20 Most Recent Dell Inspiron 5160 Notebook Questions & Answers

Hi Sharon Gross,

This is in regards to restoring the Dell Inspiron 5160 to factory state. Please try the steps mentioned by JonSnell Electronic but if this doesn't help (if the recovery partition is deleted) then you may have to purchase an operating system disc from a local store.

Thanks and Regards.
Kiran Kumar.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Feb 10, 2015

I don't know your computer, have you read the Trouble Shooting chapter in its manual? You could try plugging the computer in and leaving it to charge for several hours; my notepad will not display if the battery is flat. Good luck!

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jun 25, 2013

Pls check system partition, and take necessary backup.
this is a drive identification problem and u need to delete all drives from HDD. and then reinstall OS.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Apr 01, 2013

google this solution for password reset programs... use mfg boot disk and open pc for reset

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jan 10, 2013

Please supply your bios Lock with this error code, should look something like this 55LXQF1-595B. First 7 digits will be different. I will then give you a master key.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jan 05, 2013

Download the audio driver from http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/uk/en/ukdhs1/Product/inspiron-5160

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Dec 24, 2012

try connecting through an ethernet cable. see what happens. Install the appropriate modem driver and network driver from support site.
post your comments if solved/not solved
Hope this helps

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Dec 23, 2012

That usually applies to desktops with an add-on car, because laptops have integrated video chips.


F2 should be your BIOS access key.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Dec 01, 2012

I recommend purchasing a new Dell Inspiron battery.
The code 4 blinking orange or amber and one green, means a defective battery.
Thank You, Raphael

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Aug 22, 2012

you mite have fried the power supply. or the battery.. try removing the battery and pluging it in,and then power it up

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jun 13, 2012

Hi there!

First the problem that you were having with the ac adapter can be fix by just updating your computers BIOS.

Now for the computer not turning on try this, first remove battery make sure ac adapter is unplugged then press power button for 5 seconds after that put in battery and then press FN + POWER at the same time this triggers the diagnostic on your computer if it runs then just wait if it will give you an error message. If it fails then try to use just the ac adapter that means battery should be unplugged.

Hope this helps!.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Sep 08, 2011

if the battery LED blinks orange, most likely there is a problem with the battery itself. Try to remove the battery and have the power cable connected to it. If there is no battery LED blinking, call Dell to replace the battery itself..

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Aug 20, 2011

I understand that drivers are very important to laptop to work perfectly. But don't worry I will help you to download a free drivers online:

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Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Aug 15, 2011

must be a virus called recycler .scan the whole comp

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Jun 13, 2011


The most common reasons for power issues are the battery, power jack and power adapter/cord.

Power off and remove the battery. If the laptop powers on with just the adapter connected, your battery is faulty.

If you move/wiggle the power adapter at the point where it connects to the laptop, and the power goes off and on, the power jack is the problem.

The power jack is inside the laptop and either needs soldering or replacement. If a power jack problem, it should be addressed by someone knowledgeable.

If no change, the power adapter is probably faulty and needs replacement.

Hope this helps.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on May 26, 2011

Either battery pack is not inserted all the way or you need a reset,
Pull battery out for 10 minutes, press and hold power button for 3 seconds, wait 5 more minutes, put battery back in and turn on. This should fix the problem as long as the power supply is not faulty which is common.

Dell Inspiron... | Answered on Mar 06, 2011

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