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CMOS Battery Lifespan

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craigiz1

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Feb 27, 2002
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How long does the battery on the motherboard last? Or, when should I change it?
I did a search but didn't get what I was looking for.
Thanks :)
 

Teacher_Doug

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craigiz1 said:
How long does the battery on the motherboard last? Or, when should I change it?
I did a search but didn't get what I was looking for.
Thanks :)

I don't think there's a definite time duration. I've had an old 386 DX 40 running for 10 years on the same battery, and had to change a battery on a PII 200, which was only 1.5 years old.
 

rlemieux

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your CMOS battery is given a 10 year life span. If you start losing BIOS settings then its time to change. Usually you never have to worry about it because most people dont own a motherboard for that long. Sometimes. like in Teacher_Doug's case it goes before its time but that doesnt happen too much.
 
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JaY_III

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Dec 17, 2000
were i am working right now, we have hundereds of systems coming in.... and the older ones, P1's i would say alot less that 1% of them have bad Batterys...
That is a problem that only comes up maybe every 2-3 weeks.

So the battery is something you dont really need to worry about at all. So like rlemieux said, not till you start losing BIOS settings, no need to change it.