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Date & Time

Packard Bell
Multimedia E153 with WIN 98 SE.
I go to setup type in current date and time F10 out to save changes. When I reboot it says CMOS time and date not set. Can anyone tell me why it does not save the changes
Thank you

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In reply to: Date & Time

You will need a new CMOS battery.

Check your motherboard instructions booklet to learn how to replace the battery.


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cmos battery

In reply to: Probably

Checked Battery little over 3 volts

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In reply to: cmos battery

To be honest I missed the important comment.

Try this:

Press DEL at startup to enter Bios setup.

Usually the Main windows will allow you to set Date and Time. If not look around the options to locate Date and Time.

Set them manually. Save the changes in Bios and restart.

The error should have disappeared.


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Zee, I think he's been in BIOS...

In reply to: Yes

as he first posted "used F10 to save changes and exit".
Now reports CMOS battery good.
Some mobo's have a jumper to "clear CMOS" by moving it from pins 1-2 to 2-3, to get rid of a password, AND you don't get a boot message that you left it on 2-3, thereby clearing CMOS every boot.
IF the jumper is not the problem (or other method of clearing CMOS), then the CMOS battery is not making connection on the mobo, and that's a hairy deal to investigate. I've only seen this once, where someone pried out the battery and broke off the + contact strip on the side of the battery socket.
If the BIOS chip was bad, you'd see many more errors at boot.
Since your PC WAS keeping time OK, Y2K date change was not an issue.
Meteor dust has been known to give "awareness" to a PC and it rebels it's servitude to humans.

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That error message

In reply to: Zee, I think he's been in BIOS...

is typical of a first bootup, with a brand new bios without a time and date reset.

I agree that a CMOS cleanup may solve the problem, and yes, it's also possible something else may be wrong in with the motherboard.


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Elevator is broke...use steps..

In reply to: Date & Time

1. turn off PC.
2. Open case to see mobo (motherboard)
3. See quarter size battery in black round socket, thickness of 2 quarters, CR-2032.
4. touch case metal to discharge any static or use grounding wrist strap.
5. battery pries out one way or the other.
6. use a voltmeter to check it (no less than 2v, should be 3v) or just replace it (Radio Shack or other, about $2.95)
7. close back up, reboot-reset.
8. post a reply that it didn't help (joke)

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