Does anyone have a clue what powers the ASUS P55T2P4D cmos?
I have this classic motherboard stored away in a closet for more than 10+ years, and to my surprise when I powered it ON, the time date and BIOS settings are still intact! It showed the correct time and date!
Most other motherboards from that era, including ASUS P2B, ran out of CR2032 battery long long time ago.
This P55T2P4D doesn't have a CR2032, not sure what it uses to keep power.
I got it running with Dual 233mmx + 512 RAM with a few Dual port PCI intel MX Gigabit cards to run pFsense Firewall 😄
It was too slow for NAS server, but fast enough for a Router / Firewall.
This is one of those unique motherboards that you want to keep forever for its rarity, back then, and even now.
That is a classic board. I hadn't known anything of it, until searching for info to answer your question.
So here is what I have found...
This board is in the same model range as yours so may not be identical, but I think you will find the component (chip) I'll be referring to. At top of pic (click to zoom), near the upper left corner you'll see a black box on the board that has stamped on it "DALLAS, DS12B887, REALTIME, 9702A2, 088165, & pic of Alarm Clock". This is the CMOS Clock and the battery is integrated within. The entire chip must be replaced should the battery fail. Research has indicated some manufacturers has these removable/plugged into a socket. You'll have to look at your own board to verify. http://computer-retro.de/Bilder/Mainboards/Asus-P-I-P55T2P4-Rev-310-Mainboard-IBM-6x86-P150plus-CPU-...
Thank you, thank you, thank you Nite Wolf, those are some good reads, specially the dallas PDF and toms hardware topic about CMOS.
I'm really grateful mine is working great, but is good to know, which part to replace if it ever breaks down 😉😄 which is actually what this topic was all about, just trying to figure out how to recharge / replace the battery which I couldn't find, if it ever runs out.
I was just amazed that this little CMOS can run for so long (18 years) since the last charge before I put it away for storage so many years ago.
It's quite impressive of the battery life on the DALLAS chips, but the replaceable coin battery on equipped motherboards is most preferred even with it's shorter life span.
Since I don't know your skills at modding the chip, I did my best at providing the most pertinent information should it fail (dead battery), but you may know someone who could help you should you need/chose to do this. I prefer the mod method (adding a coin battery) to replacing the chip as it's the simplest with my skills, but your situation may be different.
Pretty cool seeing old tech still up and running with no issues, with the exception of handling present day internet browsing load.
I have two ABIT "AA8XE" & "FATAL1TY AA8XE" 925XE chipset, LGA775 socketed, motherboard's/pc's still in use running Windows 7. They date back to the late 2004/early 2005 era. I'm currently using the "FATAL1TY" mobo multi-booted (1 of 4 OS's) into Win7 Pro x64 writing this reply, currently still using it daily.