Acer notebook will not power on? Check out possible causes and how to solve

Acer notebooks, as well as other brands, are subject to several types of problems that prevent them from connecting properly. The causes are as varied as possible, ranging from a simple fault to be solved, such as corrupted operating system or defective power supply, to burned motherboard, screen or hard disk.

Before taking your laptop to a service center, check out eight steps that can help you connect your Acer laptop. It is important to note that some tips can be done by the user, while others require technical knowledge and tools.

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1. Check the power supply

The first step is to verify that the notebook's charger is working. The source used must be the original of the device to avoid problems of compatibility and burning of the equipment. Plug the charger into another outlet and make sure that all plugs are securely plugged in both the power cord and the computer connection.

Check whether the source LED lights up or not

Another interesting tip is to check if the indicator light, if any, is on. If it is not, the problem may be in the power supply. In this case, it is recommended to have another compatible charger to perform tests and discard this hypothesis. Be sure to check that the input, output, and voltage specifications of the borrowed source are the same as the original.

2. Perform a forced reset

Accidental BIOS changes, incomplete updating, and static electricity stored on the battery may be some of the factors responsible for the Acer notebook not turning on properly. This is usually tied to cases where the device turns on the light but does not turn on. To confirm that this is the problem and then resolve it, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Disconnect the charger from the notebook and all peripherals such as a mouse, headset, and thumb drives. Then remove the battery;

Remove the battery and all peripherals

Step 2. Now hold down the power button for about 30 seconds and release;

Press the power button for 30 seconds before turning it back on.

Step 3. Attach the battery and charger to their respective places and try to connect the Acer notebook normally.

3. Test the battery

The problem may also be related to the laptop battery. In some cases, the component loses all load or is defective, such as overheating and short circuit. This problem is commonly seen in notebooks that do not plug and charge, or on machines that do not turn on the LEDs.

There are two ways to confirm this hypothesis. The first is testing another battery in the laptop, with the same voltage and capacity. The second is to remove the component and connect only the power cable. If in any of the tests the computer starts normally, it means that the battery probably is defective, being necessary the change of the component.

4. Examine the screen

Make sure the Acer notebook screen is not defective

A common problem in notebooks is the screen. The component may have defects in the flat cable or even the display itself, which gives the impression that the laptop is not turning on. However, the computer is booting up and running normally, it just does not turn on the screen and does not play back the image. To find out if this is really the problem, connect the device via an HDMI or VGA cable to an external monitor and turn on the machine.

5. Hard disk defective

Another problem that may cause your notebook to not turn on is the damaged hard drive (HD). Because it is sensitive hardware, it may have defects in its mechanical parts and prevent the laptop from reading all operating system files. If the problem is HD, the computer will turn on and display a black screen with English writing - usually "no bootable device". In this case, you will need to bring the hard drive to a service center to repair or replace it with a new one.

Notebook may have boot problems because of HD

6. Other hardware issues

In addition to the hardware issues mentioned above, there are others that may prevent proper Acer notebook startup, such as defects in RAM, CMOS battery, system board, and processor crashes. These problems are identified by very high whistles when attempting to power the device, each of which indicates a specific fault. Read this other tutorial to find out the meaning of sound alerts.

7. Corrupt operating system

The most common problem in notebooks is the corrupted operating system. This usually happens after a forced shutdown, incomplete update, or power outages. The fault is common in computers that connect and show the manufacturer's logo, but do not start. The solution is to try to recover the system through the platform's own tools. To do this, repeatedly press the F8 key while the computer turns on, and click on the "System Restore" option or something similar.

Start System Restore

Another tip, if the previous one does not work, is to reinstall the operating system from scratch. Access this tutorial to learn how to create a Windows 10 installation image. Then connect the pen drive to the faulty notebook and enable USB boot to begin the system installation process.


BIOS failure may also be responsible for your Acer notebook not turning on. Accidental changes, whether in the boot order, in the settings, or in basic firmware tasks can prevent system startup or even correct recognition of laptop parts. Ideally, you should restore the BIOS factory settings. Here's how to do this in this tutorial.

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