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Does my old PowerBook G3 actually need a PRAM battery?
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WOPR
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Jan 11, 2009, 12:17 PM
 
It's dead, but the PB seems to start up OK without it; it remembers what wireless network to connect to on startup and then sets the time from the internet, so do I really need to replace the battery do you think? It's a 333mhz Bronze Keyboard model (Lombard).

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Feb 27, 2009, 06:39 PM
 
Well you obviously answered the question by yourself, basically the machine _is_ working. You won't be able to store any infos in parameter ram though, And in case of a power loss (assuming your main battery is also dead) it would kick the machine off directly, including the hard drive, which is not so good.

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WOPR  (op)
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Feb 27, 2009, 06:41 PM
 
Well in the time since I posted I've realised the G3 just doesn't cut it any more sadly. So I've replaced it with a nice 1.42ghz eMac

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Feb 27, 2009, 09:45 PM
 
Ummm. Congrats?
     
   
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