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Battery drain in one day TI-83 calculator

The calculator was working fine one day and then it started draining batteries in less than one day in off. I have tried chargeable and non chargeable batteries

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  • frisom Mar 03, 2009

    What is the hardware error and how is it fixed?

  • frisom Mar 05, 2009

    I'll try that. Thanks! I'll let you know.



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Thats because of a hardware error

Posted on Mar 02, 2009

  • Anthony Li Mar 04, 2009

    By loading the 2.43 OS onto your calc



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