Having problems with your Dell Inspiron 5160 Notebook ?

Hi, I bought a liquid metalpad thermal interface cpu pad for my dell inspiron 5160 laptop. I replaced the old paste from between cpu and the heatsink fan. I cleaned the surface using alcohol. I didn't follow the exact installation steps since originally my cpu won't come up to full power so it can't even bring up my windows, i.e., blank screen, that's when I thought there could be a heat issue. My computer was recently sent to repair so the cpu was removed from the heatsink fan. There was


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The CPU can fail with continual thermal shutdowns.
\015\012I doubt restoring the BIOS back to the factory default will solve this problem.
\015\012Anyway the BIOS battery maybe located behind one of the panels on the bottom of the laptop behind some component or it maybe under the keyboard or the under the case between the front edge of the laptop and keyboard.
\015\012Holding down the power button for 30 secs will not clear the BIOS settings, When a laptop locks up you can force it to shutdown/off by holding down the power button.
\015\012I would have used heral paste, don't know how efficient the metalpad is.
\015\012There is no sensor on a CPUs that detects what type of thermal paste is applied ti the CPU.
\015\012The CPU can be damaged by static electricity if handled carelessly by touching the CPU pins. Unless you can test this CPU in another computer, you won't know it it is good or bad, you maybe be able to get you friendly computer repair shop to test it for you.
The CMOS is usually found at the lower right corner of the motherboard. It looks like this
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Just remove and put it back in, your cmos and bios settings will be reset to defaults. I really think you should have looked for the original paste though. Really hope the reset works.

Good luck,
Sai.
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