I recently received a call to repair a laptop, from a lady in Llanberis. The laptop had shut down the day before and now wouldn’t turn on. After taking a look at it, I found that the charger was faulty and the battery had simply run out of power. Once the new charger arrived, all was well again. The process of diagnosing this kind of fault is straightforward and in this post I’d like to share some simple troubleshooting you can do before calling in the experts.
I was recently asked by a gentleman in Llanberis to take a look at his laptop as the screen was displaying strange colours. Upon starting the machine it was found to have inverted colours – what should have been red came out as green and the whites came out as a pale blue. There was also some splotches of pink dotted around the screen.
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Recently, I was asked by a lady in Llanberis to fix an all-in-one printer/scanner which wasn’t working, a Lexmark X1180. It was powered on, the USB cable was connected and worked and the printer appeared under ‘Printers’ in Vista. After some puzzlement and deliberation, I found that the supplied drivers disc was intended for use only with XP. Even though they seemed to work, whenever a test page was sent to the printer an error message appeared.
A client in Llanberis recently brought in his PC which wouldn’t boot, displaying the error message:
- Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
and would go on to list a variety of files on different attempts.