|Section 4 starting on page 19 describes the bios setup. Page 24 gives some basic info on setting up the hard drive. It has an AUTO feature so hopefully it was set up that way. On pages 56 and 57 are the drive types which aren't used if you use AUTO. There's also a user definable drive type.|
On page 57 someone has written some things. One line starts with 'drive' but I can't read the rest. Maybe the drive configuration was written there and you can use the same values. There's stuff written on other pages too. Pay attention to anything that may relate to the hard drive.
I think the cmos battery is by the keyboard connector and labeled XB1 on the board layout on page 12. It's probably a 3.6 volt nicad rechargable battery. They almost always leak after a while and if you notice a bunch of crud around it then that's what has happened. It can be replaced but needs to be soldered in and if you do replace it pay attention to the polarity (+/- ends of the battery) and make sure you put the new one in the same as the old one was.
But if the battery in there is still good (not leaking) then running the computer for a little while should charge it up.
Sometimes you can replace the rechargable battery with an exterrnal battery. Those will have velcro so that you can stick it in some out-of-the-way place inside the case. Then it has a 2-wire cable to attach to the proper place on the motherboard. If yours is that way the manual should have that info. I didn't check that.
So for now hook up the hard drive and start up the computer. Go into cmos/bios setup and try the AUTO setting for the hard drive. I didn't see any IDE port on the motherboard so I guess the drive is connected to a card. But if I'm wrong and the ports are on the motherboard then you need to make sure they're enabled in cmos/bios setup.
Then save and exit setup. Even if the battery is bad the cmos circuitry will retain the info as long as the computer is on, and for at least a few seconds when it's off. So you should be able to see if it'll boot up without replacing the battery. If it does then maybe you should think about investing in a new battery.
So after you save and exit setup, see if it boots up from the hard drive.
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