Lenovo Laptop Won’t Turn On – Blinking or No Power Light

Issue: Several Lenovo laptop models have had issues returning from sleep, suspend or hibernation mode. An affected laptop may be fine one day but wont power on the next. In this state the Power LED indicator light may do nothing when pressed, or may blink 3 times but the laptop remains idle with a blank black screen. No beeps, no BIOS post messages, no keyboard back light, no nothin… Your laptop is now a very expensive but not construction worthy brick.

Prevention (sometimes) Update the BIOS!!

Solution(s) – try the solutions below one at a time until your laptop fires up

Solution #1 – Power Button Drain
Old faithful. If this works, think about buying a lottery ticket.

  1. Unplug power
  2. If your laptop has removable batteries, remove them
  3. Press and hold the power button for 30 seconds
  4. Return battery and power
  5. Power on

Solution #2 – Reset Hole
Try not to think about this. Your expensive laptop came with an emergency reset hole specifically for this issue.

  1. Unplug power
  2. Find a thin paper clip
  3. Find the Emergency Reset Hole on your laptop
  4. Press and hold the Reset Hole for ten seconds with the paper clip
  5. Power on

Solution #3 – Fully Drain All Power
Completely drain all power from the laptop – some disassembly required.

  1. Unplug power
  2. Remove bottom cover (search Youtube for a removal guide for your model)
  3. Remove both the “external” and internal Batteries
  4. Press and hold the power button for 30 seconds
  5. Replace batteries, shell and power
  6. Power on

Solution #4 – Remove CMOS battery
Last chance garage – pull it, give that little ole battery a kiss & a rattle in the hand like a pair of dice and pray for power!

  1. Unplug power
  2. Remove bottom shell of the laptop – Search YouTube, your laptop’s support website or this website for a how to guide: https://www.ifixit.com/
  3. Unplug the CMOS battery for 30 seconds
  4. Replace shell
  5. Power on

Solution #5
This involves Fed-Ex. This is not the step you want.

  1. It’s hard to update the BIOS when your computer wont turn on so…
  2. Call Lenovo Support
  3. Ship package
  4. Contemplate your brand selection process
  5. Forgive all when that baby’s back, powered on and rockin!

4 thoughts on “Lenovo Laptop Won’t Turn On – Blinking or No Power Light

  1. thanks it works after changing ram and ssd drive on my laptop T460 it failed to turn on
    i used paper clip Before was a terrfiying moments

    thanks God bless you

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