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« on: July 09, 2004, 12:46:51 PM »

PLEASE SUPPLY RELEVANT INFORMATION:
Operating System Version: Windows 98
Problem Application Name & Version:
Problem Hardware Make & Model:
Error Messages:CMOS Battery - Low



I will apologize first off for not filling out all of the fields.  I am new to this site and I am not totally computer literate. We have had our computer for approx. 5 years.  It has worked fine up until a year ago when the system started to go haywire. The mouse continually would freeze until you rebooted, error messages in regards to "illegal operation,Windows will shut-down".  We re-formatted C:drive at Christmas and everything seemed to work fine.  About a month ago, when booting up the computer screen would say that CMOS Battery Low.  My husband managed to do something to make the computer work again but then my digital camera, that is hooked to a USB port failed to work.  I took it upon myself to going into the BIOS setup (after reading my Sytemboard book that came with the computer) and found that the USB port was disabled.  Also at this time when the CMOS message comes up the clock time and date are wrong.  The date has been reading April 1999 instead of the current date.  Before I do anything on my computer I have to change the USB port to enabled and change the time and date.  This has been happening rather frequently, at least everyday or every other day for approx. 2 weeks.  Does this problem indicate that I need a new computer or does it just need a part?  If it just needs the latter, is it costly?  Meaning should I just buy a new computer?
I am sorry for the long posting but any help would be greatly appreciated.  I store my important documents; ie. family budget, etc on CD but that sometimes isn't working properly either.   HELP!!!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2004, 02:33:15 PM »

The CMOS Battery is about the size of a quarter and cost about $2.00.Cheap...You'll need to pull the case off and pull the round silver battery out and take it with you to the PC shop so you get the same one.

Do you run any adware software?
2 very good apps that are free:

Ad-Aware
http://download.com.com/3000-2144-10045910.html?part=69274&subj=dlpage&tag=button

CHECK FOR UPDATES
Set these for a Custom Scan
click the gear wheel at the top and check these options:

General> activate these: "Automatically save log-file" and "Automatically quarantine objects prior to removal"

Scanning > activate these: "Scan within archives", "Scan active processes", "Scan registry", "Deep scan registry", "Scan my IE Favorites for banned sites" and "Scan my Hosts file"

Tweaks > Scanning Engine> activate this: "Unload recognized processes during scanning."

Tweaks > Cleaning Engine: activate these: "Automatically try to unregister objects prior to deletion" and "Let Windows remove files in use after reboot."

Click "Proceed" to save your settings, then click "Start", make sure "Activate in-depth scan" is ticked green then scan your system. When the scan is finished, the screen will tell you if anything has been found, click "Next". The bad files will be listed, right click the pane and click "Select all objects" - this will put a check mark in the box at the side, click "Next" again and click "OK" at the prompt "# objects will be removed. Continue?".
Ensure you reboot after running Ad-Aware if it found objects
to remove, so it can properly remove them.

SpyBot
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Download,run,fix everything it finds.

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