A nightmare scenario when your gaming laptop won’t turn on, lucky for you there are a few things we can do to try and get your laptop up and running once again. So, by the time you have read my post, you will have a better understanding of the reason why your laptop would not turn on.
You will also learn a few tips and tricks on how to maintain and improve your gaming laptop to help stop your laptop crashing in the future, or not turning on again. Like you, I have been there before, and I understand how frustrating it can be when your laptop wont turn on. All you want is to get back online with your friends and play your favourite games.
How to check why my laptop will not turn on
There could be several reasons why your laptop wont turn on, and we will go through each possible reason in detail. The first thing you need to figure out is what could have caused the problem so we will start by looking at the laptops external cabling. Which can be a major source of failure.
Other points of failure on your laptop, are the keyboard, the screen, internal drives, express card devices and the power cables. But, unlike a traditional gaming PC, a gaming laptop does not have many internal wires. Which is a common cause of failure on a gaming PC.
And, you can have the best gaming laptop accessories in the world, but they can still cause you problems. You may have purchased a new docking station, gaming mouse or even an external keyboard. Any of these laptop accessories can cause problems if they arrive faulty. So, the first point of call would be to look at your power supply and your laptop battery.
Does my laptop have enough power and how to check my laptop battery?
Does your laptop power light come on when you plug in the power cable? Suggesting you do or do not have power coming from the AC power socket or better known as the plug on the wall.
If the answer is no. You can plug another device into the same AC power socket, an alarm clock or lamp will be fine, and see if they work. If they work the socket is not the problem.
Now you know it is not the socket.
So, now check the cable.
First you need to check for any signs of damage, like cracks or tears. Can you see any coloured wires showing?
If you do find damage, the safest thing you can do is to purchase another cable. And an adaptor if that is also damaged.
But, please check the amperage and the voltage requirements for your laptop.
Also another point to mention is, each brand of laptop has a different model and type of adaptor. So make sure you purchase an adaptor compatible with your machine.
And, if you do need to buy a new power adaptor for your laptop, make sure that you purchase an adaptor with the same or higher amount of wattage than is required.
TIP: For maximum benefit, you can purchase an AC adaptor that includes a USB charging port, and interchangeable charging points.
How to check or replace the fuse from my laptop plug
You have checked the cable and adaptor for damage, it is also worth checking the fuse in your plug.
First, test to see if the fuse needs changing.
To do this, you will need a spare AC power cord to plug into your power adaptor, then into the wall socket. If this works fine, then you will need to change out the fuse in your laptops original plug.
To change the fuse, you can follow these simple steps below.
You may have a plug without screws, and the fuse will just pop out, making this part easier for you.
If that’s not you, then please continue.
What you will need is a small Phillip’s screwdriver; a pair of plyers will be handy and a flat clean service to work on.
Make sure you purchase the correct amp fuse.
If you are unsure, check the base of the laptop or the laptop power box. Details about the amperage will be on the white info stickers.
- Disconnect the cable from your adaptor
- Carefully unscrew the fuse covering.
- Use a pair of pliers or the screwdriver to carefully take out the fuse. (Be careful not to dislodge the plug pins)
- Insert the replacement fuse into the metal brackets.
- Replace the cover and screw it back on.
Job well done!
So, if your fuse is fine, then the problem could be with the battery.
How to check if your laptop battery is working
The first step would be to check that your battery is installed into the laptop properly.
I know, that sounds a bit simple. But it does happen.
Before doing so, take out the battery and give it a good clean, wiping away any dust and dirt.
To test the battery you can use a multimeter or if you have a compatible laptop? Great, if not.
You can run the Windows battery report. See below;
How to run Windows Powershell battery health report
- Press the ‘Windows key + X‘
- Select ‘Windows Powershell (Admin)’
- Select ‘Yes’ to make changes to your device
- Type ‘powercfg /batteryreport’ in the window (see below), then press ‘Enter’
- You will find the file that you have created, located in your ‘Local Disk C:\’ (See below)
- Open the report in the browser and scroll down to the battery life estimates (see below)
You can use the laptop battery report to measure the capacity of your battery and compare this to what you should get from a new battery.
