A computer that will not power up at just the wrong time can take a perfectly rational person to DEFCON 1 about as fast as Joshua ( geeks will get that 🙂 ).
Whether you have a critical presentation, a paper to write, or just want to kill a few spare minutes on the web; no power = no fun.
This short guide will try to help keep you sane when your computer goes AWOL.
The first thing to do is calm down a bit, make sure you are thinking rationally, don’t go to caveman mode with the grunts and banging the monitor. Start out simple ( but not caveman simple ) and work your way up.
- First, check the power strip…is it turned on? And is the wall outlet connected to a wall switch? You might need to try a different outlet just to make sure it’s not the outlet.
- Second, is your computer’s power cable plugged tightly to both the wall and the back of the computer?
- Does the power button “feel” like it always has? Meaning, it pushes in just as deep or clicks if it normally clicks, etc…
- If you’ve made it this far, then start to panic ( just kidding lol ). Unplug the power cord from the back of the computer and tap the power button repeatedly for 30 seconds. Then plug the cord back in and try powering it back on.
- Step five here does signify a likely hardware failure. This means either the power supply or motherboard has likely failed. Your data is VERY likely still perfectly safe. This is where you need to call a computer repair tech to test your hardware.
If you have a laptop you might just need a new power cord, a good local computer repair shop will test it for free if you bring it into them ( it takes two seconds to test that cord ).
One tip I strongly stress. If you do have to take the computer into the repair shop and leave it with them tell them if your data is important. Some places such as the #$@! Squad aren’t always careful to preserve your data when doing repairs. Also, look at some new computers. I know a lot of people want to save money and chances are that if your computer is failing to power on, that it is old. An old computer has ALL old parts. So if the repair is going to total $200 and that new computer is $400-$500, it might be time to upgrade. Because the next time your computer fails, you could easily end up at that $400 mark after the two repairs and you’ll be stuck with an old computer that does not work anywhere as well ( for you ) as a new computer would.
Remember, if you’re in Wisconsin ( Milwaukee, Appleton, Oshkosh, and surrounding areas ), Smart Computing can take care of all your I.T servicing needs.
If you have computer problems, we are the solution!