I have just come across a serious issue with my 4 year old Acer Aspire 5536 (I know its old but i like it and it still performs). Anyway when pressing the power button the fan speeds up the lights come on but the computer will not start.
To get my computer to start I need to power on the computer and cover the fan vent for about 10 mins and restart and after i have done that it will run perfectly.
Does anybody have any ideas? I would prefer to fix the issue rather than buy a new laptop
You have to cover the fan vent to get it to start ? One of the problems with laptops not starting or overheating is dust clogging up the internal CPU fan causing it to stop and thus overheat and shut down the system which CPUs are designed to do, so I am surprised that by covering the fan vent this allows the laptop to start or am I not understanding your problem ?
No your understanding correctly it seems that if I start the computer from room temperature it won't start but if I start it hot either from covering the vent or just shouting down and powering up it works fine, very confusing I know, I've even tried updating the bios and all, anyone have any ideas???
Yes you are right i am dolally today anything been spilt onto the laptop at all any liquids just trying to find a possible reason why you have to blow into the vent is this the exhaust vent where the fan blows air out or the vents underneath which help draw cool air in?
Strange problem that you may use a can of compressed air to blow out the vents and exhaust fan are and maybe open up checking for debris inside which maybe blocking the airflow around around the case use a mini vac you canget in a computer repair kit if you have one to suck up any dust or debris on and around the mainboard as well and see if that helps. Having to cover the vents for 10 mins will probably cause it to overheat and may do more damage.