There’s nothing that drives your anxiety through the roof than pressing the power button on your computer, and getting no response. It starts with you pressing the button a few times, flipping the switch in the back, maybe even unplugging it. And then the panic sets in. If you’re feeling that panic right now, take a deep breath.
Your computer isn’t turning on. However, there are several methods you can try to maybe get it back in working condition. Let’s just hope it’s something as simple as a bad power strip.
Did Your Computer Beep?
Computers tend to make a beeping sound when they’re booted up, but not all. Chances are you never took notice of it because of how quiet it can be. It usually beeps once as it boots up, but if you hear several beeps in a row, well, then you may have a problem.
Try turning on your computer again and listen for any beeping. If you hear several beeps in a row, your PC manual might be able to shed some light on its meaning. No beeping at all? That’s not good, mate.
Look Over Your Monitor
On the off-chance that your computer is running, or at least you think it is, but nothing is appearing on the screen—look over your monitor. Is the video cable seated correctly? Is it loose? What about the power cable? Push it in as far as it will go, and double-check that the other end is seated properly in the computer itself.
While you’re at it, check that your monitor hasn’t been switched to a different input. If by some chance the monitor isn’t working, try using a different monitor or TV.
Test the Hard Drive
No, not by giving your hard drive a quiz. Although it isn’t too dissimilar. If your computer is failing to turn on, the hard drive may have gone bad. When the hard drive goes bad, then the operating system is basically gone and your computer just doesn’t know what to do because it isn’t being given instructions.
What you can try to do is remove the hard drive and hook it up to another computer. If you duplicate the same results with a different rig, then you’ve found the culprit. However, if you end up booting up normally with a different rig, then the problem may lie with your computer’s motherboard or perhaps something isn’t seated right.
Reseat the Hardware
When you strip a computer down to its most basic form, the motherboard is that form. However, how people perceive computers is more than that. Graphics cards, sound cards, RAM, and so on all make up the image that your mind thinks of when you imagine a computer. A computer is more than just the motherboard.
In order for a computer to work the way you expect it to, every single piece of hardware needs to be functioning. Let’s say you just bought a shiny, new graphics card. In order to take advantage of its power, it needs to be seated in the computer correctly for the hardware to communicate with one another.
What you need to do is check that every component is seated properly. Did you recently installed RAM? Check that the locking mechanism is in place and that the RAM is inserted all the way. The same goes for the GPU and CPU. Check the cables, especially ones leading to your PC’s power supply.
Not Enough Power
Some people don’t realize this, but your computer’s power supply is absolutely integral to the well-being of the system. The computer doesn’t just take power from the wall if its own power supply isn’t enough, unfortunately. The more powerful a component is, the more power it needs. And your power supply serves as a maximum.
Here’s a tip: if your computer frequently shuts down, it may be due to the lack of power. Try upgrading your power supply. But before you do that, you need to rule out other factors. Is your computer connected to a power strip? If so, unplug the computer and plug it into a nearby electrical outlet. If your computer turns on, then the power strip is faulty.
On the day that your computer finally boots up, thanks to one of the solutions above, the first thing you need to do is run a few tests. There’s plenty of programs that can scan your computer for all components installed, giving the opportunity to make sure everything is seated. On top of that, you should run virus scans, preferably in Safe Mode.
Hopefully you were able to pinpoint the problem, fix it, and go on without spending your money on repairs.