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Guy Fawkes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 12:55 PM
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Incase you ever wondered about the battery on your motherboard:
Mine died, and now my system clock stays where ever it was when I turned off my computer.

Just thought I would share that with you.
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 12:58 PM
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1. I know you can set up your PC so it gets the time of day from the Internet
I believe Windows XP has this. Linux surely has, since day one. If you use an earlier Windows, I believe there are utilities to do that too.
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Guy Fawkes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 01:06 PM
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2. It is a basic function of windows, but it won't update if
it's on the wrong *day*
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Mr. McD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 01:06 PM
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3. I use the free atomic clock utility at
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 01:32 PM
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4. I never understood why board designers wouldn't use a storage cap for
running the clock. I suppose it would drain eventually, but it seems that for most users, this wouldn't be an issue. Doesn't the battery also power the BIOS?
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 07:55 PM
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5. Yes it does.
And if the mobo battery is too low you will boot up with default values in your BIOS. You may not show a CD drive equipped for instance or other devices.
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