and replaced the cmos battery as suggested but still get the above message at bootup. I've checked its the correct battery and that it is also put in the right way round. It only seems to go in the 1 way.
I've tried booting up an pressing del : F8 : F12: F1 and F2 withoout any luck.
thank you very much for all of your help. i had a sudden thought and try anyother keyboard which allowed me to get into the bios. the date was set as sept 09 03, changed to todays date saved and rebooted and my pc started straight up. thank you again for your help
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