Possible fixes for a Laptop that won’t switch on

A laptop has several phases of just won’t start.

The problem is compounded because a laptop has two power sources.

When AC isn’t available, power is drawn from the laptop’s battery.

So you immediately suspect that when the laptop doesn’t turn on right away, you have a power supply issue but this might not be terminal.

Try the following solutions:

  • Check to ensure that the laptop is plugged in

  • Check to ensure that the battery is properly installed

  • Press the power button for at least 5 seconds until all lights on the laptop go off

    Now try starting it up as normal with the power button

  • Try removing the battery to run the laptop from just the AC power.

    If this works, occasionally laptop batteries cause this glitch but you may have a defective battery that needs replacing if it continues to cause the problem on a regular basis.

    NOTE: If the battery is not accessible then leave the AC power unplugged until the battery goes flat or take your laptop to a service repair center for them to access the battery internally

  • Plug an external monitor into the laptop’s monitor port.

    If the external monitor works, the problem might just be a faulty LCD/LED Panel or loose cable internally.

    Because the laptop and LCD/LED Panel are the same thing, fixing the screen (or the display adapter) involves replacing major laptop components. You must return the laptop to the manufacturer for repair.

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