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Computer battery replacement?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by wino1, May 28, 2001.

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  1. wino1

    wino1 Thread Starter

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    My computer is 4 years old. Does the battery need replacing? What happens if I just let it go?
    Can I replace it myself or should I take it into a shop?

    Thanks for the help
     
  2. brianF

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    It's probably time to start thinking about it, can't say for sure how long they last, some longer than others.

    If the battery fails you will lose you saved settings in the cmos. If your machine automatically detects settings it is not a big deal, but some use user defined and those settings are lost.

    It's a good idea to go through your bios screens and write down the information just in case it happens.
    Usually when you boot up you will see a prompt saying to enter setup hit <key>, that will take you into your bios. Note the information, specifically anything that looks like it's not default values.

    Most machine's have a button type battery in a small holder, just a matter of shutting the machine down, removing the old one carefully so as not to damage the holder, and inserting a new one, but the bios will have to be reset on reboot.
     
  3. wino1

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    Is the CMOS settings the same as the BIOS settings?
    Do you have any idea where on the board I might find the battery?


     
  4. Lurker1

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    Hi wino1
    Yes, CMOS settings are the same as the Bios settings. On most newer computers the battery looks something like a quarter, about the same size shiny, silver and round.
     
  5. sabledog

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    does your pc clock keep losing time... that is a good sign battery is getting bad...
    sb
     
  6. Chum

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    This is something we should all think(ahead)about! Question: any way you can print out your BIOS settings for future reference?








     
  7. wino1

    wino1 Thread Starter

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    Chum raises a very good question. Can the BIOS settings be printed out?
     
  8. Jeckler

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    I thought I've seen reference to a program that can capture your BIOS setting to a file. Maybe a flash program. Probably specific to each BIOS manufacturer. Try Google.
     
  9. ~Candy~

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    This may or may not work on all computers, but while you have your bios screen up in front of you, hit the print screen button....You may or may not have to do it for each section.
     
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