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Boot up and time/date/year issues

Currently I need to hit F1 to boot up after I power the computer on. Computer fails to maintain current time/date/year. Even turning on the PC is weird. When hitting power strip in past, I had to still push the one button of the desktop. Now it goes on as soon as power strip is turned on.

The tower was hit hard by our chair prior to having problems. Is there a battery that holds basic start up and time/date/year memory? Could this be just loose?

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You are correct. There is a 3 volt battery on the motherboard. It may have come loos. This little battery holds all bios setting including the date & time. With the power cord unpluged from the Pc. Remove the side panel exposing the motherboard. Use your manual to help locate the battery. With the help of a flat tip screw driver remove the battery if not already removed & check it's voltage with a volt meter. Replace the battery, it snapes in.
With the side case off double check all power cables & data cables are connected tightly. Restart the Pc & enter the bios. Reset the time & date. As for the power strip & Pc starting. Try this. As soon as you turn on the power strip, switch the power supply's toggle switch to off. Loacated on the back of the power supply. Leave the power strip on. Give the Pc a minute. Now flip the toggle switch on the power supply to on. If the Pc begains to turn on press & hold the Pc's start button till the Pc shuts off.
Now turn off the power strip. Turn it back on. Pc should still be off. This is a reset for the PSU. Post back if you have more questions.

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Yes, there is a battery. It looks like a watch battery. Make sure it hasn't popped out. If it hasn't, replace it with a new one.

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Yes in the bios u can changs it from any store 3v stick new ones in there ok rate this as fix ya so it helps others thx nick

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