Solved windows 98 error message 173 and 163

May 6, 2015 at 15:57:32
Specs: Windows 98
on start up error 173 appears in a few seconds it is followed by error message 163 and then a screen with cancel or OK. This when followed with OK Brings up date and time screen which can be altered but will not advance when you hit OK again.

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May 6, 2015 at 16:25:06
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This is usually the symptom of a dead CMOS battery. It depends on your computer make and model number but as often as not it is a 3 Volt CR2032 coin sized battery which is inexpensive and readily available.

Make sure you put it the same way up (polarity) as the original and that its connections are firm.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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May 6, 2015 at 18:51:23
Yeah, change the battery or at least check its voltage and then see if you can manipulate the bios setup options.

If you need help, usually at the bottom of the setup pages it'll tell you which keys do what. You can also check the motherboard manual.

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