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Unplug the power cord. Examine it for breaks or other damage. If
you find damage, you know what to replace. Otherwise, plug
everything back in, make sure all of the plugs are firmly in their
sockets, and try again. (If the power cord is a laptop AC adaptor, check
the connections between the different pieces.)

If it still doesn’t work, plug something
else—like a lamp—into the same socket. That
will tell you if there’s a problem with the
surge protector or the electric outlet. If your
surge protector or power strip is under your
desk, check to make sure a wandering toe
didn’t turn it off.

If the cord appears to be fine and the socket
works, try replacing the power cord or, in a laptop, the AC
adapter. You may have to buy one specific to your model.

The problem could be with the power supply. If nothing else
fixes the problem, consider replacing that. Desktop power
supplies are usually cheap and easy to replace yourself.

That’s not the case with laptops. Unless you’re a very skilled
technician, I recommend paying a professional to replace the
power supply on a laptop.

If the PC starts, but fails before Windows can load, go into your
PC’s setup program, make sure that the hard drive is recognized
and in the boot sequence. I went into details about this task
recently (go.pcworld.com/boothelp).

You might also consider booting with a live Linux disc or a flash
drive to see if you can access the contents of the drive (go.
pcworld.com/linuxhelp).

Send your questions to [email protected]

I recommend paying
a professional to
replace the power
supply on a laptop.

http://go.pcworld.com/boothelp
http://www.go.pcworld.com/linuxhelp
mailto:[email protected]
http://www.go.pcworld.com/linuxhelp

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