How to Fix a Computer That Turns on but Displays Nothing 1 0

Last updated on Oct 21, 2022 08:11:20 AM in Hardware » Computer/Desktop
Posted BySherry Singh

Try these common fixes in the order we present them:e

  • Test your monitor. Before you begin more complicated and time-consuming troubleshooting with the rest of your computer, make sure your monitor is working properly.

    With the monitor disconnected from your computer, turn it on and off. If the display shows diagnostic information of any kind, you know the display is powered and is capable of displaying content.

  • Verify that your PC has completely restarted and is powering up from a completely powered off state. See how to restart your computer if you need help. A computer might appear to "not be on" when actually it's just having problems resuming from either the Standby/Sleep or Hibernate power saving mode in Windows.
  • Troubleshoot the cause of the beep code if you're lucky enough to get one. A beep code will give you a very good idea of exactly where to look for the cause of your computer turning off.
  • Clear the CMOS. Clearing the BIOS memory on your motherboard will return the BIOS settings to their factory default levels. A BIOS misconfiguration could be why your PC won't start up all the way.
  • Verify that the power supply voltage switch is set correctly. If the input voltage for the power supply isn't correct, then your computer might not turn on completely. There's a good possibility that your PC wouldn't power on at all if this switch is wrong, but an incorrect power supply voltage might also prevent your computer from starting properly in this way, too.
  • Reseat everything possible inside your PC.
  • Reseat the CPU only if you suspect that it might have come loose or might not have been installed properly.
  • Check for signs of electrical shorts inside your computer. If you find them, then you'll need to investigate the causes of those electrical shorts.
  • Test your power supply. Just because your computer's fans and lights are working doesn't mean that the power supply is functioning properly. The PSU tends to cause more problems than any other hardware, and is often the cause of a computer's components to work selectively or intermittently. Replace your power supply immediately if it fails any test you perform.
  • Start your computer with essential hardware only. The purpose here is to remove as much hardware as possible while still maintaining your PC's ability to power on. For example, disconnect peripheral devices that aren't necessary for your computer to work properly, such as USB-connected storage devices.

If your computer starts normally with only essential hardware installed, proceed to Step 11.

If your computer still isn't displaying anything on your monitor, proceed to Step 12.

  • Reinstall each piece of hardware that you removed in Step 10, one piece at a time, testing after each installation. Since your computer powered on with only the essential hardware installed, those components must work properly. This means that one of the hardware components you removed is causing your PC to not turn on properly. By installing each device back into your PC and testing them each time, you'll eventually find the hardware that caused your problem. Replace the defective hardware once you've identified it.
  • Test your computer's hardware using a Power On Self Test card. If your PC still isn't displaying information on your monitor with anything but essential computer hardware installed, a POST card will help identify which piece of remaining hardware is causing your computer to not come on completely.
If you don't have and are unwilling to purchase a POST card, skip to Step 13.
  • Replace each piece of essential hardware in your computer with an identical or equivalent spare piece of hardware that you know is working, one component at a time, to determine which piece of hardware could be at fault. Test after each hardware replacement to determine which component is defective.
  • If you don't have a POST card or spare parts to swap in and out, you're left not knowing which piece of your essential PC hardware is faulty. In these cases, you have little option than to rely on the help of individuals or companies that do offer these resources.

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