How to Fix a Lenovo Laptop That Won’t Turn On? [5 Authentic Fixes]

A laptop that doesn’t turn on usually has issues either in its power department (i.e. power button, battery, charging jack, etc.) or maybe in its display. So how to fix a Lenovo laptop that won’t turn on entirely depends on troubleshooting where exactly the problem is stemming from.

That said, some of the most promising fixes to the issue include trying a hard reboot, booting the laptop with and without the battery, and troubleshooting the charger (and power jack) issues. Moreover, booting in recovery mode (using the emergency buttons) and connecting an external display to see if there is an issue with the laptop’s screen, the two also join this list.

Hey, just don’t break a sweat hearing these confusing remedies. Scroll down, I’ve everything in detail for you below.

How to Fix a Lenovo Laptop that Won’t Turn On?

So there are various bad luck scenarios you might face if and when your Lenovo laptop won’t turn on normally. Some of the widely encountered related issues include:

  1. The laptop getting 100% brick with no twinkle in the power button, no keyboard lighting (only if its keyboard is backlit), no internal buzzing, or other mainboard sounds.
  2. One might probably see the keyboard backlight coming up, the power button blinking, and also notice internal sounds but still witness nothing on the display.
  3. Or you might be having a scenario where the laptop almost boots up but the display just gives out a flash and go dead again without starting, etc., etc.

And all these symptoms (and issues, of course) are attributable either to the laptop’s software firmware or OS that’s upset with some reason or they are because of the other two reasons: power department flaws or screen-related issues.

So let’s move on to the symptom analysis and learn how to troubleshoot and fix the exact pain point.

Troubleshooting the Cause – Different Types of Problems with their Remedies

The quickest way to track down the exact cause is to connect the laptop to the power supply and see if it’s getting the power or not. If yes, here is how to filter down further and analyze the exact problem.

#1. Is the Laptop Completely Dead? Or Does It Just Gives Out a Flash and Goes Brick?

If your laptop is completely brick and is neither turning on via the power button nor showing any sign of life (or just flashing its display) even after being plugged in, there is some disturbance in its firmware. So give it a hard reboot as it might probably solve all such issues.

Hard reset means restarting a computer using alt methods when the operating system or software microcode refutes and the system doesn’t turn on normally.

This is the fix you must try before troubleshooting other things because a hard reboot drains all the already existing static electricity out of the laptop. And this static on the inside of the laptop is one of the most probable causes why such booting rebooting issues happen.

How to Do a Hard Reboot and Perform the Power Drain?

Disconnect all the connected peripherals including the charger (if connected). If your laptop has got a removable battery, take it off as well. Then, simply press the power button for somewhere between 30 seconds to 1 minute. This will drain all the static current off your laptop’s mainboard and other components.

For a laptop with a fixed battery: The internal/fixed battery can also be disconnected via the emergency-reset pinhole on the bottom (check your laptop’s user guide for more details) of most Lenovo laptops especially ThinkPad laptops.

That pinhole ends down on a CMOS reset button pressing which can temporarily disconnect the system’s standard battery and flush out the already-there flea electricity. So locate that hole on the bottom case and get a straightened paper clip (or needle, etc.) to prick it, and press the reset button in fact. And you’re done with the bathe.

But again, just pressing and holding the power button several times (for several seconds each time) quite often do the job in most cases.

Anyways, try powering your laptop now, and it will hopefully turn on normally as it used to.

#2. There Might Possibly be an Issue with the Power Button – How to Troubleshoot?

Let’s say the hard reboot is done, you’ve put the battery back in, reconnected to AC (just in case), and pressed the power button. Wait, what? It’s still not getting on!

Hey, there is highly likely a fault in your laptop’s power button. But don’t worry, here is how to fix a Lenovo laptop that won’t turn on in such a scenario.

Access the BIOS and Boot in Recovery Mode Using the NOVO Button

Most of the IdeaPad laptops today come with a NOVO button (it’s either a button or a pinhole) that enables you to access the BIOS and boot in the recovery mode if your laptop has some sort of booting issues.

The NOVO button is usually located somewhere alongside the power button or on one of the sides of your laptop and can be denoted by an Inverted-U-like arrow mark.

