Just want to rant 'bout Thinkpad batteries



I finally got around to buying extra RAM for my ancient Thinkpad 600x. (I bought it refurbished about 3 years ago. For the first 2.5 years, everything was fine. Then I had to replace the CMOS battery and the regular battery. The 600 series has a terrible issue with battery life, and what’s worse is without that battery functioning at least minimally, the whole machine can’t be booted even on AC.)
Why did I veer into battery problems?

Because after snapping the new RAM in, the cursed machine won’t boot - a 190 error.
WTF?? 190 is for dead batteries, not incompatible RAM. (and I tried to make so sure that I did buy compatible RAM so eff that.)

It seems to me that this cannot be a cause-n-effect - replacing RAM can’t kill a battery, aye?

Was the battery just going dead all this time, and it picked this special moment to debut its corpse?

UGH UGH UGH UGH stomp stomp stomp stomp stomp
I am through with this thing. Anybody want a doorstop?

and… sigh.
(no response is expected, I only want to let off steam.)