operating sytem not found
My son's computer is an old 133 pentium. I went into his bios and had to auto detect the harddrive and then it booted fine. Since then I've had to do it again. I've heard that the bios begins to lose it's settings when the cmos battery is getting weak. I'm kind of new to computers and I've never replaced a battery before. Can anyone give me any insight, if that's what you think it is. I'm not sure about the implications of replacing the battery,(erasing the bios settings, where to find one,etc.)Thanks.
You can take the battery out and go to Radio Shack with it. I'm pretty sure they'll have it. BEFORE you do it, just go into BIOS and copy all of the settings down that you can't autodetect later. You should also get the latest BIOS for your motherboard after you get the battery. Post if you need help on how to do that.
Hope this helps.
Does every computer have this battery?, I have and old P133 too, and I havent had any trouble with it. Its 5 years old, should i expect something soon ?.
How long do these battery's last ?.
Most batteries last 4-5 years. So don't last nearly that long. I guess you're lucky you've had it that long. The manual should tell you where the battery is. Yes every computer should have a battery.
Yeah, sometimes the battery is evil and requires soldering to remove and replace it. If you're lucky, it'll just be clipped in and be a common battery like they are today. I think the most widely used model is CR2032 (the two beginning letters will depend on batter manufacturer, but the last 4 should be universal). Of course, Compaq, in their infinite wisdom used to use the most uncommon size in their pre-1998 models, and to top it off, they made it a nearly permanent edition of the motherboard. It was very hard to remove without damaging the board.
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