Why Won’t My Laptop Turn On?

Chris Campbell24 Jan 2022

You open your laptop and it doesn't wake up as normal. You keep trying to push the power button, but there's no response. You switch to different power cords, but it still won't start. You press the power button for several minutes yet there's no change. Nothing is more frustrating than being confronted by a black screen while attempting to boot up a laptop.

Try this trick to drain the remaining electricity before seeking a technology professional. It's simple, there's no danger, and it could just work.

Laptops may fail to boot if residual electricity is detected on the motherboard or its peripherals.  This safety feature prevents components from being overloaded by too much voltage.

The solution is straightforward:

  • Disconnect your laptop's power cable.
  • Take out the battery.
  • Hold down the power button for thirty seconds.
  • Put back the battery and reconnect your laptop.
  • Restart the computer and keep your fingers crossed.

Unplugging the power cable and removing the battery disconnects all power sources. When you turn the power on, the laptop attempts to power up using whatever electricity it has available. The laptop has only a limited amount of power, which is frequently depleted in a matter of seconds. Pressing down the power button gives the laptop more than enough time to totally deplete its battery.

If luck is on your side, this easy fix will solve the problem and your laptop will start booting.

Laptop Won’t Turn On Even When Plugged In

Is your laptop not turning on even though it's plugged in? A defective power source, battery, motherboard, video card, or RAM might be the cause of your laptop not turning on even if plugged in.  It's important to start with the basics when you troubleshoot a laptop that won't start.

Check the power cable. First and foremost, ensure that your laptop is powered on. Examine the power cord thoroughly for any kinks or fractures that may be interfering with the supply of power. Replace the power cable if it has any flaws.

Check the battery and connections. After you've eliminated the possibility of a defective power supply, remove the battery and turn it on with only the power supply connected. If the laptop turns on without the battery, replace it. Check the power connector on the laptop as well. Power connections can become loose and stop operating as time goes by. Take the laptop in for repairs if there are evident damages to the power connector.

Check to see whether the laptop is overheating. Most laptop CPUs feature inherent temperature protection that causes the device to shut down. The laptop will not restart until the system has cooled down. Ensure sure the vents aren't obstructed and that the hot air is properly dissipated. A defective fan in a laptop that isn't venting properly may need to be replaced. If your laptop is hot to the touch, wait for it to cool entirely before turning it back on. Overheating is most usually the cause of a laptop that restarts after being turned off.

Check for internal problems. A malfunctioning internal component could also be the source of the problem. Static electricity may have caused damage if you recently opened the laptop and touched any components. If this is the case, take the laptop in for service or contact your manufacturer for a warranty and replacement.

HP Laptop Won’t Turn On

When you push the power button on your HP laptop, nothing happens. If your laptop won't turn on, it might be due to a defective power source, failing hardware, or a damaged screen. In many circumstances, you could remedy the problem on your own by following these steps:

  • Examine the power source and the battery.
  • Troubleshoot screen problems.
  • Remove all of your laptop's devices.
  • Use a rescue disc.
  • Start the computer in safe mode.
  • Inspect the hardware.

Dell Laptop Won’t Turn On

If your Dell laptop won't power on or fails to start up, it might be due to a hardware and/or software problem.

Potential causes of your Dell laptop not turning on include:

  • Problems with batteries or power supplies
  • Internal hardware failure
  • A virus or other types of malware
  • BIOS corruption in the system
  • Windows files that are corrupted

Whatever the case may be, here are ways to get your Dell laptop up and running:

  • Examine the power source.
  • Unplug any USB storage device.
  • Restart your laptop.
  • Take out the battery.
  • Use the Dell PC diagnostic tool to troubleshoot your computer.
  • Enter Windows Safe Mode.
  • Remove the virus or malware.
  • Reset the system BIOS.
  • Reach out to Dell's customer service.
  • Factory reset your laptop.

Asus Laptop Won’t Turn On

ASUS laptops, like other kinds of laptops, have issues from time to time, such as an Asus laptop not turning on.

If your ASUS isn't turning on but the power light is on:

  • Switch on/off the display by pressing Fn + F7.
  • Change the brightness of the screen by hitting Fn + F6.
  • Switch between the laptop display and the attached external monitor. To do this, hit Fn + F8.
  • Reset the display settings and press Windows + Ctrl + Shift + B.
  • Remove any external portable devices and extensions.
  • Take out the battery.
  • Perform a hard reset.
  • Replace the battery and restart the ASUS.

Surface Laptop Won’t Turn On

You are not the only one if your Microsoft Surface Pro won't power on. It's a prevalent problem among Microsoft users. It's tempting to panic when your pricey device won't boot up and you're trapped with a black screen, but don't get too worked up straight away. Though it is usually better to take it to a Microsoft service center, there are a few things you can try first.

If your Surface won't switch on or wake up, simply follow these three steps:

  • Unplug any accessories and ensure that your Surface is fully charged.
  • Wake it up with keyboard shortcuts. To do this, use Ctrl+Shift+Win+B.
  • Press the Power button for twenty seconds and restart your laptop.

It might feel like a nightmare when your laptop won't switch on. Work, photos, documents, and other important files may be lost. But don't panic. Although it may be frightening, there are usually simple solutions to get your laptop back in running condition.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Thanks for reading! I'm Chris, an avid tech fanatic that enjoys keeping up with the latest laptop models. Hopefully my tips & tricks can help you out!

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