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Inspiron 5160 - thank you!

I had the power problem (laptop not recognizing charger). thanks to your post I called Dell and they are replacing the motherboard and ac adaptor. I've had to leave my laptop plugged in for the past few months because of the problem and thought it was too expensive to fix. Thanks again!

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  • nise55550 Sep 18, 2008

    I have the same power port problem, sometimes the system does not recognize the power port on boot up. While running is flickers on an off. You have to play with the plug to find a spot where the ac power plug will stay on. This happens constantly and it never completely recharges the battery. I've also lost the use of my usb ports, they seem to have burn out. And lastly my integrated audio has also failed. This is the second time I've had these problems after Dell reluctantly sent a new main system board.

  • Anonymous Oct 10, 2008

    I'm having this problem right now! I can't find the original post for this issue so can someone point me in the right direction? I had a dell technician here a couple of days ago and he replaced the ehat sink as they thought it was something to do with the system overheating and cutting the power but from other posts I have read, is it something to do with the jack IN the laptop where the adapter connects??

    It's quite frustrating!

  • rdutra74 Nov 20, 2008

    I also have this problem. What a pain? I recently purchased a new replacement adapter thinking that it may be that and now was contemplating buying a new battery. I also can't find the original post. Should I get the power ooutlet in the back replaced?



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You can either buy a new motherboard or get the power connector on ebay and solder it on yourself(much cheaper solution)

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