battery replacement

Packard bell / F261cd
March 1, 2010 at 11:01:48
Specs: Windows XP
screen prompts that system battery is dead, to replace & reset. where is the battery & how is it replaced?

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March 1, 2010 at 11:59:06
"where is the battery & how is it replaced?"

If the computer you're getting the message on is a laptop or netbook, the battery is inside the case, and you would need a service manual to find out how to remove and replace it. If you don't want to do that yourself, take the computer to a local place that repairs laptops and netbooks.

If the computer you're getting the message on is a desktop computer
- if the subject computer is a brand name system, that information is in the Owner's or User's manual for your brand name system. If your computer still has it's original brand name software installation on it, that's probably in your All Programs list somewhere; if it doesn't have it's original brand name software installation on it, you can probably look at or download that manual for your model from the brand name's web site.
- if the computer is a generic desktop system, that information is in the manual for the mboard model.
The specific model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.
The model is often also displayed on a logo (graphical) screen early in the boot, but it's often not as specific as the specific model number.
The model may also be shown in System Information in Windows.
(Start - Run - type: msinfo32 , click on OK or press Enter. Look on the right side of the first screen you see.)

"Product: Packard bell F261cd"

If that's the computer you're getting the message on , that model number is NOT correct - there is no such model when I search with that on the internet.

Go here to determine the model if it's a Packard Bell model that was not purchased in North America:
http://support.packardbell.com/global/

Tell us what the model is.

OR -

The specific model may be shown in System Information in Windows.
(Start - Run - type: msinfo32 , click on OK or press Enter. Look on the right side of the first screen you see.)

The specific model may be shown in the bios Setup.

The model is often also displayed on a logo (graphical) screen early in the boot, but it's often not as specific as the specific model number.
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If the computer you're getting the message on is a desktop computer, the battery is usually a shiny coin shaped battery that is installed on a socket on the surface of the mboard. You release the battery from it's socket, usually by moving a retaining clip, and replace it with the same type or an equivalent. E.g. many mboards have a CR2032 battery.
In that case, the + polarity mark on the battery must be visible when the battery has been installed.

For any computer...

After you have replaced the battery, the first time you boot you will get a "Cmos Checksum Error...." or similar message. You will either be prompted to enter the bios Setup or you will automatically go there. Enter the bios Setup, and
set at least the current date and time, save bios settings.

You should not get the "Cmos Checksum Error...." or similar message while booting after that. If you do, for a desktop computer...
the battery is upside down or backwards, or the battery is not properly installed in the socket, or one of the contacts in it's socket is bent so it doesn't touch the battery, or there is corrosion on the contacts in the socket which you must clean off.


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