Easy Fixes for Repairing Laptops in Orlando
Frayed AC Adapter Cord
Time required: 1–2 hours
Materials: silicone sealant, painter's tape (which is less sticky than conventional masking tape)
and protective gloves (optional)
Because of the continuous plugging and unplugging of a laptop that needs to be transported, the cord and connector might take a punishment, resulting in a frayed or damaged power cord. If this occurs, it is necessary to replace the cord or repair it immediately, as it risks damaging the system's battery through inconsistent charging and poses a fire threat.
Fortunately, many laptop power adapters include detachable AC power cords accessible online or even at electronics stores for a few bucks. But from the other side, if the connector that connects to the computer is the issue, replacing it can cost between $50 – $75 if you purchase the precise AC adapter for your laptop from the manufacturer.
Alternatively, repairing laptops in Orlando can be done yourself.
Wrap electrical or duct tape around the frayed cord for a quick-and-dirty fix. This prevents additional harm, but it will eventually break loose—and leave that sticky goo all over the wire.
A more permanent method is to use a silicone sealer, available at most hardware shops and supermarkets, to insulate and protect it. While it is preferable to use black sealant to match the cord's color, transparent sealant will work just as well.
To cover the surface, you're working on, place a wide piece of painter's tape, adhesive side down, on top of which you'll place the frayed section of the cord. The sealant will not adhere to the back of the painter's tape in the same way that it may to other paper or plastic barriers, and the painter's tape should easily peel away from the table after you're through.
Faulty Laptop Fan
Time required: 1-hour
Materials: replacement fan, screwdriver, vacuum, compressed air, vacuum, compressed air
Not only is a noisy or faulty cooling fan irritating, but it also prevents sufficient cooling air from entering the chassis, possibly causing the laptop to overheat and compromise the electronics inside. It's not a complicated repair, and luckily, you may not even require replacing the fan.
This fix is for you if your system is creating a whirring or grinding noise or is overheating.
Before doing anything else, locate the area(s) where fresh air enters and hot air exits—typically one or even more slotted grilles on the system's side or bottom. There may be two to three openings, so be thorough in your search. In each vent, insert the can of compressed air straw and blow away as much dust as possible. You may want to use a dust mask or run a vacuum cleaner, as there can be an excessive amount of dust. Additionally, or alternatively, you can suction anything out with a vacuum cleaner.
Scratched Laptop Display
Time required: 5 minutes
Materials: Cloth, toothpaste, and window cleaner
Replacing a display and its inverter circuitry can be a difficult task that can cost a few hundred bucks and take several hours, while it is not impossible with the correct paperwork. It's probably not worth it for an older system. However, if the display is just slightly scratched, repairing it is a no-brainer.
With a bit of work and a dab of toothpaste, these types of scratches can be smoothed out.
Between your thumb and forefinger, rub the toothpaste; this should feel a bit sandy and gritty. These mild abrasives are what will resolve the display's problem.
Gently massage the toothpaste in a circular movement over the scratches over a few seconds (but not too vigorously—you risk rubbing away the screen's protective covering)
Then, using a soft cloth, wipe the screen clean.
Cleaning the screen using a non-ammonia-based glass cleaner is the final step. Examine it and, if the scratches remain, repeat the operation.