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#1 vcelloho

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 10:14 PM

I'm helping a friend fix her computer. She's an art student and has a tablet PC that needs the OS reinstalled. Normally this sort of thing is pretty easy.

When the Vista OEM disc is put in and the computer is booted a message:
System Initialization has failed.
After a few Google searches I'm finding that the CMOS battery is probably dead. However when checking the BIOS the date and time are correct.
I'm looking for some advise as to what's up.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 10:37 PM

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer.

Only your second URL works, the rest say the following on the web page:

503 Service Unavailable
No server is available to handle this request.

Can you correct those other URLs so I can see those other images?

Also, a dying battery can cause issues if it is low on supply, even though the clock is still holding its time.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 10:41 PM

Okay now I am seeing this:

Imgur is over capacity!

Sorry! We're busy running around with our hair on fire because Imgur is over capacity! This can happen when the site is under very heavy load, or while we're doing maintenance. Please try again in a few minutes.
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 10:42 PM

Sorry about the pictures my friend must have taken them down. The pictures didn't really reveal anything other than the fact that the clock was correct and the dialog box in the beginning.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 10:43 PM

Ok never mind I see

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 10:44 PM

Sorry I did not know the web site was being bogged down with traffic, your images are now loading. :thumbup2:
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 10:50 PM

Here is what I suggest, boot to your BIOS and choose F9 then hit F10 when asked if you want to save to CMOS?, choose YES.

Your system will reboot.

Let me know if this worked.

Your CMOS battery may be in need of replacement.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 11:21 PM

Yeah I had my friend try that and there's been no change.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 11:39 PM

I was doing a search and found this thread already on Google

I seen one of my older threads I was working on a few months back, what solved the issue was a replacement of the CMOS battery.

I know this sounds strange when we look and see the time and date are correct, but the BIOS knows when that battery is getting weak and instead of saying so, it sends ridiculous sounding messages like your error.

Try replacing the CMOS battery.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 12:47 AM

Thanks for the helpful advice

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 12:58 AM

You're welcome, I will be busy working on my MRT training here at BC, I've been putting my training on hold to help out in the forums, but I have to get my butt back in there or I'll lose all that I already learned, but I'll be around if you run into any problems.

But I suggest replacing that battery and see what happens, always remember, when you remove that battery, you have to correct the time and date and do not replace it with the computer running!!

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