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Monkeydust
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Alert! System battery voltage is low. Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.

Hey everyone. I've got a Dimension 8300 desktop. It's about 5 years old. I got keep getting this message upon startup, along with 2 beeps in quick succession.

 

I'm guessing this is my motherboard battery running low, but I'm not quite sure what to do. Does it recharge? Do I have to replace it? If so, how? Is it worth doing or should I ditch the computer altogether?

 

Help me and I'll give you prizes. 

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Alexandra_P
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Re: Alert! System battery voltage is low.

The battery is very simple to change.  See here in your manual:

 <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell>

The tech specs say it's a 3V CR2032 lithium coin cell.  You can find one for a few dollars most anywhere that sells watch batteries.

 


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Rebee
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Re: Alert! System battery voltage is low. Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.

I am having the same problem with the Alert! System battery...  I also understand to get the battery.  Now, where do I find the old one to take out??? Smiley Happy

 

shesagordie
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Re: Alert! System battery voltage is low. Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.

I am having the same problem with the Alert! System battery...  I also understand to get the battery.  Now, where do I find the old one to take out??? Smiley Happy

 

Rebee

It's a silver 'quarter' size battery located on the motherboard, but to give you a better answer we need to know your computer model. 

Bev.

 


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squirl49
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Re: Alert! System battery voltage is low. Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.

hi i have a dimension 8200 and need a new battery can i get a size please

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shesagordie
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Re: Alert! System battery voltage is low. Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.

squirl49

A 3-V CR2032 lithium coin cell is required, this can be purchased from a Radio Shack, WalMart, or most pharmacies.

Bev.

 


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Amastodell
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Re: Alert! System battery voltage is low. Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.

I have a same problem. I changed the battery, but still the same error every time when I turn on my computer. Every time I must press the F1 key to continued.

What I to do?

My computer is Dell Optilex GX620. Thanks!

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osprey4
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Re: Alert! System battery voltage is low. Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.

Hi Amastodell,

What happens if you hit F2 and update your BIOS settings?

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shesagordie
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Re: Alert! System battery voltage is low. Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.

 Amastodell

Try using the following hack,

To get the motherboard to recognise this new battery properly, power cycle the computer 3 times [switch it on, get it to POST then switch it off again].

After the third power cycle the low voltage alert message should disappear.

If the alert message still displays, double check the output voltage of the replacement battery.

It should read anywhere from 3V to 3.2V.

If it does then the sensing circuit on the motherboard it faulty.

You could also, try clearing the event log in System Setup [BIOS].

Bev.

 


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Amastodell
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Re: Alert! System battery voltage is low. Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.

osprey4

what will I do in my BIOS? which settings I must to update?

PS: my english is not very well,because I am from Bosnia Smiley Happy

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