Spidersweb, don´t pull your T3200 apart!!
I found the perfect home for the 2xAA battery holder: my T3200SX has a compartment underneath for a modem (I think) and that was empty. And guess what, the inner wall has a square whole which leads directly in front of the CMOS battery connection and it's wide enough for the connector to pass through. The size of the compartment is exactly right for 2AA's. It's amazingly simple! I won't even have to remove the keyboard to replace the alkaline batts when they go flat, just take out three screws from the modem expansion compartment, the way Toshiba intended for a user serviceable task.
I wanted to post some photos but it seems the forum wont let me upload, just link.
Anyway, I think this has been a valid contribution to the forum, how many more till I earn my "wings"?
Orange Plasma update:
It's somewhat erratic: at powerup (now without the cmos error
) the screen goes bright; then it starts to dim rapidly until minimum (only 2 tones), which is exactly the same as having the brightness dial all the way down, and the dial has no effect. Then, at some point it starts to slowly recover until normal brightness and the dial is working again. It's very puzzling and now i'm not so sure about the bad contact theory, although my tinkering and pulling and turning has done something to it alright.