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Acer Laptop Won't Turn on - How to Fix It?

What should I do if my Acer laptop won't turn on? What is causing my Acer laptop to fail to boot? If you have such doubts as well, do not worry! This comprehensive article will present you with several practical solutions to help you repair your Acer laptop.

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Updated on Apr 19, 2024

Have you faced the following issues with your Acer laptop?

  • Your Acer Aspire laptop buffers a lot upon restart.
  • Your Acer laptop was operating and turning on without any problems a few minutes ago, and now the Acer laptop won't turn on.
  • The blue light on your laptop turns on, but it will not boot up anymore.
  • You attempt to plug it in, but it still does not work.
  • It does not work even after holding the power button for 15 and 30 seconds.
  • Nothing happens when you press the power button, and only the side lights and a beep when you unplug it.
  • No fans or other devices turn on.

If you are facing any similar issues with your Acer laptop, as mentioned above, continue reading the article from EaseUS to help you solve the Acer laptop won't turn on issue.

How to Fix Acer Laptop Won't Turn on - 6 Solutions

Now, let us move on to fixing the issue of Acer laptop won't turn on:

  1. Solution 1. Check and Remove Unnecessary Peripherals
  2. Solution 2. Correct BIOS Misconfiguration
  3. Solution 3. Use Boot Repair Tool
  4. Solution 4. Hard Reboot to Drain Electricity
  5. Solution 5. Change Thermal Paste
  6. Solution 6. Perform Battery Reset

Solution 1. Check and Remove Unnecessary Peripherals

The first solution eliminates all connected peripherals, including docks, hubs, and monitors.

Even though it should not happen, these peripherals are sometimes recognized as boot drives. Additionally, the laptop might stop trying to turn on if a USB peripheral or another device draws too much power.

Take your laptop out of any docking stations, USB devices, disk drives, or other peripherals attached. Keep them unplugged while you do the troubleshooting.

Solution 2. Correct BIOS Misconfiguration

Some operations, such as incorrect BIOS settings, may prevent your Acer laptop from turning on the Windows operating system. Check the BIOS menu to see if there is a solution to the problem:

Step 1. To access the BIOS, restart your Acer laptop and press F2 when the first logo screen appears.

Step 2. Verify that the BIOS menu's "Boot" tab is configured to start the computer from your primary hard drive.


Step 3. Furthermore, turn off "Fast Boot" under "Main."

Step 4. Additionally, you have the option to reset the BIOS to its original configuration by selecting "Exit" > "Load Setup Defaults" > "Yes" or by pressing "F9" and then "Enter" keys together.

Solution 3. Use Boot Repair Tool

The third solution to fix the Acer laptop not turning on is to use a third-party boot repair tool like EaseUS Partition Master Professional.

EaseUS Partition Master is a multifunctional tool for managing drives. It is committed to resolving all issues about hard drives, such as conversion, corruption, and other issues. It helps you with all problems connected to the master boot code issue.

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It offers the "Rebuild MBR" and "Boot Repair" options to create a WinPE bootable disk and correct the errors. So, using the EaseUS Partition Master tool, you can solve the issue of your Acer laptop not turning on.

Given below are the steps to use the EaseUS Partition Master tool as a boot repair tool to fix your Acer laptop:

Step 1. Start EaseUS Partition Master after connecting the external drive/USB to your computer, go to "Bootable Media," and click "Create bootable media."

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Step 2. Select an available USB Drive or CD/DVD and click "Create." You can also burn the Windows ISO file to the storage media.

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Step 3. Connect the created bootable drive to the new computer and reboot the computer by pressing and holding F2/Del to enter the BIOS. Then, set the WinPE bootable drive as the boot disk and press F10 to exit.

Step 4. Boot the computer again and enter the WinPE interface. Then, open EaseUS Partition Master and click "Boot Repair" under the "Toolkit" option.

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Step 5: Select the system you want to repair and click "Repair."

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Step 6. Wait a moment, and you will receive an alert that the system has been successfully repaired. Click "OK" to complete the boot repair process.

click ok to complete the repair

If you find your Acer stuck on the loading screen or not responding after powering up, this tool can be your best chance to get the system repaired.

