leaving pc for 6 months

nikos_gevre

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i am leaving my country for erasmus studies and obviously i cant take my pc with me. i am gonna be away for 6 months, maybe even more if i expand my studies there. so is there any problem leaving my pc shut down for like 6 months? what could happen to my pc? i could have some people open it for a few hours/day but they don't game or anytning so it will not be under load for a very long time and of course i am not sure 100% that they will be able to go to my house every day and open my pc :p its a little wierd.
so any problems for leaving my pc shut down for 6 months?
 

InvalidError

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Some CMOS/RTC implementations chew through the battery faster than others, removing the battery when you aren't going to use the PC for a very long time is cheap insurance. It also eliminates the possibility that the cell might leak and corrode the battery socket if the cell goes bad.
 

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How old is the CMOS battery on the motherboard? If it's more than 2-3 years old, it might not be a bad idea to replace it. Otherwise, your biggest issue when you get back is likely to be a long time spent downloading patches and updates (unless someone's been doing that; once/week is enough).
 

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If you unplug / hard-off the PC, then the CMOS battery dying is the only issue I can foresee. I would simply remove it.

I have put away some of my spare PCs for YEARS and they booted fine when I needed them for some random odd jobs or play an old game just for kicks. One of my oldest HDDs needed a few "love taps" with a screwdriver to get it unseized though.
 

nikos_gevre

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hmm cool. thanks. i have this pc for 2 years now so when i will be back it will be 2 and a half years while the last half year not working. should i change the cmos battery when i will be back?
 

grimakis

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You'll be fine, just unplug it. The CMOS battery will be fine, only 2.5 years.

When you leave your computer for several decades, that's another story.
 

InvalidError

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Some CMOS/RTC implementations chew through the battery faster than others, removing the battery when you aren't going to use the PC for a very long time is cheap insurance. It also eliminates the possibility that the cell might leak and corrode the battery socket if the cell goes bad.
 

Onus

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If you remove it, keep in mind that 1) all your CMOS settings will be reset, so if you've customized anything, write it down; and 2) no one will be able to use the PC while you are gone.
I've personally never seen a lithium coin cell leak, but I won't claim it never happens. One option would be to replace it; for <$5 it's cheap.
 

grimakis

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I agree, I too have never seen a Lithium coin cell leak, and that includes not only CMOS batteries, but dozens of NES, SNES, Gameboy and N64 games that used them to keep save data. Not once have I seen a leaky one.
 

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