Solved

What is Dell Watchdog Timer? Do I need it?

Posted on 2016-08-05
2
5,750 Views
Last Modified: 2016-11-22
I'm setting up a new Dell Pecision 3620, and deciding which features to keep.

Is the Dell Watchdog Timer necessary?  What does it do?

Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:computerlarry
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
2 Comments
 
LVL 19

Accepted Solution

by:
Montoya earned 250 total points
ID: 41745095
Here's your info: http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=KT71K

You don't really need it, but if you don't use it, you will have to look for drivers and manually take care of them. With that said, sometimes they deprecate those watchdogs and they end up doing nothing at all after a year or so...

Disable it, don't delete it, and you can always turn it on periodically.
0
 
LVL 36

Assisted Solution

by:Kimputer
Kimputer earned 250 total points
ID: 41745860
Here's a better explanation: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watchdog_timer

Most likely, you won't need it. Heck, even in server environments, I disabled it after a few unwarranted reboots (obviously, they can be called unwarranted only if the server is very stable for longer periods, before or after you've disabled this feature)
0

Featured Post

Why Off-Site Backups Are The Only Way To Go

You are probably backing up your data—but how and where? Ransomware is on the rise and there are variants that specifically target backups. Read on to discover why off-site is the way to go.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

A project that enables an administrator to perform actions within a user session context not just at the time of login but any time later on day(s) or week(s) later.
Configuring Remote Assistance for use with SCCM
This Micro Tutorial will give you a introduction in two parts how to utilize Windows Live Movie Maker to its maximum capability. This will be demonstrated using Windows Live Movie Maker on Windows 7 operating system.
With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…

623 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question