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Inspiron 5150 won't boot up


My laptop worked fine last night but when went to start it this morning it sounds like it is trying to boot up but nothing happens. I took the battery out and put it back in then tried again but still nothing. Could it have crashed and is there any way to retrieve the files that were saved on there. I can always re-load the sofftware but I need the files that were saved.

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  • wilson1216 Dec 30, 2008

    I thought the same thing and tried that as well but nothing on the alternative monitor

  • wilson1216 Dec 30, 2008

    Nothing happened when I pressed Del or F1 or F5. And I tried taking battery out as well. any other thoughts

  • iq01 Jan 08, 2009

    My laptop (inspiron 5160) is also not booting up. It had this problem whenever I left my laptop on charging while its shutdown. But normally after few attempts it starts. Two days back I left it in this condition (on charging while the laptop was shutdown) for about 12 hours and now its not booting up. When I switch it on the led’s blinks the fan goes on and then goes off in few seconds.

    Please let me know if anybody has any idea what’s wrong with it?

  • Eric Ramirez
    Eric Ramirez May 11, 2010

    Have you hooked to an external monitor to make sure its not just the display?

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    I'm trying to retrieve my files from mywinlocker but the laptop I saved them on was stolen is there any way that I may be able to see those files again

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When upower up the laptop then press del or F! F5 or any key for enter bios.
then reset your bios settings.
if u not see any disaply then u have to reset bios.
remove cmos cell battery for 10 second it is in back side of laptop

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    kishor khatri Dec 31, 2008

    remove battery then clean its slotd and also on laptop slots.then refix it.

    also try Del or F1 to F12 key for enter in bios.

    but first check keybotrd num lock is on /off when u press.if it is on and off then your laptop is working fine.



    may be then your harddisk is not detected.but check num lock first.

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