Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you urgently want to use your PC, but your PC doesn’t boot? Maybe when you turn it on, all you get is a black screen staring back at you? Before you decide to throw that machine against the wall in rage or call your vendor asking for a refund, let’s try to analyze what could be the cause and offer possible solutions.
- PC Doesn’t Turn On
This is a common If there’s not even a single LED light beeping and no fans running, then the problem is with the power source. Ensure that the power outlet, extension cord, and all the other connections are properly connected and in good condition. Your PC doesn’t turn on after this? If the problem persists, it could be the power cable in use that needs replacing.
For laptop users, the computer not powering up problem could be battery related. In a scenario where the PC turns on only when the power cable is connected to it, we recommend you purchase a new battery. If even after the power cable is connected the computer fails to power on, perform a hard reboot and cross your fingers. Does this solve your problem? If no, it means the computer needs component replacement.
- Computer Freezes at Startup
It can be challenging to determine errors when your computer freezes at startup, especially if you haven’t received the blue screen of death or an error message. PC stalling occurs mainly if there’s a problem with this drive or software.
These problems can be solved by either a Windows safe mode boot or using system restore. Windows safe mode boot is activated by pressing F8 immediately after powering on. It gives you the options to uninstall any new programs or recently updated drives.
System restore allows you to turn back the clock to a time when the PC was functioning. However, you cannot retrieve deleted files, and all current settings are lost. Your PC normally creates a recovery point every twenty-four hours by default. You can learn how to do a system restore from many detailed guides available online.
- Operating System Failure
Generally, if the PC turns ON, the hard drive makes some noise and text appears on the screen, then the probable reason is the operating system. In this case, Window failed. The causes could be that there’s a problem with the drive or the PC has malicious software leading to missing or corrupt files. Most people resort to unnecessarily uninstalling the operating system whereas a professional can repair the missing/corrupt file.
- Lights with Beeps
This is more often than not caused by memory failure – PC doesn’t boot but you can see some lights and beeps. You can try replacing the current memory module with a spare one and observe if the system boots. Remember to remove the battery or disconnect power and ground yourself since static electricity can easily damage your system. If the memory is okay, then consider hardware failure.
- Hardware Failure
Hardware failure ranges from spoilt video cards and displays to hard drives and motherboard failure. You might need bios access to check some of this.
In a case where the PC turns on but no signal to the monitor, try attaching the PC to an external monitor. If it does display, then it means you have a bad screen and you should consider replacing it.
Most video cards come with a lifespan of three years since they get really hot. Fortunately, video cards are inexpensive and cost around $40 to $80. Hard drives, on the other hand, sometimes just break indicated by a clicking noise. This could be catastrophic and could lead to data loss, therefore, consider replacing the hard drive or paying a specialist to take the disk apart and salvage your data.
A motherboard problem spells the death of a computer and it’s just easier to buy a new PC due to the high cost of replacement. Motherboard checking could, however, be an exciting experience for DIYers and the techies.
It’s important to note that this article provides solutions related to PCs operating on Windows. Some of the solutions provided here involve taking apart your PC; if you’re not an expert at this, we recommend paying a professional to do the job.
We know your PC doesn’t boot once in a while, which of these 5 problems do you regularly experience?
Author Bio: Lucas M. Cappel is an educator and a historian. His main field of work is content writing and studying of human culture. He is also fond of modern day technologies. You can see his website at besttechexpert.guide.
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