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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 1:08 am    Post subject: G3 iBook Clock stops running after shutdown Reply with quote

Hello,

I just replaced the cd-rom drive and everything worked out great except one little thing: The clock. The clock is working totally normal as long as the iBook (G3 2.2 dual usb, white) operating system is working. This means once I set the time by hand, the clock keeps on ticking normally without any problem (in power and battery mode). As soon as the the operating system (Gentoo Linux) is switched off, which means the software clock updated the hardware clock, the hardware clock stays at this time. This means whenever the iBook is shut down, the clock stops ticking and when I switch the iBook back on the clock starts ticking again from the time the iBook was switched off. What is the most likely explanation for this phenomenon and how can I solve this problem (if possible without opening the iBook again)?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it were a desktop machine, I would say that your CMOS battery is dead. I don't know if laptops have them. I would assume so, since the CMOS would lose its settings anytime the laptop battery was swapped out without the unit being on AC power.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was my first guess too. I however had never problems with this before replacing the cd-drive. My gues is that there might be something like a CMOS battery in there that I moved on accident. I however read a couple articles today in the apple discussion forum that the iBooks do not have CMOS batteries only the notebook battery. (http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=1660318&#1660318 ). I mean maybe I just have to open the iBook again and look at the hardware again. I wanted to check out all other options first. Any other ideas?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope, sorry. I've never had any Apple hardware. The only time I've seen the inside of Apple hardware was the remains after an iBook was accidentally knocked off of a fifth floor balcony. (I could hear the sobbing at ground level...)
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I opened the iBook again and looked inside but I haven't found anything suspicious. I have no idea what the problem could be. :cry:

I also found out via hwclock that the hardware clock (not only the software clock)the is running normally as long as the operating system is running.

I also asked people from the apple forum an the apple website. Someone said that it should be related with Linx ( http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=588575&tstart=0 ).

Does anybody have any suggestions? Please!!!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A kernel update solved the problem ... :D
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi I am planning on installing gentoo on my ibook (g3 500) and I was wondering if you would be willing to share your kernel config with me?
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