Inspiron 5160 power up issue

By darmatwil
Jul 30, 2009
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  1. I have a Dell Inspiron 5160. This morning it suddenly can't recognize the power adaptor. It boots from the battery, but acts as if the ac adaptor isn't there. I can get a new ac adaptor, but i was wondnering if there should be something deeper that I need to look into.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,748   +156

    It is very wise to try another AC adapter before the internal main battery dies
  3. darmatwil

    darmatwil Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    I have one on the way. I think that the spot where a cat bit the cable has alot to do with it. Never seen a cat jump so quick as that. BTW love your avitar. I am a Marvin fan as well. Thanks.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,748   +156

    I love my cats too. Luckily my two cats have outgrown the tendency to chew cables. My friend in Las Vegas has 4 Yorkies, and a lot of electrical taped computer cables in his office. Good luck!
  5. darmatwil

    darmatwil Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Ok, this is real weird. My laptop would not recognize the adaptor at all at work today. I brought it home to test it with a similar one from my wifes old laptop. I hook it up, plug it in and it startsright up like nothing is wrong. It's charging and running fine. I am still thinking it is the adapter, but this is just weird.
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,748   +156

    Yes, please get another AC adapter soon...
  7. darmatwil

    darmatwil Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    It's on the way.
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,748   +156

    Cool, let us know what it does
  9. darmatwil

    darmatwil Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    I got my new adapter monday. I haven't had any issues since. Been very cautious about posting if it is fixed. Apparently the adapter was bad.

    Thanks for all the help.
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