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How to Fix a Acer Laptop that Keeps Turning Off (STEPS)

Why does my Acer laptop keep shutting off?

The main reason why an Acer laptop keeps shutting down is because of a dying battery, dirty fans or a faulty power adapter.


Possible Reasons

  • Out-of-order power adapter
  • Overheating 
  • Outdated firmware or drivers
  • Virus
  • Dust or dirt


Out-of-order power adapter

If your Acer laptop has a battery problem, it is dependent on a power adapter. And if the adapter has issues – such as a broken cable – it won’t work, resulting in frequent shutdowns.



Your computer’s health depends on the exhaustion it is exposed to. If your computer keeps running for long, its fans also work continuously. When they get exhausted and the system starts heating up, the laptop shuts down to avoid potential damage to the entire system.


Outdated hardware

Updating graphics drivers and other firmware is essential for the smooth working of laptops. If you keep delaying updates, there will come the point when the laptop stops working.


Virus in the system

The virus can easily enter your system. If you have an anti-virus program installed, you should run it frequently to detect any suspicious elements in the system.


Dust and dirt

Many users don’t pay attention to the cleaning of the laptop. Your machine has many openings that allow dust to pass through them, resulting in debris buildup. 


Acer laptop keeps turning off


How To Fix an Acer Laptop That Keeps Restarting?

To fix an Acer laptop that keeps restarting, you should reset your laptop’s battery or update the BIOS.


Here are some methods that can help you fix this issue:


Check For the Possible Hardware Issues [Method 1]

Faulty hardware like motherboard or RAM sticks can cause your laptop to restart continuously. To fix the issue:

  1. Check the RAM sticks and see that they are properly seated in their slots.
  2. Check the CPU for any dust buildup and clean it. Also, clean the processor’s fan and reboot the computer to check if the problem has been resolved.
  3. If the peripheral devices are connected, unplug them all. Plug them one by one to see which device is causing the problem. 


Update Drivers [Method 2]

The problem gets resolved to a large extent once you have updated the drivers. For that:

  1. Go to your drivers’ manufacturer’s website.
  2. Follow the instructions to install the driver.
  3. You can also update it automatically through a third-party app.
  4. Restart the PC and see if the problem has been fixed.


Run The Virus Scan [Method 3]

Another method to fix the problem of constant laptop shuts down is by running a virus scan.

  1. Go to the anti-virus program.
  2. Run a complete check.
  3. Fix the problem detected by the scan.
  4. Restart the computer.


ACER laptop Keeps Turning Off when Starting Up

Acer laptops may shut down constantly if the laptop has a displaced RAM sticks or faulty RAMs.

The problem is resolved:

  1. If RAM sticks are checked to see if they are in the correct slot.
  2. Regularly take out the sticks to clean them.
  3. Update RAM if you are playing some graphics-intensive games.


ACER laptop Keeps Turning Off Randomly

If yourAcerAspire 3 A315-41G-R4BW laptop keeps turning off because of incompatible drivers, clogged fans with dust or debris building or a faulty power supply.

To fix the issue: 

  1. Check if RAM sticks are sitting perfectly in their slots.
  2. If the laptop is charger-dependent, check if the charging cable or the port is not damaged.
  3. Ensure that the laptop’s software is updated.
  4. Update all drivers.
  5. Unplug the laptop and fix the fans and remove the dirt off of them.


The intermittent shutting down of the laptop may be resolved through this method as well:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Select Update and Security.
  4. Choose the Troubleshoot tab.
  5. Select the Power option that you will find under the Find and fix other problems tab.
  6. Choose Run the Troubleshooter.
  7. Follow the subsequent on-screen instructions to fix the problem.


ACER laptop Keeps Shutting Down when The Lid Is Closed

The Acer laptop shuts down whenever its lid is closed because of the current power setting. 

This problem is more common in Acer Swift 3 SF314-42. To resolve it:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select System Icon.
  3. In the left pane, choose the Power and Sleep option.
  4. Go to Related Settings in the right pane.
  5. Click on the Additional Power Settings link.
  6. In the left pane, click on the Choose what closing the lid does option.
  7. Now set the “On Battery” and “Plugged In” options to Sleep.
  8. Click on “Save Changes”.


