Repair or Replace: Making the Right Choice for Your Laptop

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Repair or Replace: Making the Right Choice for Your Laptop

At TechStar, we understand the frustration that arises from laptop issues and the impact laptops have on our everyday life. Investing in a laptop is no small decision, whether for work, entertainment, or study purposes. However, encountering issues along the way can be incredibly frustrating. That's why safeguarding your investment by taking proper care of your laptop is crucial.

In this guide, we will look into essential considerations that can help you determine whether seeking the expertise of a professional IT technician for repairs is the best course of action or if it's time to consider a replacement.

Consider the duration of your laptop

As laptops are an essential part of our daily routine, and on average, they last for 3-5 years. However, several factors influence your device's lifespan, such as usage patterns and maintenance. If your laptop is over five years old, repairing it may not be the most cost-effective option. As more problems arise, it may be time to consider a replacement.

For relatively new laptops between 1-4 years old, it's worth exploring the issue and repair cost to determine if it's worth fixing. A simple laptop upgrade or a new laptop screen may make a repair worthwhile, but if the cost exceeds half of a new laptop's price, it might be wise to consider buying a new device. At TechStar, we always recommend our customers to back up their important files and photos on an external hard drive or cloud storage to avoid losing data.

TechStar has five stores located in Ireland (Galway City, Limerick City & Cork), where our in-house technicians can assist you with your laptop repair concerns. Drop by our shop for expert advice on your laptop needs, or contact us online. We're here to help!


  1. Dealing with Screen Issues
  2. Operating System Problems
  3. Slow Performance
  4. Laptop Overheating
  5. Hard Drive Issues

    Girl on a laptop

    Common Laptop Problems

    1. Dealing with Screen Issues (Blurry, Pixelated, or Cracked Screen)

    Screen problems frequently frustrate laptop users, making it one of the most common recurring laptop repair issues. When evaluating the feasibility of fixing your laptop screen, two key factors come into play: cost and severity of the damage. You may be able to resolve minor issues, such as slight blurriness or pixelation, with simple troubleshooting steps. However, if the screen is extensively cracked or requires a complete display replacement, it's advisable to seek assistance from a professional repair specialist. They possess the necessary tools and expertise to handle delicate screen repairs within suitable environments. Attempting a DIY fix could worsen the situation and cause harm to other hardware components.

    Firstly, when testing a laptop screen, it is highly recommended to schedule a full Diagnostic service to ensure that no other issues have arisen due to the damaged screen. This comprehensive diagnostic includes essential tests such as hard drive scans, virus checks, software tests, and updates, along with thorough examinations of both the laptop's internal and external components.

    At TechStar, upon completion of these tests, we provide the customer with detailed information about any additional issues the laptop may have, if any, as well as a cost estimate for the screen replacement. Ensuring a comprehensive assessment allows us to address all potential concerns and provide accurate guidance.

    1. Operating System Problems

    If your laptop is operating normally but fails to complete the booting process, it is likely a result of an issue with the operating system. The good news is that you can often fix this problem without needing professional assistance. For Windows users, accessing Safe Mode allows you to diagnose and address the underlying cause of the issue. In many instances, simple reinstallation of the operating system can effectively resolve the problem. However, if you feel uncertain about performing the reinstallation on your own, it is advisable to consult a professional repair specialist. At TechStar our in-house technicians possess the expertise to ensure a proper and reliable fix for your laptop. If you require assistance with any laptop issues, please get in touch with us. We are here to provide you with the support you need.

    1. Experiencing Slow Performance? 

    Frustrated man with a slow laptop

    Another common issue users encounter is slow laptop performance. This can often be attributed to having too many programs running simultaneously. To address this, utilize Task Manager (for Windows laptops) or Activity Monitor (for Mac) to close unnecessary programs that are running in the background. Additionally, consider disabling start-up programs and uninstalling software you no longer use. 

    Running a reliable anti-virus program like Kaspersky is crucial in detecting and removing any infected programs/files. For advice on anti-virus software, please get in touch with us online. We will be happy to advice the best software for your needs. 

    If the above steps mentioned do not resolve the performance issue, it's essential to be aware of the following potential problems:

      1. Outdated Software or Operating System (OS)
      2. Unsupported Technology or Software Updates
      3. Insufficient RAM
      4. Limited Hard Disk Space
      5. Considering an SSD (Solid-State Drive) upgrade (Which helps to increase the laptops speed and performance significantly) 

    To effectively address these issues and ensure optimal laptop performance, it is advisable to consult a professional laptop repair services provider. At TechStar, our in-house technicians possess the expertise to diagnose and resolve these underlying problems while also providing valuable recommendations to keep your PC running smoothly. We offer comprehensive laptop repair services, ensuring your device operates at its best. Contact us today for assistance in maintaining peak performance for your laptop. 

