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i have an old computer and its been working great till recently, it stopped booting up.

nothing on the display.

there also isnt any beep coming from the computer anymore.

ive tried it on a different monitor just to make sure it was the computer.

could it be the HD?

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the battery wouldnt have anything to do with that right?

it just holds the details like the time and stuff?

ill go buy one today and try it.

thanks.

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Cmos battery ??

 

It definitely sounds like a Cmos issue. But if it isn't the battery, couldn't it be a mobo problem too?

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It also protects the bios settings. Flat cmos batt' can happen on old machines that have not been powered up for a long period. Leave the power on for a few hours and then reboot. You may get lucky. You may also have to reconfig bios settings (hard disk type etc) if battery ok. Maybe M'board

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this is pretty weird.

i bought a new battery, put it in, it booted fine.

i then started to defrag and it just suddenly reboot.

i left it like that for about 15 min then decided to try to reboot again.

now it put me right back where i was when i started.

could it be the power supply or the HD?

also, would it be ok to try to change those out with another old computer that i have?

they both run 98SE.

thanks for your responses.

-aaron

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Using a Win98 bootdisk run scandisk on the drive and any partitions it may have. If you need something a little quicker than scandisk to do a surface scan let me know, I have a DOS utility that's a s**tload faster and it will actually fix what it finds.

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?????

how can i fix it if the post screen doesnt even come up?

well, actually, i tried

Leave the power on for a few hours and then reboot. You may get lucky.

and it actually worked. why is that and how can i fix it?

andavari, i could use something a little quicker than scandisk, the computer would probably reboot before it got done because the computers a piece of junk, and i dont have a boot disk on me right now.

i always lose those things. :rolleyes:

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You have to let a new cmos battery charge up. Make sure your bios settings are correct specially the hard disk, boot sequence and so on

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charge up?

its a new battery, i dont understand.

 

EDIT: i ran scandisk that was installed in the computer and fixed the errors.

im defragging now.

after thats done ill try rebooting a few times to see if the problems fixed.

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They are a cmos rechargable battery and are often flat when purchased. Therefore power up the pc and leave it on the battery will be charged after a few hours. Dont forget to check your Bios settings.

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so the cmos battery is different from the battery that i can see and changed?

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interesting, i didnt know they were flat at time of purchase.

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I thought they were regular flat batteries that were using in for instance a digital wrist watch. Is it really possible that having the PC powered on keeps them charged?

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EDIT: i dont know what happened but everythings fixed, its workin fine now!

thanks for the help!

-aaron

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