Solved any additional things to do when replaceing desktp battery

November 28, 2014 at 19:38:39
Specs: Windows Vista
I need to replace desktop battery. Are there settings or anything I need to "know" before replacing the battery?

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December 3, 2014 at 13:11:39
Shut down and open the case. Re-seat all cards cables, RAM. Snap the memory modules in and out 4 or 5 times each. Restart and immediately enter the BIOS screens to verify the hard drive is being detected. If fast boot is enabled I suggest you disable it so you can see what is actually being configured.

Take static discharge precautions when inside the case. If you have an on/off switch on the power supply then leave the power cord connected and shut of the power supply. That will leave the case grounded. Touch the case BEFORE touching anything else inside.

Is the date and time holding after you reset it?



#1
November 28, 2014 at 20:59:23
Unplug the computer before touching the battery. Take care with electrostatic discharge by discharging yourself before toughing any components. Pay attention which side faces up so you install the new battery correctly.

After the battery has been replaced you will need to enter the BIOS (setup) screens on start up to reset values like date, time, boot order, etc. Be sure to save the changes upon exit.

Why do you think the battery needs to be replaced? Is the date wrong when you start up?

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#2
November 29, 2014 at 07:25:37
Hi Mathew,

adding to OtheHill advice, write down the parameters he advises, additionally, see if there are any related to the hard disk or disks.

Sometimes one has to input these manually, if the pc bios does not detect automatically.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#3
November 29, 2014 at 08:09:43
Thanks for the reply. I think the boot info should be ok except for date/time. I wasn't sure that this information was stored somewhere, so I would have to re-input all of it. Because somewhere I read "make sure you write down the "setup" information as you will have to enter it after replacement"
The computer is >10 years old and first error was seek failure, then got CMOS checksum error then cmos battery failed. So hope the battery replacement will do the job

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#4
November 29, 2014 at 08:14:03
I will check setup before replacement. So I guess sometimes the info does not automatically restore. My order of boot is 0: hard drive; 1: tsst... the cd drive; 2&3: none

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#5
November 29, 2014 at 08:21:57
As long as you are changing the battery, carefully clean out the dust, especially near the CPU and power supply fans.

Use canned air, not a vacuum.


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#6
November 29, 2014 at 13:36:21
If your CMOS battery has failed, the BIOS settings have already reset to defaults. Not much point in writing them down but I guess it can't hurt to do so.

Boot order is incorrect, CD drive should be 1st.

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#7
November 29, 2014 at 19:15:22
The CMOS stores them as long as there is a good battery. Battery dead or removed and the memory is gone (that is why the battery is for).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
December 2, 2014 at 21:14:41
Installed new battery, No luck. Sill get seek error on boot drive. I was able to (once) get it to boot in safe mode, so copied everything I could think of to my 2 TB external drive.
I guess I will get a new hard drive and I have a copy of Win 7, so will install it. Sound like a plan? Except I've never done this before. Any suggestions? Procedure

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#9
December 3, 2014 at 09:03:20
If you booted into safe mode then the hard drive is likely OK.

Before you do that I suggest you run a diagnostic on the exiting hard drive. Western digital have their own and Seagate and Hitachi utilities may work on any drive.

If you did NOT check the BIOS settings then the hard drive may not be in the boot order. Another possibility is that the cables are not fitting tightly.

Swapping out the hardware before diagnosing is not the way to proceed.

Run the diagnostic (drive fitness test) first and report back what you get.

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#10
December 3, 2014 at 10:53:26
I got to boot again safe mode. Selected repair computer.
Now have a display with many options:
1.startup repair
2.system restore
3.windows complete PC restore
4 command prompt
5. Dell factory image restore
Hmmm. Too many choices.
To get to the safe mode, I selected =the F1 (retry) from the seek error page display
BTW, my seek sequence is ok, to the 0 hrd drive

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#11
December 3, 2014 at 12:42:31
Try #1 from the list

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#12
December 3, 2014 at 13:01:31
Startup repair could not detect a problem
Clicked on detail, showed results of all test, ending with
comp = 0
Number of root causes = 1
restart: seek error still
selected opt 4. windows memory diagnostic tool
currently running....
When I attempt boot, get seek error, PF1 retry gives the option to boot safe mode.

I ran the memory test because unit had been moved when installed the new battery. Maybe mem card loose ..?
waiting on test complete...
Still not sure if hardware (disk, memory) or software problem


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#13
December 3, 2014 at 13:11:39
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Shut down and open the case. Re-seat all cards cables, RAM. Snap the memory modules in and out 4 or 5 times each. Restart and immediately enter the BIOS screens to verify the hard drive is being detected. If fast boot is enabled I suggest you disable it so you can see what is actually being configured.

Take static discharge precautions when inside the case. If you have an on/off switch on the power supply then leave the power cord connected and shut of the power supply. That will leave the case grounded. Touch the case BEFORE touching anything else inside.

Is the date and time holding after you reset it?


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#14
December 3, 2014 at 13:34:12
Whoo wee. After the windows diagnostic pgm finished, my Normal desktop appeared. I updated the date/time and it reloaded my gmail. Desktop/icons, everything looks normal.
Do I dare try do a shutdown and restart? I loaded several more web sites, OK.
I'm thinking of doing a IMAGE copy of hard drive for easier restore. Maybe take a checkpoint now...?
before I try a restart.
Thanks for all the info/help.

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#15
December 3, 2014 at 14:52:20
I assume you mean a restore point.

If you saved the BIOS settings upon exit then you shouldn't need to reset the time and date. Is that the case? If so, you may have either bent the contact for the CMOS battery or possibly installed upside down. You don't have the clear CMOS jumper in the clear position do you? That can damage the motherboard.


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#16
December 4, 2014 at 12:39:35
OK, consistently seek error on boot, one option is RETRY WITH F1. Do this and it boots OK every time.
The boot list is ok.

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#17
December 4, 2014 at 12:45:08
You may have hardware that is missing but it is being sought. Have you checked to verify the CMOs settings are holding now?

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#18
December 4, 2014 at 13:45:56
Oh, boy. I was sure I had checked the cmos and the 1.44 diskette was marked disabled. NOT. All I can think of is it was enabled somehow when exiting the F2 SETUP. So now just restarted twice and all fine. This last time I made doubly sure that it was marked disabled.
Thanks so much OtheHill for all the assistance. It's been a learning experience.

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