Losing date & time settings on laptop

  rosko999 19:40 16 Jan 2007

I have an old DELL Inspiron 3700 laptop which occasionally loses the date & time settings - I have to re-enter the details on the laptops set-up settings (it's BIOS??).

The laptop batteries no longer support power so the laptop is only operational when connected to mains power.

Are the date & time settings being lost due to the lack of power in the batteries or is there some other reason for this problem?

Any help appreciated

  Technotiger 19:45 16 Jan 2007

Hi, not so familiar with laptops, but desktops have a battery on the motherboard, may be the same on laptop. A small battery the size of a 1p.

  rosko999 20:11 16 Jan 2007

Technotiger - can you get/replace this battery?
If so how can I find out what battery I require?

  Technotiger 20:40 16 Jan 2007

I'm sorry, that I don't know - though it is very easy on a desktop pc. Hopefully someone else will be able to say.

Good luck.

  Technotiger 20:45 16 Jan 2007

Found a bit more info here ...

click here

  VoG II 20:47 16 Jan 2007

click here may help.

  ed-0 20:50 16 Jan 2007

To change a battery on a 3700 click here


If the machine is always plugged into the mains, it will not loose it's settings in the bios.

  Technotiger 20:51 16 Jan 2007

Hi Friend, you beat me to it, I was just about to Post that same article -

rosko999 - just for info please note that Item 10 in the illustration shown in VoG's link is the battery in question - but maybe slightly different in your laptop. These are just exacmples.

  ed-0 20:55 16 Jan 2007

If only ALL manufacturers of laptops released manuals as good as Dell's. :-(

the full manual click here

  Legolas 21:01 16 Jan 2007

click here;jsessionid=ac112b6b1f43937e58dc63904047815f83b8600e9395.e3eTa3aSaxmTe3aLb38ObhiOby1ynknvrkLOlQzNp65In0?range=41%2C54%2C54

Last item on the right column is the battery you want although this is an American site still it gives you the model number at least

  Legolas 21:03 16 Jan 2007

Sorry everyone messed up the site with that link and it was wrong this is the right one click here

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