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I Get Error Codes 00161 & 163 On IBM 560

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When I turn on computer I get following error codes 00161 00163 I think the system uses windows 95 but can’t find in can’t sign in

How do I troubleshoot I have a external drive is there suuare disquette taht has operating systenm to add I have old discs of word, power point and pagemaker but they won’t work if the operationg system is not on the computer??

Your advise is most welcome,,,Thanks

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  1. Errors 161 and 153 usually mean the CMOS battery has died, You may need the reference diskette (square floppy) to reset.
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  2. If you replaced the CMOS (aka, backup) battery with a new one and you are still getting the 161 and 163 error codes, then you may be dealing with a Supervisor password.

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  3. If there’s a Supervisor password set, hitting just the Enter key at the lock prompt will display an OK message. When this is done immediately after replacing the CMOS battery, you should also get an error screen with codes 161 and 163, using the same graphical icons and colors as Easy Setup. Clicking on the OK button will show another error screen which again lists 161 and 163 and a suggestion to consult the manual. You won’t be able to do anything except turn off the system. You must enter the correct Supervisor password at the prompt in order to obtain access to Easy Setup where you have to reset the date and time. Doing so will clear the 161 and 163 errors and finally allow you to boot an operating system.

    If you are sure that you have never entered a Supervisor password and you have never previously attempted to access the Easy Setup menu, then did you purchase the system used? If so, the previous owner may have put one in the system and never told you.

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