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PRAM BATTERY DEEP-SIXED?

Message #1 - Posted 2004/01/18 - Mamamia

OK, my wallstreet lost its date and time (date 2033 suddenly appeared). Does this mean that my pram battery has succumbed? I have never had the pram battery changed, by the way. Is there a way to tell if this is the pram battery?
If I do need a new pram battery:
-As a 54-yr old computer-stupid lady, the most that I have ever done on my wallstreet is change out the hard drive and ram memory. -In reviewing the procedure for replacing the pram battery in my wallstreet take-apart pdf, changing the pram battery looks like a rather labor-intensive job.
-Is changing the pram battery a job that I should seriously consider farming out to a professional? I don't want to booger this thing up. Any recommendations on who I should get to do it?

Mamamia

Message #2 - Posted 2004/01/18 - B Collins

Mamamia wrote:

OK, my wallstreet lost its date and time (date 2033 suddenly appeared). Does this mean that my pram battery has succumbed? I have never had the pram battery changed, by the way. Is there a way to tell if this is the pram battery?
If I do need a new pram battery:
-As a 54-yr old computer-stupid lady, the most that I have ever done on my wallstreet is change out the hard drive and ram memory. -In reviewing the procedure for replacing the pram battery in my wallstreet take-apart pdf, changing the pram battery looks like a rather labor-intensive job.
-Is changing the pram battery a job that I should seriously consider farming out to a professional? I don't want to booger this thing up. Any recommendations on who I should get to do it?
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Mamamia

Because so much take-apart is needed in the Wallstreet, it may be a good idea to have a professional do it.

One place I have found excellent for repairs on my Wallstreet is PB Parts.

http://www.pbparts.com

Send them an e-mail with your situation and they will respond with good advice, and give you a price for parts and repair.

I have found them reasonable in price and prompt in action.

Bill

Message #3 - Posted 2004/01/19 - Brian Moore

On 1/18/04 7:30 PM, in article 0df47cb4348f4d8d382609eb47bf0c74@news.teranews.com, Mamamia wrote:

OK, my wallstreet lost its date and time (date 2033 suddenly appeared). Does this mean that my pram battery has succumbed? I have never had the pram battery changed, by the way. Is there a way to tell if this is the pram battery?
If I do need a new pram battery:
-As a 54-yr old computer-stupid lady, the most that I have ever done on my wallstreet is change out the hard drive and ram memory. -In reviewing the procedure for replacing the pram battery in my wallstreet take-apart pdf, changing the pram battery looks like a rather labor-intensive job.
-Is changing the pram battery a job that I should seriously consider farming out to a professional? I don't want to booger this thing up. Any recommendations on who I should get to do it?

You can check your PRAM battery by shutting down your Wallstreet, removing the battery and unplugging it. Let it sit for a few hours, then boot it up. If it remembers the date and time, the battery might still be good. I changed the PRAM battery on my Wallstreet. It wasn't too difficult, but it's a lot of disassembly, so I wouldn't recommend it unless you're mechanically inclined. Any competent person could do it with the right tools, proper instructions and a methodical mind.

Message #4 - Posted 2004/01/19 - Mamamia

Previously, Brian Moore wrote:

You can check your PRAM battery by shutting down your Wallstreet, removing the battery and unplugging it. Let it sit for a few hours, then boot it up. If it remembers the date and time, the battery might still be good. I changed the PRAM battery on my Wallstreet. It wasn't too difficult, but it's a lot of disassembly, so I wouldn't recommend it unless you're mechanically inclined. Any competent person could do it with the right tools, proper instructions and a methodical mind.

Well, actually, the date changed because I left it asleep to go to an appointment, took it in my computer case, with the intention of plugging it in, and waking it up when I got there and typing some reports. (I'm sure my regular battery is hosed, it has not held a charge for a long time. I always just plug it in to use it anyway.)
Got busy at the appointment and never did wake it up. When I got home, it had shut itself down and the date was 2033 and the time was off. So I think I have already done the "pram battery check". Actually, for a computer-stupid middle-aged lady, I am somewhat mechanically inclined, but right now I just don't have the time to fiddle with it, truth be known. So I think I'll farm it out to someone to do it for me.
Thanks again for all responses,

Mamamia

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