If you compare the difference between the two capacities and these numbers are close, then you should not worry too much at this stage about replacing your laptop battery.
When should you replace your laptop battery?
You would need to replace your battery when your laptop power light does not come on when you are not plugged into the outlet. But, the battery was charged fully for the recommended time.
Or your battery failed the capacity report test.
You would also need to change the battery when your battery is hot to the touch. The best option would be to either replace the battery or return the laptop for a replacement or service.
How to take care of your laptop battery
Replacing a battery will not be at the very top of your, I want to be doing list.
But if you do not care for your battery, you will run into problems. Your battery will stop holding charge and if done correctly your battery will last much longer. You must agree, that will not be a good thing. Especially if you have no access to power and you have to rely on your battery.
Don’t worry, I am here to help prevent that from happening. So please read on. I will share with you a few amazingly simple changes you can make to ensure the life of your laptop battery remains as important to you as your best friends birthday.
- When plugged into the AC outlet, remove the battery, and only insert the battery when you need to run your laptop on battery power. i.e. On the train, travelling from A to B.
- Adjust your power settings. Click on the battery icon at the bottom of your screen and adjust the settings. You can reduce the battery power mode to suit your needs.
- When working on battery power, make sure the battery saver setting is on.
- Reduce the number of unused APPS that are running while on battery power.
- Remove your battery and give it a good clean a couple of times a month.
My gaming laptop won’t power on when the power light is on. What could it be?
If your laptops power lights are on but nothing much else, your laptop, could be suffering from a broken screen inverter.
Not a good sign, the screen is an expensive part to get fixed.
If your gaming laptop is brand-new, fixing the screen will be worth the money.
And, if your laptop is an old model, then you need to ask yourself, is it worth it or shall I buy a new laptop?
Perform a test to be sure
To check this, you can perform a simple test.
Turn on your laptop and turn off your room lights. Your room needs to be quite dark.
If you hear the fan and the power light is on and you can see a faint image on the screen, then possibly your inverter is broken.
What is an inverter?
The screen inverter is what makes your laptop screen light up, and is a key part within the display. You will find the inverter located within the LCD screen, just above the keyboard.
Tip: If you suffer this unfortunate event, you can plug an external monitor into your laptop until you get your laptop screen fixed or replaced.
Are your laptop air vents clogged up?
Another reason your laptop is struggling to power on is that your laptop air vents could be all bunged up. Like, a bad cold on a winter morning.
It is especially important to ensure your laptops air vents, are cleaned regularly, to prevent unwanted damage from clogged up vents.
Everyday dust and grime can be like a deadly virus to your laptop. And one of the biggest laptop killers is dog and cat hair.
To help minimize damage, from dust, dirt, or the deadly pet hair, a wise choice would be to keep your laptop off the floor. Especially your carpet.
And, do not use your laptop on your lap or when you are lay on your bed if you can help it.
If you are a pet owner, try and keep your pets out of your gaming room, away from your desk or, you can even ban them completely from the office. I am sure they will not mind.
If banning your pets is not possible then regular maintenance is a must.
So, to help to maintain your laptop, hoover the vents once or twice a month. Ideally, using a computer-graded vacuum cleaner.
Doing this regulary will help your laptop to enjoy the feel-good factor of living a crash-free life.
Prioritizing the health of your laptop should be on the top of your list.
Are your laptops drivers up to date? How to check.
Keeping your hardware drivers up to date is very important. Not doing so, could cause your laptop to crash or to not power on and will cause an issue with your hardware.
You may have just purchased a spanking new mouse or the latest multicoloured fluorescent keyboard or even added an additional monitor.
If that is you, then make sure you have the correct, up to date drivers.
