HP Will Not Boot

HP Will Not BootIf your HP will not boot, there could be numerous reasons. We will run you through several troubleshooting tips specific to HP computers and other computers. HP and Dell will often have special diagnostic lights. Some will not, however, and you will need to take steps to reset hardware and perform a process of elimination to find the source of the problem. Generally, hardware problems will manifest in the form of the computer not powering up, making unusual beeps or strange sounds from the hard drive. Fans might not spin, or there might be a blinking power button. Software issues, howere, can cause your PC to want to boot into Safe Mode, constantly restart or give the traditional Blue Screen of Death.

Reset HP BIOS If HP Will Not Boot

The first thing you should do if your HP will not boot and you suspect a hardware issue is to unplug all external devices, including printers, hard drives, thumb drives, etc. If the problem persists, you will want to make sure the BIOS didn’t get configured wrong accidentally. If you can get to a start-up screen, tap the F10 button to get to the BIOS setup screen. Depending on your model, that might be a different function key. Try pressing F9 when in the BIOS settings to reset it. If that doesn’t work, you can usually scroll through the menus until you find the BIOS reset option. Once you do that, press F10 to save and exit. Hopefully, your PC will boot without further issues. If it does not, you may have an issue with the hard drive. Go back into the BIOS and look under TOOLS for the hard drive diagnostic test. If it produces any errors, contact HP for a replacement.

No Power To HP Computer

Your HP computer may demonstrate no power or partial power, with some lights and fans working while others do not. Or the computer might be completely dead. Most newer HP computers will have an LED on the back. Whether or not this light is on, unplug the power from the back of the computer and hold the front power button for twenty seconds to drain any stored power in the motherboard’s capacitors. Plug the computer back in and try powering it back on. If the LED light is solid, but you still have no power, open the case and see if the motherboard LED is green. If the LED is out, the power supply is probably bad. If the LED is on, the motherboard is probably the culprit.

But you still should not rule out any internal components. Before replacing the motherboard, remove and re-seat the RAM if your HP will not boot.

Reset To Factory Condition If HP Will Not Boot

If you ultimately suspect your computer’s problems are software related, you can try booting into Safe Mode by tapping the F8 key, then going in and removing any recently install software or drivers. This is a great option if you know you did something to cause the problem. Or you may simply choose to save time and energy by resetting your HP computer to factory defaults. Tap F10 when booting until you see the recovery menu. If your hard drive has a recovery partition, you can reset it using that method. If you have recovery disks, you may need to use them. Read more on how to recovery your HP here.

If your HP will not boot after these tips, let us know and we’ll try to help.

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