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    Vostro 1500 Cmos Battery Help

    My Vostro 1500 won't boot and displays the message Time of Day Clock Stopped. What what I know it seems to be related to the cmos battery which is probably dead. I've searched everywhere for one without luck. The only seller on ebay is based in America and wont ship to UK. A long shot but does anyone have one spare, or have experinece on how to replace or solve the problem in another way. Just to mention the battery is wrapped in a sleave and connected to the board by 3 wires.

    Thanks

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    Original Poster

    tonyg1962;8271467

    item no 360246379530



    Cheers pal.

    Been checking for a week and gave up.

    The one on ebay has only 2 wires see picture is this yours?
    http://www.pchub.com/uph/photos/item/6336130908981525002_CR2032.JPG

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    timber;8271667

    The one on ebay has only 2 wires see picture is this yours?



    Yes mine is the one you've pictured.

    Its really hard to disconnect, i've almost bust the connector.

    Well unless your prepared to disassemble and solder the wires on to your intended purchase it wont fit!!! suggest you send the seller an email regarding what you need. Also these are pulled battery's (used)


    :thumbsup: Just thought buy a cr2032 3volt battery and just solder the wires as per your original should only cost a couple of pounds then ensure you cover it with non conductive material (insulation tape would do) :thumbsup:

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    timber;8271796

    Well unless your prepared to disassemble and solder the wires on to your … Well unless your prepared to disassemble and solder the wires on to your intended purchase it wont fit!!! suggest you send the seller an email regarding what you need. Also these are pulled battery's (used) :thumbsup: Just thought buy a cr2032 3volt battery and just solder the wires as per your original should only cost a couple of pounds then ensure you cover it with non conductive material (insulation tape would do) :thumbsup:



    The ebay item does mention that its only a stock photo, so should be okay?

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    whatsThePoint;8271805

    You need to lever it out with a blade one side then the other



    Tried it with a sharp screwdriver, its what damaged it.

    Original Poster

    Just to update this.

    I've installed a new £15 Cmos battery but its still giving me the same error of time of day clock stopped.

    Can anyone please help with what could still be causing this.

    Any advice really appreciated.

    Edit; even if someone can point to a good forum where I could ask this.

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    dcx_badass;8321396

    Checked all the bios settings?



    I cant even get into the bios, as all it displays is the error I mentioned and then it just hangs with that displayed.

    If you have replaced the battery then it is most likely to be a systemboard issue. (Seems to be a lot of problems involving the Inspiron 1525 which uses the same components has the Vostro (board design slightly different though same board on 1520).). A failed CMOS battery shouldn't stop you from powering the machine, looks like replacing it only delays the inevitable replacement of the systemboard.

    Only other option is to remove the CMOS Battery then rebuild and power on the laptop without it for 15 secs (to make sure it is fully drained) then put in the new battery. The battery you got was a new one wasn't it and not used.

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    newbie1001;8321545

    If you have replaced the battery then it is most likely to be a … If you have replaced the battery then it is most likely to be a systemboard issue. (Seems to be a lot of problems involving the Inspiron 1525 which uses the same components has the Vostro.). A failed CMOS battery shouldn't stop you from powering the machine, looks like replacing it only delays the inevitable replacement of the systemboard.



    Cheers mate, just what I wanted to hear, I can get it out of my hair now.

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    newbie1001;8321545

    Only other option is to remove the CMOS Battery then rebuild and power on … Only other option is to remove the CMOS Battery then rebuild and power on the laptop without it for 15 secs (to make sure it is fully drained) then put in the new battery. The battery you got was a new one wasn't it and not used.



    Yes it is new, I've tried this too and still just continues to give the same clock error message.

    Original Poster

    Just want to update this, incase anyone has the same problem.
    I've managed to solve it; as newbie 1001 had said power it up for 15 secs, I found another peice of similar advise but mentioned doing it over 24 hours after removing all power sources including all betteries, then periodically pressing the power button, to use all remaining power from cappaciters etc. This has solved it for me, I can now boot and have reinstalled windows.
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