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2000 996 electrical issue at start-up

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Vehicle Information: Model: 996; Year: 2000; Body Type: Cabriolet; Total Mileage: 45,750;

Joel, thanks for your wonderful work on this forum. It is informative and helpful.I had not driven my car for about a week and plugged my portable compressor into the cigarette lighter to inflate 2 low tires. That required that I have the key in the ON position. The blower fan was also running. The process took about 10 minutes and when I went to start the car, the dashboard lights dimmed and there was the clicking that another poster experienced. After about three tries, the car finally cranked, reluctantly (like a low battery might). So,reading your response, I presumed that it was the battery. I noticed while driving that the battery was charging but the trip odometer and the clock had reset. When AAA came to jump me later, they indicated that the battery was OK. I bought this car about as a CPO about 2 1/2 years ago and I don't know whether the battery is original. So, I may be living on borrowed time.My question is, is there anything that the resetting of the trip odometer and clock that would point to a particular circuit or relay that is the culprit or is it simply the alternator, starter, battery group?Thanks for your advice. -leo

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