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Old 02-16-2009, 01:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have with me a beastly Dell Inspiron 5160 which when the power button is pressed the lights on the front blink however thats all. The battery light stays on and blinks about 3 times then dies. Is this a faulty battery or more serious?

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Old 02-16-2009, 01:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Won't power on..

It could be a wide number of things between bad battery, bad motherboard, etc.
This thing happened to me last year, but I was able to cure it by simply blowing air and clearing out all the dust. I guess a dust particle was causing a short -- I'm not exactly sure what happened but doing this helped me.

I would suggest covering all your bases first before you go and spend money on repairs i.e. blow that sucker with air.
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It's not mine but i will do that haha, should be fun :|
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If none of the above works, disconnect the power, open the case and remove the watch battery on the systemboard. Hold the power button for 10-15 seconds. Reseat the memory. Reinstall the battery, plug in the system and see if it poweres on now.
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Take the battery out, but plug the laptop in.

I found one time that this dead battery prevented the computer from loading the os. It would just halt. But as soon as I removed the dead battery, it worked perfectly.
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Hmm oook. I actually hate dells. I get two dells for reparis and the simplest things are impossible. I have a dell XPS. Yeah it's really good. It dosnt even have a socket cpu. Got a nice slot
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Dells can be hit-and-miss quality wise. At least they're usually well documented and fairly easy to service, though.
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Did absolutely nothing
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