Flat Battery - Lost Software ?

  stevenc1 16:04 28 Jun 2003

Allright everyone ?
I'm new to all things computerish - have recently acquired an old pc with a VIP (?) harddrive which was originally the property of a well known high street building society !
Anyway, it has been lying dormant for some time.Having switched it on the screen is saying that the battery is flat.
I have spoke to different people who have offered varying advice.Some say just change the battery others advise that this may lose the Windows 95 already installed.
Advice please !!

  powerless 16:08 28 Jun 2003

The battery will be the BIOS battery. This helps the BIOS maintain all of its settings. The battery goes flat and the information is lost.

New battery and it should work.You may have to change a few settings but it should default to its defualt settings; so it should all work with a new battery.

  -pops- 16:08 28 Jun 2003

Windows will be on the hard drive and should not affected by the computer battery which keeps the BIOS under control.

You will have to have a new battery so, bite the bullet!!


  graham√ 17:30 28 Jun 2003

It's best to buy a new battery (cell) first, so you can swap them over and minimise any loss of settings. It can be found on the motherboard.

In the past, when the computer clock is posted as a problem, some have suggested synchronising to another source. It is worth pointing out that this will mask a failing battery, and is not a good idea!

  VoG II 17:45 28 Jun 2003

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