My laptop won't turn on
My Laptop Won't Turn On - What to Do
So what should you do if your laptop suddenly decides not to turn on one day? Does it need replacing? Does it need a hard reboot? Do you need to bring it to a repair centre? Here are several steps you can go through to find out what is wrong and save you some money while working much faster compared to repair centres, in general.
Whenever you plug your laptop in, do lights blink or turn on at all?
If the charging light is the only thing that turns on, hold down the power button to try to bring it to life in a few seconds. If there are various lights blinking but the screen doesn't show any signs of life, you might have set your screen's output to a different outer monitor, which most laptops support. Perhaps something was hung. Try out various keyboard combinations in order to go through outputs of the monitor. To hard reboot your laptop, turn off the power by holding down the button. Then, get rid of the battery and power cord for a few seconds before reinstalling them and trying again. If something happens, congratulations!
Is your laptop plug broken or loose?
This situation is quite rare but still quite bad. If this is the case and your laptop isn't exactly the greatest one, you might be better off purchasing a brand new laptop instead. Fixing this particular problem would require you to disassemble your laptop and buy a brand new adapter to solder onto your motherboard. If you aren't scared of working with electronics, you might find this fun; however, when it comes to practical costs, it truly would not be worth it since you could risk breaking each component as you disassemble your laptop as laptop components happen to be quite small and difficult to disassemble and reassemble.
If possible, test out the power adapter:
If you have a spare one, try it out because they tend to fail every once in a while. You should know, however, that setting a wrong polarity or voltage could ruin your laptop, so if you do not know what you are doing, it would be best to turn to professional help instead. Universal power adapters can be purchased from the majority of electronics retailers. Several computer stores also have used and brand new OEM adapters. If your adapter happens to be universal, always check if your voltage is properly set. Older power adapters should state their output voltage on them. Also check your polarity on the adapter and laptop. This could be quite confusing but it has a + symbol either outside or inside the plug. Several adapters are user-friendly and list which # of adapter to use for different laptop brands, so check the manual of your power adapter to find out how the problem can be reversed. After plugging in the universal adapter, check if any lights appear or if your laptop turns on. Hopefully, this will solve your problem.
If you need help:
Sadly, power adapters could range up to the hundreds, depending on the kind of laptop. Several stores may be willing to let you try them out, but do not expect to test them for free. Several retailers do sell these. If you are able to survive without a laptop for several days, searching online for the model # of the power adapter you need could be more cost-effective. However, keep in mind that some of the might be used.
After trying out all of the basic steps of troubleshooting above and still not getting any results, your laptop might be really broken. You need to look for expert repair services at places that actually specialize in laptops since they are more difficult to work with compared to desktop computers. Good luck!
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