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Think about changing an old desktop computer's battery

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Think about changing an old desktop computer's battery
« on: February 21, 2019, 08:10:22 AM »
 

Ottawagrant

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Was reading the forum this morning about selling Linux Lite on refurbished laptops. JesusLinux mentioned about changing the battery on refurbished computers:https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/on-topic/linux-lite-branded-laptop/msg46021/?topicseen#msg46021I just wanted to mention that if you are using a computer that is around 10 years old, you might want to think about it anyway. A family member gave me a Lenovo M58p they were having trouble with. The BIOS needed to be updated as it was way out of date. But the big clue was that when the power was disconnected from the computer the BIOS date would revert back to 2009. The date the computer was manufactured. The clues were there, and the answer was simple. The CMOS/BIOS battery needed to be changed. Here's the good news if you're thinking about doing it. The batteries are cheap to buy. They are standard 3 volt coin batteries. In North America you can buy them at Dollar Tree, Dollararma, etc. Three to a pack for $1.00 - $1.25. On an older Lenovo or HP Compaq it takes longer to get the battery out of the package than it takes to change it. So if you're using an older desktop, something to think about. Laptops would be a little trickier. Web search time.
 


Re: Think about changing an old desktop computer's battery
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2019, 01:06:19 PM »
 

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From my experience, any computer older than 3 years, it is good to replace the BIOS/CMOS battery.  Most desktops I've seen use the CR2032 battery.  Do take a look at the BIOS/CMOS and write down the basic information. 
Just remove power cord, open case, and with a non metallic device just move the compression spring and the battery will pop out.  Replace the battery with same type if this not a CR2032 unit.  Then replace cover, replace power cord and boot, and go into BIOS/CMOS.  Correct date and time, then ensure the system has discovered all the components.  Exit and reboot.  Should be good to  go.
 


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