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Re: [OM] OT: Old PC, New PC

Subject: Re: [OM] OT: Old PC, New PC
From: Lawrence Plummer <PlummerL@xxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2022 22:08:37 +0000
Here you go Peter, this reference is a complete explanation of all OptePlex 
computers, by date:


My suggestion would be to stick with Dell. I've used them for what feels like 
forever (including at work (Boeing)). I'd also recommend that you look at the 
Dell offers during (or just before) Black Friday. They always have pretty good 
deals at that time.

Larry, in Seattle

At 06:25 04/11/2022, you wrote:

Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64OT but relevant:
My faithful, almost 10 year-old Dell Optiplex 980 is doing two odd
things. I do plan to replace it after Christmas, when (if?)
unload-the-inventory sales kick in. But in the meantime:

1. Whenever the power goes out, I have to crawl under my desk, pull the CMOS 
battery, and put it back. I can't just hit F2 and fix the configuration because 
the internal error checks kick in before "Press F2 for setup" happens. They 
display lights on the PC front that Dell does not document meaningfully. Once 
CMOS is reset, I find that the date and time are forgotten, and more important, 
the disk configuration forgets that it is a non-RAID AHCI SSD disk. Once I set 
those two things straight, all's well. No, it's not the battery, which reads 
slightly over 3v on my multimeter. And I've replaced the battery twice, with 
the same results. Everything else in the BIOS is as I set it previously.

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