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My 15 year old bosch Gas analyzer has lost its memory because a small button battery that I did not know it even had has gone flat. I have fitted a new battery but can not reset the program. the manufacture Bosch say that it needs a new board as it can not be reset by the user.but the board is not available and it seems an awfull shame to scrap such a good machine just because it needs the programe reloading. Can anybody help.
Hmm....interesting issue. Let me try to point you in some directions that "might" help. First of all, with a computer motherboard, removing the battery and replacing it is the equivalent of shortening the pins to reset the "bios"....that funny name would be the equivalent to your software in all probablilty.....so having said that are there a couple of pins next to the battery and do you see a black or white (usually) small removable pin connector. If so, try moving it to another position...count to five...continue that process until you have covered all combinations and then return it to the original position. The boot (turn on) your machine again. Do this with power off obviously. If that fails ask Bosch how much to reset your board...just for drill but who knows it might be cheap. Also try to get to a "real" tech. The guys behind the front line help support. Most of them I suspect would give you the procedure unless company policy and $'s dictate an unhealthy policy. Failing that write a letter (polite) to the company....in fact send it to a number of people and locations including a few up the food chain (as in board of director's)....express your satisfaction with the machine, blah blah...and then wait.
I assume there is nothing on their website nor on the internet but you might check the former if not done and google the internet with a variety of search statements. You might get lucky.
Also...most EE's (electrical engineers) would not intentionally design a product that "died" when the battery life ran out. You might want to try pressing various combinations of keys on your analyzer...the reset feature is more than likely there. If not then it was apparently an intentional design ....in other words their way of getting you to buy new.
Two last things....depending on usage (I am guessing it's not used significantly) if you have less than 3-4 years continuous usage pursing all the above is worth it. If you have 7 or more then the "solid state" portion of the device may be nearing it's end of life...MTBF....mean time between failures. If you have 4 to 7 it's up to you. You might also put a "want it" on Ebay and similar sites and just store it for a while. You might come up with another machine...working...cheap.
Hope the above helps....Tango.
Posted on Feb 05, 2008
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