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I've installed 2 different distros on this old dell laptop, install goes fine, i run everything...reboot a few times. perfect, but the next day, when i boot up, i get ...
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    clock/time ?


    I've installed 2 different distros on this old dell laptop, install goes fine, i run everything...reboot a few times. perfect, but the next day, when i boot up, i get " date/time" not set, if i choose to ignore that...computer won't boot... is this a battery issue ? the battery wont hold a charge, so i only run it with power pack...works great, but when i turn this on tomorrow, I'll get that w=error messy. thanks for any ideeas.

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    Replace your CMOS battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazydog View Post
    Replace your CMOS battery
    Unfortunately, I'm not sure if these systems have a separate battery for the clock. A lot of systems these days have a capacitor to power the clock when the battery is removed for short periods of time. Does the system clock stop working if you leave it plugged into the power brick?
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    thanks, for the replies, and rubberman...if I leave the power adapter plugged in, the clock works fine and i can reboot as many times as i like, it's only after the comp has been sitting for a few hours, ( unplugged) then i get that eeror messeg...unfortunatly, back when this laptop was made, those ac adaptors/power supply will get super hot after a while. the laptop battery is compltlly dead in this machine, and will not take/hold a charge at all.

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    That pretty much confirms my supposition about capacitor powering the battery. They do that these days, especially on laptops, to keep board and maintenance costs down. Well, you have a couple of choices. 1 - purchase a new battery. It will probably cost you about $100 USD. 2 - Get a new computer. You might be able to find a non-dell replacement battery for less $$, but I don't know for sure. Dell should have them in stock - you can order them from their web site.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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