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I have an HP712, Pent 4 and I lost power. The power light blinks but won't start the computer. Do I need to replace the battery?

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Does the computer start from the power supply? If you try removing the battery completely, does it still start?
If the answer to both the above questions is "yes", and it doesn't work with the battery only, then indeed you should replace the battery.

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