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Laptop Won’t Turn On: Here’s How to Fix?

Laptops have been an essential part of our lives for decades. They are even more necessary, especially in this era of perpetually advancing technology. There are laptops to suit everyone’s needs at basically every price class you can probably think of. We have slim and light notebooks for basic productivity tasks, high-end ultrabooks, and gaming laptops for those who want that extra power to perform power-hungry tasks.

But, like every other piece of technology, there are times when our laptops run into trouble. And out of these, the most terrifying and panic-inducing is probably when these devices refuse to turn on, no matter what you do.

The most probable reason you are here is that you have ended up in such a situation yourself. Well, there is hopefully no need for you to worry. With this guide, we have brought you nine different ways to help you get your laptop back in working condition. So, without further ado, let us get started.

But before you start, it is essential to note that taking your laptop to the service center or a qualified technician is always a better option in most of these cases. So, proceed only if you know what you are doing or are confident enough. And do so at your own risk.

Why Won’t My Laptop Turn On? 8 Common Reasons and Solutions

1. Display Issues

We interact with our devices mainly using the display. Therefore, a defective display may make you think your laptop is not working. Verifying this is relatively easy. Just try to turn it on and see if any lights light up on the keyboard or the sides of the laptop. If they do, then your laptop’s screen is not working.

Another way is to connect another device to your laptop using a cable and check for activity on that device. If the device detects that it has been connected to another device, which is your laptop in this case, then you should get your laptop’s display repaired.

A potential troubleshooting method to try for yourself is updating the graphic drivers. Since you can’t see anything on your laptop’s screen, establish a connection between your laptop and an external monitor. After that, update the required drivers using that monitor.

To do so, search for Device Manager from the Start menu. Open the app and look for ‘Display adapters’ in the list that shows up. Update the suitable driver after clicking on it. Once you have done all this, please turn off your laptop and turn it back on. If the issue persists, take your laptop to the service center.

Display adapters

2. Unsuitable power adaptor

Every laptop comes with its power adaptor by which you can charge the laptop. However, if you decide to use another adaptor for whatever reason, a few things should be kept in check. One is that the voltage of this adaptor should be the same as the one that came with your laptop.

Another is the current rating, which should also be the same. If both are different, your laptop may not take charge of the adaptor. And on a related note, check whether your laptop is charged. It will not turn on if it is fully discharged.

3. Bootable USB/DVD Drive

You get more flexibility and control over the software on a laptop or a computer. So much so that you can switch between operating systems with just a little help; you can do so in a few ways: via bootable USB or DVD drives. Bootable drives store an operating system; you can configure your device to use that drive while booting up. This in itself is a slightly lengthy process. But that is not the point here.

If the drive has any issues or corrupt files, there is a strong chance that your laptop is not booting up. So, remove said drive and try turning on your laptop again. However, if you always use the drive, and if it is not connected, insert it and then try starting your laptop again.

4. Defective newly installed components

Most modern laptops come with the option of upgradability. This means you can install new components in your laptop if needed. But, there can be times when these components turn out defective.

If you have installed a new component recently, and your laptop has stopped turning on since then, there is a fair chance the part is faulty. So, replacing it will likely fix the issue, and your laptop will start working like before.

5. Collection of dust and dirt inside the laptop

Most laptops these days come with various openings or vents. These openings act as passages for the air to flow and thus play a vital role in keeping the components inside cool. But, since these are openings at the end of the day, they can also take in things other than air, such as dirt and dust.

Over an extended period, these foreign particles may accumulate. This will hamper the cooling procedure. And when that happens, the essential components inside the laptop can heat up. And that will further lead to other problems, such as your laptop not turning on.

In such cases, allow the laptop to cool down first. Then, clean all the ducts and vents carefully. It is also advisable to clean the insides as well. And while we are at it, getting the thermal paste re-applied is also a good choice. After all of this is done, your laptop should start working again.

6. Faulty battery

For any device to run, it requires a battery. But if that battery is not working correctly, the device will face some problems. Since your laptop is malfunctioning, you can’t check the battery’s health. That leaves you with no way to check and repair that other than taking your laptop to the service center.

7. Faulty CMOS battery

A Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor, CMOS for short, the battery is essential for the BIOS firmware in your laptop to run. BIOS, in turn, makes your laptop boot up. This battery is a tiny, circular shaped component inside your device. If this battery dies or gets damaged, your laptop can’t start.

So, you have to replace your laptop’s CMOS battery if you suspect it is the culprit in your case. It is available cheaply, so doing that will not be expensive. It is highly recommended to get it done by a qualified technician.

8. Corrupt operating system

A device’s operating system acts as a medium between the user and itself to help the user communicate with it. So, it will undoubtedly run into issues if the operating system is corrupt. Most laptops these days have a feature called Safe Mode.

It essentially allows the user to fix the problems on the device. You can boot your laptop into Safe Mode by following the online guides. It differs depending on the operating system your laptop is running.

For Windows 11, click here. For Windows 10, click here. It is worthwhile to note that there is a chance that your laptop may not register some, or even all, of the required inputs. But it is still worth a shot.

Windows 11

9. Damaged motherboard

Motherboards can get damaged due to many reasons. You can do nothing in this case except replace the motherboard with a new one.

If nothing has worked for you, sending the laptop to the service center is best. They may have a better chance of bringing it back to life. But if, unfortunately, even that does not help, or if the repair cost comes out too high, you might have to look for a new laptop. And for that, check out these options.

About Zaid

Zaid is a tech writer at DealNTech, passionate about exploring and researching new gadgets and helping readers easily understand their features. He specializes in testing PC issues and staying up-to-date on the latest PC news. Email: [email protected].

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