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computer start up problem
« on: February 04, 2013, 01:34:40 PM »

Hi guys, I wonder if anyone out there has had a similar problem when starting up their computers.
After a normal shut down, saving settings, shutting down etc,
On a (normal start up) after switching on the power socket I used to have a blue screen
with(cable disconnected) on it. Then after pressing the power on button on my tower
windows would install.
What is happening now is when I switch the power socket on I get a black screen
telling me invalid configuration info, time of day not set,strike F1 key to continue
F2 to run the set up utility.
When I strike F1 windows installs and I have to set time of day to get things working.

Any Ideas

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Re: computer start up problem
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2013, 01:52:20 PM »

sounds like the backup battery has died.... its usually a large button battery, not dissimilar to a giant watch battery


You'll need to open up the case to find it


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What make and model is your computer and Ill help you find the right battery.
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Re: computer start up problem
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2013, 01:58:38 PM »

Wow essex that was a quick reply.
My computer is an old one but good enough for me.
Its a Dell Dimension 2400

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Re: computer start up problem
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2013, 02:13:03 PM »

thanks circlip, It states that the back up battery is a 3v CR2032 coin cell.

many thanks Essex/circlip

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Re: computer start up problem
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2013, 02:21:47 PM »

No problem :) Dells are quite easy to open so you should have no problem changing the battery, should be about the size of an old 10p piece
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Re: computer start up problem
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2013, 03:20:39 PM »

^ What he said.

While you're in there, give it a (careful) vacuum. You'll probably be surprised by the amount of crud around the fans.

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Re: computer start up problem
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2013, 05:55:11 PM »

do you have to wear any anti-static wristband ?
I know I will have to use a plastic screwdriver to prize it out.

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Re: computer start up problem
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2013, 06:02:35 PM »

If you only touch the battery - no, BUT before you unplug from the mains, touch a bit of bare metal on the chassis, then unplug.


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Re: computer start up problem
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2013, 06:04:29 PM »

Thanks Barrie, will do

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Re: computer start up problem
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2013, 10:16:41 AM »

Hi guys,
thank you for your help, I fitted a new battery and my PC is running as it should do.

Just proves how great this forum is when you have people like the above willing
to share their knowledge to help in any way shape or form.
Once again guys, thanks. :-))

john
 
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Re: computer start up problem
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2013, 10:46:34 AM »

That'll be a 40 pounds consultation fee (about what PC world would charge), made payable to Martin_Admin  ;D


Glad you are up and running
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Re: computer start up problem
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2013, 11:37:21 AM »

John a desktop is relatively easy to fix. My old laptop needs a new battery, but its a major job to get at the board. As I don't use it very often, I'll put up with re-inputting the time and date for a while O0


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Re: computer start up problem
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2013, 10:20:02 PM »

What type of laptop is it? Done it easily enough before but depends on laptop.


May just be a case of popping out the keyboard. Usually one or two screws on bottom of laptop and a flathead screwdriver to pop clips then slide ribbon cable off and replace battery. Might even be able to do it without removing the ribbon cable.


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Re: computer start up problem
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2013, 07:00:01 AM »

Declan,


Its not that difficult, just rather fiddly. I have done it once to add memory. As I only use it very occasionally, every new model in fact, to cut the names etc from vinyl its no big deal if the date is not correct %%


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Re: computer start up problem
« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2013, 10:25:56 AM »

I have to say, I've done the same. 30 seconds in bios and bingo, up and running again.  {-)

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