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Work from Home Gadget Care

We are fighting a long battle with Corona and while we do that, it is highly recommended to stay home unless necessary. In this article, you will find all you need to know for work from home gadget care so you can do your job stress-free.

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Not every laptop or desktop related problem requires a call to customer service. In many cases, minor issues can be fixed by steps as simple as restarting the computer, but as average user does not know about these steps, they succumb to it and end up paying a high price to the repair shop. When you are using something in such an intricate manner and your livelihood depends on it, then it’s nice to know a thing or 2 about regular maintenance, minor repairs, to keep yourself out of trouble and handle an emergency should you need to. Read the article carefully to know some common laptop issues and how to solve them.

Work from Home Gadget Care Steps

  1. Liquid Damage (On Keyboard, laptop, tablet, etc)
  2. Battery Issues (Low backup, no charging, heating, etc)
  3. Heating Problem (Desktop or laptop overheating)
  4. Frozen screen (No response from the computer to your inputs)
  5. Network Connectivity (Unable to go Online)
  6. System Crash (Unexpected shutdown or restart, blue screen, etc)
  7. Virus or Malware 
some common laptops issues or problems and their solutions

LIQUID DAMAGE

OMG!! Have you spilled water, tea, coffee, curd, ice-cream (yeah, it happens) accidentally on your laptop? Most of the time in this kind of situation we generally panic and start rushing to find a solution it becomes an emergency. Under a lockdown, however, as you cannot step out to find a repairman, you will have to use simpler home remedies to salvage the situation and get your laptop working safely again.

While using a laptop/desktop/iPad or any other electronic device that is not certified water-resistant, you should keep all liquids far away. But let’s face it, we are sipping coffee, drinking water/wine/beer, etc while working on our computers, we do this so often that we don’t even realize or see it as a bad practice any more. Well, in this situation the quicker you take action to save your laptop the better results will come out.

Liquid Damage (On Keyboard, laptop, tablet etc)

Work from Home Gadget Care Liquid Damage – follow these steps:

  1. Turn off your laptop [do not trouble yourself to take the proper steps to turn it off, and disconnect the battery of your laptop if it is removable.
  2. Disconnect all the possible cables that are easily detachable [this includes a mouse, DVDs, any flash drives, and other connected cables.
  3. If you are technical and confident enough, take the keyboard out this allows the laptops internal components to dry out easily. Remember, do this step only if you have done it before and have the proper tools and knowledge of laptop keyboards, small wire damage may cause irreparable damage to the keyboard.
  4. Desktops usually are safe from liquid spillage issues as it’s big and on a table already, but keyboard and mouse are especially susceptible to it. In the case of liquid spillage on keyboard/mouse, you can air dry them. DO NOT use a hair drier, or direct sunlight to dry down your electronics.
  5. In case your keyboard is not working at all after liquid damage you can use the ON-SCREEN keyboard to do almost everything on your laptop and still use it to do your work till you are finally able to get it repaired or replaced by a professional.

BATTERY ISSUES

A laptop battery has an average life of 3 years, after which it will start giving some performance issues due to the depletion of lithium-ion in the components. All you need is to know is what kind of issue you are facing, a diagnosis is very simple for battery, and in 95% of the cases a battery issue usually ends up in replacing it with a new battery which is doable on your own unless it is a non-removable battery.

Recommendation

We strongly recommend using batteries manufactured ONLY by the OEM or certified company. Batteries can be replicated and forged in cheaper models, while they work in the beginning when you buy such a product; its life span is only for a couple of months. Under the Covid-19 pandemic, you will not be able to find a spare laptop battery easily. Also that while low battery backup does not stop work on the laptop, it definitely adds to your worry if the power is out, and we all know how often does that happens even in normal circumstances.

Battery Issues (Low backup, no charging, heating etc)
Work from Home Gadget Care

You may come across these issues:

Low Battery Output:

  1. If your battery is running out of power very quickly, then you may be running too many programs that are draining your battery fast like high-end games, video editing software, uploading/downloading big files. So to save your battery, close those windows that are not in use. You can check if they show in the Task Manager and close if from there too.
  2. Backlighting features, 3D screensavers, motion screensavers, sleep settings etc all drain battery power. For longer battery usage, turn off such features and select POWER SAVE mode from your power settings.
  3. A bright screen wants more power and this might be draining your battery, adjust screen brightness as required that would be better for your battery life as well as your visions.
  4. You may have connected your laptop with a lot of extra peripherals (External Hard Drive etc) this also drains your battery life, its batter to avoid those peripherals that are not in use.

