Need help updating laptop BIOS

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  1. Alf S

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    Ok folks...I have a second hand IBM Thinkpad 760EL and recently bought and installed some more memory.

    Problem is the laptop doesn't recognize all of the memory chip (just 32mb of the actual 64mb chip I bought).

    I've been told I need to update my BIOS from the much older version that's on there now.

    I created a floppy disc of the newest version per IBM's site. I followed the installation directions but hit a stumbling block.

    It says I MUST have a charged battery..Sadly, my second hand Thinkpad's battery is DEAD.

    I attempted to install the BIOS, but it would not let me go anywhere and said I must have the battery to complete the install.

    Is there any way I can bypass this roadblock and still install the new BIOS??

    Thanks a lot for yor help

    p.s. Anyone know where I can find a bargain battery for Thinkpads? Ebay only has one available for my model (760EL) so I'm still searching.

    Alf
     
  2. Wayne Bundrick

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    When you say the battery is dead you mean you are not able to charge it?
     
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  4. Alf S

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    UPDATE:

    By sheer luck, a guy last night listed a battery on Ebay and I snagged it. He says it works fine.

    As long as that's the case, this BIOS update will work.

    Thanks
     

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