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Where is the battery located on a dell desktop computer? When logging on, I keep getting a message that the battery is low, press f1 or f2

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Its a little watch battery on the motherboard, make sure the unit is unplugged when you remove and replace it, take the old one to walmart and they should cost around $3 each

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It means that something is wrong with your setup - my first guess is that your computer backup battery has gone bad, but it may be something else.

Press F1 to retry - if the computer starts, check the system date/time (usually in the right-hand corner of the toolbar - the opposite end of where the Start icon is located).

If the computer does not start, press F2 - you will be entering the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) and you really should not change anythig unless you are familiar with what the terms mean. BUT - it will do no harm to change the date and/or time if they are incorrect.

Exit out and the computer should now boot automatically.

If it DOES boot, then the battery is weak or dead. You will have to shut down the computer, open the case and replace the quarter-sized battery - usually 3volts.

While you are in there, blow out any accumulated dust - and don't forget the power supply.

Close the case and reboot. You will still get the error, but this time, once you reset the date/time the computer will "remember" the settings and you will be good to go for a few more years.

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