    1. Laptop Overheating

    Excessive heat in laptops is often caused by dust build-up on the fans or air vents, which can hamper proper cooling and lead to malfunctions. If you notice your laptop's fan running at maximum speed constantly, it could be a sign of overheating. To address this issue, it's essential to understand the reasons behind laptop overheating and take appropriate measures.

    Some common causes of laptop overheating include:

    1. Covered air vents: Placing your laptop on uneven surfaces like your lap, pillow, or bed can restrict airflow, leading to overheating.
    2. Debris around the fan: Dust, grime, and dirt build-up around the fan can hinder heat dissipation, causing overheating.
    3. Corrupted Operating system.
    4. Liquid damage.

    If your laptop becomes excessively hot, it's crucial to turn it off and unplug the power cord. Allow the laptop to cool down before engaging in any extensive tasks. Given a laptop's tightly packed internal components, maintaining proper airflow is crucial. Place your laptop on a flat, hard surface like a table or book to ensure unrestricted airflow. Additionally, check if your laptop protective case is blocking the air vents and consider removing it temporarily. 

    If your Windows updates haven’t been done regularly the Operating system can become corrupted which in turn causes the hard drive to run at 100% of its capabilities and thus can cause the laptop to overheat. Also, if liquid is present inside on the laptop, then components can over heat or fail totally. This can cause over heating or worse to happen to the laptop. 

    Avoid using your laptop in hot environments or exposing it to direct sunlight to prevent overheating. If you don't have access to a well-shaded or air-conditioned room, investing in a laptop cooling pad can help. These cooling pads blow cool air upwards, ensuring effective ventilation for your machine. At TechStar, we offer a wide range of cooling pads, and we're available to provide expert advice online before you make a purchase. 

    If implementing these changes does not resolve the overheating issue, consulting a professional IT technician for laptop diagnostics may be necessary. This comprehensive process allows technicians to thoroughly test your laptop and identify the underlying causes of overheating.

    1. Hard Drive Problems

    Hard Drive in a laptop

    Laptops can result in failed Hard Drives for various reasons, such as corrupted files, overheating hardware, worn-out components, extended exposure to dust or water, and more. If you notice persistent issues like slow performance, frequent freezing, or unusual noises coming from your laptop, it's possible that your hard drive is failing. When you encounter these warning signs, backing up your data immediately before the hard drive fails completely is crucial. A failed hard drive renders your laptop unusable, even though the display may turn on and indicator lights may blink. You might encounter an error message indicating a missing primary boot device, but you won't be able to access your laptop. There might be a slim chance of retrieving your data by attempting to start the laptop a few times before it completely fails, but at this stage, replacing the hard drive is necessary. To avoid further damage, we strongly recommend consulting a Professional IT Technician for hard drive replacement.

    Here are some signs that indicate your laptop hard drive may be failing:

    • Repeated reboots or system crashes
    • Blank or frozen screen, or the infamous blue screen of death
    • Sluggish laptop performance
    • Strange clicking sounds coming from the laptop
    • Disorganized files or folder names
    • Random error messages when saving, opening, or moving files
    • Lost or disappearing files
    • Error messages related to data corruption or damaged disks, preventing access to saved files.
    1. Other Fatal Laptop Issues

    Your laptop can experience other fatal issues, such as:

    • Motherboard failure: If your laptop doesn't show signs of life, such as lights, sounds, or display, the motherboard or one of its components might be damaged. Before assuming it's a battery problem, take it to a repair shop for diagnosis. If it's indeed a motherboard issue, replacing it is often too costly and troublesome compared to getting a new laptop.
    • CPU or GPU failure: These critical parts are integrated onto the motherboard and not designed for individual replacement. If either of them fails, replacing the entire motherboard or laptop is usually the only option.
    • Severe casing damage: Minor casing issues can sometimes be fixed with duct tape or glue, but if the damage is extensive, such as a shattered display or half of the casing missing, it may be more practical to replace the laptop altogether.

    If you encounter any of these issues, it's best to seek professional advice and help for the repair. However, you should also consider the age and value of the laptop, as repairs may not be cost-effective for machines over 5 years old, and getting a new laptop may be a better investment.

    TechStar Repair Lab in Limerick

    At TechStar, we take pride in our team of skilled in-house technicians who provide fast and convenient laptop repair services in Ireland. With stores located in Galway city, Limerick City & Cork, we are easily accessible to cater to your needs. Our experienced technicians specialize in resolving various laptop issues, including cracked screens, data recovery, water damage, and advanced MacBook repairs.

    Whether you need advice or immediate assistance, you can reach out to us online, and our dedicated team will gladly assist you. Alternatively, you can call us at 091 57 57 57 to get your laptop fixed promptly and efficiently. Trust us to deliver exceptional service and restore your laptop to optimal performance today!