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If the laptop only works when it is connected to the charger, the battery may need to be replaced.


  • Laptop batteries have a limited number of charge-discharge cycles they can perform. The battery will usually run out of charge-discharge cycles after a few years.
  • Prolonged exposure to very high or very low temperatures can deteriorate a laptop battery.
  • If the laptop battery stays at a very low charge (or completely discharged) for prolonged amounts of time, the battery will likely lose its ability to recharge.

Solution: Replace the battery. Refer to this guide for replacing the laptop battery.

If certain keys do not work when they are pressed on the keyboard that might mean there is something wrong with it and it needs to be replaced. Follow this guide to see how to replace the keyboard.

If the hard drive is making the clicking/clunking noise, the hard drive needs to be replaced as soon as possible as it may die at any moment. Backup all data you do not want to lose to some external location, then replace the drive. Refer to this guide for replacing the hard drive.

The fan may have small objects getting in the way of the fan spinning. Refer to this guide for getting to the fan to clean it out or to replace it.

Over time, electronic components, including RAM modules, will simply wear out. Physical shocks can also cause RAM modules to become faulty. To replace the RAM module, refer to this guide for how to replace it.

Some drivers can cause the operating system to crash or freeze. If the freezes started to occur shortly after a new driver was installed, then that is the likely cause of the problem. To fix this, restore the system back to before the driver was installed; in Windows, this is performed via System Restore.

If no sound comes from the speakers when sound should be heard, the speakers may be faulty and probably need to be replaced. First, make sure the sound is not on mute or at a very low volume. If the sound is not muted and no sound is produced, try plugging headphones into the computer. If the headphones work, this means the sound card is functioning properly and doesn't need to be replaced. At this point, the most likely cause is the speakers, which need to be replaced. See this guide to see how to replace the speakers.

Dead pixels aren't a major problem; however, the screen needs to be replaced if you want to get rid of them. Go to this guide to see how to replace the LCD screen.

If the LCD screen is visibly cracked, then the LCD screen needs to be replaced. Follow this guide to see how to replace the LCD screen.

If the LCD screen is plugged in all the way but is still not working, it means the LCD screen needs to be replaced after all. Follow this guide to learn how to replace the LCD screen.

If the CD drive doesn't even spin the CD when inserted, it means the drive is broken and needs to be replaced entirely. This guide explains how to replace the CD drive.

I’m adding this comment as an owner of a Toshiba Satellite L505 laptop and issues with the battery.

After initial 12-cell OEM battery went through a decent lifespan, I tried a 9-cell third-party battery. After not very long, the Toshiba monitoring app alerted that the battery was nearing the end of its rechargeable life! So an acquaintance mentioned similar problems with his kids’ laptops after buying 3rd-party batteries, and suggested to buy an OEM (manufacturer battery). So I went to a Toshiba 6-cell battery (all they sold); now despite the smaller cell size (6), after using this Toshiba battery for less than a year the Toshiba monitoring app again stated the battery was nearing end of rechargeable life.

It should be noted this laptop is not heavily used but used or turned on for an hour or couple hours 3 - 4 times a month, so no high charge/discharge cycles or prolonged inactivity. So I’ve limped along now for awhile having to keep it plugged with the AC charger. Something definitely off.

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