And, if your laptop is not powering up since you added the new hardware, you would need to unplug your external devices, starting with the hardware you have just added and try to power up again.
If that fix’s the issue, great?
If not, your hardware drivers might not be up to date or, you do not have the driver that is required.
An important thing to remember is your laptop cannot function without hardware. The hardware cannot function properly without using the correct device drivers.
What is a device driver?
A device driver is an important computer program that controls your hardware, enabling your hardware to operate and work within your operating system.
So, if your laptop is not functioning, your mouse is not moving, or your headphones are not working, this could mean you may have an outdated or incorrect driver installed.
How to update your laptop drivers using windows
You can update your laptop drivers within Windows by using the device manager.
To access the device manager you can use windows search, and type in ‘Device manager’ then press ‘Enter’. You will see a list of the hardware currently installed on your laptop.
- Right-click a device and update the driver
- You can delete recently installed drivers
- If you delete drivers, restart windows. Windows should find the latest driver.
Windows updates can be a great way to update your drivers for your network adaptors, USB ports, displays and storage devices.
However, Windows will not always find drivers for your laptops graphic processing unit, or GPU when you need them, especially for gaming laptops.
So, to stay ahead of the game, you would be best to download the drivers from the graphics vendor website.
If your laptop runs either NVIDIA, AMD, or INTEL graphics cards, you will find the details on how to update the drivers below.
How to update GPU drivers for a gaming laptop
The best way to get updates for the latest games, performance, and issues with your graphics card would be to go directly to the GPU vendor.
If, you are unsure what graphics card your gaming laptop is running. You can use Windows search, enter ‘Device Manager’ and right-clicking the display adaptor tab. (see image above)
How to update your AMD GPU Drivers?
For your AMD graphic card drivers, visit AMD support and download the AMD Auto detect tool.
Please note: The auto-detect tool would only be helpful if you run Windows 7 – 10, and you have the AMD processor with Radeon graphics.
The tool detects the model of your graphics card and your version of Windows and will provide you with the correct drivers you need to install.
How to update your NVIDIA GEFORCE GPU Drivers?
If you are running an NVIDIA GEFORCE GPU, you can download the drivers for free bu using the GEFORCE experience. software.
Using NVIDIA’s GEFORCE performance software is a great way to keep your NVIDIA drivers in tip-top condition, and you can optimize your gaming settings, live stream, share videos and screenshots.
You will automatically get notified when new drivers become available, with only one click and you will be one step ahead of the game.
Again, this will only work on Windows 7 – 10, and you would need to consider the system requirements.
If you are lucky enough to be playing on the latest gaming laptops, then adding the GEFORCE experience will be a doodle.
How to update INTEL GPU Drivers?
If your system runs INTEL integrated graphics chips, updating your drivers is made easy by using INTEL’s DSL, the DSL stands for ‘driver and support assistant’.
Downloading and installing DSL will help keep your system up to date, not just the GPU but most of your INTEL’s products.
The software will scan your gaming laptop, looking to identify drivers & software related to INTEL products.
Amazingly easy to download and set up and best of all the support is FREE.
My gaming laptop turns on, but Windows is not behaving
Your laptop has power, the fans are fanning clean air, but your gaming laptop will not do what you want it to do. And that is starting up and behaving how it used to.
Unfortunately, Windows is only human, well not human but am sure you know what I mean.
Windows-based computers can run into problems, and they can be catastrophic for your gaming laptop.
The main problems your laptop will face will be, failed hardware, issues with the configuration in the laptops BIOS, and problems with your downloaded apps and your software.
Most, problems that you may face can be fixed, by removing the hardware and restoring, rebooting, or refreshing the operating system.
What is my Laptops BIOS?
You may have heard this word many times over your life span, but not known what it is and what it means.
BIOS stands for ‘Basic Input Output System’ The BIOS controls and tests your hardware when your laptop boots up.
It is the first piece of software that runs when you hit the power-on button. And will already come installed on your laptop.
