Laptop won’t turn on? Try these 14 simple troubleshooting tips


If you’re one of the millions of people who own a laptop, there’s a good chance that at some point or another it will stop working for no apparent reason. Don’t panic! Here are 14 simple troubleshooting tips to help get your laptop up and running again.

1. Check the power adapter

One of the most common reasons a laptop won’t turn on is because the power adapter is not properly connected. If your laptop is plugged in but not receiving any power, first check to make sure that the adapter is firmly plugged into both the wall outlet and the laptop. If it appears to be properly plugged in, try plugging it into a different outlet to see if that makes a difference.

The next step is to check the power adapter itself. Make sure that there are no loose wires or damaged ports. If everything looks to be in working order, try plugging the adapter into a different laptop to see if it will work.

Most laptops have a charger light that turns from amber to green once it’s fully charged. Make sure you note this.

Also, some power adapters have a green light as well. Make sure that it’s lit before plugging into your laptop.

2. Check the outlet

Next thing you should check is the outlet. Make sure that the outlet you’re using is working properly and that the laptop is plugged in all the way. If the outlet seems to be working fine, then try plugging the laptop into a different outlet. If the laptop still won’t turn on, then there could be an issue with the battery or power cord. Try troubleshooting these issues next.

3. Remove the battery and reinsert it

It’s frustrating when you try to turn on your laptop and nothing happens. One possible reason for this is that the battery is not properly seated. To fix this,

  • First, shut down your laptop and unplug any cords or peripherals.
  • Then, remove the battery from the laptop. Check to make sure that there is no dirt or debris on the contacts.
  • If everything looks clean, reinsert the battery and try to turn on the laptop again. In most cases, this simple fix will do the trick.

However, if your laptop still won’t turn on, it’s possible that there is a more serious problem and may require further troubleshooting.

4. Press and hold the power button if your laptop won’t turn on

The next thing you should do is press and hold the power button for about 30 seconds. This will sometimes reset the laptop and allow it to boot up normally. If this doesn’t work, you can try plugging the laptop into a power source and then pressing the power button again.

5. Check your DC jack

The DC jack is the part of the laptop that you plug the AC adapter into in order to charge the battery or power the laptop. If the DC jack is loose, damaged, or not making a good connection, it can prevent the laptop from powering on.

To check if the DC jack is the problem, try wiggling it while the laptop is plugged in. If the laptop powers on or off, or if the battery starts charging, then you know the DC jack is to blame.

In most cases, you’ll need to have the DC jack repaired or replaced by a qualified technician.

6. Update your BIOS

The BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) is a chip that stores information required to boot up your computer. Over time, the BIOS can become corrupted or outdated, which can lead to problems starting up your laptop. Thankfully, it’s usually fairly easy to update the BIOS. You’ll just need to download the latest version from your laptop manufacturer’s website and follow the instructions. In most cases, you’ll just need to copy the file to a USB drive and then restart your laptop while holding down a particular key (usually F2 or F12). The specific process will vary depending on your computer, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s website for detailed instructions. Updating your BIOS can be a bit of a hassle, but it’s often worth it if it means getting your laptop up and running again.

7. Disconnect all external devices

This includes any USB devices, printers, or scanners that are connected to your laptop. Once you’ve disconnected all of these devices, try turning on your laptop again. If it still doesn’t turn on, the next step is to check the AC adapter. Make sure that it’s firmly plugged into both your laptop and a power outlet. If it’s not plugged in correctly, that could be why your laptop won’t turn on.

8. Reset your laptop to its factory settings if your laptop won’t start

This will erase all of your data and return the laptop to its original state. To do this, you’ll need to access your computer’s recovery partition. To do this, restart your laptop and press the key that’s assigned to the recovery partition. This key is usually F8, F11, or F12. Once you’ve accessed the recovery partition, follow the instructions on the screen to restore your computer to its factory settings. If you don’t have a recovery partition, you’ll need to reinstall your operating system from scratch. This process will also erase all of your data, so be sure to back up any important files before proceeding.

