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380ed 2635-6au put a new battery the little round ones and now when i start it it does nothing but say bad command mscdex 2.23

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This file/command, mscdex 2.23, is the MS-DOS CD-ROM extensions file. If this has glitched or is corrupted it generally won't stop the computer from running, but it will stop it from reading CD's or newer CD's. The first link bellow is the history and the download for the mscdex, but the machine will need to be up and running in order to download it. If you can't get the machine running, try to reinstall the operating system.You may need to flash the bios if it won't let you install the new system or read from the disc. The second link bellow is for the most recent bios flash for your machine. To flash the bios you will need to make a bootable floppy, using a different computer (obviously). The third link is for a updated CD-ROM driver from IBM, that may do the same as the mscdex, and the fourth link is to the driver list for the 380ed at IBM's support site. You might browse over them and find some updated drivers or patches you need.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q123408

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=EMON-3MGGW8

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=RMIE-38CEKN

http://www.ibm.com/products/finder/us/finders?pg=ddfinder&Ne=5000000&lc=en&tmpl=%2Fproducts%2Ffinder%2Fus%2Fen%2Ffinders&collectionN=0&N=0&Ntt=thinkpad+380ed&sid=724082441217428650007&ibm-go.y=12&ibm-go.x=15&finderN=1000188&cm_re=other-_-suprcn-_-download&Ntk=text_gensearch&cc=us&Ns=&ibm-go.x=18&ibm-go.y=10

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Replace bios battery 161 and 163 error codes


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1) Does it say MSDEX.EXE or MSCDEX.EXE?

2) Have you ever used that CD successfully on that computer before? (DVD's don't work well in MS-DOS).

3) Verify its trying to run from the correct drive. D:, E:, etc...

That aside, I'd recommend a glance at the following support page. It sounds like your driver isn't supported or your game is referring to a specific drive that doesn't exist.

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Replace CMOS battery and reset time and date. Turn the computer over. Loosen 1 screw on RAM and CMOS door and lift door away. CMOS battery is to the left of the RAM chip (if you have the extra RAM installed.) Using a very small flat screwdiver, gently insert it under the bottom edge of the battery itself, between the rdge of the battery and it's holder, and GENTLY pry up the bottom edge of the battery. It will easily pop out. DO NOT REMOVE THE BLACK PLASTIC CMOS BATTERY HOLDER ITSELF OR YOU WILL RUIN IT! Go to Batteries Plus or Radio Shack and perchase a CP1220 (3volt) battery. They are less than $4.00. Make sure that you have the new battery correct side up and insert it back into the holder by sliding it in from the bottom and gently push down and the new battery will pop back in. Re-start your machine and when the errors pop up hit "enter" and then enter the correct time and date. You should be good to go from there. Don't let anyone badmouth your 380ED. I have one that I used at trade shows for years and it still performs perfectly. It is built like a tank and won't run XP but Win98 is just fine on this rig. IBM (Lenovo) sure built them with the consumer in mind back then. Easy to add RAM and change CMOS battery, unlike my new ACER Aspire One, and my vintage AcerNote Lite that has to be completely dissambled to do either!

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Just notice I answered this one already. Check your other post for the solution.

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