Your computer has a special type of memory that maintains the date, time, and settings for built-in features, such as serial-port assignments (configuration). A battery keeps this information active when you turn off the computer.
The battery normally requires no charging or maintenance throughout its life; however, no battery lasts forever. If the battery fails, the date, time, and configuration information (including passwords) are lost. An error message is displayed when you turn on the computer.
Refer to "Safety notices" for information about replacing and disposing of the battery.
To change the battery:
- Turn off the computer and disconnect the power cord from the electrical outlet and from the computer.
- Open the computer cover. See "Cover removal".
- Access the system board. See "Accessing system board components and drives".
- Locate the battery. See "Locating system board connectors and components".
- Remove the old battery.
- Install the new battery.
Note: When the computer is turned on for the first time after battery replacement, an error message might be displayed. This is normal after replacing the battery.
- Go to "Completing the FRU replacement".