How often do you replace the RTC battery?

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  1. ScottishCaptain macrumors 6502a

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    This might be a really stupid question, but how often should you replace the CR2032 RTC battery on the Mac Pro logic board?

    I'm more or less just curious, having seen my own fair share of rotting batteries from older hardware (68k/386/486 systems) over the years. I've never seen a CR2032 fail badly enough to eat through the PCB, but I have seen them go pretty weird and damage the socket on occasion.

    I tried asking Apple this question and all I got was a variety of questions including "Do you mean a UPS?" and "Are you sure you're not talking about a Macbook Pro?". Not very assuring considering the nMP has one too on the I/O backplane.

    Should one replace these batteries every 3-4 years? Every year? Whenever the RTC starts to fail? Or are they guaranteed for something stupid like 10 years?

    -SC
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    They generally last 10+ years. I have some old 1990's computers with their original batteries still ticking away at the time, even after being unplugged for over a decade.
     
  3. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    Perhaps you could replace the battery every X-Year as a regular maintenance? Why wait for a $1 item to fail on your $ x,xxx system?
     
  4. Macsonic macrumors 65816

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    I think this is a good question and nothing wrong in asking. I spoke to an Apple tech guy about the lifespan of the battery. He said whenever you turn on your Mac Pro and a message keeps appearing saying that your Mac Pro settings has been reset to factory settings, that would be the time to replace the battery. He is not sure about how many years do these batteries last. It's sometimes tough when you need answers and some Apple technicians are not updated with their knowledge on Macs.
     
  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    Also don't forget that if you have the machine plugged into an active AC mains line, the battery isn't used. The Mac will use the trickle power from the power supply to keep the time. Further increasing the lifespan of the clock battery.
     
  6. ABCDEF-Hex macrumors 6502

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    I replaced the batteries in 2 x 2007 iMacs

    when I replaced failing HD"s with SSD's.
    So it appears they last quite a while.
     
  7. WMD macrumors regular

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    This is also a good reason not to use a power strip to turn your computer on/off; PCs as well as Macs. Leave the strip (or better, UPS!) powered on all the time, and only use the computer's power button. Otherwise, the RTC battery will die out faster.
     
  8. Intell macrumors P6

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    The reason is rather moot as the computer will be replaced long before the coin battery dies.
     
  9. ssls6 macrumors 6502a

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    Because of the finite risk of breaking the prongs during the change.
     
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  11. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    If it did not break, you did not fix it enough? :D
     
  12. ssls6 macrumors 6502a

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    :d:d:d:d
     
  13. rambo47 macrumors 6502a

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    I've never replaced on on any of my Macs. I did replace a defective PRAM battery on a Wall Street PowerBook once. How long do you keep your Wintel boxes?
     

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