NIC failure Alert! System battery voltage is low

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I recently purchased a used desktop...Everytime my comp starts it reads :
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Alert! System battery voltage is low.
 

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It probably needs a new Cmos battery.

If you tell us the make and model (or motherboard make and model if it's a custom build) we can help you find out which battery you need and where it goes on the motherboard.

Does it get into XP ?
 

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It probably needs a new Cmos battery.

If you tell us the make and model (or motherboard make and model if it's a custom build) we can help you find out which battery you need and where it goes on the motherboard.

Does it get into XP ?
Dell Optiplex, and yes it gets in and then asks for administrator password.
 

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If it's a Dell OptiPlex, it will have a 7-character "service tag/serial" number on it.
Advise us what that exact number is.

Where did you purchase it used?
It sounds like it's password-protected.

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Getahobby1

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Serial tag :FSTF891
I purchased it at a Goodwill!
If it's password protected will I be wasting my time with it??
 

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If you can't find out the password you will have to install an OS onto it.
 

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OS?? What exactly is that, and how would I go about installing it??? (Not computer savvy at all)
 

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According to that service tag/serial number, you have THIS Dell Dimension 3100/E310 desktop.
It appears it originally came with a version of Windows XP 32-bit or Windows Vista 32-bit.
The Certificate-Of-Authenticity sticker on it will confirm the exact Windows version it originally came with.

All official support for Windows XP 32-bit ended in April 2014.
All official support for Windows Vista 32-bit ended in April 2017.
Depending on which devices(graphics, audio, ethernet, etc.) it has, it may be able to run Windows 7 32-bit.
Unfortunately, a legitimate copy is very difficult to find and will cost more than what that desktop is worth.

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OS = Operating System (usually Windows).

This is a service manual for your PC :- https://downloads.dell.com/manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_dimension_desktops/dimension-3100_service manual_en-us.pdf

If you look at P.49 (3 pages up from the end) it shows the battery location (Item 15).
P.39 describes how to fit a new battery. Looks like a CR2032 battery which are very common.
(those page numbers are from my PDF reader program, there are no page numbers on the pages themselves)

I realise you may not want to bother changing the battery now but I posted the above in case you do decide to do it
 
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Getahobby1

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I just ordered a new battery for motherboard, however do you think the Windows 10 home/professional repair/restore/reinstall/recovery disc will help me as far as the administrator login? I keep reading reviews that refer to a key?? (I have no idea what that means)!!
 

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There was no need to order a CR2032 battery.
You can buy one at Wal-Mart or any other department/electronics store for about $3.00.

What Windows 10 repair/restore/reinstall/recovery disc are you referring to?
Where did you get it from?

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I have a feeling that the NIC failure is a separate issue to the battery issue.
As to the password, there is a workaround but due to the nature of it, we would not be able to assist.

I would suggest to take it to a computer repair shop to assist in getting this machine functional, but as Frank said, it may be more trouble than its worth.
 

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Serial tag :FSTF891
The service tag/serial number you submitted in post #5 is assigned to a Dell Dimension model desktop.
However, you said in post #3 that you have a Dell OptiPlex model desktop.

I decided to change the letter S to the number 5 to see if you misread it or made a typo.
Lo and behold, service tag/serial number F5TF891 is assigned to this Dell OptiPlex GX520 desktop.

What's the exact Windows version on the Certificate-Of-Authenticity sticker on that desktop's case?

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I've had plenty of coffee, and my eyesight has gotten better. (y) :D

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