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I am trying to locate the cmos backup battery in my Gateway Solo 3350 laptop as it has died and I want to replace it. Can you describe where it is located, and how may I get at it? Ian Hawke

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\015\012Download manual for a another Gateway laptop that illustrates you the steps to disassemble the laptop.
\015\012I could have given u manual steps. However, I think the manual will describe the best practise.
\015\012Hope, this helps.

If your\015\012 computer is losing its time or date settings, or you are receiving a message \015\012\011\011\011CMOS Read Error, \015\012\011\011\011CMOS checksum error, or\015\012 CMOS Battery Failure, first attempt to leave the computer on for 24 hours.\015\012 In some cases this can charge the battery and resolve your issue.\015\012 This often resolves CMOS battery related issues when a computer has\015\012 been left off for several months. If this does not resolve your\015\012 issue follow the below steps.
Write down all system settings
\015\012\011\011\011Ensure that the information within your\015\012 CMOS, if not already lost, is written down. If you're getting a \015\012\011\011\011CMOS error message or your time is not being saved your settings are \015\012\011\011\011already lost.The procedure to get into CMOS is :-

Because of the wide variety of computer\015\012 manufacturers and BIOS manufacturers over the evolution of\015\012 computers, there have been numerous different ways to enter the\015\012 BIOS or CMOS Setup. Below is a listing of the majority of these methods\015\012 as well as other recommendations for entering the BIOS\015\012 setup.
\015\012 Notice: If you are unable to get into the\015\012 BIOS or CMOS setup because of a password please see \015\012\011\011\011document\015\012 CH000235.
\015\012 New computers
\015\012 Thankfully, computers that have been manufactured\015\012 in the last few years will allow you to enter the CMOS by pressing\015\012 one of the below five keys during the boot. Usually it's one of the \015\012\011\011\011first three.
  • F1
  • \015\012
  • F2
  • \015\012
  • DEL
  • \015\012
  • ESC
  • \015\012
  • F10
\015\012\011\011\011A user will know when to press this key when they\015\012 see a message similar to the below example as the computer is\015\012 booting. Some older computers may also display a flashing block\015\012 to indicate when to press the F1 or F2 keys.
\015\012\011\011\011Press <F2> to enter BIOS setup
\015\012\011\011\011Tip: If your computer is a new computer\015\012 and you are unsure of what key to press when the computer is\015\012 booting, try pressing and holding one or more keys the keyboard. This\015\012 will cause a stuck key error, which may allow you to enter the\015\012 BIOS setup.
\015\012 Older computers
\015\012 Unlike the computers of today, older computers\015\012 (before 1995) had numerous different methods of entering the BIOS setup. Below\015\012 is a listing of general key sequences that may have had to be\015\012 pressed as the computer was booting.
  • CTRL + ALT + ESC
  • \015\012
  • CTRL + ALT + INS
  • \015\012
  • \015\012
  • CTRL + ALT + S
  • \015\012
  • \015\012
\015\012\011\011\011ACER BIOS
\015\012\011\011\011If your computer is unable to boot or you wish\015\012 to restore the BIOS back to bootable settings and your computer\015\012 uses an ACER BIOS, press and hold the F10 key as you turn on the\015\012 computer. While continuing to hold the F10 key, you should hear\015\012 two beeps indicating that the settings have been restored.
\015\012\011\011\011AMI BIOS
\015\012\011\011\011Older AMI BIOS could be restored back to\015\012 bootable settings by pressing and holding the insert key as the computer is booting.
\015\012\011\011\011BIOS / CMOS diskettes
\015\012\011\011\011Early 486, 386, and 286 computers may have\015\012 required a floppy disk in order to enter the BIOS setup. These\015\012 diskettes are known as ICU, BBU, and SCU disks. Because these\015\012 diskettes are unique to your computer manufacturer, you must\015\012 obtain the diskettes from them.

Locate your CMOS battery
\015\012\011\011\011\015\012\011\011\011\011\015\012\011\011\011\011\011\015\012\011\011\011\011\011Open the computer case and find the battery \015\012\011\011\011\011\011on the computer motherboard, verify that it will be accessible and that \015\012\011\011\011\011\011it can be removed. Most computers today use a coin cell CMOS \015\012\011\011\011\011\011battery as shown in the image to the right.
\015\012\011\011\011\011\011 If you are unable to locate your CMOS battery you will\015\012 need to refer to your motherboard or computer documentation and/or contact your computer manufacturer for additional assistance in locating it.


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