I have begun using my macbook as just a desktop replacement a lot lately and recently removed the battery to conserve the cycle count numbers (the continous discharge/recharge to hopefully prolong its life a bit). Each time I start up I get a message saying my time/date is set before 2001 and how some programs might not behave properly. That is an understatement; as I get basic things that don't work at all. For example, airport. When I connect to the internet via my D-Link DIR-655, it contects, but local only with no internet access. Each time I reset the time, well it doesn't work again unless I restart my machine. And when I connect my WD My Book for Mac for the first half hour to 45 minutes I the drive access doesn't slow one bit, and uses continual processing power (at least 25-40%, while accessing the disk). I presume all of these are due to my date resetting back to ancient times. Is this normal when you remove the battery?