Replacing CMOS battery - need visual Step-By-Step

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Ed, Sep 25, 2003.

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    Ed Guest

    I have a remote user that has an older Pentium class system. The PC is in
    need of a new CMOS battery.
    Rather than shipping the PC cross-country or taking it to a local shop, the
    user wants to attempt changing the battery himself.

    I believe it's a button-type and not soldered in, so the first hurdle is

    What I'm looking for is a step-by-step instruction (with graphics) for
    changing the battery.
    This is a BEGINNER user who had trouble finding the "ON" switch for the
    monitor a few weeks back, but I think with the
    proper instruction and some pictures, he should be able to handle this task.
    If not then I go to "Plan B" (whatever that is).

    I understand the battery will be in different places on different MB's but
    he should be able to recognize it.

    Anyway.... do any of you regulars know where I can find a step-by-step with
    illustrations (so I don't have to make one myself)?


    Ed, Sep 25, 2003
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    olfart Guest

    Did he get an instruction book with the machine? Many times there is a
    section in there on replacing the battery.
    olfart, Sep 25, 2003
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    why? Guest

    X-No-Archive: Yes
    Since you are more aware of the user skill level, you could somply
    search there are many images of the cmos battery and/ or
    change notes. You could pick the best one you think would help.

    Try looking for 'guide change cmos battery'

    Pictures of cmos battery


    why?, Sep 25, 2003
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    Ed Guest

    No, VERY old system. I'll defer to "Why?" and get back to googl'ing.
    Ed, Sep 25, 2003
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    Ed Guest

    Thanks.... this guy is going to need it from "Step 1: there are six screws
    on the back of the case... Step 2: You need a Phillips screwdriver, not a
    flat screwdriver." etc.

    I just dont want to ship a PC cross country to change a battery.... I'll
    start with the battery pix from Google and see where I can get to from

    Thx again.
    Ed, Sep 25, 2003
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    Brian H¹© Guest

    Ed said:
    If this guy had trouble finding the ON switch, how is he going to cope with
    handling his BIOS settings after they have reset to factory default after
    removing the CMOS battery?
    Brian H¹©, Sep 25, 2003
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    Ed Guest

    I'm praying for a miracle and that he will replace it QUICKLY.

    This guy also lost the START button in Windows98. Took me an hour to find it
    over the phone.
    Ed, Sep 25, 2003
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    bill Guest

    HP have a very good guide under its support section.

    Cornwall, UK.
    bill, Sep 25, 2003
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    Brian H¹© Guest

    Ed said:
    I read people saying that you need to leave the CMOS battery out for 30 seconds
    to 1 minute to clear CMOS, yet on every pc I have replaced the battery on, the
    CMOS was cleared within a couple of seconds, and certainly by the time I swapped
    the new one in, even doing it quickly.
    Brian H¹©, Sep 25, 2003
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    Brian H¹© Guest

    Brian H¹© said:
    BIOS :-S
    Brian H¹©, Sep 25, 2003
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    Ed Guest

    Thanks Bill.... funny you should mention that! I'm currently in a battle
    with HP tech support regarding a personal printer.
    You're all invited to read along at

    (and as a bonus I'm able to permanently archive my concerns via this
    Ed, Sep 25, 2003
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    Brian H¹© Guest

    Ed said:
    Try imagining them wearing a MacDonalds hat next time you speak with them, it
    won't resolve the problem, but you will get a better picture of the type of
    people you are dealing with ;-)
    Brian H¹©, Sep 25, 2003
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    Patrick Guest

    Patrick, Sep 25, 2003
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    why? Guest

    Sticking with the search theme
    using keywords ,

    build pc step by step
    Part I - Removing the Cover and Preparing the Case (10 photos)

    why?, Sep 25, 2003
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    Emrys Davies Guest


    If I have not interfered with my Bios settings in any way since I
    purchased my computer nearly four years ago, does that mean that they
    are still set at factory default?

    If the answer is yes it would appear to be a waste of time for me to
    take details of the settings in case of mishap or removal of the batter
    because they would not change in such circumstances.

    Emrys Davies
    Emrys Davies, Sep 25, 2003
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    Brian H¹© Guest

    Emrys Davies said:
    Not sure if I can say a definite 101% yes here, it would be better to note the
    settings for comparison just in case.
    Brian H¹©, Sep 25, 2003
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    Ed Guest

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