laptops

Why is my laptop screen blank?

Episode 1477

Sam from South Williamsport, PA
Keyboard

Sam was printing up his son's graduating announcements and his cat walked across the keyboard and now the computer is blank. What happened? Leo says that there is a button on the keyboard that can turn off the screen. It's probably one of the function keys that was triggered to make the laptop look for an external screen. From the chatroom - here's an article on the subject. He can also program those buttons, so it may be a good idea to disable it.

Is a stuck pixel covered under my laptop warranty?

Episode 1472

Kip from Colorado
Dell XPS 15

Kip bought a Dell XPS 15 laptop and the screen is gorgeous, but he has a burned out pixel on it and it's very annoying. Is that something covered under the Dell warranty? Leo says it depends. Sometimes it takes more than just one, and they need to be connected. There's no standard, so he'll just need to talk to Dell and ask. Rattle some cages and see if they'll replace it. Kip shouldn't hesitate to write Michael Dell for satisfaction as well.

Leo Got the Samsung Galaxy S9 and HP Envy X2

Episode 1471

Samsung Galaxy S9+

This week, Leo got the Samsung Galaxy S9. Not only does it have one of the best cameras ever, DxOMark says the screen is practically perfect in every way. Leo also says he's pleased that the fingerprint reader was finally put in the right place. But what's strange for him is that there's not much difference between the Galaxy S9 and the Note 8. It may have a faster processor and is slightly smaller, but they're practically the same.

Can I get a laptop with a DVD player built in?

Episode 1469

John from Montana
Lenovo 17" laptop

John wants a device for watching DVDs with a large screen. Leo says that optical media have disappeared and large screen laptops are rare as well. Dell and Lenovo still sell 17" laptops, though. But he won't have a DVD drive with it. He could get an external DVD drive. They're cheap and he can plug it in when he wants it. Leo also recommends getting a larger external monitor. He should just use external peripherals when he wants to watch DVDs. That will give him the best of both worlds.

Can I replace my laptop's trackpad?

Joe from Covina, CA

Episode 1468

Joe is using an old Windows 7 laptop but his trackpad is having issues. Leo says that trackpads do wear out over time and that laptop is nearly ten years old. But iFixit.com may be a good source on how to replace the trackpad. It's not that big of a deal. Joe should also check HP forums. If HP has stopped supporting his device, the forums may be a great place to get help from other users who have been going through similar problems.

Why does the Wi-Fi turn off on my laptop?

Episode 1466

Todd from Riverside, CA
Man using laptop connecting with wifi

Todd's pro-level support with Dell expired right as his Wi-Fi stopped working. When he turns it on, it just keeps turning back off. Is it broken or is the software doing something? Leo says there is a function key on the keyboard that can turn off the Wi-Fi, and if it's sticking, that could be causing the problem. If it's a business laptop, it may also have a switch on the side that can turn it off. Driver issues may also be causing it, so he should go to Dell and download all the latest motherboard drivers.

Is a used Windows 7 laptop a good deal?

Episode 1462

Lionel from Los Angeles, CA
Windows 10

Lionel is looking for a used laptop, but all the ones he finds are using Windows 10. He wants to go back to Windows 7. Leo says that buying someone's used laptop is buying someone's problems. There's a reason someone is selling it. Leo recommends a refurbished computer from the original manufacturer like a Dell refurbished laptop. If he does that, there's a good chance he'll get a Windows 7 machine.

Will he find one with a CD drive? Leo says that will be a challenge. HP also sells end of lease laptops will a full warranty. That's a good way to save money too.

Should I buy a refurbished MacBook Pro?

Episode 1446

Eric from Long Beach, CA
MacBook Pro

Eric is looking to get a Best Buy refurbished 2011 MacBook Pro for $600. Is that a good deal? Leo says he usually recommends getting a refurb model from the manufacturer. He'll get a warranty that way. Best Buy probably wiped the hard drive and checked a few things, but it's not strictly refurbished. 4GB RAM is also a little light, but it will support High Sierra MacOS. Warranty wise, a good refurb should include a 1-year warranty. 3 months won't really help him. Leo would also recommend spending a little more money and getting a 2015 model.