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Old 12-21-2009, 08:36 PM
 
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Does anyone know of a good local computer repair shop in the north raleigh area? I'm getting a message on one of our older computers that I still use, "bad cmos battery."

I've never had the need to find a computer repair place, and sure don't want to use geek squad.

If anyone can recommend someone, I sure would appreciate it. I will check DMs tomorrow and hopefully will get some of your valued opinions!
Thanks so much.
Best,
toodie
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:53 PM
 
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Does anyone know of a good local computer repair shop in the north raleigh area? I'm getting a message on one of our older computers that I still use, "bad cmos battery."

I've never had the need to find a computer repair place, and sure don't want to use geek squad.

If anyone can recommend someone, I sure would appreciate it. I will check DMs tomorrow and hopefully will get some of your valued opinions!
Thanks so much.
Best,
toodie
You can easily replace the CMOS battery yourself. It is round and just snaps into a holder like a Key-Fob or watch type battery. Just power off your PC and unplug the power cord from the wall. Remove the cover and look for the round shiny looking battery that's about the size of a quarter. Pop it out with a small screw driver. Get the number off the battery and purchase a new one and just pop it back in the holder paying close attention to the +/- orientation. Put the PC cover back on.

Boot the PC into BIOS and set the correct time/date and you're done!
Another option is to just leave the PC running until you have time to replace the battery and it will be fine.
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:31 AM
 
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I would open the computer first and take a look for the battery first. Sometimes the battery might be in a difficult place, such as under PCI Cards (in which case they would have to be removed to gain access to the battery) or if you are using a Dell... Dell often uses large "covers" over the processor that can sometimes hide the battery.

The battery looks like a watch or hearing aid battery but bigger. Usually (but not always) It's a CR2032 battery which can be picked up at Wal-Mart or Radio Shack (The Shack)
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Old 12-22-2009, 09:55 AM
 
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Thanks for your replies. I'll open the computer first and take a look before I call someone.
Thanks!
toodie
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:21 AM
 
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I found 2 repair services. It turned out I didn't need to use them so I can vouch for neither, but here is the info in case you need it:
First Service Carolina 919 832-5553 (near Crabtree mall)
Digitz 919 828-1098 (Hillsborough Street)
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