Apple Plus floppies stump the Mac store

The Baltimore Sun

Several years ago, I had an Apple Plus. I now have a PC. I sold the Apple after I wrote some important text using Word. Now I desperately need that text. I took the floppies to the Mac store, and the best they could do was give me a bewildered look. They had no idea how to open or print them. Short of finding someone with an Apple Plus, do you know how to solve my problem?

- Charles James

Man, that WAS several years ago. I know of several companies that can read old PC floppies and transfer the data to a CD or DVD. But, offhand, I don't know of a company that does it for these old Apple machines. I had no luck using Google finding one of these services for old Apple discs.

Maybe a reader will point both of us in the right direction. I assume such a service exists, but I haven't been able to find it.

I have an eight-year-old IBM computer with a Sony monitor that is running Windows 98. Here's the error message I'm getting on the screen these days: CMOS CHECKSUM BAD CMOS DISPLAY TYPE WRONG PRESS ESC TO RUN SETUP After that, the computer starts up normally and I can use it. I am also getting the wrong date and time. I have changed them, but the computer does not hold the new settings.

- Jerry Falcon

This week's theme has to be antique computers. That computer is ready for the rest home. But since it's presumably adequate for what you do, here goes.

Desktop computers have a battery that preserves memory - memory about things such as the hard disk, time of day. I'm almost positive the battery is going out in your computer.

In some older computers, it's a rechargeable battery. But newer models use batteries you can buy almost anywhere. You can look in the manual that came with the computer to see what type of battery you have or just open the case. (I think you'll recognize the battery.)

If you're lucky, it'll be a battery you can replace yourself. If you're not, you'd need to take the machine to a shop to have it done.

Bill Husted writes for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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