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AST Ascentia J55 CMOS Battery - How to replace, where is it?

I've an old 1997 AST Ascentia J55 Laptop that the cmos battery has died (it's giving me a 'replace the system battery' error message.) I've found a few places where I can buy a replacement battery cheap enough (about $20), but I've not been able to figure out WHERE the dang cmos battery is on this computer!

In fact, honestly, I can't even figure out how to open up the dang case! I'm quite handy and comfortable tearing computers apart, but this one has me stymied.

I know, I know, it's an ancient laptop and I should probably just buy a new one...but I've been using this beast almost daily for over 10 years with no problems. It works. It does what I need it to do, and until the battery died, did it reliably and well. Although a new laptop would be nice, I don't need one! :)

Can anyone help me figure out how to open the case, and approximately where I can find the cmos battery once open and briefly, how to replace it?

Thanks so much in advance!

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  • Johny22 May 04, 2008

    I've got the same problem for an AST Ascentia M5160T, I can't figure out how to open the case to get access to the CMOS battery - just releasing the visible screws isn't enough to do it.

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The key to opening the M5160T is to slide the power button cover strip: http://www.ari-service.com/blender/data/28147/3756_001.pdf

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If there are "doors" on the notebook bottom, open them and look inside. Otherwise, send a SHARP, high-resolution photo of the keyboard side (lid open) and the bottom. Send them to: jacobson@sonic.net. I'll look at them and see if I can offer any suggestions.

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