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Laptop has power, but will not boot

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#1 swrobbie


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Posted 18 January 2010 - 11:56 PM

Hello everyone,

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.



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#2 garmanma


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Posted 19 January 2010 - 01:22 PM

If I remove the HDD, is there an adapter to plug it into my desktop for data transfer?

A couple of options
IDE interface
This takes either IDE or SATA drives, so it's a little more useful.
Format the drive after recovering what you want and you have a nifety portable storage device
I'm sure others will offer different recommendations

Edited by garmanma, 19 January 2010 - 01:25 PM.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 03:09 PM

I'm sure others will offer different recommendations



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