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By e.davies2 ·
after i have been playing a game for about 2 hours i run out of memory,have to re-boot then everything ok, my clock also looses time.It has been suggested to me that it could be my battery, i presume thats the battery in my motherboard.Also been told its a big job to replace it,dont know much about it, just thought it might be easier to get a new motherboard .Please help a damsel in distress

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by dmiles In reply to LOW BATTERY

The cost of a new motherboard far out wighs the cost of replacing a new battery,even if you have to take it to a technician the cost will be considerably less

To Replace Battery,refer to computer manual if available

Open the computer case,there will be a plated object near the CPU that is the size of a nickel
be careful when removing to not break the retaining clip on top,with some models it is a matter of lifting it out of the socket.

Try using a flashlight to read the model number before you remove,and then go to a computer store or radio shack and purchase a new one.
Donot remove for over a few minutes,because it will loose all CMOS configuration settings,this is the only part that may cause a big problem because you will have to reset the settings.

You can note the settings by booting computer and pressing designated key at startup to open CMOS configuration panel,note all info and then you will have a backup in case settings need to be reset

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by dave.osborne In reply to LOW BATTERY

Getting a new motherboard would be A WHOLE LOT MORE TROUBLE than simply replacing the battery. It is located on the motherboard, usually towards the "bottom" if you have a tower config (stands upright). The battery itself looks like a bigger styleof wrist watch battery (flat, about the size of a dime to a nickel). However, before you replace it, make sure you go into your BIOS and write down all information as this will be lost when you remove your battery. If aren't sure how to do this, Iwould suggest getting a friend who is more PC literate to help.

-Dave

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by qballrail In reply to LOW BATTERY

On your battery issue, I would concur with the above answers. Replacing the battery will be MUCH more cost-effective and less labor intensive than replacing the motherboard.

However, your memory drain, a separate issue, may be due to simply not enough memory, period. Depending on the OS you are running, for instance, XP will take up the better part of 128Megs. Windows is a huge memory hog which allocates more for itself than many 3rd party programs such as your game.

Along with replacing your battery, I would recommend upgrading your memory or if you have sufficient RAM, (you didn't indicate that) say 256M or more, you might have what's called a "flaky" memory stick. It wouldn't hurt to have it checked. But you can never have TOO much memory! :)

Also, if you've made any changes to your system recently, such as installed a new program which is "memory-resident," (usually an icon near the clock will tell you), that could be a memory hog as well. Things like this can cause memory allocation errors.

One thought, if you have what's called a "Legacy" or older system, the battery MIGHT be hardwired to the board. Should this be the case, unfortunately you may be faced with deciding on whether to replace the board or invest in a new system all together.

I hope this is helpful! Good luck!

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by TheChas In reply to LOW BATTERY

If you regularly have to re-boot because you are out of memory, you likely have a memory leak.
There are several utilities that can help keep things running.
Such as memturbo

However, I normally recommending backing up your files, wipeing the hard drive, and re-installing Windows.

As to additional RAM, here are my guidelines:
W95 128MB to 196MB
W98 / Me 128MB to 384MB
Windows 2000 / XP as much as you can fit / afford.

For the time loss issue.
When does the time loss happen?

Ifthe time is lost when you reboot, it is related to the memory leak.
It would be worth the time to scan your system for viruses, and run AdAware from www.lavasoft.de

If the sytem looses time while it is turned off, then it is the CMOS battery inside the PC.
The answers for how easy it is to change the CMOS battery apply to PCs less than 8 years old.
For many older PCs, changing the battery is a major undertaking.
(286, 386, 486 systems mainly)
If your PC is a Pentium or newer, it should have a Lithium 'coin cell' battery that is in a plastic holder.

Chas

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by e.davies2 In reply to LOW BATTERY

i scan weekly, i have vga virus scan.lose time while on internet.i have pentium11 64mb hard drive ,run win98.how do you wipe hard drive.i have located lithium battery.

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