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Laptop will not power on


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#1 dpm

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Posted 16 June 2006 - 11:59 PM

I have the most basic computer knowledge so I don't even know if my question can be answered here. I have a laptop (custom built for my employer) which will not power on. The power supply is good; the power lights stay on when it is charged and/or plugged in. However, when pressing the power button, nothing happens...the fan does not start, the other lights do not power on, and the screen does nothing at all. I have been told that this is a common problem with laptops, however I don't want to take it back to my office for repair and cause my employer to think I've misused/abused it it some way.......I haven't.

Any advice?

(Moderator edit: new thread started in more appropriate forum. jgweed)

Edited by jgweed, 17 June 2006 - 09:29 AM.


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Posted 17 June 2006 - 08:57 AM

It could be a few things, but try holding down the power button for around 8-10 seconds and see if it starts up after that!
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Posted 17 June 2006 - 11:37 AM

The battery may be bad or the power supply in the laptop may be malfunctioning.

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Posted 17 June 2006 - 09:28 PM

Maybe the power button is bad?

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Posted 17 June 2006 - 09:29 PM

Thank you both for your replies! Holding the power button down doesn't help, even though I'll admit I was gentle about it for fear of damaging it further. I also wondered about Enthusiast's suggestion about the battery, but was wondering if a dead battery could keep the ac power from working properly. A dead battery could very well be possible as the unit isn't new, but it hasn't been used much as certainly looks new. I just wasn't sure that a good battery was essential given that it has ac power. Also, as I mentioned, it's getting juice from somewhere because some of the lights do function, and continue to do so after it is unplugged, leaving me to believe that the battery is also functioning (the lights go out after several hours of battery/only).

Thanks again for your thoughts on the matter :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 June 2006 - 11:37 PM

This just happened to me, actually. What I did was unplug it, then take the battery out, plug it in again, and power it on. if it comes on, turn it off, then put the battery back in, and turn it on again!
Hope I could be of some help!

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 08:43 AM

The laptop will still function if the battery is dead if it is plugged into the wall,so i doubt it is the battery.Is it producing and sounds ie, fan or hard-drive? If it is,it may well be an issue with the screen. Lets us know how shiftplusones idea goes for you. If still no success. Lets us know what laptop it is. What you may try is to use google,type in the make and model of the laptop and search for trouble shooting guides. (the model name should be under the laptop on the makers sticker or in the left hand corner on some makes,just under the screen.)
If you find a guide and it sounds a little too risky,post here first and let us know what it suggests to do.
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