There are several situations that can cause a dead laptop. Your battery could have died. There could be a hard drive malfunction. Maybe the operating system crashed. This can all potentially cause a dead laptop. Not to worry! We’re going to touch on a few ways you can revive a dead laptop. Not all hope is lost!

5 ways to revive dead laptop
Dead laptop? 5 ways to revive

There are different forms of installation media that can be attempted to bring your dead laptop back to life. Booting from a form of installation media will help revive a dead laptop if it is stemming from a hard drive issue. Bootable media is going to be in the form of a disk, USB, or CD/DVD. 

When the dead laptop can read this information from the installation media, if it is software related,  your laptop will be able to execute properly from the installation media rather than the hard drive that is having the issue. When there is some form of corruption with the operating system, the installation media will fix and install the missing or broken pieces to give the dead laptop the ability to boot as normal once the operating system is installed from the installation media.

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Not only can a USB be good for operating system purposes, it can also be used as a good method to backup your laptop to ensure that you can retrieve any data that could potentially be lost as well. 

1. Try removing the battery

This will weed out if it is, in fact, a power issue. You are able to physically remove the battery from the laptop and use the AC adapter only. If your laptop gets power when only using the AC adapter, that goes to show that the issue is solely the battery, and it needs replacing. 

Remove laptop battery
Remove laptop battery

However, if this is not the case, you will want to examine the power receptacle for potential damage or to show you what could potentially keep the laptop from being able to receive a charge.

In this instance, you may want to consider taking the laptop to a professional to prevent any further damage, However, if you decide to attempt it yourself, be sure to take the battery out to prevent getting shocked, You may, at this point, also want to try a different AC adapter as well to ensure that there is no kind of short in the cable that could prevent your laptop from getting power.  I would recommend these 2 steps being one of the first things you do to prevent any unwarranted troubleshooting that you may not need to do. 

Your laptop can also possibly have 2 lamps for the AC adapter and the battery itself.

If the AC light is dark, there could be an issue with the power adapter itself that needs to be replaced, there could be a short in the wire, or there could even be an issue with the wall itself. If the AC light comes on while the battery light stays off, then it is going to be a battery issue. You will need to replace the battery at this point. 

You can also check the memory, but you will want to do this with caution.

You can power the laptop down, take out the memory, and power it back on. It is best recommended that you take it to a professional. If you have a warranty on your device, you want to ensure that you don’t make a mistake and void the warranty, It is best to seek help from a professional. 

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There are definitely instances that it could have something to do with your display. This is a simple troubleshooting task that you can comfortably do on your own. 

3. Try to plug an external display into the laptop.

If the external display works and your display lamp is still not lighting, this is an indication that it is, indeed, a display issue.

4. Another thing that you can try to do is press the numbers to the lock key or the caps lock key.

If either of these keys lamp lights turn off and on when you click the key(s), it will likely be a display issue. With the issue being due to the display, this is another issue that you will want to seek a professional for, as it requires advanced repair and replacements to the laptop. 

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5. Attempt a force restart:

Press and hold your power key to the dead laptop for at least 10 seconds until the dead laptop powers down. Wait about 30 seconds to a minute, and power the laptop back on. If the laptop happens to have any trouble restarting, you can attempt to restart the laptop in safe mode. This will repair basic software issues, and you can restore the computer to factory settings, 

Another issue that could be preventing the laptop is residual electricity. Residual electricity is going to be a build-up in the capacitors that are installed on the motherboard. These capacitors are what provide steady power through the computer. When there is a build-up of the residual electricity, it can prevent your battery from properly charging. This will, in turn, prevent your computer from turning on properly. How do you resolve something like this? It seems complex, but when the residual electricity is built up, it means you simply need to drain the laptop’s battery then attempt to recharge. This is referred to as a power reset, and this will ultimately result in a dead laptop.

The steps are going to be specific to the laptop’s make and model, and you will need to research the specific power reset steps to match the make and model. 

These are a few simple steps that you can take to attempt to revive your laptop. Remember, if it becomes a technical hardware issue, please, seek the help of a professional to prevent any accidental instances voiding your warranty.