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Thanks to all who helped me identify my CMOS battery. I installed a new one and now instead of my computer starting in safe mode, it starts by saying CMOS settings are wrong. It then askes me to select F1 or F2 to solve this problem. My keyboard is still not functioning so I can't select anything and proceed further. Can anything be done or is it time to scrap my tower?
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Is your keyboard USB or PS/2? If it is USB, try a PS/2 keyboard to get into your CMOS settings.
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Hi WIZ,
My keyboard is PS/P2. Before I installed the new CMOS battery, my computer said that my mouse was not installed in PS/P2. I've tried switching them around, but nothing worked. This is getting frustrating. If I could get my keyboard & mouse working again I know I could fix all these problems.
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What is the exact message that it displays? And how old is your computer?
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I's a 4 year old ACER with WIN98. The message says CMOS settings are wrong. It then says to choose F1 to setup or F2 to change settings. Keep in mind my keyboard will not let me choose anything.
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Edited by budzoid, 26 October 2005 - 10:07 AM.

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I noticed you said that the keyboard and mouse problem was occuring before you installed a new CMOS battery, right? Did you ever remove your keyboard or mouse plug from the computer while it was on? This could damage your motherboard. If so, this problem may be only solvable by replacing the motherboard. If not, I will contact someone who knows more about hardware.
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I don't believe I unplugged them while it was on, but other people had access to it and may have. Any idea what kind of "ballpark" price we are talking about to replace the motherboard?
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I don't believe I unplugged them while it was on, but other people had access to it and may have. Any idea what kind of "ballpark" price we are talking about to replace the motherboard?
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let's not get testy yet....um....this suggestion usually goes the other way round but....do you have access to a usb keyboard? if so try and see if it works in the machine....also we may need to actually do a reset on your bios (CMOS)...you can usually do this by moving a little jumper...that is usually located next to that battery...over to the other two pins than the one's it is currently on...all this with the machine unplugged of course...and then moving that jumper back over to it's original location (sorry that i don't have specifics for you but...not familiar with your board)
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Before you do any of dsenette's jumper suggestion, either buy a electrostatic discharge wrist guard, or touch something metal to discharge any static electricity. Computer equipment is very sensitive. Be careful :tazz: . Hopefully the USB keyboard will work and we won't have to go through that.
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