Battery Charging Issues:

Another issue that causes nightmares! While stuck in such a situation, try the following steps:

  1. First, before doing anything just remove the battery and then check contact points of your laptop and make sure that they are not damaged or covered in dust or carbon, give it a good rub using dry & rough cloth, restart and check.
  2. Then unplug all connected USB devices from the laptop and also unplug the AC power cable, now press and hold the power button on the laptop to drain any residual flea power. Then check if the laptop works properly without the battery being inserted. If it is, then the issue is with the battery and not the charger or ports on your laptop.
  3. In most cases, the battery will have to be replaced. We recommend getting an original battery only as sub-standard batteries cause multiple performance issues and can be hazardous too.
  4. If your laptop is not taking charge, however, is working while connected to the adapter and the battery is out, then you can continue to use it, just be sure to keep saving your work from time to time, to avoid data loss if the power goes out suddenly.
  5. Check adapter connections and cable health, make sure that the adapter cable is not broken at places or bent too far. Handle your laptop adapter with much care, without it, your laptop is useless.

HEATING PROBLEM

It makes no difference how cool is your laptop from outside, any machine generates heat while using energy to perform its functions, especially machines with moveable parts. The primary heat generators in a laptop are the processor, battery, optical drives, and hard drive.

There are many reasons of your laptop getting heating up easily, one of the most common reasons your laptop is heating up is silicon paste that is used to pass on CPU and GPU, dry out after some time. Always remember continuous exposure of heating will cause permanent damage to your laptop parts. Just by following simple and easy tips you can prevent your laptop from overheating.

Heating Problem (Desktop or laptop overheating)
Work from Home Gadget Care

Overheating is generally caused by insufficient ventilation below the laptop. . If you want to be careful about your laptop you should clean your laptop’s vents and fans as-a-rule to put a stop to dust buildup. Use a lap desk for your laptop, or cardboard, or any hard surface.

Note: Laptop overheating can cause burns on your skin, so do not use the laptop keeping it literally on your lap for long hours.

FROZEN SCREEN                              

A really frustrating problem when you are in the middle of something important work or an online meeting and suddenly your laptop screen froze! Now, what???  It may take some time to find out what’s freezing up your laptop, but these tips will help you out with Frozen screen problem. Your laptop might have frozen because of hardware-related issues or some applications. From time to time, just a simple action that is restarting the laptop can solve this issue. One of the best ways to fix it is to hold the power button for 10 to 15 seconds, this process will restart your laptop. Your laptop screen freezes due to many reasons but there are some major reasons that cause this issue:

  • Driver corruption or error issues
  • Virus issue
  • Overheating problem [one of the most common reason]
  • Software errors
  • Junk files, clutter, cache, cookies, etc.
frozen screen

In Windows 7, 8, 8.1 &10 to solve this problem follow the steps: Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete& then click the power button [in the bottom right corner of your screen] turn off the computer and restart it. Let the windows start normally and DO NOT restore previous sessions on chrome or other internet browsers. Start a new session. Regular cleanup of your laptop will also help solve this problem. We have posted another article coving simple steps to clean up and maintain your laptop on your own. We recommend using Ccleaner to clear junk files from the computer

Work from Home Gadget Care WiFi CONNECTIVITY

While working on your laptop you may face many issues that will annoy you, but what out of all the problems network connectivity issue is worst. Without the internet, we literally cannot do anything. During this Covid-19 lockdown, our internet and WiFi have become the only safe way to connect with the outside world, and you just like everyone else would want it to be working smoothly all the time.

Sometimes it seems like the network is the issue but it may be a specific website that is not working, in that case, you can check other sites, and if tall websites are also not working then definitely is your network problem. If you cannot connect your laptop to a wireless connection, then there are some things you need to check.

There could be several reasons that you are not able to connect the Internet due to malware or virus infection, security software or firewall issues, network drivers, network authentication, it’s a long list.

