How to Troubleshoot an Emachine Laptop

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How to Troubleshoot an Emachine Laptop
Troubleshoot to restore your eMachine laptop. (laptop image by Du...¡an Zidar from Fotolia.com)

eMachines produces a range of laptops suitable for use at home or in a small business setting. While these devices are designed for reliability and ease of operation, you may encounter the occasional problem that prevents you from using your laptop as desired. Sometimes the source of trouble is as simple as a loose connection, while in other cases the solution may involve the reinstallation or reconfiguration of certain software. By following a few simple troubleshooting procedures, you may be able to restore your eMachines laptop to working order.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

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    Check that the battery is properly installed in your laptop. Remove and reinsert the battery to ensure that it is fully seated.

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    Examine your laptop's battery status lights; if the lights are blinking rapidly, your battery is lacking a charge. Connect the AC adaptor and try again.

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    Disconnect all cables attached to your laptop. Turn the device over and locate the memory module compartment. Unscrew the cables securing the compartment cover in place. Remove the cover and check that the memory modules are properly seated. Replace the cover and reconnect all previously-disconnected cables.

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    Press the power button to confirm that the laptop is not currently in "Hibernate" mode.

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    Press the "Fn" and "F8" keys simultaneously to adjust the display's brightness levels.

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    Conect an external monitor to the appropriate port on your computer and press the "Fn" and "F4" keys simultaneously to toggle the active display settings. If nothing appears on your external display, there may be an issue with your laptop's system board; otherwise, the problem may lie with your laptop's built-in display.

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    Confirm that the cables leading from the printer to your laptop are intact and that both ends are connected to the appropriate port. If you have your printer connected through a USB hub, disconnect it and reconnect it directly to one of the USB ports on your laptop.

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    Open the "Start" menu and navigate to the option labelled "Settings." Click on the option labelled "Printers." Look for your printer among the list of entries. Right-click on the appropriate entry and select the option labelled "Properties." Review the displayed information and confirm that the computer is set to print to the correct port.

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    Open the "Start" menu and navigate to the "Programs" submenu. Locate the entry that corresponds to your printer and launch the uninstaller application. Follow the on-screen instructions. Insert the installation CD that came packaged with your printer and reinstall the required print software.

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