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I can't reformat my laptop

May 24, 2011 at 16:05:09
Specs: Windows XP
I wanted to reformat my laptop but before that my laptop is prompting CMOS error. hence, I fixed the time and date by pressing f2 for set-up. Then, when it loaded. I decided to have my laptop disc clean-up. After the entire cleaning was finished. I shut down my laptop and the next time I turn it on. The CMOS error still prompts plus after I press f1 to resume, then the screen just shows black. When I tried to reformat, I inserted the OS recovery disk, after pressing any key to let it boot it would say it couldn't find boot mgr. What should I do?

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May 24, 2011 at 17:12:45
The 1st thing you need to do is change the CMOS battery. After you've done that, power up, enter the BIOS & correct the date, time, boot order & all the rest of the BIOS settings. Save the settings & exit, then boot off the XP disk. However, if you have a SATA HDD, the XP install won't detect the HDD because XP doesn't natively support SATA. There's several workarounds for that, but 1st things 1st - change the CMOS battery.

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May 24, 2011 at 18:44:48
I am not using my battery anymore. I am using the charger instead.

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May 24, 2011 at 18:49:22
The CMOS battery is a small internal battery, and will need to be replaced, most likely by an authorized dealer. It has nothing to do with the power supply or the large external battery.

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May 24, 2011 at 19:08:37
My laptop is a Neo Q-note M54N. Are CMOS batteries easy to avail from any computer shop? Does it have specific models I should take note of? Could CMOS battery be the reason why it won't boot? I'm really sorry. I don't know anything about this. Btw, you are such a big help. Thank you very much.

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