Laptop shorts out

August 10, 2009 at 10:55:10
Specs: Windows XP
When left on for long periods of time or when starting up, sometimes my laptop will short out and the plug-in light will turn orange. As a result, the date on my laptop is reset to January 2000 and I am unable to perform a system restore. Is there a way to prevent my laptop from shorting out?

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#1
August 10, 2009 at 11:57:23
Your laptop isn't shorting out, but your motherboard battery is probably dead or dying.

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#2
August 10, 2009 at 12:55:53
Laptop shorts out and flickering screen that you cannot adjust - are they the same computer?

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#3
August 10, 2009 at 15:58:51
aegis1: Thank you. Can a motherboard battery be replaced? And if so, does it take a specialist to do that?

XpUser: Yes, the flickering screen I can't adjust and the computer going off, both issues are on the same laptop. Sorry if that caused any confusion.


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#4
August 10, 2009 at 16:02:01
The motherboard battery can be replaced. The difficulty varies from laptop to laptop.

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#5
August 10, 2009 at 16:11:31
aegis1: I found a removable battery on the bottom of my laptop. That wouldn't be the motherboard battery by any chance, would it?

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#6
August 10, 2009 at 16:38:55
If it's smaller than a pack of cigarettes, that's probably it.

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#7
August 10, 2009 at 16:49:24
To be absolutely sure we are talking about the same thing, you need to first tell us what is this laptop make & model.

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#8
August 10, 2009 at 16:50:27
aegis1: I'm sorry to bother you with this but do you have any idea how much a new motherboard battery may cost?

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#9
August 10, 2009 at 16:54:11
XpUser: I really don't know. It's made by Toshiba and Intel it looks like, and it uses Windows XP. Is there anyway to see what kind of model it is?

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#10
August 10, 2009 at 16:56:34
Doesn't the motherboard battery usually look like a large watch battery? And it is internal, on the main bord itself.

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#11
August 10, 2009 at 18:49:14
Novice5, I don't know the price of the mobo battery for a Toshiba, but I would guess about $5-10 US.

Likelystory, the motherboard batteries in Laptops are not necessarily the same as a desktop. In fact I think most are different. I think that's because the motherboard is so hard to get at in a laptop.


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#12
August 10, 2009 at 20:04:41
Thank you very much for your help Aegis1. Do you think replacing the motherboard battery will remedy the issue?

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#13
August 10, 2009 at 20:40:28
The fact that you lose the bios settings is the indicator. It's that battery that keeps the bios settings when power is lost.

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#14
August 10, 2009 at 20:53:24
I stand corrected.

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#15
August 10, 2009 at 21:01:39
Aegis1: So in theory, if I get a new motherboard battery, I should have access to this BIOS settings thing I've been hearing about? What exactly does the BIOS do exactly?

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#16
August 10, 2009 at 21:18:37
It loads the Operating system and provides instructions to the processor.

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#17
August 10, 2009 at 21:25:36
Thank you likelystory

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#18
August 11, 2009 at 10:08:54
Novice5, you 'always' have access to the Bios during the boot process. You should get a line on the screen telling you what key(s) to press to access the bios 'setup' routine.
The motherboard battery just saves the bios settings when power is lost to the system.
It's not a good idea to mess with the bios settings unless you know what you are doing. :-)

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#19
August 11, 2009 at 22:19:23
Thank you Aegis1. I'll look into getting a new motherboard battery.

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