Laptop shut off, will not turn back on [Solved/Closed]

tresdave - Oct 20, 2008 at 06:05 PM - Latest reply:  Nana
- Feb 11, 2018 at 10:23 PM
I have a gateway laptop,it was plugged in and charging and on, and it sudddenly just shut off and now will not turn back on. I dont know if this has anything to do with it, but I will mention that I mistakenly tried to put my cellphone charger in the USB port (haha it was dark) right around the time it shut off. Can someone please tell me what is wrong and how to fix it?
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*Take out the battery,
*Remove main supply,
*Hold power button down for 30 secs,
*Put only power supply in, do not put battery in
*Turn laptop on
*Put the battery in.

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Ty, it worked
My laptop is a gateway, it worked,,,i need a new battery, but it did work
Thank you! Worked instantly.
Thank you so much! I was working on a school project and it shut off and I started to panic. your advice saved me and my grade!
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My HP desktop has the similar problem as the laptops. I left the computer on for a few hours, it was working fine, when I returned it had powered down and would not power on at all. Power source is good to the computer, it acts as though it has no power at all.
Any help is most appreciated.
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Hey there, I saw that this solution helped a lot of people, so I was wondering if you could help me. I have a toshiba satellite pro A200, it's currently refusing to turn on. I tried the method you suggested for the gateway, and it didn't work for me. I was wondering if you know anything else for me to try; and if not can you tell me what I need to know when looking to buy a new battery. Thanks in advance.
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i have a gateway laptop and it will not turn on and there is no light flashing on the computer I tried taking out the battery and the charge and then held the power button for 30 seconds it still wouldnt turn on.
did you ever get your laptop to turn on? Mine has done the same thing and the holding for 30 sec didn't work for me either
did you ever get your laptop to work?

I had same problem too. And it didnot work for me either. I got gateway laptop too. Pls send me if you have a solution i'm totally dead in my dad. thank you in advance merry christmas..
try holding it up side down while doing this I got mine working and I also got my other one working which hading worked in about a year or so
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hey .... I hav a hp laptop thats about a 18 mth old ( vista )
it worked fine, I shut it down as normal .... when I tried to turn it bak on in the mornin it wouldnt cum on ....... the lights around the the lappy cum on ( not screen ) and go straight back of like it does when the battery is dead .... ive tried a new battery & new charger incase it was one of them that had broke, but its still doin the same thing !!!
i arnt rite botherd about the lappy just need sum of the stuff off it ... once ive got wot I need it can go in the bin 4 all I care as its really annoyed me .... so if any1 can help it wud b really appreciated :)) thx x
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My Gateway suddenly decided it didn't want to work. When I try to start it up it does nothing. I removed the battery and plugged in the A/C power and it automatically began to start up, after like 3-5 seconds it shut back down and will not start back. The same occurs if I remove the A/C power cord and put the battery in it auto starts and shuts down after a few seconds. I tried tictactoe's method but to no avail. Any help would be really appreciated.
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HP dv5220us, tried the power off, hold button, insert power cord then battery trick

didn't work

The power on button does not light. The quickplay blue buttons do. I've tried everything, opened it up and reseated the hard drive, dvd rom, and the memory sticks. No change.

Should I get a new battery and try the process?

I'm desperate.
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I have a Dell Latitude D630 and despite several attempts with this solution, it's still not doing anything.. no lights, nothing. Does anyone have any other ideas?
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This may seem odd, but I had a problem wherein the laptop intermittantly shut down for no reason. Finally one day it shut down and wouldn't power back up at all.
Turns out it was the little soft rubber nipple near the hinge. This actually goes to a switch that shuts down the machine when you close the cover (screen). It got pushed down below the plastic in the little hole where it resides. It held the switch down all the time. I got some very small tweezers and phished it out of there. Made sure it was not ripped and it is working fine. I will be keeping an eye on it,though.
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THANKS TICTACTOE! I have a hp laptop and I can't believe it worked.
nissanstuffs 21 Posts Tuesday August 19, 2008Registration date April 26, 2009 Last seen - Oct 21, 2008 at 04:30 AM
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hey there,

i dont think that your cellphone charger caused damage to your pc but I need more information in order to help you out with this question. I will just try to take a guess and can you tell me if it is starting up at least I mean can you see the lignts on?

