Posted 18 January 2010 - 11:56 PM
My Dell Inspiron 5160 laptop recently started acting up. The battery has been losing capacity gradually, which is probably normal for the age. I was using it last week and noticed the battery was at 10%, so I plugged in the power adapter. No change in battery status and the laptop soon lost all power. I took it to a local repair shop and had the adapter tested. It's good. I have replaced the power jack twice on this laptop, so I know its not defective. The technician removed the battery and plugged in the adapter, and it powered up fine (go figure). While on, he re-inserted the battery and the display went black. We both agreed it was a bad battery. I left.
Now, it will power up, but not boot... sometimes. I did get it to stay on for about 5 minutes once until I plugged in the NIC. It turned off the screen, shut off the fan, but left the power light lit. Currently, I can't even get to the BIOS screen.
Is there another fix for this? Would the CMOS battery be causing this problem? I am not opposed to junking this machine for something else, but my wife has data she wants to retrieve from the HDD. How can I extract data if I can't turn the machine on? If I remove the HDD, is there an adapter to plug it into my desktop for data transfer?
Any ideas would be appreciated.