bring a seemly dead laptop back to life.
In some cases a laptop may show some signs of life (some lights lit up or the noise of the fan spinning) but nothing is shown on the screen, so the laptop is effectively useless.
A faulty battery is a very common cause of this issue. As the battery forms part of the electrical circuitry of the laptop (even when the laptop is powered from the mains), a faulty battery can interfere with this circuit and result in the laptop appearing to be faulty.
With the laptop disconnected from the power supply; simply remove the laptops battery – There are usually some push catches right next to the battery on the laptops base which will allow you to do this.
Then plug the mains power back in the laptop and attempt to power it on. If the battery was the sole cause of the problem, you should now find the laptop is working normally.
Now just take the batteries serial number and search the web (Amazon and eBay in particular) for battery sellers – Expect to pay £10 – £25 for a good quality non-genuine battery. Genuine batteries usually start at around £30.
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