IBook (Apple) date default 12/31/69, why?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Armand, May 30, 2003.

  1. Armand macrumors newbie

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    Add to the debate about battery care my experience over the last year with my G3 powerbook - I left the battery on all the time (even though I used it as a desk top most of the winter) and now the battery discharges to 50% and gives up. As a first time Apple user, I didn't condition the battery when I got it, so maybe that's part of my problem.
    Recently, in the hope of minimizing further decline, I started removing the battery when I'm plugged in. Doing so, I've learned the iBook doesn't have a backup battery for the time and date function, so the system resets itself to:
    7 pm, 12/31/69.
    My question is: How did that date get chosen at the default?
     
  2. kylos macrumors 6502a

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  3. mrjamin macrumors 65816

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  4. kylos macrumors 6502a

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    I know it's not the precise EPOCH, but it's only 5 hours off. Maybe the Mac people are trying to say they beat everybody else out the door?:) :D
     

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