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please don't laugh....

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#1 rfghz


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Posted 11 February 2012 - 04:26 PM

Hi there, new to this site (attracted by it's name, generally how I feel about computers....:)ok, here goes: I am trying to revive an ancient laptop back to life..reason for needing this computer is it must be running under DOS, and at a very slow speed...using it to work with Motorola two way radio programming software, if anybody's familiar with that nightmare...it's a Toshiba T-1800/60, was sitting around forever, new in box...worked ok for about a year...now it says when starting "data in hard ram lost-must format before use" (yes, hard ram)then sometimes it will prompt you to insert system disk...so for grins recently, I came upon another one of these (ebay) got it, and lo and behold, it does the exact same thing (figures...actually, I suspect that is a good thing)thinking memory battery dead causing said problem...so- as for system disk...any 'ol dos disk? anything special to do? funny only dos stuff I can find is something called a dos stepup file...I am rather non savvy when it comes to computers ... me, RF engineering is my world...component level troubleshooting, child's play...computers, a real annoyance to me :)

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#2 LucheLibre


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Posted 11 February 2012 - 04:33 PM

I agree that the problem sounds like a dead CMOS battery.

When it comes to DOS, I'm a big fan of http://www.bootdisk.com

Edited by LucheLibre, 11 February 2012 - 04:34 PM.

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I once asked someone to run chkdsk /r and a BC Advisor smacked me in the back of the head.

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