i just got this message while booting up my computer. i know i have to change the little round battery on the motherboard but could someone give me the steps? would it be good if i unplug my computer, write down the type of battery, go buy it and install it within 5 minutes of taking out the old one? if i do that, i wont loose any information?
Just pop the old one out and put the new one in. That little battery (the CMOS battery), keeps your BIOS settings though, so you would have to reset anything in the BIOS you may have changed.
Oh, and make sure you ground yourself and hold the power button for a second or two after you unplug your computer to completely discharge the mobo.
Yes, thats exactly what you need to do. It is possible/probable that you will lose the information stored on the BIOS. For most people the most inconvenient bit it likely to be setting the clock again.
However, sods law dictates that if you don't know what the settings were then your going to lose them and need to reenter them. If your not confident you know what everything in the BIOS does then either scribble it down or just take digital pictures of the screens in the BIOS so you can re enter all of the information.
thanks for the help everything is fine