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Cmos error on bootup

Hi i have a toshiba 1800 laptop which has hardly been in use since from brand new 5years ago now i went to use it and it is showing a quarter of the toshiba Logo then goes into a cmos error with the cursor blinking on a black screen i am suspecting that the cmos battery needs to be changed but dont know where to start looking (the serial numner is:32081881J Model No:PS183Z-ooPK Toshiba system unit, this info is on the labels on bottom Please can you help with  instructions how to go about finding & replacing the cmos battery thanks for a reply

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Re: cmos error on bootup

Carefull! The 1800 had a notoriously lousy MB/bios problem. While it still works, get yourself to Toshiba support and get the LATEST bios for the right version of your board, and get it IN ASAP...
Otherwise you might well end up with a brick..

Posted on Feb 16, 2008

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