Turn your computer on if the power button is not responding

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This article highlights how you can turn on a computer when the power button is not responding.

One of the most dreadful ways to start a morning is pressing the power button on your computer and nothing happens. When your computer won't start, there is a chance that the computer is not receiving power.

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If you push the power button and nothing happens, start with a check list, to rule out something really simple.

Check List

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    Don't panic
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    Most people get into panic mode when they realize their computer won't start. People get frustrated because they cannot access their files. One of the reasons why a computer won't start is the failure of a piece of hardware. In most cases, it's usually not the hard drive that stores all files.
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  2. 2
    Check the power
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    Before start the troubleshooting process, make sure that:
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    1. Every power button and switch on your computer is turned on. The power button can be found on the front of your computer or at the back.
    2. Also check the power switch on the UPS, surge protector or the power strip.
    3. Make sure there isn't a problem with the actual outlet by unplugging the computer, and trying plug something else in, and make sure it works. Don't forget to plug the computer back in after this test.
    4. Make sure that the power voltage switch has been set correctly: The input voltage of your power supply must match the correct setting for your country. It is possible that the two do not match; hence your computer won't turn on.
    5. Check for a disconnected power cable: It is possible that your computer won't turn on because it is unplugged or there's a loose power cable. It is important to verify this.
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Ideas and Solutions

If all these things have been checked out, you need to look for other causes and solutions.

  1. 1
    Consider replacing the power cable
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    It's common for that a computer's power cable might be faulty. The computer power cable refers to the cable that runs from the power source to the back of the computer.
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    Perform a lamp test
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    Perform this test to verify that the power is being supplied from the wall. Your computer cannot turn on if the power source is not working. It is, therefore, important to ascertain that the power source is working properly.
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    Test your power supply
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    Test your power supply to see if it is working. It's common for the supply unit to be faulty. If this is the case, it needs to be replaced. Replace the power supply unit when it fails this test.
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  4. 4
    Test your computer's power button
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    This is not a very common failure, but since your computer won't start, it may be that your computer's power button is damaged. Replace your computer's power button when it fails the test.
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  5. 5
    Replace your motherboard
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    If you have ascertained that your button, power supply, and your wall power are working, it is likely that one of the components of your motherboard is not working. You should consider replacing your motherboard, but you should probably have this ascertained by a professional.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Check that your computer button is working.
  • Check that your wall power is working.
  • Check that your power supply unit is working.

Questions and Answers

How to check if the Power button is working correctly?

A computer may not turn on for various reasons such as:

  • Power source is not working.
  • There are some problems with the power cable.
  • The connection of the Power button to the power source is damaged.
  • There is a short circuit somewhere inside the computer.

In order to check if the Power button is working correctly, you can do these:

  • Remove the battery in your Laptop.
  • Plug in the computer. There has to be a light indicator somewhere stating that the computer is plugged in. If this is working, it means your computer is able to get enough power from the power source and that the power cable is also working.
  • Press the Power button and see if your computer turns on. If not and the plug indicator is on, it means that your Power button is the thing that isn't working correctly. You may need to open up your computer to check if the connection inside is well, connected or not. The problem with the connection is one of the most common reasons why a Power button isn't working correctly. Oftentimes, especially in the case of laptops, it's because the Power button is located near the hinge and it breaks apart after a while.

Settings button is not responding.

My computer won't shutdown from the menu.

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My system power turns off whenever I touch my laptop screen?

Whenever I adjust my laptop screen my computer shuts down and after that, it takes a lot of time to start. It's like my computer doesn't get power properly. Please help me.

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The main problem with my computer.

When I press the power button my CPU doesn't work and I can't see the lights on my fan. So what I did is disconnect all the cables from my computer and opened it up. I tested my power supply by pulling out the ATX connector - the largest connector, then I inserted paperclip into the ATX connector -the green wire and the black wire. Then I tested it. My power supply runs. Then I reconnect my ATX connector into my motherboard and when I turned it on, nothing happened. I guess it would be my motherboard, power supply, or the power button. That is all.

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It might be:

  • A faulty motherboard 20+4 connector (remember to insert all of the pins (either 20 or 24) into the motherboard).
  • A faulty CPU connector or wrongly inserted CPU 4-pin connector. Make sure you have plugged it in correctly, not upside-down, as it is possible.
  • Bent pins under the CPU in the socket. Shine a bright light to see if the shadows are even. If the pins are bent or not completely straight - straighten them.
  • Too much power drainage. Your PSU must supply enough power to your components. For example, a weak 300 W PSU will not run a system with LGA 2011-3, i7, and Ge-Force Titan X in SLI;
  • A faulty CPU.
  • A faulty motherboard.
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To exclude any faulty parts, use them in other systems or use other parts in your system to test them. For example, use a PSU on another working system.

My computer is not turning on when power button is pressed?

I have tried many times to on my computer but it failed to turn on. I have checked the power supply everything is okay can you suggest me the solution for this as soon as possible?

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How do I set up the connectors to supply power to the power button?

I did put them in and they're still not working, my motherboard is a Z170-a brand new. I have tried: Everything I can think of. I think it was caused by: Shorting out.

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If the power button does not work, how do I turn on the system?

Which two wires should I manually join to start the system?

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My desktop takes 20 minutes to start but if I do a restart it restarts immediately.

If I shut down my computer and then start it again I get a black screen after that I have to remove the power cable from the tower and plug it back in to get my home screen and that too after 7 minutes approx. I have tried: Don't have a clue. I think it was caused by: I don't know

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My power button is not working please help me with this problem?

When I start my PC with power button it is not responding. When I plug it with the charger to charge the battery it charges, but when I again press power button it not working. Please help me. When I press my power button in long time it does not open the PC. I have tried: Only tried removing the battery then press power button 10 to 30 sec and nothing more. I think it was caused by: Power button not working, I think power button wire is broken

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