Basic Troubleshooting

  • Use Windows “Troubleshoot problem” (right mouse click on the network icon on the task) let windows do an automatic check and fix the problem for you if possible.
  • Press the Windows+R key and type “CMD” and hit enter, this will open a small black window. Type the command IPCONFIG and hit enter, you will get the IP address of your computer being shown there. If the IPV4 address is 169.254.x.x, then your computer is not connecting to the network or is not getting any signal from it. Normally your IPV4 address should be 192.168.x.x.
  • In the same CMD window, try another command – “PING www.gadgetguruz.com” and check the ping results. Ideally, results should be packets sent = 4, received = 4, lost = 0. This means that the internet connection and router are working fine, and it is probably a browser or cache related issue which is easily fixable within 10-15 minutes.  Use Ccleaner.
  • If the above steps don’t help, then restart your computer and press F8 multiple times while its restarting, then select the option SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING from the boot menu. Once in safe mode with networking, all the 3rd party software, viruses, malware, spyware etc. don’t run and your computer will show its true internet performance. In case of any software issues, your computer should connect to the internet here. If it does not, then chances are high that it is a network issue. Although you will be able to eliminate that cause early on by just checking if the internet is working on other devices while connected to the same WiFi.
  • The last step, go to Device manager and find Wireless Network Adapter (right mouse key on it and uninstall the driver)
  • Restart your laptop which will automatically reinstall the Wlan driver and this will ultimately restart your Wi-Fi driver.
  • To bring your computer back to normal mode, from safe mode with networking, you simply need to restart it.
basic troubleshooting

If even this method is not fixing your problem then your need to reconnect the Wlan card and finally all you can do is replace your Wi-Fi card.

Tip: Let your laptop try to repair the connection itself, your laptop’s windows can repair network issues for you or come up with additional troubleshooting.Steps: Control Panel → Network connections → find the list of network connections → then right-click and pick repair option

Work from Home Gadget Care SYSTEM CRASH

Work from home gadget care becomes really tough if your laptop starts to reboot unexpectedly or shut down while you are working on something important. This may or may not be accompanied by a blue screen or black screen error, if so, then note down the error code, take a picture and contact a friend who knows more about it. If not, then Google the error code and you will get a lot of information about it.

  • Corrupted software or operating system
  • Bad RAM
  • Overheating
  • Virus, spyware, malware, Trojan, etc.
  • Incomplete software
  • And many more…
SYSTEM CRASH

So what to do if this is happening to you during this Covid-19 lockdown?

  • Start the computer in Safe Mode with Networking and see if it is working properly
  • If yes, then it’s a 3rd party software or virus causing the problem, run a full scan with your anti-virus and remove any infections found. Uninstall unused software from your computer and then restart.
  • Another way is to do a system restore back to a date when the computer was working fine. This will only work if your computer has automatic restore points created already. Steps: Type “System Restore” in the start search. WATCH VIDEO
  • If system restore does not work or does not solve the problem, then more often than not you will need professional help. Contact a friend, or Ask an Expert from our team to connect and guide you.

VIRUS OR MALWARE

This one is nasty; we all know now exactly how dangerous and infectious viruses can be courtesy Covid-19. Well, a computer virus does the same to your files and computer functionality. If you are sure or even feel that there is an infection on your computer, well the timing couldn’t be worse.

1st of all, it always recommended to have a proper anti-virus on your computer, viruses, and spyware don’t get on your computer just to trouble you and damage it, they are designed to siphon sensitive information like card numbers, login details to websites like banks, etc. and send it to the main server from where the virus was created. So better safe than sorry, Download MalwareBytes it’s free software you can use.

MALWARE

If you feel you have a virus or infection on your computer then follow these steps:

  • Restart the computer in Safe Mode with Networking
  • Install and run a full scan with MalwareBytes and remove any infections found
  • Install and run Ccleaner, free software that will remove any junk files from your computer and make it run faster too
  • Restart the computer back to normal mode and check the performance
  • If the problem persists, disconnect your computer from the internet to prevent data theft and immediately contact a professional.

Stay home, stay safe. Hope our article helps you do your job while working from home. For any questions or queries WhatsApp us on 7838-GADGET that is 7838-423-438.

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