Lenovo ThinkPad Won’t Turn On

Lenovo X1 Carbon Gen8

Troubleshooting steps


  1. Press and hold the power button for a full 12 seconds
  2. Release and then press the power button once

Still not turning on?


  • Try a different charger with the laptop. Any USB-C charger that is rated at 45W or higher (ideally 65W) will work.

Still not working?


  • The laptop BIOS may need to be reset. There is a hole on the bottom of the laptop for this purpose, using a paper clip or SIM tool, press the reset button for 60 seconds:

None of that worked?


Got it booted up?


  • Great! Now let’s make sure your ThinkPad has the latest drivers and updates.
  • Run the Lenovo Vantage or Commercial Vantage app (found in your Start Menu > All Programs), the app looks like one of these icons:
  • Now you can run System Update in the Vantage app.
  • Please note it can take up to 60 seconds before the app displays available updates, so be patient!

Thanks for reading.