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How to re-configure a clean wiped BIOS

My motherboard (mobo) watch battery is out, so everytime I reboot, I need to reset the time and date upon loading up winXP. I'm going to replace the battery soon enough, but was wondering if someone knows some of the things I should hit upon when manually restoring my BIOS settings.

I'm got....
-Dell Dimension 8300
-winXP w/SP2
-IE6
-I believe my WD MyBook ext drive isn't working b/c of this battery issue, so is there something I should note in the BIOS for USB ports/settings. However, My other ext hd is working just fine
-all my other USB plugged in accessories work fine

thanks in advance

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Your system manual has all that info....you can also get

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it on the Dell Website if you can't locate your manual. Have you replaced the battery ... usually a CR-2032.

VAPCMD.

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all the manual states are boot sequences and forgotten passw

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wasn't even able to find this info online. In general, thank goodness for online forums. Many manufacturer support sites either don't have the info posted or don't organize easy enough to find it through searches.

Any1 else have any notes to mention concerning BIOS settings?

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(NT) What's the SERVICE TAG # ?

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Cant you just ...

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Enter setup and choose the option load setup defaults?

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don't continue to bang your head against the wall

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If all you need to set right now is date and time, then just get the new Battery ASAP.

Don't bother messing with your external hard drives until you replace that battery. Those externals are sensitive enough as it is.

If you have trouble finding a replacement, Radio Shack is pretty much guaranteed to have it.

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not an issue anymore, but still some Qs...

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Battery has been replaced and date and time reset.

2 followup Qs to what you posted...

1) Don't bother messing with your external hard drives until you replace that battery. Those externals are sensitive enough as it is.
Can you elaborate on this? It sounds like the mobo battery going out on me caused my ext hd to stop working correctly. If you have any info on how this is true, I'd like to hear it.

2) just get the new Battery ASAP
What are some of the worse things that can go wrong w/o having a working mobo battery?

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clarification

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1. I'm not saying that that a bad motherboard battery necessarily caused the external HD problem. I am saying that it is wise to eliminate a known issue (the bad battery) from your troubleshooting.

2. If motherboard battery goes, then BIOS settings could revert to default. Default BIOS settings can be different from desired/necessary hardware settings, including boot drives, memory timings, bus speeds, video card settings, USB ports, et al. Some of these can cause a POST failure.

If you look in the Storage Forum, you will see many external hard drive problems. The way Windows (XP and others) interacts with external HD's is usually the problem and not a hardware failure of the external.

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