That's really good that you were able to find the cause of the
problem. So this is the one, the CMOS battery. I'm curious how long
the old CMOS battery lasted. I noticed that people report that their
Vivantes/Vibrants go dead (read CMOS goes dead) after about 1.5 year
of true and faithful work. Is this your case too?
This is odd, 1.5 year is not what one should expect from a litium
cell, usually they last about 3 years, so does the extended warranty,
usually :) But since a lot of folks found their CMOS batteries dead
after about 1.5 year of service that means this notebook model was
upgraded by Transmonde on the go. I mean the main boards were the
(old), and only 'upgradable' parts (RAM,HDD,bigger LCD ) has been
replaced to match the market. At least this is more likely with
Vivantes since the CMOS battery appears to be soldered, and therefore
not immediately replaceable. So if Transmonde would still be active
they would have been experiencing quite a load replacing dead
warrantied CMOS batteries.
Anyway, those are just thoughts. The point is, everyone should get
oneself ready to replace the CMOS battery. Those who did this --
LES! and the followers, when you are done with the Vivate's surgery,
could you at least describe the steps you have taken. And since
replacement involves SOLDERING, and if you did it yourself -- YOUR
EXPERIENCE BECOMES VITAL for all of us, your fellow computriots.