If you are like many people, your laptop has become an indispensable personal and business tool. You use it for school, work, watch movies, stream YouTube videos, store your pictures, and a whole host of other uses too long to list . . . But you get the idea.  A laptop in many ways is an extension of our personality. How would you feel it the unthinkable happens? What do you do when your “workhorse” starts to slow down or worse gets damaged?  Because of their frequent use, laptops are subject to normal wear and tear abuse so, damage is likely at some point. Common problems you may have are:

• Damaged LCD screen or does not display the image properly

• Failure of the backlight or a loose connection in the display

• Broken case as a result of dropping

• Sticky or broken keys on the keyboard

• Loose or broken LCD hinge

• Damaged USB ports

• Hard Drive failure

     In addition to the above, laptops can become our personal digital assistants where we store, bookmark, browse, and download so much “stuff” that our computer becomes bloated with nonessential temporary and image files stored in various caches. The result is our laptops run slower and slower until we get to the point where we think we need a newer laptop. However, this is where with a little knowledge, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars (unless you really want a new laptop), but for many of us buying a new laptop may not be an option. Many of the problems listed above can be repaired for less than the cost of a new laptop! If you are handy, replacing a keyboard, a hard drive or adding memory to a laptop is not difficult. If you don’t feel comfortable performing these tasks, there are many repair shops available that are reasonably priced, but stay away from retail stores because guess what … they will try to sell you a new laptop.

     Our recommendation is to look for repair depots on the Internet. In our experience, they do a terrific job and offer fixed prices for many of their repairs and can turn around your computer in a few days depending on your location. In the event, you do decide to buy a new laptop, consider donating your old computer to a local school, family member or friend (don't forget to wipe or remove the hard drive).  It is better for the environment and your contribution will be appreciated.