My laptop computer won't boot up

Updated February 21, 2017

If you conduct business with your laptop computer, it can be frustrating when the computer runs into problems and will not start or boot up. There are a few troubleshooting techniques that you can try to get the computer started again. This will not take any software to do and can be done without hiring a professional. Fixing the problem may take a few tools and replacement parts.

Detach any accessories connected to the computer such as the printer.

Plug the laptop to the electrical socket and check to see if the battery needs recharging. Look to see if the battery light is on when you plug in the power cord. If the light is not on, you may need to replace the power cord. Check that the electrical socket is functioning by plugging in a lamp or other device to see if it works.

Replace the laptop battery if you have used it for more than two or three years. Most batteries only allow for 300 to 500 full charges according to Indiana University. Replacing the battery may remedy the problem.

Flip the computer over and use a Phillips screwdriver to loosen the screw securing the cover that houses the battery to replace it. Slide out the old battery and push a new one into its place. Restart the computer and see if the problem is solved.

Feel the bottom of the laptop with your fingers to check if it feels hot. If so, it might have overheated and turned off. Wait 15 to 30 minutes for the computer to cool down. When your computer restarts, do not run it long for risk of it crashing and overheating. Buy a pad that can be placed underneath the computer to cool it down.

Things You'll Need

  • Laptop power cord
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Laptop battery
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