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1st problem is that the date and time keep messing up and now the computer is shutting itself down. Windows XP won't even load before it shuts off completely. Tried starting in safe mode but as soon as you try to go into anything it shuts down again. It's an older computer so I suspect it could be the battery on the mother board. Anything else to try before giving up on it?

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Yes it could however the battery should not prevent it from loading windows.The motherboard might be failing.
Good luck

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