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Not boot from factory CD -where is CMOS battery?

I went to format, reinstall Win XP and after formatting it stopped.  I have a new HD and still get error: Media test failure, check cable.  Operating system missing.  I suspect the CMOS battery but am not sure where it is, how to get to it.  My AC battery is also dead but I plug directly to AC outlet.  Haven't seen any direct answers to this model.  Thanks for any direction.

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Hi,

Appreciate the direct "Ask Me".

Based on your post/description:

  • Toshiba Satellite 1415-S173;
  • new HDD;
  • would install WinXP.
Your concerns are:
  • media/cable fault;
  • CMOS battery;
  • laptop battery.
  • will not complete format;
  • will not install OS (WinXP).
Proposed course of action and other ideas:
  1. double check the new HDD, verify that the pins are not bent and are seated correctly. If all else fails, return the new HDD and have it replaced;
  2. try partitioning/formatting the new HDD in another PC using a 2.5 IDE to USB external adapter;
  3. clean the lens of the DVD/CD ROM drive;
  4. remove the dead laptop battery and use only the AC power when installing;
  5. most current laptops do not use a CMOS battery;
  6. if you want to revert CMOS/BIOS settings to default, it could be done by pressing on ESC or F1 or as indicated in the display (depends on the version) and set all possible settings to default. Verify that it is set to boot from the CD drive.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Sep 03, 2008

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