Laptops are, essentially, 50% screen – while it may be fairly simple to take a PC monitor in for repair – or to even diagnose a problem or two yourself – it’s a different story when it comes to a laptop or netbook. These types of screen can be extremely sensitive to a number of factors – which is why it’s both important to know how to care for them and what to do should anything go wrong. Rule number one, of course, is never to go ahead and fix anything yourself – you could be voiding your warranty and could even risk damaging your machine beyond repair.
Believe it or not, one of the most common problems laptop screens face emanate from pesky dirt and dust that can plaster them if not cleaned regularly. This type of damage is fairly easy to remedy – but you’ll need the right type of cloth or wipe to make sure that you pick up all the debris you’re aiming to remove.
These, again, aren’t so much of an issue unless there is an active problem with the wiring within the laptop itself. Laptops that dim or black out usually do so thanks to certain settings – ones which you can adjust easily yourself. It remains to be said that a screen left to shine at full brightness will likely run down the power and battery of your device – meaning that allowing your system to cool down or blackout occasionally will help to contribute to its long life.
There are a number of factors that can kill a pixel or can make it malfunction – and you may even have a few malfunctioning ones without realising. It’s often hard to diagnose this issue unless they largely appear in clumps or at the edges of your screen – and how warranty covers you for this type of defect will vary from model to model and from manufacturer to manufacturer. The best course of action is to always consult a PC specialist if dead or malfunctioning pixels are preventing you from using your laptop comfortably.
While the vast majority of laptops and netbooks have extensive brightness and contrast adjusters, you may find that the overall quality of your picture falters over time. This, unfortunately, can happen to a wide range of devices, even those that may have been considered top of their line. Therefore, a laptop or netbook of considerable age that is having such problems will likely benefit from a health check from a professional – certainly, if you are hoping to get a few more years out of the device.
If you’re struggling with any of the above problems, don’t suffer in silence – and certainly don’t tackle the issues yourself! Let Tech CPR help. Based in central Chesterfield, you can either bring your device into our workshop, or you can call us for a quick chat to discuss any concerns you may have ahead of time. Either way, please feel free to contact us on 01246 452319 or email us at your convenience with any problems you may be experiencing.