Wondering how to turn on Dell laptops? Either the power button is unresponsive or you can’t find it. I will give you solutions to both of these problems below.
how to turn on Dell laptops
Step 1: Plug in the power cable. Plug in your power cable to the laptop and into a power outlet. Make sure your laptop has charge before pressing the power button.
Step 2: locate the power button. Open the lid and look for a power button. The location of the Dell laptop’s power button depends on the model and series that you use. Sometimes it can be located above the keyboard or around the sides of the screen or even the back.
You can check your laptop’s manual for the location of the power button.
Step 3: press the power button once. After you have located the power button, press the button once and let the machine start up. If this does not work then there is something wrong with the power button.
I have some solutions for a faulty power button below.
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What to do if a Dell laptop wont turn on
Sometimes laptops don’t turn on even if they have a fully charged battery. This could be because your power button broke or something is wrong with the BIOS configuration.
Here are some ways that you can turn on your Dell laptop without using the power button.
If you have an alienware laptop read here.
Check For Any Status Lights
Firstly you need to check for status lights before proceeding with the other methods. To do this simply plug in your A/C adapter and look for a power status light which is located somewhere on the adapter or the laptop.
If you see a status light then the power outlet is not the problem.
Sometimes the display could be off but the computer could be running. Look for any system lights or listen for any fans starting up to diagnose if this is the issue.
This means that either your graphics card, hard drive or display is faulty.
You might need to send it in for repair if this is the case.
A/C Adapter Method
Another method is to unplug the A/C adapter and remove the battery. Then hold down the power button for 30 seconds. Once this is complete you can plug in the A/C adapter again and press the power button. Then reinstall the battery.
You can try to start up your Dell laptop without using the A/C adapter and solely relying on the laptop’s battery. Make sure you have some charge in your laptop first before doing this.
Similar to the Novo button, there is a small 1mm hole on the back of your Dell laptop which is a reset button.
Use a paperclip to press this button and reset the CMOS. This is the emergency reset hole and cuts power to the system.
After pressing this button, try to start your laptop again.
Faulty Power Port or A/C Adapter
Maybe you have a faulty power port or A/C adapter. Change the power outlet that you are using and try to power on your computer. Then try a different A/C adapter and power on your computer.
Sometimes a power port can become damaged if there has been too much power being pulled from a single source.
Laptop batteries have a lifespan of roughly 4 years. Every year they deteriorate and get worse. if your laptop is not starting up then this could be the issue.
You will need a replacement if this is the case.
Power Button Flashing
If your laptop power button is flashing this means that it is in sleep mode. If the laptop is stuck in sleep mode then you can hard reset it by holding down the power button for 10 seconds to turn it off.
Hopefully by now you know where to find the power button and have started your Dell laptop.
Each model has a different power button location, so it’s a matter of finding it and then simply pressing it to start your laptop.
Dell laptops usually have great build quality, but you can encounter power button problems like this with any laptop.