Anyways, locate it on your IdeaPad, and same as we do with the emergency-reset hole on ThinkPad, prick the NOVO pinhole too with a sharp object to press the button inside. If the screen comes up, you can then navigate to the appropriate option to further do up with your machine.

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#3. It Might Be a Battery-related Issue, Who Knows!

If your laptop is not powering up (with several power button taps) on battery, plug in the charger and wait for a while to determine if or not there is a battery-fully-drained issue.

If the laptop shows up something on its display like the Lenovo logo, etc., after a few minutes, you can be sure that the battery was fully drained. And yea, this was obviously the reason why your laptop was not coming live.

So give it a bit of time and let the battery sip some juice. Then power on your laptop after a while, and hopefully, everything will be fine.

Or the Battery Might Have Got Dead and Corrupted

The other most probable issue you might have is a dead and outdated battery. To troubleshoot it, again perform the power drain with everything (i.e. peripheral devices, power cord, and battery) already off the laptop. Then without putting the battery in, just connect the charger and see if the laptop powers on.

If it does, the laptop-not-turning-on problem was actually due to the damaged or uncooperative battery. So get a replacement soon.

#4. The Issue Might Be with the Charger or the Laptop’s Power Jack

The same goes for your power adapter and DC-in port as well. If the power/battery status indicator (light) on the laptop turns on, you can be sure that there is at least no issue with the charger.

Contrarily, if the indicator is dead when you connect to AC, you must first seek for the issues with your laptop charger or the power outlet. Try a replacement power outlet, just in case, to determine any likewise issues. Also, check if the AC wire is firmly connected to the outlet on one end and the adapter brick on the other end.

Or try using a replacement/new charger of the same power rating (it’s ok if you get one with a higher rating as well) as the original one to determine whether the actual reason was a malfunctioning charger.

Plus, check if there is an issue with your laptop’s DC-in jack (i.e. wobbling or displaced connector pin, etc.). If yes, we have a separate article on how to fix the charger port issues. Go, read it.

#5. You’ve Perhaps Got a Malfunctioning Screen – Symptoms and Remedies

I now want you to power up your laptop (on battery or AC, whatever) and carefully notice a few things.

Do you feel like the fan(s) started engaging? Is there some beep-beep-like mainboard sound you can hear? Are you feeling like your laptop, particularly internally, is behaving exactly as it usually did after you would turn it on?

Ok, so if the keyboard backlight is on, the power button blinking, the laptop as a whole seems to be started as normal, but there is nothing on your screen, here is what to do:

First of all, try connecting an external monitor/screen to your laptop to see if the black screen continues. If it does, your laptop screen is in disrepair. Get it to a professional repairman.

But if the black screen doesn’t persist and you get some display on the external monitor, there might just be some display maladjustments on your laptop. So try increasing the screen brightness, etc., using the Function keys (or any appropriate method) as it might solve the issue.

Tried all the stuff and the laptop still refuses to turn on? Contact Lenovo support or take your laptop to a computer professional to get the issue resolved.

Why won’t my Lenovo laptop turn on even when plugged in?

You might be experiencing a problem with your battery or power calibration. Simply unscrew the back panel, remove your lithium-ion battery, and then press the power button to let it discharge all its power, and then put it back in. That’ll do it.

Is there a reset button on a Lenovo laptop?

A Lenovo laptop usually has a small pinhole on the back that you can use to reset it by pushing a needle into the hole and holding it for a few seconds.

How do you fix a black screen on a Lenovo laptop?

Try holding the power button to restart your laptop, if that doesn’t help, try performing a fresh install of windows to remedy your issue.

Final Verdict

So if you have a Lenovo laptop that is not powering up, here’s, clean and tidy, what you ought to do step-by-step:

  1. Try giving the laptop a hard reboot first to fix multiple firmware issues. Then normally boot your laptop up.
  2. Take out the battery and try turning it on straight via AC (just to make sure there are no battery-related issues).
  3. Try getting a replacement charger. You can try using another power outlet too just to be 100% sure about the power supply.
  4. Boot the laptop in the recovery mode using the emergency-reset or NOVO button (in the case of ThinkPad or IdeaPad laptop).
  5. Connect the laptop to an external monitor to determine any possible display defects.

So this is exactly how to fix a Lenovo laptop that won’t turn on. Do follow this flowchart as it is. Scroll up to get detailed know-how, and let me know if it worked for you or not in the comments section below.