The BIOS setup screen can show you the health of your laptop, the temperature of your CPU and the voltage provided by the power supply.
You can access the BIOS screen by searching ‘Recovery’ in the Windows 10 search box. Click restart now, follow the steps and the BIOS screen will be shown.
How to fix Windows if my laptop keeps crashing?
The Windows 10 operating system is superb, the improvements from the previous versions of Windows are huge.
But still, if you do not take good care when adding additional hardware and software to your laptop, you will run into problems.
If your laptop keeps on crashing on start-up, you can rectify most issues by using the options in the update and security window.
How to Reset Your Windows Laptop
You can reset your laptop using ‘Recovery’.
Following the steps below will return your version of windows to the previous version, deleting non-windows apps and programs.
Do not worry, as you will have the option to keep or delete your files.
- Type ‘Recovery’ in the windows search box
- Click on the ‘Get Started’ button under the Reset this PC option.
- Following the instruction that suits your needs.
- How to rescue your Windows system with a Recovery Disk
If your laptop will not boot up and Windows will not start. Do not worry, as we have a plan to help solve your pain.
You can a create a Windows recovery disk, a great tool to have just in case your laptop runs into any danger.
If you purchased the laptop from brand new, with Windows 10, then you should already have a disk?
But do not worry if you do not have one, you can create one.
How to create a Windows Recovery Disk?
To create a windows recovery disk, you will need a working PC or a laptop and a USB storage device with at least 16GB of space.
Make sure there is nothing valuable on the USB stick, as the stick, will be wiped when you create the disk.
To create the disk please,
Visit: Microsoft Windows Media Creation Tool Website and follow their instructions.
Now that you have created your very own piece of Windows, your life will have got a whole lot easier.
Now let us solve your pain by following the steps below.
- Type ‘Recovery Drive’ in the windows search box
- Make sure the ‘Back up system files to the recovery drive’ box has been ticked, then click next
- Select The ‘USB Drive’ you have already inserted, then click Next.
- Click Create
There you go all sorted. Now if anything goes wrong with your laptop, you have the answer.
How to use your Windows Recovery Disk
If your laptop is not starting, then you can use the recovery disk you have just created.
To make this work, you will need to follow these simple steps.
- Make sure your laptop is powered off
- Press and hold the ‘F2’ key
- You should now be in the BIOS mode
- Find the ‘Boot Tab’
- Amend the order, USB booting needs to be at the top
- Save and press, Exit
- There is no step 7 because you have now booted your system enabling you to reinstall Windows files
How to create a backup of your laptop
Backing up your files on from your laptop is worth its weight in gold, you never know when you could encounter a problem.
To back up your laptop you will need a storage device that is not part of your hard drive. Ideally, you will need a USB storage device. How much storage you will need will depend on what you do with your laptop.
If you play several big games and you are actively working using your laptop then, the bigger the device the better.
Backing up your laptop using file history
You do not need to back up the whole system, because this would mean a large number of files.
The best thing would be to, back up your laptop using file history. File history finds all your files and folders in your libraries.
These include your photos, videos, documents, and your music.
- Go to settings, then update & security
- Select ‘Backup’, then click, Add to drive
- Insert your USB device
- Select which files and folders you want to save.
You have now created a backup of your important files and folders.
Most probably your gaming laptop was expensive, I know because most of them are. It will also be a big part of your life, and its the small things that matter, if you take care of them it will live much longer, to fight every battle, conquer every level of every game.
Just remember to keep the air vents on your laptop clean and clear of household debris will only take a minute or two of your day. This will help keep your laptop cool. Removing your battery, if you do not need to be on battery power and adjusting the power settings will give your battery a happier and longer life.
Moreover, understanding the importance of having the correct drivers for your hardware installed, and ensure they are kept up to date. You must also backup your operating system once in a while. This will save you money, stress and most importantly give you more time for gaming.
Thanks for Reading, Cya Next Time!