ACER laptop Keeps Turning Off when Plugged In

The reason why your Acer laptop turns off when it is plugged in is because the voltage output is not correct and because of a faulty power adapter and defective batteries.


Another cause could be malfunctioning RAMs or motherboards.

To resolve the problem:

  1. Press the reset pinhole button for at least 30 seconds
  2. Wait additional 30 seconds before releasing the button
  3. Fully charge the laptop and turn it on
  4. If it doesn’t resolve the issue, open the laptop to disconnect the battery
  5. Hold the button for 30 seconds to “reset.”
  6. Reconnect the battery
  7. Also, check if you need a replacement for either the motherboard or RAM
  8. Connect the laptop with a working power outlet
  9. Change the laptop charger as it is possible that the fault lies in the charger.
  10. If you have worn-out batteries, change them as soon as possible
  11. Multiple apps at a time may overheat the laptop, resulting in constant turning off. Manage your activities better and get the fans checked
  12. Check the port and charger cable for any damages


ACER laptop Keeps Turning Off During BIOS Update

The laptop turns off mid-BIOS-update because of a non-functional CMOS battery. To resolve the issue:

  1. Press the power button for 10 seconds or until your system shuts completely down. Turn on the system.
  2. As soon as the first logo screen appears, press delete to enter the BIOS.
  3. PressF9
  4. Press Enter to load the default configuration.
  5. PressF10
  6. Press Enter to save and exit.
  7. The computer will restart, and the problem will be resolved


Another easy method to get this problem fixed is as follows: 

  1. Unplug the AC power cable.
  2. Open the case.
  3. Take off the CMOS battery (a silver round battery).
  4. Press the power button twice and wait 5 minutes.
  5. Put the battery back and close the case.
  6. Plug the AC power cable and power the computer by pressing the Del key to enter BIOS.


Why ACER laptop keeps Turning Off when Unplugged?

The reason your laptop turns off when you unplug it is because of a faulty battery.Those with Aspire E14 E5-476G have often complained how this problem exists even when their battery status is not “faulty”. 


Here’s what you can do to resolve the issue:

  1. Unplug the AC power adapter.
  2. Hold the power button for 15 seconds.
  3. If you have a battery reset pinhole, insert a pin into the pinhole and hold the button for 5 seconds.
  4. Update drivers by going to Device Manager.
  5. Press the Windows + R keys and type powercfg.cpl and press Enter.
  6. It will open the Power Options window and click on Change plan settings.
  7. Now select Change advanced power settings.
  8. Expand Processor power management.
  9. And choose the Maximum processor state.
  10. Set the on battery mode to 25%.


ACER laptop Keeps Turning Off due to overheating

The Acer laptop keeps turning off due to overheating because of clogged vents.Overheated laptops shut down automatically to save the system and ensure that they are not damaged.


To fix the issue: 

  1. Clean the vents of the laptop and remove all debris buildup.
  2. Thoroughly clean the inside of the laptop – you may ask a hardware technician for this as this process requires precision and care.
  3. Change the battery plan and choose the power save mode.
  4. Laptop tables that provide no room for air also heat laptops; get a new laptop table to resolve this issue.
  5. Apply the thermal paste on the CPU or IC for direct heat transfer between the heat paste and heat sink.


ACER laptop Turns Off when Moved

The reason your Acer laptop turns off when it is moved if because its motherboard loosens from its position. It usually happens because of the heat. Another possibility for this could be an open case. 

The problem with an open case is simple; the loose on your laptop’s case gets loosened. When the system detects that the case is open, it automatically shuts down to avert any damage. Screws on the case tend to loosen quickly, so you will have to check it every few years and tighten them.

Ernie Lo

Ernie Lo is a qualified web designer and web developer. He works as an IT support technician and website manager at Benleigh Vending, and he also fixes vending machines.

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