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by R. Proffitt - 7/23/11 7:44 PM
In Reply to: recently acquired doesn't always equal new product with warr by pecostx
MANY articles and tips at the top.
RECENTLY ACQUIRED means just that. If a product didn't work, why not get a refund?
As to the battery, I can't find age or the Volts on the CMOS battery so while it's likely to be that, without those details it's a 50/50 chance.