Klaus Knopper answers your Linux questions
Open to Possibilities
I'm an old PC/Windows guru from the days when PCs often didn't have CMOS or Real Time Clocks and adapted to them. In Linux Magazine 150 (my first issue), Neil was asking about Linux on a notebook with CMOS issues, and it caught my eye.
First, I've never known CMOS storage to fail, but after 3 or more years the backup batteries can easily fail. In a desktop, you just replace what is typically a CR2032 cell. My own desktop will need just such a battery anytime; it's been going a little over 5 years!
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