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Dell Inspiron 5160 Black screen on power up

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I have Dell Inspiron 5160 bought 4 years back. When I press power button it is not powering up. If I press shift key it powers up but the screen is black. Only fan is running and the green and orange lights are flashing. CD/DVD tray opens up but no sign of bootin up or anything. To shut off the power I need to remove ac adaptor and then battery.

Can you pl help and suggest a solution.
Thanks in Advance.

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  • freedman Oct 30, 2008

    I have sort of the same problem i bought a brand new battery because it kept hibernating all the time.when i put the new battery in it the 5160 came right on then i followed the instructions to drain it on the battery alone to program the battery memory i guess when we went to power it back on it would never start up again the only way is to pull the power plug out and press shift key and plug it in then it starts with the fan running full bore but no screen or start up and must unplug the power again to shut it off.

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There is a small board that the power button is integrated into that connects to the motherboard. When this power board malfunctions it will cause this issue with the machine. It can, and quite often does, damage the motherboard when it malfinctions. You should take the machine in for a power board replacement and a diagnostic to make sure that the power board hasn't damaged the motherboard.

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