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Solution 4. Hard Reboot to Drain Electricity

Occasionally, an issue with your battery or charger can cause your Acer laptop to shut down. If that is the case, do a hard reboot to drain electricity and check for a problem with the charger. Here is how to perform a power drain with a hard reboot: 

Step 1. Unplug any external devices connected to your computer, such as docking stations, USB devices, printers, scanners, mouse, keyboards, and other peripherals.

Step 2. Open the laptop's back casing, remove the battery, and remove all of the screws on the back panel with a screwdriver. Also, unplug your AC adapter.

Step 3. Restart your computer after pressing the Power button for at least 30 seconds. By performing this procedure, any electrical buildup on your motherboard is released.

Step 4. Put everything back together, reattach the charger, open the laptop, and check if it powers on.

Once you are done with draining the electricity from the laptop, insert the battery. However, do not connect the power cord. Next, try restarting your laptop. Your laptop and battery should function as intended if it can boot. If not, there is a problem with your power cable, and you should get a new one.

Solution 5. Change Thermal Paste

If your Acer laptop won't turn on, there is a possibility that the CPU has dried out its thermal paste. The Acer laptop overheats because nothing can transfer heat from the chip to the heatsink. Consequently, the computer crashes and will not start up for a few hours.

So, changing the thermal paste will fix the problem with the Acer laptop not turning on. Here is how:

Step 1. Remove your laptop's back cover.

Step 2. Take the battery out and unplug the power cord.

Step 3. Remove the heatsink and any cables connecting the fan to the motherboard to access the CPU.


Step 4. Remove the thermal paste previously applied from the CPU chip and heatsink.

Step 5. Apply the fresh thermal paste.

Step 6. Reassemble all the components you removed, try to boot up your computer, and check whether it turns on.

Solution 6. Perform Battery Reset

You might want to give your Acer laptop one last try by performing a battery reset before taking it in for repairs:

Try to start your laptop by inserting a straightened paper clip into the battery reset hole and holding it there for four to five seconds.

Acer laptops have a battery reset button on the bottom that resembles a tiny pinhole. Not every laptop has a pinhole reset feature. If your laptop has a battery removal feature, clean the battery and the battery mounting area, and then place the battery back and check if your laptop turns on.

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Why Won't My Acer Laptop Turn on

Below are a few reasons why your Acer laptop won't turn on:

  • The charging cable, charger, or battery on your Acer laptop is damaged.
  • Incorrect or defective BIOS configuration.
  • The hibernation or sleep mode on your Acer laptop is stuck.
  • The capacitors have an excessive amount of static charge built up.
  • The CPU overheated as a result of the thermal paste drying up.
  • Internal hardware malfunction (hard drive, RAM, motherboard).
  • Low brightness settings or a defective display panel.

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We have covered the reasons behind your Acer laptop not turning on in this post, along with some quick fixes to get you back up and running as soon as possible. Always remember to back up important data to a secure location before attempting these fixes.

Should these troubleshooting steps fail to solve your problems, a hardware issue might need to be fixed. So, get in touch with Acer Support for additional assistance. Also, you can always resort to the EaseUS Partition Master tool, with its advanced features, like boot repair, to solve the issue of your Acer laptop not turning on.

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FAQs on Acer Laptop Won't Turn on

If you have more questions on why your Acer laptop won't turn on, check out the frequently asked questions and their answers given below:

1. Why is my Acer laptop not turning on, but the blue light is on?

There is a chance that a corrupted, outdated, or missing graphics card driver is the cause of the Acer laptop's black screen but active blue light problem. Therefore, confirming that the driver is updated and correctly installed is important.

2. How do I reset my Acer laptop if it won't turn on?

You can reset your Acer laptop by performing a force reset if it is not turning on. Press and hold the Power button on your Acer laptop for 10 to 30 seconds. Press the button until the laptop shuts down entirely. Now, give your laptop's system a few minutes to refresh. Now, check if your Acer laptop is turning on by pressing the Power button again.

3. What is the Acer battery reset pinhole?

Performing a power reset might be helpful if your computer is not turning on. This releases any electrical buildup that might be preventing the proper power-on of your computer. Hold the battery pinhole reset button on your PC for four seconds to power reset your laptop.

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Updated by Oliver

Oliver is an EaseUS professional writer who dares explore new areas. With a passion for solving tech issues with straightforward guides for common users, Oliver keeps honing his writing craft by developing in-depth solutions for disk and partition management, computer boot-up issues, file transfer, etc.

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