easy one silver dvd rom+error loading system s/war

  wessa1 10:57 16 May 06
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have the above laptop,given to me with the following faults.
error loading system software and dvd rom does not work'

i believe the error loading system software,can be resolved by removing
the cmos battery,can someone tell me where it is,as i have removed back cover and dvd,rom,fan,etc etc but cannot seem to find it,i have no serial number as the sticker is unreadable cannot register for support.

does anyone know of a manual or motherboard layout for this machine as
i would like to restore software before buying a new dvd rom.

i believe the person who gave me the machine tried to start with win 98
boot disc and this machine is win xp,i would be really gratefull for any help
hints,tips etc etc.
WOULD MOST OTHER DVD ROMS LAPTOP FIT THIS MACHINE?
thanks in advance
wessa1

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