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My Laptop Won't Turn On Even When I Push The Start Button

When I plug it in, the lights turn on to tell me that they battery is charged and it is connected to the outlet, however, no matter what I do, I get no response when I push the start button, even if I hold it down for a long period of time. It is a toshiba satellite A210-MS6 laptop running windows vista. What should I do?

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Try pulling the battery out then with the power supply connected see if it starts, if it does then your battery is bad and is bringing down the power from the power supply.

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