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CMOS Battery Removal

I have one of these to repair where it powers up then spins the hard drive briefly and then nothing. It charges the battery and the power lights remain lit but the screen never fires up. Video chip? I am trying to reset the CMOS as nothing is visably damaged. Oh and if anyone wants to do this then you need to remove the motherboard from it's bottom casing to get at it. There's no other way! Will post a new reply if it solves the problem but I reckon it's a long shot. If anyone else has any ideas please let me know.

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  • Phillip Thorne
    Phillip Thorne Feb 09, 2007

    Thanks. Just to add the laptop shows the charging light when it has DC but it wont run off the battery.
    Also when DC is applied it powers up straight away. Holding the power button then turns it off.
    I will try the processor removal though. I didn't try that. You were right the CMOS did nowt!
    Didn't know about the NAND stuff though. Thanks for your help. It's much appriciated.

  • Phillip Thorne
    Phillip Thorne Feb 11, 2007

    Removing the processor and reseating it didn't work. Oh well, just a shame it's such a nice machine.

  • Thomas R Dec 14, 2007

    Hi, I have just encountered the same problem as you describe - did You ever find a solution that worked for You ?

  • Uberdirektor Jun 19, 2008

    This morning, my Acer Ferrari 3200 (3.5 years old - 2nd hard drive) didn't boot up. didn't even show me the bios. The power lights, caps and num lock lights were on until I forced it to shut down and then the battery light remained on even when not plugged in.


    I have a feeling the motherboard has failed. I tried to reset the bios by unplugging the bios battery, but that didn't work.


    Any suggestions anyone? Could it simply be a processor and, if so, is it upgradeable and if so, up to what limit? It would be nice to upgrade as it is in bits already!

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This happened to me on my Acer Ferrari 3200 once. The problem was that it had some kind of spyware days before this happened. My brother inserted a Windows XP cd to try and reformat the computer. A few seconds after inserting the disc the BIOS screen came up and he restarted the computer and worked fined after that. He did not reformat the computer, he only inserted the disk into the drive and that was it. Now I am having problems because I guess I got a virus and when my brother fixed the screen problem, he does not remember if he put in a password. Well, now it is asking for a password that is 8 characters long and he does not know the password neither do I. Does anyone know if removing the CMOS battery for 10 to 15 minutes works? I heard that removing the CMOS battery clears some of the settings including the BIOS password, has anyone tried it before? If so, did it work?

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First, you should find out how did this happen in the first place. Then, check the processor :). It is your main concern. Remove it and try to power again to observe if any difference. If none, that should worry you. Then check all connections between diferent boards to the main board, a faulty connector isn't unusual. Reseting the CMOS memory woun't do any good I supose, because it is NAND ROM type and most of it's settings are resident into this area. For example if you set a password, you woun't be able to clear it by reseting/removing the battery to the BIOS or something like that. This is a security feature that comes with most laptops.

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