This section deals with all laptop hardware problems and contains easy step-by-step guides on how to diagnose and fix them.

Power Connector

A common weak spot on most laptops is the DC power jack. If someone trips on the wire while you have the power adaptor plugged into your laptop, chances are that the power jack will get damaged. On most laptops the DC power jack is soldered directly to the motherboard and there are only three or... ( Read more → )

Hard Disk

Hard disk failures are the most common computer hardware problems. And laptop hard disks fail more often than desktop HDs. If you knock hard or drop your laptop even a few inches while it's working, you may damage the HD. Symptoms: The laptop starts as usual but when Windows starts to load it... ( Read more → )


Frequent overheating will damage the motherboard! Here is an expanded article on heat and laptops. Symptoms: The laptop starts beeping, freezes, restarts by itself or shuts down after it has been on for some time, typically 10-15 minutes or more. If you start it again, it does the same thing... ( Read more → )

LCD Failures

Hardware failure - LCD, inverter, cable or backlight Symptoms: The laptop appears to start as usual but the screen is black, if you move it, it turns on and works properly. Failed cable. The laptop appears to start as usual but the screen is very dark, although it changes colour a little and... ( Read more → )


A motherboard failure on a laptop that is out of warranty would usually mean that... it's time for a new laptop. The price of a new motherboard is usually higher than the current value of the laptop. Symptoms: Plug in the power adaptor and try to start the laptop. Nothing happens. The "ON"... ( Read more → )