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I cant turn my calculator on

I dont know whats wrong I changed the bateries all 4 AAA and the little cr1616 yet it still dosent work I cant turn it on and I have exams coming in a few days Please help me

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I had the same problem, I took all five batteries out and left it for about an hour and put them back in and it turned on stating that the RAm was clear and now it works fine.

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Wont turn on


Good morning, afternoon, evening or night; whatever time of day you are viewing this solution post. Thank you for choosing FixYa to assist you. You are having problems because you calculator won't turn on. I think you should try changing the batteries. Did you know that your calculator has two batteries powering it? Not only are the 4 AAA batteries powering it, but there is also a CR 3V Lithium Back Up battery powering it as well. First, try changing the 4 AAA batteries. If that still does not power your calculator properly, you will need to replace the lithium back up battery. You can find this at a department store or store that carries electronics. To do this, open your regular battery compartment. Above the AAA batteries is a compartment that says "BACK UP BATTERY CR1616 OR CR1620" with a picture of it. Use a small crosshead screwdriver to open the compartment. Take the old battery out and replace it with the new one. Rescrew the lithium battery compartment back on and close the AAA battery compartment. Turn on your calculator and see if that works. I hope this solution solves this.

Sep 27, 2011 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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What kind of battery does the TI-83 take


4 AAA batteries and one CR1616 or CR1620 button batter for backup

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TI-83_series

Sep 15, 2011 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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There's something wrong with my TI-83. When I'm typing up an equation it will randomly shut off. And when it's on it will have shown that the RAM was cleared. Now it sometimes takes like 5 presses of the...


Have you tried changing the batteries? I'd try that first thing. From your description, the problem sounds like you have low batteries. The RAM shouldn't clear itself when you turn the calculator on unless you tried to turn it on when the calculator didn't have any juice. The TI-83 has four AAA batteries and one CR1616 battery it uses for memory backup. The CR1616 isn't enough to power the calculator, just enough to keep your calculator from losing its RAM contents while the primary batteries are out. If you try to power the calculator on without primary batteries, the backup fails. However, the TI-8x line is usually pretty good about warning you when the batteries are low by displaying a big warning message when you turn it on about the batteries being low and a recommended change of batteries. It might not, though, so you really can't be sure until you try a fresh set of batteries. Good luck!

Apr 09, 2011 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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I put new lithium triple aaa batteries in my TI-83. Nothing happened . days later it turned on worked for a little while then stopped. would it help to change the round lithium battery? Do you know what...


The button cell backup battery keeps the memory electrically refreshed when the calculator is turned OFF. The necessary power for regular use is supplied by the 4 AAA batteries (main power). That nothing happened when you put in a fresh set of (expensive) lithium batteries may be due to the screen being too dim to see anything.

If the calculator displays RAM CLEARED each time it is turned on, it may be due to a depleted backup battery. The battery model number is CR1616 or CR1620. On my TI84PLUS the backup battery is of type 303 (Sony) or SR44SW (Maxell).

Sep 05, 2010 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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I have a TI-81 that stop working, I installed the


TI calculators have an annoying habit of dimming the screen when the batteries are changed so that it appears as if the calculator isn't turning on at all. Turn the calculator on (or at least press the ON key). Press and release the 2ND key. Press and hold the Up-arrow key for a few seconds and see whether the screen becomes legible.

Mar 16, 2010 | Texas Instruments TI-81 Calculator

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Entire battery replace but still wont turn on


TI calculators have an annoying habit of dimming the screen when the batteries are changed so that it appears as if the calculator isn't turning on. Turn the calculator on (or at least press the ON key). Press and release the 2ND key. Press and hold the Up-arrow key for a few seconds and see whether the screen becomes legible.

Feb 22, 2010 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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How can I revive my TI89 after two years of not using it?


It could be that you need to replace the backup battery located behind a little door with a screw in the battery compartment. If this doesn't work, try resetting your calculator by leaving backup and AAA batteries out for about 8 hours and reassembling it. Hopefulyy this will work. Good luck

Jul 29, 2009 | Texas Instruments TI-89 Calculator

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My TI 83 + won't turn on


TI calculators have an annoying habit of dimming the screen when the batteries are changed so that it appears as if the calculator isn't turning on at all. Turn the calculator on (or at least press the ON key). Press and release the 2ND key. Press and hold the Up-arrow key for a few seconds and see whether the screen becomes legible.

Feb 24, 2009 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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