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Why would a battery be included as a component on a motherboard?

A) The power from the battery “jump starts” the boot process

B) The battery maintains the BIOS configuration

C) The additional voltage protects the motherboard against power surges

D) Modern CPUs require additional power

E) Cooling fans and other small motherboard components are powered from the battery

F) It’s a spare for my remote

The answer: B) The battery maintains the BIOS configuration

The BIOS configuration contains boot and hardware preferences. The battery on the motherboard maintains these preferences, even when the computer is powered off and disconnected from a power source.

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