Dropped Laptopby matt on April 17, 2007
Q: I just dropped my laptop about 3 feet onto a hardwood floor and now it is not working. What can I do to try to fix it myself?
A: Unfortunately if you dropped your laptop and you are looking for help it probably means you already tried to turn it on and nothing happened. There are a few things you can look at and try to do so we will discuss them here to try and help you get your laptop up and running without contacting a professional.
There are a couple of things you will want to look at. The first thing you want to look at is the case of the laptop. Did the drop break, bend, or crack the case? If the case was damaged in a noticeable way then the chance of a regular user fixing it are not good because there is a good chance that the motherboard could possibly have broken.
The next thing you will want to look at is your laptop’s screen. Is it cracked or damaged in a noticeable way? If it is then again you will have to contact a professional to get it fixed for you.
If everything looks good visually then you will want to plug in your laptop and try to boot it up. When you do this you will want to make sure you are in a quiet room so you can listen for the system beeping, the hard drive spinning up, fans turning on, and all other possible sounds that you can hear.
If you do hear system beeps then you will want to check with the manufacturer of the system to figure out what the beep sequence means as most manufacturers have different meanings for each beep sequence.
If you hear your hard drive clicking or making some other weird noises you will most likely also see some kind of error on the screen saying that the computer cannot access the hard drive. If this is the case then you will want to see about getting your hard drive changed.
If your computer does not make any noise at all then you will want to make sure your plug and battery are in good. If they are and you do not hear any fan or hard drive noises and no errors come on the screen then you will want to contact a professional to see if they can give you some idea about what might be wrong and how much it will cost to fix.