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It all started out so well… — 12 Comments

  1. CR2032?

    I would put the original battery back in if I were you. Once you set the time/date and other parameters in the BIOS, a dead battery makes no difference.

    Have a good look at the capacitors – are any bulging? Have you tried using the factory reset jumper on the motherboard? Did you accidentally dislodge any jumpers? Pull the RAM and reseat it.

    Sounds pretty typical – computer components are like girls, they all go to the toilet at the same time. In the space of two months in 2014, I lost 11 hard drives. Four of these were on the other side of the world.

    Good luck!

  2. Yes, CR2032. Why would the original battery be preferable? They’re all the same, aren’t they?

    What does a factory reset jumper look like? I wouldn’t know one if it came up and barked in my face. I’ll try re-seating the RAM, and have a look at the capacitors, but not knowing what a jumper looks like, I wouldn’t know if I’ve dislodged one.

  3. Years of repairing laptops for my kids, family and ‘friends’, taught me that there is only one way to really sort out a dodgy laptop: Put on ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ by Steelers Wheels then get my case of ‘fine’ screwdrivers and other tools for dismembering computers out of the cupboard. Slowly place the case where the demon inside the lappy can see it, then open it and remove each screwdriver slowly, deliberately placing it on the coffee table in front of the dead laptop. Once the music has stopped then press the power button. Either it boots and runs fine or it doesn’t, if it don’t it goes in the bin /

  4. They should be. But if you changed something and things aren’t working properly, better the devil you know. Chinese factories pump these babies out, they won’t care too much if they put out 9V from time to time.

    In theory, the jumper will be a small rectangular block, about 3mm long, with gold contacts inside. Motherboard manual will show you where. You cannot dislodge them unless you really mean it. You will need tweezers ideally to manage them, although if you’re an old hand, fingernails will do.

  5. Too right.
    I had a fucking motherboard that I had to put in the freezer before I could make the damned thing boot (cold solder joints). It had cost me a month’s salary to buy. 128MB of RAM and an 8088.
    I smashed it to smithereens when I’d done with it.
    No internet then – I had to work things out the hard way.

  6. PS. Nis- without wanting to sound paranoid but you should perhaps not post screenshots with your IP on them.

  7. Sounds pretty typical – computer components are like girls, they all go to the toilet at the same time. In the space of two months in 2014, I lost 11 hard drives. Four of these were on the other side of the world.
    It sounds more like one bloke wanting a few beers and all the others joining him….

    Nisakiman, try Twenty Rothmann’s advice. I had similar problems when I upgraded my internet. I had screwdrivers and wasn’t afraid to use them. Reseating the RAM worked for me.

    Good Luck!!

    (btw, I’m done for a while with fiddling with computers after getting rid of windoze on the little SSD laptop…..)

  8. You do need to have a good battery on the board. The date and time will not be saved when the PC is shut off, without the battery.