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How does the clock on the PC keep time when unplugged?

Discussion in 'Whatnots' started by Orkrist the Cleaver, Aug 10, 2001.

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    [​IMG] So, when you turn off the computer and unplug it, then do the reverse, how does the clock keep time? What powers it? Just wondering...
     
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    Tal's magic is all powerfull.........


    Just joking, still I'm not sure if you are joking or no so here's a clue.

    what gives your watch the power to keep telling the right time?
     
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    [​IMG] I was being serious actually. I didn't think there was battery in there.
     
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    Yep, and it will need to be replaced eventually. Though you may have a new computer by then.

    I have and old Pentium 120. In that thing both the clock and the CMOS for the configuration is kept powered by the battery. And guess what I discovered when it finally went bad? It was soldered to the motherboard! I had to break out my soldering iron and perform minor surgery to replace it!
     
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    Yes indeed there is a little (well maybe not so little) battery in you computer that keeps its clock ticking when it is unpluged or if you have an older macine with a real swich turned off. In my experiance the battery last as long as the computer unless you are into upgrading it and are solderd on to the motherboard (even then you may never have to replace the battery).
     
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    [​IMG] Nuclear Power
     
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    [​IMG] For some reason, that wouldn't surprise me.
     
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    Hey Orkrist, long time no see. :D
    Microsoft iserts an Imp into every version of windows they sell.
    Linux users get gremlins, thats why it doesnt work half the time. :D

    [This message has been edited by Messala (edited August 10, 2001).]
     
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    I always thought Linux users had penguins? :p
     
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    [​IMG] Linux user can replace the CMOS battery with
    a tiny treadmill for one or two microtux penguins.
    If you feed them well that will last longer than every battery. :D
     
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    I have a 386 machine with a 66 mhz processor. And the battery still works fine.

    What do Mac users get? I don't think apples could run that fast.
     
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