There are some pretty widespread misconceptions regarding computer repair that many users believe. As they are discussed quite often, people start to believe them. However, some of them are not at all true. Often, believing these generalized statements can perpetuate problems and prevent solving them.
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1. The laptop will not turn on because the battery is dead
If your laptop is unplugged and has no power, this statement is false. Your laptop does not need a working battery to turn on. As long as it has power from the charging cable, it should turn on and trunk normally.
If a laptop will not turn on at all, there’s usually a more serious hardware problem that probably does not require replacing the battery. It’s possible that a component required for the startup process is defective, causing the laptop to stop responding. It could be a problem with the hard drive or the motherboard, or even a faulty graphics card or RAM.
However, it is worth noting that there are modifications in the latest laptops that can only be turned on with a battery with a minimum charge.
2. One can repair only a defective part of a whole component
In most cases, when a part of the computer hardware fails, a complete replacement of that part is required. Laptop users sometimes ask to replace only a small part of a component without knowing how the device works. Of course, this does not apply to all parts of the PC, for some parts we can really fix the problem area ourselves.
Sometimes users may misdiagnose some problems with their laptop and ask for the separate replacement of the wrong part. Therefore, we always diagnose the laptop to determine what exactly the malfunction is and what parts are needed for repair.
3. Before you charge the battery, you need to completely discharge the laptop
Modern laptops are usually equipped with lithium-ion batteries that can be charged many times without affecting the battery life. The battery will hold its charge even after several charging cycles.
Some laptop users believe that the battery life will be extended if you drain it before charging. In fact, this used to be the case. Nickel-cadmium batteries suffered from the so-called “memory effect”.
4. A large number of files will slow down the computer
Will a large number of files clog up your system and slow down your computer? The answer is no. Having more files on your hard disk will only take up storage space, not performance.
A large number of startup programs will slow down your laptop. These are programs that start when the computer boots up. This can lead to slower boot times or reduced PC performance. You can check the impact of these startup programs in the AutoPlay tab of the Task Manager. You can also disable the automatic startup of these programs at boot time to smooth things out.
5. Cleaning the hard disk can repair damaged sectors
Cleaning a hard drive can remove everything from the disk, including all files and the OS. However, this idea of repairing a defective hard disk is not correct. Bad sectors are irreversibly damaged parts of the hard disk.
Cleaning the hard disk will only erase the data stored on it, but you cannot “erase” bad sectors. The only way to repair a defective hard disk is to replace it completely. If the damage is not that severe yet, hard disk recovery tools can sometimes reallocate some programmatically damaged sectors, but this is not a real repair. It can help you extend the life of the hard disk until you can contact a service center.
6. An antivirus will protect you from any virus
Antiviruses are specialized programs that prevent your operating system from getting infected with malicious files or, more simply, viruses. Antivirus software helps protect your computer from viruses, but it does not provide a full guarantee of protection due to the way it works.
On the other hand, some users believe that antivirus programs are completely useless and only waste computer system resources. However, proper antivirus protection consists of a number of measures, among which the antivirus program is the first. Antivirus software allows you to detect malicious programs at the stages of entering a PC and block the actions of viruses that have managed to enter the computer. Using the modules of modern antivirus programs, you can create a powerful protective shield that will respond to new threats even without user intervention.
7. Computer viruses are to blame for everything
Computer viruses are often blamed for most laptop problems, which are often hardware-related. For many of our clients, a laptop breakdown comes as a surprise. PC users do not expect their hardware to fail and therefore start to think they have a virus.
Things like messy or incorrect keyboard input or image distortion are often mistaken for a virus infection. In fact, these are hardware failures that need to be fixed by a specialized service.
A computer virus is a malicious program that penetrates a device to infect it, disrupt system performance, and corrupt data. The presence of viruses on a computer can lead to the theft of personal and confidential information, deletion of data, file corruption, and sometimes even cause the entire device to malfunction. To protect your laptop from viruses and malware, make sure you browse the web safely and install anti-virus software.
8. Batteries work indefinitely
Contrary to popular belief, laptop batteries are wearable parts. They last 2-4 years on average, depending on usage and charging cycles.
Defective batteries can expand and damage the laptop’s case parts, leak corrosive liquid, or even quickly get hot and catch fire. Therefore, if you notice an error message such as “Battery Maintenance” or “Replace Battery”, you should have the battery checked as soon as possible.
9. Magnets cause hard disk damage
Since magnets can erase floppy disks, some people continue to believe that magnets can damage other storage media such as hard drives. Hard drives are quite robust and cannot be “dropped” by a magnet. As long as the hard drive is not heavily loaded, it cannot be damaged by ordinary household magnets.
The only magnets that can destroy a hard drive are neodymium magnets. These are magnets that can deform the hard drive. Otherwise, the only way to erase the hard drive is to repeatedly overwrite the memory sectors using the software.
10. Laptop problems are easy to deal with
Many of us try to fix problems ourselves, but in some areas, this approach is not entirely appropriate. One of the most famous examples is repairing laptops with your own hands. You may think that you are solving the problem, but in most cases, you are only making it worse. Not all gadget users have special technical knowledge, experience, and tools that allow them to repair laptops and solve problems with the laptop itself.
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