Power surge, another computer in same power strip. Now computer doesn't work, but the other one still does. Cord still seems to generate power, but nothing happens when I press the power button. I don't like to buy anything, but will if need to, PLEASE HELP
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Re: Computer not working, been a year now
Test the cord, use it in place of the one on your other computer, if it works ok, then replace the power supply on the computer that will not start, however I warn you now, I have done computer repairs for a long time, and there is no telling what the "power surge" ate! you might replace power supply to find out the connector on the mother board was ate too. this is a trial and error thing or (process of elimination)
start with the power supply, if the cord is good, (and the cord will be fine).
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Nothing is more annoying than a monitor that refuses to turn
on. Make sure your Acer monitor is plugged in to a functioning outlet.
If it's plugged into a power strip, try replacing it with a new one or
moving the plug to a different outlet. Ensure that both ends of the
power cable are plugged in firmly and securely, and that the connection
to the monitor is not loose.
Your Acer LCD monitor will usually accept DVI and VGA
inputs. If you have an older computer, a VGA cable should work fine. If
it doesn't have a VGA port, you'll need to obtain an inexpensive DVI to
VGA adapter at your local computer store. A DVI cable, however, is
compatible with most modern computers and offers superior picture
quality over VGA. Make sure you're using the cable that's compatible
with your system, and that you have the proper conversion adapter, if
There could be many problems with your laptopFirst, check if your laptop was plugged into a surge protector (ex. Power Strip). If it wasn't, a surge could destroy the charger, power supply, or even motherboard. Second, try a different charger. If it was the charger that broke, then try a different one. I have had this happen to many off my computers over the years. If it is fried, take it to Staples, or a local computer shop. I would always recommend plugging computers into surge protectors. Good luck!
Can you try to remove the battery then plug in the power cord then try to power on the computer, if it still doesn't work, call you manufacturer as you might be having a hardware issue.
The power supply may not be working on this instance.
AC Adaptor is probably bad, the result of plugging into an unprotected AC outlet. Make sure to use surge protectors (NOT just a power strip) and get a new one. This happens ALL the time. Plug into surge protectors, keep one in your laptop bag if necessary.
The batteries do go bad overtime and will no longer hold a charge but the laptop should still work as long as the power cord is connected. If it still does not work with the power cord connected then it is most likely the power cord, these can go bad, but make sure that the power is securely connected and that if it is plugged into a power strip that it has not been turned off, try another outlet just to rule it out as well.
Believe it or not, the number one reason why a computer won't turn on
is because it wasn't turned on! Before starting a sometimes time consuming
troubleshooting process, make sure you've turned on every
and power button on your computer:
Power button/switch on the front of the computer
Power switch on the
back of the computer
Power switch on the power strip, surge protector, or
UPS (if you have one)
Perform a "lamp test" to verify power is being provided from the wall. Your
computer isn't going to turn on if it's not getting power so you need to make
sure that the power source is working properly. Note: If you have a multimeter or another electrical testing device
you are welcome to use that to test your wall outlet (and power strip, surge
protector, etc.). The lamp test is useful if you don't have an electrical
power supply. At this point in your troubleshooting, it's
very likely that the power supply
unit in your computer is no longer working and should be replaced. You
should however test it just to be sure. There's no reason to replace a working
piece of hardware when testing it is fairly easy. Replace your power
supply if it fails your testing. Important: In the huge majority of cases when a computer isn't
receiving power, a nonworking power supply is to blame. I bring this up again to
help stress that this troubleshooting step should not be skipped. The next few
causes to consider aren't very common.
Test the power button on the front of your computer's case. It's not a very
common point of failure but your computer might not be receiving power because
the power button on the front of your PC is damaged and is not actually turning
your computer on.
Replace the power button if it fails your testing.
If you're confident that your wall power, power supply, and power
button are working, it's likely that there is a problem with your PC's
motherboard and it should be replaced.