9. Boot into Safe Mode

Safe Mode is a diagnostic mode that starts your computer in a limited state. When you start in Safe Mode, only the essential files and drivers necessary to run the Windows operating system are loaded. This can help you troubleshoot if you’re having issues with hardware drivers or other software affecting your laptop’s normal startup.

To boot into Safe Mode, first, turn off your laptop. Once it’s turned off, press the power button to turn it back on. When you see the logo for your laptop’s manufacturer, start repeatedly pressing the F8 key on your keyboard. This will bring up the Advanced Boot Options menu. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to select Safe Mode and press Enter. Your computer will now start in Safe Mode. If you’re able to successfully start in Safe Mode, this indicates that there’s an issue with a driver or piece of software that loads when starting up normally. You can try troubleshooting these issues by uninstalling any recently installed programs or drivers.

10. Perform a System Restore if your laptop won’t turn on

System Restore is a feature in Windows that lets you roll back your system to a previous state. This can be useful if you’ve installed a new program that isn’t working correctly, or if your computer is just running slowly.

To perform a System Restore,

  • First, make sure that your laptop is plugged in and has enough power.
  • Then, press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type “rstrui” into the box and press Enter.
  • This will open the System Restore wizard. Click “Next” and then select a restore point from the list.

If you don’t see any restore points listed, it’s possible that System Restore has been turned off. In this case, you can try creating a new restore point by clicking “Create.” Once you’ve selected a restore point, click “Next” and then “Finish.” Your computer will restart and attempt to roll back to the selected restore point. If successful, this should fix any problems you were having with your laptop.

11. Install new drivers

Drivers are software that helps the hardware in your laptop to work properly. Over time, they can become outdated or corrupted, which can cause errors and crashes. If you suspect that your drivers are the issue, you can try updating them. To do this, you’ll need to find out what type of hardware is in your laptop and then download the latest drivers from the manufacturer’s website. You can also try using a driver update tool, which will scan your system and automatically install the latest drivers. If updating your drivers doesn’t solve the problem, you may need to replace them. To do this, you’ll need to uninstall the old drivers and then install the new ones. You can usually do this through the Device Manager in Windows.

12. Clean out your laptop’s fans

Over time, dust and other particles can accumulate on the fins of the cooling fan, making it less effective at cooling the computer. If the CPU gets too hot, it can cause the computer to shut down or even cause damage to the hardware. To clean out your laptop’s fan,

  • First shut down the computer and unplug it from any power source.
  • Then, use a can of compressed air to blow away any dust from the fan blades. Be sure to hold the can upright so that you don’t accidentally spray liquid into the computer.
  • Finally, vacuum any remaining dust from around the fan using the attachment hose.

Once you’ve finished cleaning, reassemble your laptop and try powering it on again. Hopefully, this will fix the problem and you’ll be able to get back to work.

13. Reinstall Windows 10

This process will erase all of the data on your hard drive, so be sure to back up any important files before beginning. To reinstall Windows 10, you’ll need a copy of the operating system on a USB drive or DVD. You can create this yourself using the Media Creation Tool, or you can purchase a copy from a retailer. Once you have your installation media, insert it into your laptop and restart the computer. When prompted, select the “Install Now” option and follow the on-screen instructions. Once the installation is complete, your laptop should boot up successfully. If not, you may need to take it to a professional for further diagnosis.

14. Replace the BIOS battery if you can access it

If your laptop won’t turn on, one possible cause could be a dead BIOS battery. A BIOS battery keeps the stored settings in the BIOS chip current, even when the laptop is turned off. If the BIOS battery is dead, the stored settings will be lost and the laptop won’t be able to start up. Replacing the BIOS battery is a relatively simple task, but you’ll need to open up your laptop first. Once you have access to the BIOS battery, just remove the old one and insert a new one in its place. Be sure to use one that is compatible with your laptop model. With a new battery installed, your laptop should be able to start up again without any problems.

Finally..if all fails, get in touch with a laptop repair specialist in your area.

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...