More Computer Clock Problems

Dell Optiplex 760d desktop computer (int...
January 31, 2011 at 16:13:36
Specs: Vista Ultimate
I've noticed that I'm not the only one enduring - and endearing myself - to this particularly peculiar problem. Thing is, I have to remove my hard drive from its tower after every set of class since it is only a loan from my school, so I suppose mine is unique in this case.

It can keep time from day-to-day, if I'm lucky, but as soon as the weekend rolls around and we're past it, the CMOS loses its 'sproing', as if the battery is low or in need of absolute replacement. I realize that the college isn't open on the weekends, exactly and maybe that's the problem, but I would like to know several things before I tell my prof and his assistant:

1. is there any program I can install that would verify the battery's status?
2. Is there any chance that the fact that I remove my hard drive and not connect it to a mother board for two days the cause of this? (the tower has to connect to other hard drives when I'm finished for the day so...)
3. Should I be making a fuss at all and just live with this rather inconvenient inconvenience?


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#1
January 31, 2011 at 18:22:57
The PSU will provide a small feed to the motherboard as long as its AC cord is live. I believe in most cases that small charge is enough to keep the clock going regardless of the state of the cmos battery. But if the PSU is no longer receiving any AC and the battery is low then it could lose time.

So, during the weekend is the AC to the computers being shut off?

The mantra of the aging hippie--"Power to the government, right on"


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#2
January 31, 2011 at 20:49:19
in answer to your question: yes! as far as I know, there are no weekend courses, so the AC to the classroom is off.

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#3
January 31, 2011 at 21:48:37
Maybe that's it then. You might want to ask them for sure if they cut the power over the weekend and if so see if they'll leave it on one weekend. Then on the following Monday see if the computer clock is wrong. And of course a new cmos battery ought to fix it.

The mantra of the aging hippie--"Power to the government, right on"


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