[ale] Dead CMOS battery

Geoffrey esoteric at 3times25.net
Sat Aug 6 10:27:59 EDT 2005

Trey Sizemore wrote:
> I've got an old P-200 machine that I feel I can still get some good use
> out of with something like Damn Small Linux.  However, I can't boot
> from CD (by changing my BIOS settings) because the CMOS battery is now
> dead and it keeps reverting back to the original settings once saved
> and booting from the hard drive.
> I don't know how easy it would be to replace the CMOS battery.  What
> are my options here?  Can I get this to work with a dead CMOS battery?

Depends.  Some mb have a removable battery, like a large watch battery. 
  Look on the mb for a battery about the size of a nickel.  It will 
simply pop in/out and you can replace it.

Other mb's have a soldered battery.  Often times these mb's will have a 
  plug you can add an external battery.  If not, and it's something you 
are willing to take a chance with destroying, you could practice your 
solder skills. :)

Until later, Geoffrey

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