MSX with internal batteries

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By sdsnatcher73

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21-08-2018, 06:27

You can leave it out, it is not needed for normal operation. You will miss saving screen settings and the system clock. Both will be reset after a power cycle. If you insist on these features you will need to keep or replace the battery.

I have asked Repair-Bas some time ago this very same question. According to him the battery in these machines don’t really leak all that often (or ever). There seem to be contradicting stories out on the forum, but most are hearsay. I have not seen actual people saying it happened to them (which of course does not mean it has never happened). It is hard to judge if this will happen to your machine and that probably depends on your location and climate. I can imagine that differences in temperature and humidity influence the battery’s life. But how and to what extent is again hard to judge.

By pix retro

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21-08-2018, 09:08

Thanks @sdsnatcher!!

By gdx

Prophet (2612)

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21-08-2018, 10:16

By cons, ML2032 batteries wear out very quickly when the charger does not stop automatically the charge when the battery is full.

By Giangiacomo Zaffini 2

Expert (121)

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21-08-2018, 21:23

I have a Panasonic Fs-A1FX, as far as I know It doesn't have RTC nor batteries. Am I wrong?

By Meits

Scribe (5331)

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21-08-2018, 21:34

It does have an rtc and a compartiment on the bottom where two AA batteries can be placed.
If they leak, the spring contact might corrode, but the mainboard will never be harmed.

By SkalTura

Master (187)

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22-10-2018, 08:08

sdsnatcher73 wrote:

it is not needed for normal operation.

Without the battery to save the screen settings, my Sony goes to a default black screen.
So when it's started you need to use the F6-key to set a default blue and white text screen in order to see what you are doing.
So in my case it was a better choice to just replace the battery.

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