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Old 09-12-2012, 04:28 PM   #11
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The CMOS fail on startup could be from the battery on the motherboard being on its way out.
So what do I do? Plus, this build is only 9 months old. Not even a year, how could it be almost dead already?
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There is a battery on the motherboard about the size of a nickel, change that. It is pretty unusual for it to go bad as I have seen them last years.
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There is a battery on the motherboard about the size of a nickel, change that. It is pretty unusual for it to go bad as I have seen them last years.

This is correct, while it is not likely that your unusually long boot time is due to a CMOS battery, it would still be a good idea to change it.

Most CMOS batteries will last for about 3 years or more, while another batteries will fail in 3 months.

You battery is located some where on your motherboard, and is most likely a CR2032, found in most any store, even Walgreens, and CVS stores for about $3.00. They are very common, and used in car dongles, fan controllers, and numerous other devices.

Your slow boot times, may be due to a load of executables opening that you're not aware of. It can also be due to a ton of fractured registry entries, and a numerous other issues.

If I were you, I wouldn't bother going crazy trying to find the problem/problems, I'd just format the drive, and reload a nice clean install of the OS which will cure any issues relating to the OS.
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This is correct, while it is not likely that your unusually long boot time is due to a CMOS battery, it would still be a good idea to change it.

Most CMOS batteries will last for about 3 years or more, while another batteries will fail in 3 months.

You battery is located some where on your motherboard, and is most likely a CR2032, found in most any store, even Walgreens, and CVS stores for about $3.00. They are very common, and used in car dongles, fan controllers, and numerous other devices.

Your slow boot times, may be due to a load of executables opening that you're not aware of. It can also be due to a ton of fractured registry entries, and a numerous other issues.

If I were you, I wouldn't bother going crazy trying to find the problem/problems, I'd just format the drive, and reload a nice clean install of the OS which will cure any issues relating to the OS.
Agreed.

First, I would do a hardware test to make sure that nothing is failing. If the computer feels overly sluggish, it could be a sign of hard drive failure. I would do a quick test to rule it out before formatting and reinstalling the OS.
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Agreed.

First, I would do a hardware test to make sure that nothing is failing. If the computer feels overly sluggish, it could be a sign of hard drive failure. I would do a quick test to rule it out before formatting and reinstalling the OS.
Ok, thanks everyone. Computers, specifically hardware is my main hobby. That and PC Gaming of course. I am aware that the CMOS is the battery and yes I know where it is on the motherboard. I remember seeing it in the middle when I was first building my computer. I will go to CVS and purchase the battery. Is it really necessary to reformat though, once I replace the battery?

Edit: One more thing. Other than it being slow at start up and taking those 4 minutes, I have no problems playing games, running programs, etc.
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Ok, thanks everyone. Computers, specifically hardware is my main hobby. That and PC Gaming of course. I am aware that the CMOS is the battery and yes I know where it is on the motherboard. I remember seeing it in the middle when I was first building my computer. I will go to CVS and purchase the battery. Is it really necessary to reformat though, once I replace the battery?

Edit: One more thing. Other than it being slow at start up and taking those 4 minutes, I have no problems playing games, running programs, etc.

If your having no issues playing games, or using other software, and you've never gotten a Hard Drive Failure Warning, then chances are your hard drive is fine.

After you replace that CMOS battery, you'll have to go into your BIOS and re-set what ever parameters you had before. Once that is done, I'd back-up everything and reinstall the OS.
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To answer your question, it is not necessary to reformat the hard drive when you change the CMOS battery. Reformatting is suggested to resolve the excruciatingly slow bootup you're experiencing.
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To answer your question, it is not necessary to reformat the hard drive when you change the CMOS battery. Reformatting is suggested to resolve the excruciatingly slow bootup you're experiencing.
Yes I know that. It is too late to go out now and buy the battery. I will do that first thing tomorrow after school. I have a quick question though. What if I was to reformat now and then tomorrow put the new battery in. Does order matter? I assume it does, but I just want to be sure.
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Sorry for the double post, I cannot edit after a certain amount of time for some reason. Out of curiosity, what would happen if I didn't do anything about the battery and let it die? Would there be permanent damage? What would happen?
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The battery will be incredibly cheap, I wouldn't even consider not replacing it.
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