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    Motherboard Battery

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    I needed t change the motherboard battery and when I put the new one in the PC won't start up or at least i doesn't appear to start as the monitor won't come on and the HDD light just stays on. Have I done something wrong by taking out the battery and replacing it. I took it out for about an hour while I went an purchased a new one. My motherboard is an ABIT VA 20 Rev 1:0

    Any assistance would be appreciated.
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    Re: Motherboard Battery

    My first thought was maybe you put the replacement battery in upside down, but I bet you've already thought of that...
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    Re: Motherboard Battery

    Do you still have the old battery to put back in and see what happens?

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    Re: Motherboard Battery

    Hi Tricky

    Yes it was the first thing I did....but naturally without success.

    Any other suggestions?
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    Re: Motherboard Battery

    Hi Leif

    Yes tried that too but still no luck

    Any other ideas?
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    Re: Motherboard Battery

    The only other thing I can think of is that you have unseated a connector or card. Double check every and any thing that is unpluggable, pull out and re-insert carefully.

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    Re: Motherboard Battery

    I suppose it's (unfairly) possible that your motherboard has picked this (inappropriate) time to go belly up, but I hope not. It sounds like, in the process, you accidently disturbed a cable somewhere in there. I guess I'd make the rounds, starting with the power supply cable to the motherboard and work my way around to all cables, ensuring proper seating. Good luck...

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    Re: Motherboard Battery

    Do you get any beeps as the machine attempts to boot up? They are often a good indicator of what is failing, if it's a hardware fault.
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    Re: Motherboard Battery

    Hi Leif

    Yes I've been through and checked all the cables etc and still not working
    Dax


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    Re: Motherboard Battery

    Thanks Bigaldoc but as mentioned I've checked all the cables etc without any luck
    Dax


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    Re: Motherboard Battery

    Hi Rory

    That's interesting as I only just noticed that there isn't any of the usual beeps or other sounds for that matter, when starting all that happens is the HDD light stays on continuously not even anything on the screen.

    Does that give you any ideas?
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    Re: Motherboard Battery

    <hr>I needed t change the motherboard battery <hr>

    Can you tell us what symptoms(s) led you to the above conclusion ?

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    Re: Motherboard Battery

    Did you pull the power cord from the back of the unit prior to removing / installing battery, or did you just switch the unit off using the "front of machine" power button? Look at your power supply (where the cord plugs into the back of the PC); is the fan spinning?

    There are a couple of things that I would check next:
    <UL><LI>The connectors from your chasis to the motherboard are easily knocked loose. These would be the small wires/connectors that go from your power and reset buttons to the edge of your motherboard. They could be dangling lose, slightly pulled or maybe they got knocked off and put back on incorrectly while you were in the case (this is a very easy mistake to make).
    <LI>If you did pull the power cord from the back, make sure it is pressed firmly back into place.
    <LI>Some PSU's have a voltage switch near the cord that allows you to switch between different voltages. Mine can be switched from 115 to 230. Make sure yours is still correct. This is not likely the problem as someone would have had to manually switch it to the incorrect position.
    <LI>When your PC is switched on, does the eject button on the front of your optical drive make the drawer slide out?[/list]The answers to some of these questions may verify if there's a "power" issue. If we can determine that it is not, then it becomes increasingly likely that something on the motherboard has shorted.
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    Re: Motherboard Battery

    Hi all

    Thanks to everyone for all your suggestions as a result I was able to fix the problem which was as most of you had suggested a wire had come lose. The reason I didn't see it sooner was that it had curled behind the ribbon wire to the HDD.

    So one again thanks so much

    Cheers
    Dax


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