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wont boot, bios/clock errors-how much to replace a cmos battery to fix this problem?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by extent, Nov 24, 2010.

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  1. extent

    extent Thread Starter

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    Its a packard bell laptop, and the system started to freeze for no reason. No viruses. Now, I can usually only move the mouse pointer-if it lets me start windows at all (xp). As of tonight, the system wouldnt let me even pass the startup screen, it kept asking for a non existent system password to continue! The system bios clock seems to reset itself too, so I believe the whole problem to be related to the cmos battery.

    My main question is, how much should I roughly be expected to pay for a cmos battery and installation from a general pc repair store? The laptop is out of warranty, so I dont really want to be spending £30+ just for Packard to find and install one either. The reason I need someone else to do it is because this particular packard system has the most awkward setup, and therefore access to the battery is next to impossible..

    as you can see from my (slightly blurry) photo-
    http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/2219/cmoslocation.png

    there are only 3 panels on the back of the machine that you can remove- 1 hard drive, 2 ram, and 3 wifi card (I think!).. the cmos battery (the circle!) is to the right of one of the panels, under the casing. I have tried removing the entire casing, all screws and connections, and even from the front, trying to get to it by removing the keyboard, but it proved impossible to me, so Id rather get someone else to do it. No doubt the difficulty is on purpose so that you would always send it to packard for repair, and for a high price, but this laptop is from 2006 and out of warranty.. so for how much should I have to pay in total from a third party repair shop? I know the cmos batteries themselves (if the type I need is easy to find) are usually next to nothing in price, but what would you pay for installation?

    thanks for any help/suggestions :)
     
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    managed Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    If there's a dismantling guide for your laptop online you could try to fit a new battery yourself.
    If you're ok with that post the exact model of your laptop and I/we will help you look.

    Otherwise to get the best deal I would phone a few small local computer shops and compare their prices with big chains like PC World.
     
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