Discharging laptop makes it start again. Why?

Discussion in 'Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones' started by _Glitch, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. _Glitch

    _Glitch Active Member

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    Hi there.
    I work as an IT-Supporter. Mainly fixing laptops.
    One of the first things i try when i get a laptop that wont respond when the power button is pressed, is to take out the battery and discharge the laptop by holding down the power button for 10 seconds.
    When i explained to the student what i did to make it work again, she asked why that worked and why it happened in the first place.
    Couldn't answer that. Does any of you guys know?
     
  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    What you basically did was reset the bios. Just like on a desktop but on a desktop you can easily remove the cmos battery to where most laptops you can't.
     
  3. _Glitch

    _Glitch Active Member

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    so if i took out the power cord on a desktop and did the same, would that reset the cmos too?
    I though you had to take out the battery before doing that, for it to work.
     
  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    You do need to take out the battery or use the reset cmos jumper. Its just that laptops you don't since you can't easily access the cmos battery.
     
  5. _Glitch

    _Glitch Active Member

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    Ohh ok. Thanks for your help.
     
  6. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    Never seen a power button press with the battery out reset the BIOS. How do you come to this conclusion?
     
  7. aldan

    aldan Active Member

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    no,but it does reset your hardware.
     

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