Post by Doc Shenley
What is my computer trying to tell me? After a normal POST it halts with
the message - CMOS checksum error, defaults loaded. Press F1 to continue
or Del enter Setup. If I press F1 it continues with o/s boot, or if I
press Del I can change the settings which are then accepted in a normal
It could be a duff battery I suppose (hope!), but how could I tell, and
what else could it be?
99 times out of 100, your battery is stuffed with that sort of answer. Easy
way to check. Set the time and turn the machine off and turn wall power off.
Wait 30 seconds. Turn it all back on again. If same result, your battery is
stuffed. Second test - turn machine off but leave wall power on. Wait 30
seconds and turn on again. If you didn't get the F1 or Del this time, then
definitely your battery is stuffed.
1) Get a new battery and install it. Easy.
2) Leave wall power on all the time and never worry.
3) If you have XP or Vista the time will auto reset once you are on the net
(or you can make it do it) so it isn't a real worry.
4) Get used to it.