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#1 Rvan801

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 02:22 PM

I have Windows ME on an emachines T1801 that is about seven years old. It had been working fine, but I stopped using it for a few years, and when I went to turn it on recently, nothing happened. It's not the outlet or anything, because the surge protector can be turned on. But when I press the power button on the tower itself, it just never turns on. Did it die on me, and if so, is the problem fixable? I really appreciate any help.

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#2 Sterling14

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 06:09 PM

If there's a switch on the back of the computer, it should be near the plug for the power cord, make sure it's flipped on. Not all power supplies have them, but you may want to check if yours does.

You can also try opening the computer and resetting the cmos by taking the quarter-sized battery out for a few minutes, while the computers unplugged.

If it still won't turn on, I would suspect that the power supply or motherboard went badThis is fixable, but I'm not exactly sure how much a store would charge to fix this.
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Posted 21 August 2009 - 06:22 PM

If you've never replaced the CMOS, it's probably dead. I would do what Sterling14 said, but replace it with a new battery, they're cheap.

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 06:29 PM

Thanks for the reply, both of you. I'm kind of reluctant to open the computer to replace the battery, as I've never really done it before. What's the worst that could happen if I screwed something up?

Also, moby, what kind of battery would I be looking to purchase? Is it just referred to as a CMOS?

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Posted 21 August 2009 - 11:14 PM

Most likely it will be an Energizer 2032 battery. It looks like a watch battery. It's highly unlikely that you will ruin anything. It's literally just like changing your watch battery. It's also the same battery that is in your key fob for your car. It will looks like this:

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You can find them at any Wal-Mart, auto parts store, etc.
Good luck.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 10:43 AM

CMOS Battery Replacement - http://www.liverepair.com/encyclopedia/art...cmosreplace.asp

Any CR2032 battery will do, no particular brand needed.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 08:47 PM

CMOS Battery Replacement - http://www.liverepair.com/encyclopedia/art...cmosreplace.asp

Any CR2032 battery will do, no particular brand needed.

Louis



Yea, sorry about that. I didn't mean to be brand loyal. It's just what I associate with the CR2032 because that's what I sell at work.




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