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I pulled my pentium 2 machine out of storage it had been in storage for more than 10 years and it fired right up! Needed a new CMOS battery but it was just like the day I shut it off..

Are you deploying dude?
Edited by fg2chase - 4/17/11 at 10:28am
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Try not to let house pets or vermin get near the equipment either.
This should be of paramount importance. The environment won't destroy a computer unless its extreme but you'd be shocked what a tomcat can do.
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or mice...they love the insulation on electrical wires for some dang reason.I would set bios to fail safe settings just in case...but save your overclock settings.A silicate dessicant thrown inside wouldn't hurt either.I have seen rust inside a PC that sat for a long time.
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When my father passed away last year i left his system connected up once it was shut-down and unplugged from power for about 3 months then i swapped his case with mine and left it again this time fully unplugged till about the end of last month which would make a total of 8 months.

I then powered it up as i have someone in my family who needed a half decent computer and it booted into windows just fine with everything just the way my father had it. I even got to see the last thing he ever did as his firefox was set to save tabs on closing.
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Shoot, my friend left his pc RUNNING for about 10 months while he was over seas to fold and what not. I went over like once a month or so to make sure it didnt crash or anything. It was rock solid.

Although that was back in the day. He had a socket 939 Opty and a 8800GTX. Back when hardware was alot more stable. lol.
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Originally Posted by fg2chase View Post
I pulled my pentium 2 machine out of storage it had been in storage for more than 10 years and it fired right up! Needed a new CMOS battery but it was just like the day I shut it off..

Are you deploying dude?

Negative. Just basic training in August


Thanks guys! +reps on the house
post #27 of 48
OO TMC!

Have fun training - I'm sure you'll have no qualms about kickin' some major drawers.

I would recommend (definitely) putting a plastic sheet / bag / dust cover over your stuff for no other reason other than, just because. Who likes dust?! And to make it even more awesome I'd clean the system up just before you put it in a safe place with a covering just so when you do get back to it, there it is, in gleaming, glistening, beautiful condition ready for your diving right back in.
    
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Negative. Just basic training in August


Thanks guys! +reps on the house
Good luck with basic training, I am a Staff Sergeant if you have any questions. Your drill sergeants will be Sergeants and Staff Sergeants.
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Shoot, my friend left his pc RUNNING for about 10 months while he was over seas to fold and what not. I went over like once a month or so to make sure it didnt crash or anything. It was rock solid.

Although that was back in the day. He had a socket 939 Opty and a 8800GTX. Back when hardware was alot more stable. lol.
I left all my servers online while I was in Afghanistan for a year, I came back on leave and checked out it but they ran without a hitch, I used them for VPN, downloading my movies/music etc..
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post #30 of 48
Used to have a PII Dell...sat on my desk unused for about half a year...given to my brother when I was (trying to) upgrade to an AMD Athlon. He plugs it up and it works perfectly...mine never did. Just put it somewhere that people can't give it a stray kick
    
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