if no then may be error coming form the battery but I would recommend you not to try to repair it by yourself if you arent sure of how to do that and also laptops reparations are much expensive but let an IT pro have a look at it
one thousand night - Sep 10, 2009 at 04:41 PM
Please help me. I don't know what my baby daughter press on the laptop key board, but it completely turn off the power and can not turn it back on. what should I do?
Porkchop lover - Jul 24, 2009 at 08:07 AM
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Hey my mom has a Compaq Perario 762NR and it shut down last night will not turn on when you press the power button a light will come on like it is going to turn on but it goes back to a blank black screen I have already tried every thing people have listed above but it hasn't worked at all someone PLEASE HELP !!!!!!!
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what was suggested here worked for me- but what does it mean if it does that? will it do this again in the future? is there something we could do to prevent it from happening again?
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I m also facing turning off problem with my Sony Vaio VGN CR3 laptop(OS: Vista Home premium). It suddenly turns off for no reason. and when I press on button it starts normally. It happens every day 3-4 times. Also it's not facing heating problem. I formated the whole PC but problem is not solved yet. Please give me some solution. Thanks
my dell insp 6000 did likelwise a few times and now it wont power-on at all! So we need to discover exactly WHAT causes this condition in the first place. Prevention is better than cure! I have 2x identicle Dell's so I can swap everything. I cant fathom what it is, guess the MB must be damaged cuz that's the only part I cant swap! although I cant see anything wrong with it. If anybody KNOWS what causes this.. .Please share the info
ps it's not the lid switch either! 10 yrs ago I would simply replace the largest capacitor! Sadly modern electronics are microscopic and very sensitive with built in life-span of 2-3 yrs (if your lucky)
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I have a Gateway laptop. It suddenly shut off and won't turn back on. I tried the above and it didn't work for me either. What would your next step be?
I have the same problem with a Gateway laptop; an m-Series; an M-6750. When I pull the battery; hold the power-on button down for 30+ seconds, then plug in the power supply and release the power-on buton, the power-on button light comes on; as do lights at the base of the laptop and the internal fa starts up. Those light and fan only stay on for maybe 2 seconds and then they shut off. If you here of a solution, please send me an e-mail.
ThaDoctah > Bob - Dec 29, 2009 at 02:10 AM
Hey Bob! I have a gateway MT-6821 with the EXACT same problem you described. I took your advice specifically as stated, and it worked. For those of you are still having trouble, with tictactoe's advice, here is what I did after multiple failed attempts until I found Bob's advice.

1. Remove power supply and battery.
2. Hold power button down for 30 seconds.
4. At this point, the blue light and the charging light both came on, and the computer started properly.
Everything Ran normally after that!

Thank you to everyone who posted on this blog. It seems that Gateways have trouble following tictactoes's original advice but this, slightly modified technique, worked perfectly for me!

lducampeon > Bob - Jan 17, 2010 at 09:31 AM
I have the same problem that you are saying. the computer doesn't turn on. Please give me some steps so I can fix the problem.
lducampeon > Bob - Jan 17, 2010 at 09:32 AM
me again, wrong email last time.
Wow the doctahs advise worked for me! Thank u!
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I have a Hi-grade laptop and it turned off without warning the other night. I can't turn it back on, have taken out the battery and put it back in again - nothing. Help! I'm a writer and have loads of stories that I stuupidly didn't back up!
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same with my hp.. turned off wont turn back on.. but I think the screen is just black cause the other lights keep turning on.. how the heck do I get the screen to turn on? obviously not the same way you would get a gateway too
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i had some guy give me his laptop he said the power cord had a cut in it and his son steped on it and ripped the power cord in to then the computer shut off and will not turn on does anyone no whats wrong with it I tried with the batt. and nothing and I tried with a new power cord and stil nothing someone please help me
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You are a genius...thank you!
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Thank you so much TicTacToe, my computer suddenly turned off, and removing the power supplies, holding the power button for 30 seconds, then plugging it back in worked like a charm!!

thanks, you made my day!!!! thank you so much!
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