Booting problems? 6 things to do when your computer won’t start

Trying to turn on your computer, but it refuses to boot? We know how frustrating it can be when a PC refuses to boot properly. Everything works nice and smoothly, and suddenly the system stopped working. This might become even more annoying as knowing where to start fixing a computer can be truly difficult, especially when you lack experience.

Typically, when a computer doesn’t boot, this could potentially indicate some serious issues with your device, but usually is the type of issue you can handle by yourself.

For instance, with some troubleshooting, you can easily solve booting issues with your PC, but that might depend on the situation you are facing or the type of PC you have. In this article, we’ve gathered some basic yet practical steps to fuel up your computer.

  1. Power it up 

Your computer doesn’t turn on at all? Well, it happens. When no fans are running, no lights are flashing, and nothing appears on the screen, it means you have a power issue. 

There is no reason to panic. Try to plug your pc, directly into a different wall outlet, rather than the power strip or battery backup you speculate it might be acting up. Once you’ve done it, check if the power switch on the back of your power is turned on and if the outlet is linked to a light switch, make sure that works too.

If you’re using a laptop, this might be easier to check. All you need to do is make sure the charger is plugged properly and, obviously to the right port. In case you’re charging it using a USB-C, it might help you know that only some of these USB ports can actually provide power.

A power supply issue can often lead to a booting problem, and this can be visible even though the lights and fans do turn on. 

That being said, if these troubleshooting steps in this article fails, you can run anytime to a buy now pay later store to replace your power supply. 


  • Check Your Monitor 


Often the monitor tends to be the source of a booting problem. Even though your computer turns on, your monitor fails to show you that. The screen goes black, but your computer sounds like it wants to listen to you. When this happens, it means your monitor is either broken or doesn’t have access to power, so you’ll have to make sure your monitor is fitly plugged in. And, again you’ll have to do it to a different wall outlet, turn it on and set the correct input on the bottom or on the right side. 

This might be counterintuitive, but you’ll need to make sure the cable connecting your PC to your monitors hasn’t moved.

If these steps don’t get you anywhere, try to plug in your PC to another monitor if you have one laying around – even a TV might prove handy if the Windows shows up there. When it does, it means your monitor might be dead, so you might need to replace it. 


  • Listen Carefully


Your computer makes noises too. When it boots, your computer makes a beeping sound-signalling that it works. But if your computer has problems booting, it may start making a series of beeps, telling that something is wrong. Panicking won’t get you anywhere, so it might be easier to take your phone out and ask Siri or Google Assistant what that beep means. 

If your computer doesn’t make any sounds at all, you might run out of luck- though some desktop PC may provide you with a digital display with a numerical code that resembles an error message. 


  • Reset the Hardware Inside 


If you’ve recently moved and your PC happens to be transported at the same time with other stuff, there’s a chance one or more components of your computer will come loose inside the case. 

But if you’re comfortable enough to open your PC, try to remove the side panel and check if the components are properly installed in their sockets. This should include the graphics card, RAM, motherboard cables and the CPU heatsink. 


  • Scan for Viruses Using a Live CD 


There is a chance for you to deal with a nasty malware, that’s halting your PC from booting. Using a boot CD can help you start your PC from a USB or CD drive and scan your drive for viruses without having to boot into Windows. Download an ISO image and follow the instruction to burn it to a USB.  


  • Boot into Safe Mode 


Safe Mode starts Windows in a basic position, using only a confined set of drivers and files. If a problem doesn’t appear in Safe Mode, this means the basic device drivers and default setting aren’t causing it.

If you’re getting a blue screen, this might be caused by a bad application, hardware problems or even diver issues causing problems on boot. When this happens, try to google the stop code you see on the screen to get more insights into this problem. However, you will still have to boot into the Safe Mode to sort out this issue. 

That being said, though you’ll need to boot into Safe Mode to fix the problem, this used to be a more accessible process for Windows 7 as all we had to do was to press F8 while you boot the PC. The latest versions of Windows made this process a bit trickier, but normally if you interrupt the booting process for a couple of times, by pressing the reset button as the Windows reboots- it’ll take you to the Automatic repair screen, where you can click advanced options. 

One of the worst feelings for many people is when a formerly reliable PC suddenly stops booting]. We tend to take for granted that when we power done the system, it will unquestioningly fire back the time we want to use it. Things aren’t as durable as they seem, especially if you don’t handle it with care and even though you want your PC to operate 24/7 you might find one day that it won’t power up when you need it the most.